Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cape and South Shore Blue Book - featured library resource for January 2017

Thanks to a generous gift from library volunteer Kate Reid, we have added four volumes to our collection that list local and part-time residents in Cape Cod and South shore towns in the 1920s and 30s.  Three are entitled Cape and South Shore blue book and social register (1924, 1928-1929, 1930-1931).  The fourth volume is South Shore social register and who's who on Cape Cod (1939).

These volumes contain a lot of advertising that gives a local flavor of businesses that your Cape ancestors probably patronized.  Directory entries are arranged by town or village.  (My grandmother Amy Stubbs is under South Wellfleet, for example.)  There are indexes to names, as well as to advertisers, both by name and by topic.

The directories list adult members of a household, sometimes the street or neighborhood of residence, and often the alternate address (or at least town) for part-time residents.  Sometimes children are mentioned.  Additional information like local post office hours and staff, or country club officers, is sometimes tossed in.

We hope you will come to the library and enjoy perusing these volumes for a fascinating look at life on the Cape nearly a hundred years ago.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Joan Frederici, CCGS President, to be Featured Speaker at CCGS Meeting on Monday, January 16, 2017

Where? Why? When? Historical Context and Our Ancestors' Lives

Knowing the events and circumstances that affected our ancestors' lives will tell us more about who they were as people, why they did the things that they did, and even help to break down some brick walls. Joan Frederici, current President of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society, will be using examples and giving suggestions for how to establish context of the time and areas that would have affected our ancestors' lives. Suggestions will range from the expected to a few unusual ideas that Joan has found helpful in her own research.

Joan Frederici
CCGS President
Joan Frederici has been actively researching her family history for the past 15+ years. Upon retirement, Joan completed the Genealogical Research program at Boston University. She has been actively involved in the Cape Cod Genealogical Society for several years, serving on the Education Committee, the Special Interest Group for family history writing, and as Program Chair/Vice President. She has been President of CCGS since June 2015.

Our meeting this month will take place on Monday, January 16, 2017 at our normal venue, the Brewster Ladies' Library, Rt 6A, Brewster. The meeting officially starts at 10 a.m., but all are invited to come as early as 9:30 for socializing and refreshments. Note: the Library is closed on Monday, so please enter at the Auditorium door, on the side.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Received at the Library

The load article in Your genealogy today for Nov./Dec. 2016 concerns genealogical tourism and the importance of advance preparation to make the most of your trip to the ancestral homeland,  In "Our Aviation Ancestors" we learn about both military and civilian records for pilots and support personnel.  Obscure sources for Civil War research are reviewed, and a moving story about World War II research takes the author to the Luxembourg cemetery.  Other topics covered: usefulness of timelines, Jewish archival collections in North America, and following genealogical clues in postcards.

The Oct. 2016 issue of Mass-Pocha reports on presentations on Getting the most from, and on (organizing) Family reunions.

The National Genealogical Society Quarterly (Sept. 2016) deals with tricky genealogical mysteries: identifying a birth family in frontier days, three candidates for a wife in 19th century New York State, and resolving the question of a birth name in the early 20th century.  All these cases make use of indirect evidence in puzzling out solutions to genealogical mysteries.  Completing the issue is a more philosophical treatise on the nature of genealogical identity.and what is required to prove it.