Friday, September 25, 2015

Learn About Descendancy Research At Our October Meeting

We are all familiar with the traditional methods of learning about our family history by researching our ancestors. In the words of our next speaker, "Researching the living descendants of your ancestors can give your family history new life and excitement."
Michael Brophy will discuss reasons for doing Descendancy Research and advise us as to how to go about it, when he joins us at our next meeting, Tuesday, October 20, 2015. This is the program that had to be postponed from last winter, due to the everpresent snowstorms.
Michael is a professional genealogist, whose genealogical education includes seven certificates from Institute of Genealogy and Historic Research (IGHR), as well as certificates in Private Investigation and Forensic Genealogy from Boston University. He has been a board member of Massachusetts Genealogical Council and treasurer of  The New England Association of Professional Genealogists.
He lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, including his specialties of New England and Irish research, at national and regional seminars, as well as at local societies
Hope that you will be able to join us on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at the Brewster Ladies Library, at 10 AM.  Come a little early for tea, coffee, and donuts, starting at 9:30.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Don't Forget -- Monthly Meetings Are Now on the Third Tuesday!!

A reminder that our meeting this month will be on Tuesday, September 15, 2015!  The only change is the day -- same time: 10 AM; same place: Brewster Ladies Library.

Our speaker this month will be Fred Wexler, from the Cape Cod Civil War Roundtable, and his topic will be "Civil War and Genealogy: Research Clues Are Everywhere".

We will be doing something a bit different this year ... there will be a Sales Table available, which will include a variety of new items for you to check out.  This is your chance to pick up a copy of  one of our own publications -- to include Cape Cod Resources for Genealogists, and Stauffer Miller's book on Civil War Soldiers and Draftees.  Also, back issues of the Journal will be available, if there any that you never received or have misplaced, as well as a few CCGS related items of interest.

Come a little early to peruse our sales items and socialize over a cup of coffee with other members. Coffee and donuts will be available beginning at 9:30.

Hope to see you then,

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Received at the Library

Members may be interested in the following magazine issues received at the Genealogy Room:

Your genealogy (July/August 2015) leads off with an article about amusement parks, a popular family entertainment option in the late 19th and early 20th century.  I was tickled that the author's park was also mine, Savin Rock, located in West Haven CT.  Before it closed in 1966 it delighted generations of local families as well as rowdy Yale students.  The author cites a website that can locate now defunct parks in the US and Canada, which numbered 2,000 in their heyday.
Diahan Southard explains why mtDNA (from the maternal line) is still an important tool.  Speaking of the maternal line, "What the widow got" is a tutorial on the history of property laws affecting US women.  A case study illustrates "Beginning your World War II Research" with offline resources (companion piece to the online resources covered in an article in June/July 2015 Internet Genealogy).  The same author's WWII-related books "The Tiger's Widow" and "Stories from the Battlefield: a beginning guide to WWII research" are reviewed.  Other articles cover: a relative's work on the Panama canal; managing those pesky diacritics (foreign characters); "Research Trip 101" from staffers at the Allen County (IN) Public Library; the controversy over Ben Affleck's slave-holding ancestors; and more.

NGS magazine (Jul-Sept. 2015) offers a primer on curating heirloom objects in your possession.  Other articles cover:

  • mining industry records
  • research in Latin America
  • pension payment cards, 1907-1933
  • analyzing the path of a census taker to provide insights about where people were located
  • DNA match lists
Two of the more thought-provoking articles concern "A genealogist's approach to privacy," and "Wearables" which speculates about how wireless wearable devices may enhance our genealogy endeavors in the future.  Glasses that can scan documents, anyone?