Monday, July 21, 2014

Searching for Scudders

The Family Reunion of people with the surname Scudder will take place on Cape Cod in October, 2014. The organizers, who are from outside New England, are seeking individuals who have ancestry in the Scudder line, to contact about this event. 

If anyone is familiar with Scudder ancestry, please contact David Martin at  We hope everyone is enjoying the summer. Thank you.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

John Philip Coletta Coming to Cape Cod

On Saturday, August 2, at the Brewster Ladies Library, Rte 6A, Cape Cod Genealogical and Falmouth Genealogical Societies will be co-sponsoring two sessions presented by internationally renowned genealogist,  John Philip Colleta.

Dr. Coletta is a popular lecturer on topics of family history research and writing, appearing at many national conferences, and is a faculty member of several institutions, including Boston University's Certificate in Family History Program. He has published numerous articles and several books, including, They Came in Ships: a Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record and the narrative family history, Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath. 
In the morning presentation, 10:30 - 12 noon, titled Placing Ancestor's in Historical Context, learn how to make your ancestors come alive. John will share with us how to combine your ancestor's genealogical information with the real life events of their time, using examples of real people and their stories. This presentation is open to the public, but preregistration is required.  The cost is $20 for members of either CCGS or FGS, and $25 for non-members.
To register for this event:
      Mail a check, made out to CCGS, and include your contact information (name, phone number, and email),  to:
                  Box 1394
                 Harwich, MA 02645

Questions:  contact David Martin at

Later the same day, 1:30 - 4:00pm, there will be a two part Writing Workshop, open to members of either CCGS or FGS, only.  First, Assembling and Writing a Narrative Family History, learn how to assemble and write a reliable and readable family history, including how to document, edit, illustrate, and index. In the second part of the afternoon program, Using Artifacts in Researching and Writing About Your Ancestors, you will learn how to use family heirlooms, family lore, and ancestral locations to help understand who an ancestor was.The cost for the afternoon workshop will be $20 and registration may be sent to the above address.
Remember to specify whether you are registering for the morning or afternoon session(s).

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Writing Workshop August 2, 2014

  Cape Cod & Falmouth Genealogical Societies Present
       Conducted by the well-known genealogist
Participants will learn first how to assemble and write a Narrative Family History, to build a reliable and readable story; included will be how to document the work, editing, illustrating, and indexing. Second, participants will learn how to use artifacts in writing about ancestors, including heirlooms, ancestral places, family lore, and written records to reveal an ancestor’s appearance, character, day-to-day life, and perhaps even personal goals.
DATE:       Saturday, August 2, 2014
TIME:       1:30-4:00 PM
PLACE:     Brewster Ladies Library, Route 6A
COST:      $20 for Members of both Societies
DEADLINE: Monday, July 21, 2014
TO REGISTER:  Complete this form and mail with check to:
     Box 1394
     Harwich, MA 02645
QUESTIONS? Contact David Martin at
 John Colletta Writing Workshop
Email or Phone:_____________________________
I enclose a check for $_______ as payment for the
Mail to:
Box 1394
Harwich, MA 02645
Deadline: Monday, July 21, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Special Presentation August 2, 2014

The Cape Cod Genealogical Society presents


    A Special Presentation for the General Public and for Society Members, given by the well-known genealogist:

                            JOHN  COLLETTA

Mr. Colletta is the author of several books on Genealogy and Family History Research, and an Instructor at the Boston University Summer Genealogical Institute.

The session will show how you can combine your ancestors’ genealogical information with the real-life events of their times. Examples of real people and their stories will be used. Come to learn about how to make your ancestors come alive and be more than names on a chart!

Date:      SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2014

Time:     10:30am to Noon

Place:     Brewster Ladies Library Auditorium

  • If registered by June 30, 2014:  $15 for CCGS and FGS Members and $20 for Others  
  • If registered after June 30, $20 for CCGS and FGS Members and $25 for Others.
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Reserve a space:

Return the form below to
Box 1394
Harwich, MA.

with a check made out to CCGS.

Please reserve ___ places at the Aug 2, 2014 presentation for


Mail or Email Address:_____________________________

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Received at the Library

Come peruse these recent journal issues received at the Genealogy Room:

The June/July 2014 issue of Internet genealogy carries an article by our June luncheon speaker Lisa Alzo "Analyze your writing with StoryToolz."  This is a free site that you can use to keep count of your writing, identify cliches, analyze its readability (level etc.) and other nifty tools to generate ideas.  Lisa also reviews Voyzee, a new tool incorporating video, photos and more to tell your family story. There's a genealogy software update for 2014 that covers Windows and mobile apps (sorry, Mac users, but for you there's a review of Family Tree Maker for Mac 3).  The upheavals of the 1930s, including the 2.5 million people who fled the Dust Bowl, are treated in an article that gives pointers on researching this era.  (Did you know that the 1940 census asks people where they lived 5 years before?)  There's a lot of information for genealogists in "Online State Land Grant Databases."

"Where will genealogy be in 2024?"  If you've been wondering, have a look in the NGS Magazine for April-June 2014.  Will there be a universal family tree, and what role will DNA play in ten years?  Inspiration for CCGS members working on getting genealogy projects in local schools will be found in "Using high school world history to ignite interest in genealogical research."  Jane Wilcox suggests how to find documents that give voice to our female ancestors, such as diaries, postcards, and court reports, and Gail Blankenau profiles two women homesteaders in Nebraska.  Other articles cover Civil War sutlers (provisioners), Using autosomal DNA for genealogy (this is the kind we all have that is a combination of both parents' genes), Detroit resources (specifically the Burton Historical Collection). and "Where do you go for help when starting your family history?"

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Grandmothers, Mothers, and Daughters: Researching Your Family Lines

Joining us at our Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, June 18, at the Old Yarmouth Inn, will be professional genealogist, Lisa Alzo. After lunch, she will be sharing with us her tried and true methods for finding those elusive females in your family tree.

An avid genealogist for over 20 years, Lisa teaches online genealogy courses for Family Tree University and the National  Institute for Genealogical Studies. She is a freelance writer and internationally recognized lecturer, speaking at national conferences, genealogical and historical societies. Her most popular topics include Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors.   She is the author of nine books, including Three Slovak Women, the story of three generations of her own family, living in Pennsylvania, and has also written articles for numerous magazines and journals.

The Annual Luncheon begins at 11:30 AM with a social hour, followed by our meal at 12:30. All current members should have received their reservation form in the mail. Reservations may still be made by contacting Bebe Brock at  by June 5, 2014.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Received at the Library

Recent issues of journals received at the CCGS Genealogy Room at the Dennis Public Library:

Internet Genealogy for April/May 2014 leads off with "German genealogy sites you won't want to miss."  These include German Roots, German Genealogy Network, specialized information on general sites like Family Search and WorldGenWeb, and a gazeteer from 1883 digitized by the Univ. of Wisconsin (  In "Lifespan : Landmarks of life," the author discusses how to extrapolate probable dates from whatever information we have about an ancestor.  Adding context to your family history using free online magazine archives is discussed by Tony Bandy, and "Finding online biographical resources" by Carol Richey.  HathiTrust, a huge digital archive, is featured both in the Bandy article and a separate one by Diane L. Richard.  "Locating records of British Seamen" is featured on the cover.

Also chock full of useful information, Family Chronicle for May/June 2014 offers advice on "Planning a family history research trip to Ireland."  Other articles treat death records, soil maps (starting in the early 1900s), using carbon dating to determine the age of an ancestral home, and "Correcting long-accepted research in the Internet age."