Next Meeting

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Speaker: Dennis Ahern
Topic: Researching Civil War Genealogy

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Writing Family Stories Workshop

On Friday, May 16, 2014, the Cape Cod Genealogical Society Writer's Special Interest Group will be sponsoring a two hour introductory workshop, at 10 AM, at the Brewster Ladies Library. This workshop is open, free of charge to members, and at a cost of $5 to non-members.

The presenter will be Alice Plouchard Stelzer, who will take us through the writing process --from making the preliminary decisions that need to be made before starting your writing process and continuing with setting appropriate goals for the outcome you want.  Along the way, there will be discussion of the creative process, audience, story scope, formats, organization, truthfulness, research, citations, themes, timelines, and points of universality, along with how to best delve into the who, what, where, when, and especially, why.

Alice has had extensive experience as a writer for over 25 years and has been a mentor/coach for other writers. She has taught many writing workshops and writing courses. Most recently, she has published her first book, Female Adventurers Who Helped Colonize Massachusetts and Connecticutt. 

If you have ever thought about writing about your family research, either for publication or just to share with your extended family, this is your opportunity to learn how to go about it. Come prepared to work!

To register for this event, or for further information, contact .

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

databases at the Library

I'm pleased to announce that our Ancestry subscription at the Library has been resuscitated.  The Board recently voted to fund this for a year, even though we now have to pay for it ourselves since Dennis Public Library has opted not to renew it.

Because of the increased cost of Ancestry to us, we have decided at this time not to renew two databases that we had in the past: Heritage Quest, and World Vital Records.  Members interested in these databases should check to see if their local libraries subscribe.  Feel free to contact me if you wish to comment on these databases, or any other library matters.

Thank you,
Carol Magenau, CCGS Librarian

Friday, April 4, 2014

Preserving Your Family Treasures

Do you have some precious historical artifacts from your family history? If so, you will want to know that April 27-May 3, 2014 this year is Preservation Week, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA).  The goal of the week is to help everyone protect photographs, film, artwork, books, and manuscripts from being damaged by temperature, handling, and poor labeling.  Three ways to learn about preservation are available to CCGS members:
     1.      For resources, go to two helpful websites:
     2.     Sign up for and participate in one or both of the following Webinars scheduled for
Preservation Week, at:
The first Webinar will be Tuesday, April 29, at 2pm, and the second will be Thursday,
May 1, at 2pm. You can participate from home at your home computer for both of these.

3   3.  Come to the regular Wednesday, April 16, program meeting of Cape Cod Genealogical Society at 10 am, and gather helpful information from a special display in the Brewster Library Auditorium
organized by CCGS member Sue Benoit. She will have an exhibit and explanation of methods for preserving family treasures such as manuscripts and old photographs, including samples of materials that can be purchased for safeguarding those valuables.

In the meantime, plan to dig out and identify those items for preserving for future generations. Questions? Contact Sue Benoit at

Saturday, March 29, 2014

April Program to Focus on Photos of Child Laborers From the Early 20th Century

From 1908 to 1924, an American sociologist and photographer, Lewis Hine, working for the National Child Labor Committee, traveled to sweatshops, slums, factories, and farms, documenting the exploitation of children in the workforce. His work eventually led to the enactment of child labor reform in this country.

JoeManning2011Sized2.JPGOur speaker in April, Joseph Manning, will be showing us some of those photographs as he talks about his work to identify and locate the descendants of a number of the children in these photographs, using the same genealogical research techniques we are familiar with.
Joe Manning is an author, historian, and genealogist, originally from Washington DC and Maryland, who settled in New England after spending four years in the Air Force and earning a BA in sociology. He worked for the Connecticut Department of Social Services until his retirement, at which time he relocated to western MA. He was the creator and advisor for several oral history projects in the North Adams, MA, public schools before his interest in the Lewis Hine photographs. His subsequent search has earned him national recognition, including from CBS News, National Public Radio, Yankee Magazine, and other publications.
Joe travels extensively giving presentations related to the Lewis Hine Project at many colleges, libraries, museums, and other institutions and organizations. This will be a not-to-miss program!
Join us on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Brewster Ladies Library at 10am -- come early for coffee and donuts!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Are you on Facebook?

Are you on Facebook yet? 

If not, today's your day to join!  Cape Cod Genealogical Society has a Group on Facebook!

Come join your fellow researchers today at the Cape Cod Genealogical Society Group Page

While you are there, check out all the other Groups that might be of interest:

Try it.....Facebook is not just for chatting anymore!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring Bus trip to Boston

You and your friends are invited to welcome Spring with a CCGS coach trip to Boston on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Although many passengers will be doing genealogical research, our destination to the New England Historic Genealogical Society on Newbury Street is also near the Boston Public Library, the Swan Boats, Copley Square, Prudential Shopping Mall, and Newbury Street shopping.  You and your friends may just like to celebrate Spring by visiting those places, too. 

We'll leave Patriot Square (Route 134, Exit 9 South, Dennis) promptly at 8am,with stops at Burger King at Exit 6 and Sagamore Bridge Park and Ride; we will leave 101 Newbury Street at 3:30pm, and you will be home for dinner.

To reserve space, please call Nancy De Nise at 508-432-6072 and mail your check for $35, made out to CCGS,  to Nancy DeNise, 14 Harold Street, Apt. 2F, Harwichport, MA  02646.

Questions? Contact Nancy DeNise at 508-432-6072.

Received at the Library

Members may be interested in the following journal issue recently added to the Genealogy Room:

NGS Magazine for Jan.-March 2014 explores the genesis of genealogical credentialing, which began 50 years ago.  After some notorious instances of genealogical fraud, the American Society of Genealogists (founded 1940) took up the cause of credentialing in 1961, and their first certified genealogist was named in 1965.  The Genealogical Society of Utah took up the cause at the same time, and certified their first individual in 1964. Today there are over 2000 certified male and female genealogists around the globe.
An article on "Using Y-DNA for Genealogy" is one of a series on different types of DNA testing.  Y-DNA is that passed from a father to his biological sons.  A project showing DNA testing in action is described in "Derbyshire Crossroads: A Wilcockson DNA case study."
Other articles cover the Carnegie Medal, which rewarded heroism by ordinary citizens; "Finding a 'missing' passenger list"; "Did your civil war ancestor have an artificial limb?" (p. 41, inexplicably left off the table of contents), and a couple of articles about the new Genealogy Roadshow teleevision program.