Saturday, June 25, 2016

Received at the Library

Do you have Scottish ancestors?  Your Genealogy Today (Mar./Apr. 2016) tells you to look beyond the usual sources, and discusses Scottish church and school records.  The WWII series continues, discussing using daily and monthly battlefield reports. In "When you're gone", we are reminded of the importance of making a plan for the disposition of your genealogy research and family heirlooms after your death.  The New York Municipal Archives are demystified, ancestral eyewear explained, and help offered in planning a research trip to Ireland.

Internet genealogy (June/July 2016) highlights a free British genealogy website covering three areas: parish registers, vital records, and census records.  This is a valuable resource for 19th-century records from England and Wales, produced by volunteers.  Also spotlighted is the new Memories section of Family Search, a way for researchers to provide stories, photos, etc. that go beyond the typical genealogical data on a family chart.  Other articles cover researching the Great Depression, understanding the Victorian era, researching Supreme Court cases for family history information, and Yale's Photogrammar site, a database of historical photographs from the 1930s and 40s.  Technology articles include two on apps for storytelling and interviews

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research

Cape Cod Genealogical Society's Annual June Luncheon - Tuesday June 21, 2016

Come join us at our annual luncheon at the Old Yarmouth Inn. There will be a short meet and greet beginning at 11:30 a.m., with the annual election of officers and new directors-at-large to follow at 12 noon.  After lunch, we will have a presentation given by Marian Pierre-Louis on how to solve your problem ancestors by using collateral research.

Your brick wall is giving you countless headaches and troubles. Perhaps it's time to take a fresh look at different people in your family tree. In this presentation we will discuss doing in-depth research on cousins and siblings in order to remove genealogy obstacles.

Marian Pierre-Louis is a House Historian and Genealogist who focuses on New England research. She specializes in probate, deeds, New England town records and brick wall research.

Marian has served many roles for the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC), most recently as a 2015 tri-Program Chair. Once a month you'll find her as the host of the evening webinar series for Legacy Family Tree webinars. In addition, she is the host of several internet radio shows including Fieldstone Common ( and the Genealogy Professional podcast (

A reminder that the reservation deadline for the annual luncheon is June 5th.  There is limited seating available. The luncheon will be held at the Old Yarmouth Inn which is located at 223 Rte 6A, Yarmouth Port, MA, across the street from the Parnassus Book Store.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Received at the Library

The cover story for Internet genealogy for April/May 2016 is about 50 sites for tracing female ancestors.  Listed by state,  the emphasis is on historical societies, libraries, archives and museums.  A similar mode of ferreting out is found in "Reminiscences ... finding biographical sketches of your ancestors,"  I learned of a Congressional resolution in 1876 recommending that towns and counties prepare histories in preparation for the nation's centennial.  These often contained biographical sketches, and many are now online at state "memory projects."  Using Google maps and street view to locate houses your ancestors lived in is the subject of another article, with tips for getting the most out of the Google maps viewer.  Other topics covered: rejected pension applications; the British Merchant Navy lists for 1915; Fold3 WWII research; movies theaters; stowaways; and a product review for Growly Notes for Mac.

Strategies for Census success, the featured article in the May/June issue of Family Tree magazine.  suggests ways of finding your elusive ancestors (but I still can't find my parents in 1940!). An interesting article on the history of taxation points out that this year marks the 100th anniversary of our current income tax structure.  Maureen Taylor discusses how to preserve old home movies, and how to mine them for genealogical clues.  An issue we probably all could pay more attention to is protecting online privacy -- Dana McCullough has ten tips to help in this endeavor. A long "workbook" article elucidates military service records.  Lisa Alzo discusses Polish, Czech and Slovak geographic resources.  Other articles treat: English parish records, DNA matches for adoptees, fun ideas for engaging relatives with genealogy (e.g. a coloring book), winners of the Innovator Showdown at Roots Tech, and DNA Land (a website that further analyzes your DNA data from the usual providers).