Monday, October 23, 2017

November Joint Meeting of CCGS and Falmouth Genealogical Society to Feature Presentation from Mary Tedesco of Genealogy Roadshow

Mark your calendar to join us for the annual joint meeting of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society (CCGS) and the Falmouth Genealogical Society (FGS) on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Osterville. The featured speaker at this year's meeting will be Mary M. Tedesco, co-host/genealogist on "Genealogy Roadshow" (PBS TV series).

Ms. Tedesco's presentation, entitled "Social Media for Genealogists", will provide effective tips for using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and other social networks to foster connections with fellow genealogists; boost blog readership; generate business leads; and more.

Mary M. Tedesco
Mary Tedesco is a professional genealogist, speaker, and author. She is a Co-Host / Genealogist on the PBS television series "Genealogy Roadshow" (season 2 and season 3) as well as the Founder of ORIGINS ITALY. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Boston University and a Certificate of Genealogical Research from Boston University's Center for Professional Education. In addition to her Italian ancestry on her father's side (Calabria, Trentino-Alto Adige, and Tuscany), she also has deep American roots on her mother's side (German, Irish, Danish & English). Mary is a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is the Second Vice Regent of the Paul Revere Chapter NSDAR. She is a member of a number of local and national genealogical societies and is on the Council of New England Historic Genealogical Society. Mary can be contacted at

Optional Lunch: Lobster roll lunch with fixings and beverage - $15, or chicken salad with fixings and beverage - $10. Please make lunch reservations no later than Nov 8 by contacting Judy Fenner at or at 508-776-9401, and please specify lunch choice.

Date:    Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time:   10:30 a.m to noon, followed by optional purchase of Lunch and informal discussions
Place:   St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 421 Wianno Ave., Osterville, MA
Parking:  Behind and on side of Church, and on Wianno Ave.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Received at the Library

Are  you avoiding doing research in court records?  You might be inspired to begin by the lead article in Your Genealogy Today (Sept./Oct. 2017) which traces a neer-do-well family's appearances in 19th-century court records in the Carolinas.  It makes a good read and gives you a flavor for the kinds of things you might come across.  For fans of Genealogy Roadshow, there's an interview with co-host Mary Tedesco, including her tips. (Mary will be our speaker at the November 11 joint meeting with Falmouth Genealogical Society.) If you had 19th-century ancestors in Ireland, you might want to read the description of a typical school.  A couple of obscure record types are explained: apprentice records (for learning trades), and road overseers (did you know they used to conscript local citizens and sometimes their animals to work on roads and bridges?)  State-based WWI records are covered in some depth, and probate records other than wills are the subject of a column.

The current issue of NGS magazine (July-Sept. 2017) is all about storytelling.  The lead article discusses how stories affect us neurochemically, and includes this information: "knowing the family's story is the number one predictor of a child's belief that she or he could affect the world in good and positive ways." What an incentive to do genealogy!  Related articles deal with the role of conflict in story-telling, the role of artifacts and of recordings, and ethical issues that arise with family stories.   Other topics in this issue include World War I records (statement of service cards, for instance), and the 1929 Census of Manufacturers.  A 2-page article goes into detail about the digital access to Family Search's microfilm records, which President Frederici announced at our last monthly meeting.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

October Meeting to Feature Presentation on Census Records

"Finding Someone Who Eluded Census Records" will be the feature presentation by Carol Prescott McCoy, Ph.D., at our October 17th Meeting.

Census records are a cornerstone of genealogical research. What if you can't find your person in the census? Did they elude the census taker or are they just eluding you? This lecture will help you learn a flexible approach to finding people in census records and in census substitute records so you can place them in a location for a specific time period. Dr. Carol P. McCoy specializes in New England research and enjoys giving fun, informative, and stimulating presentations to help people find lost ancestors and learn about their lives.

Carol Prescott McCoy
Dr. Carol Prescott McCoy, owner of has been tracing her family history for over 30 years. She has been helping others discover their roots since 2000. A popular speaker on genealogy and family history throughout Maine and New England, she specializes in New England (especially Maine), New York, and West Virginia (ancestral home of the McCoy family) research.

Dr. McCoy received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from Rutgers University, and her A.B. degree from Connecticut College. She is president-elect of the Maine Genealogical Society (2018-2019), having served as a director of MGS for three years, and as president of the Greater Portland Chapter of the MGS for two years, when she headed a project to index the early deeds of Maine's Cumberland County. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society and a graduate of their core program.

The CCGS meeting will take place at the Brewster Ladies' Library, Rte. 6A, Brewster, on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 10 a.m. All are invited to come early for socializing and refreshments at 9:30 a.m.