Friday, May 22, 2009

Members enjoy trip to Boston research facilities

Crossing over the Sagamore bridge on May 19, 2009, were 25 Cape Cod genealogists on their way to area research facilities in Boston, MA. Destinations for the CCGS-sponsored trip were: the Massachusetts Archives, the Boston Public Library, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Members who arrived at the Massachusetts Archives were welcomed by Janis Duffy, Reference Supervisor, who also provided first-time visitors an "inside" tour. Janis was the key presenter at the CCGS joint meeting with The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) earlier in the month.

Researchers at the Boston Public Library took advantage of the extensive microfilm collection of newspapers from across the US and Boston, housed right off the courtyard in the Microtext Department. Commented one researcher, "You get a strong feeling of nostalgia looking at newspapers you read as a kid almost 50 years ago."

The largest contingent spent the day at NEHGS. Taking time out for a picture at the front entrance on Newbury Street were (l-r) Joan Frederici, Beverly Decker, Judy Terry and Vicki Blair-Smith.

Passengers spent their travel time chatting about a variety of topics that included where and how to find vital records, how to handle clerks in City Hall, and how to prepare materials for distribution at family reunions. On the way into Boston Martha Day won the free raffle for a day-ticket to NEHGS, provided by David Martin, who acquired one from the April NERGC convention.

The Society expects to sponsor its fall trip to the same locations in October or November, 2009.