Thursday, March 19, 2009

Phyllis Koscsco Memorial Established

As members are aware, Phyllis Phinney Koscso passed away on March 4, 2009. A very active member of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society, Phyllis had been a past president of the Society, and was the chairman of the Bulletin Committee.

A long-time member of the Education Committee, Phyllis was a lecturer at our recently-completed Adult Education course in genealogy at the Dennis-Yarmouth High School. She was the originator of our program to help local Boy Scouts with the merit badge requirements for genealogy. Phyllis was also an active volunteer in our Genealogy Room at the Dennis Public Library and was responsible for the Cape Cod Genealogical Society sign outside the main door.

To remember her for her many services to the Society and to the Genealogy Room, the Board has established a fund to purchase a much-needed bookcase for the Genealogy Room in her memory. Those wishing to contribute to this fund may donate whatever amount they choose. A plaque commemorating Phyllis will be placed on one of the bookcase shelves.

Donations may be sent to the Cape Cod Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 1394, Harwich, MA 06245; or to CCGS Treasurer, Nancy Daniels, 10 Mary Road, Eastham, MA 02642. Please make your check payable to CCGS, and indicate it is for the Phyllis Koscso Memorial.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Brewster Town Clerk's Historic Vault Collection

Titled Brewster Town Clerk's Historic Vault Collection, this 49page finding aid in PDF format (which you can download and print) can be your first step in locating historic records in the Brewster Town Clerk's Archives (some records go back to1710). Once you have the reference from the finding aid, you can callthe Town Clerk's Office at 508-896-4506 for an appointment to examine the record.

Records include: Assessor's Collection, Building of the 1880 Town HallCollection, Cemeteries Collection, First Parish Church, Microfiche Records, Overseers of the Poor, School District Records, Selectmen's records, Stoney Brook Mill Site, Town Clerk's Records, Treasurer's Records.

This finding aid is a result of the collaborative efforts of the BrewsterArchives Committee, which includes representatives from the Brewster Ladies' Library, Brewster Town Hall, First Parish Church, and the Brewster Historical Society. The Committee's goal is toidentify, preserve, catalog and make available the important historical documents of the Town of Brewster.