Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hello and an Invitation!

Hi everyone!

My name is David Frederici and I am the new chair of the Communications Committee.  I am very excited to be a part of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society and look forward to contributing to its continued success.  

A little background: I am a Roman Catholic priest currently serving as Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Pocasset as well as the Director of Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Fall River.  In my role as Director, I oversee the Diocesan programs at 5 universities and colleges, as well as serving as chaplain at UMass Dartmouth and Bristol Community College. In my 11 years of involvement in Campus Ministry, I have had to learn about effective use of various online and social media platforms.

The CCGS has accomplished quite a bit and is being recognized for its work outside of Cape Cod.  A challenge facing us is how to use the available technology to help us maintain what we have going on, as well as looking at ways to grow in how we communicate with our members and with the general public.  We shouldn't be looking at using the latest fad just because it exists.  Any use of technology, whether a website, Facebook Page, whatever, should be a means on continuing our mission as an organization.  

A quick look of the blog reveals that we have certainly stretched the use of that platform quite a bit.  There are some problems surfacing, such as many different uses of the main blog page, a need for better organization of information so it is easier to access, a tighter appearance.

I am looking at some ways that we can allow members better access to this information through a more traditional website.  This wouldn’t mean getting rid of the blog, but would actually incorporate the blog into the site and possibly create more than one.  

If you are interested in helping in this endeavor, please email me at

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Irish libraries : featured library resource for August 2014

The library has received a gift of an important volume for Irish genealogical research, from member Jane Burke LeGendre.  Compiled by Robert K. O'Neill, Director of the Burns Library at Boston College, Irish libraries : archives, museums & genealogical centres was published in 2002 by the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast.

The main body of the book lists institutions by town within county, giving contact information, access information, and a description of holdings.  This geographical arrangement makes the book especially useful for someone planning a research trip, and indeed its purpose is stated as "an effort to include those institutions that are likely to be most attractive to and welcoming of visitors, with a focus on local and family history." (p. xi)

Additional chapters and appendices cover: the Irish Genealogical Project, a brief essay on Tracing your County Kildare Ancestors, and a substantial listing of Tithe and Valuation Records c.1823, by county.  (The latter were tax records that serve as a de facto farm census.)  There is also a glossary which covers historical events, political and organizational terms, religious denominations, etc.  A select bibliography and an index complete the volume.

We welcome your visit to the CCGS Library, housed in the Dennis Public Library, and open Tuesdays (12-4), Thursdays (10-4) and Saturdays (10-noon).

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?"