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Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Speaker: Joseph Manning
Topic: The Lewis Hine Project -- Tracking Down the Lives of Child Laborers

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Family History Center - Brewster, MA

The LDS Family History Center in Brewster, MA, has three film/fiche readers, including one reader that produces copies. The Center has a collection of films and fiche, numerous reference books, and online access.

The Brewster Center's permanent onsite microfilm collection numbers nearly 600 rolls. A sampling includes: English vital records, Irish censuses, Mexican gazetteers, Scottish vital records, and Maine church records. You can find a complete printed listing of all films in the permanent collection at the CCGS Genealogy Library and at the Family History Center itself. In addition, you can search the FamilySearch Catalog and then order your selection through the Brewster Center.

The Brewster Family History Center's online access includes the following subscription sites that are available for use by visitors:
Also available online at the Center are all the LDS databases, including the LDS Church Archives, which contain the supporting documents for records of individuals whose names have been submitted as Temple-Ready by LDS members.

Hours are Tuesday and Thursday 9-1. The Brewster Family History Center is located at 94 Freeman's way in Brewster, MA. It's best to call ahead at 508-896-9863. There is no fee, and the Center is wheelchair accessible.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Barnstable Patriot Digital Archive

The Barnstable Patriot, published continuously since 1830 down through the present time, is the seventh oldest newspaper in the United States. Its first hundred years (to 1930) are available online through the Sturgis Library in Barnstable, MA.

During those hundred years, the The Barnstable Patriot covered world, national, and regional news, as well as local news. The local news includes Cape Cod history, maritime news, shipping information, cultural events, and news of Cape Cod families and individuals, including birth, marriage, death, baptism, and obituaries. Search and view issues of the newspaper and then print, save or email articles.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Students get how-to experience from CCGS members

Twelve student genealogists recently took advantage of the skills and experience of CCGS members by attending the "Constructing Your Family History" course offered as part of the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional Adult Education program at Dennis-Yarmouth High School.

During the 6-week evening course in February and March, Members of the CCGS Education Team shared their experience and knowledge of basic genealogical research with students from various parts of the Cape. Topics ranged widely and included vital records, church records, land records, probate records, interviewing family members, using the internet for genealogy, and supporting one's genealogical data with strong evidence.

Presenters from the Cape Cod Genealogical Society were Phyllis Koscso, Nancy Daniels, Carolyn Weiss, Bebe Brock, Bob Ward, Betsy Ferris, Brenda Hayes, and Dave Martin. As a special guest presenter Dr. Tom Jones of the National Genealogical Society spoke on standards for genealogical evidence.

The Education Team is considering similar course offerings for other Adult Education programs on Cape Cod.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Research Guides - Listing

Use these Research Guides to plan your visit to these important area research facilities. Guides include information on location and hours, holdings overview, and links to key pages on their Web sites to help you get started.
  • Boston Public Library Guide - Microtext Department is among the area's best for Census, US Newspapers, US City Directories, Passenger Lists, Genealogy and Local History, Civil War Regimental Histories, and much more.
  • Congregational Library Guide - The collection is extremely rich in New England history, due to the early influence of Congregationalism in the region.
  • Massachusetts Archives Guide - Massachusetts Vital Records 1841-1915 (indexes 1916-1971), Port of Boston Passenger Lists, Probate and Naturalization Records for selected counties.
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society Guide - The NEHGS Research Library offers a comprehensive collection of more than 200,000 books, periodicals, and microform materials, as well as over one million manuscripts. Scope covers New England, U.S. states beyond New England, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, eastern Canada, French Canada, Europe, and Australia.
  • State Library of Massachusetts Guide - Annual Reports of Towns, Histories of Towns, Cities and Counties, City/Town Directories and Voting Lists, Tax and Valuation Lists: residents and land owners in the early years of the Commonwealth, 18th & 19th Century Massachusetts Newspapers, Maps and Atlases: a wide variety of maps, including Sanborn fire insurance maps.

Research Guide - Congregational Library

Congregational Library
14 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
617-523-0470
www.congregationallibrary.org

Hours:
The library, archives and reading room are open Monday to Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm, with the exception of holidays. Archival material will not be retrieved after 4:00 pm.

Holdings:
The archives collects material that documents the Congregational, Congregational Christian, Christian and United Church of Christ tradition throughout the world. There are approximately 900 separate archival and manuscript collections totaling over 1200 linear feet.

The collection is extremely rich in New England history, due to the early influence of Congregationalism in the region.

Other collection strengths include:
  • New England local church records
  • American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions records
  • Missionary and charitable associations records
  • Manuscript sermons from the seventeenth to twentieth-century
Type of Materials
Although the collection primarily consists of textual information, there is some audio-visual and audio material. In some cases, the archive has a microfilm of the original records.

Use their Web site to plan your work:

Home Page - www.congregationallibrary.org
Archives Overview - www.congregationallibrary.org/resources/archives/archives-intro
Church Records Collection: listings and descriptions (extensive) - www.congregationallibrary.org/resources/archives/church-record-collections

Research Guide - State Library of Massachusetts

State Library of Massachusetts
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
617-727-2590
www.mass.gov/lib/home.htm

Hours:
Main Reading Room (Room 341) and Periodicals (Room 442): 9:00am-5:00pm; Mon-Fri.
Special Collections (Room 55): 9:00am-3:00pm: Monday-Friday
Closed: Saturday, Sunday, and all Massachusetts legal holidays

Genealogical Resources (partial listing):

For a more extensive listing, visit the Mass State Library Web site at
www.mass.gov/lib/guides/genealogy.htm
  • Annual Reports of Towns
  • Histories of Towns, Cities and Counties
  • Probate Records: some early records of Barnstable, Bristol, Essex, Middlesex and Plymouth Counties
  • Vital Records Series (to 1850): Most of these volumes were published by NEHGS
  • City/Town Directories and Voting Lists
  • Tax and Valuation Lists: residents and land owners in the early years of the Commonwealth
  • 18th & 19th Century Massachusetts Newspapers
  • Maps and Atlases: a wide variety of maps, including Sanborn fire insurance maps.
Use their Web site to plan your work:

The Massachusetts State Library's Web site has been rearranged in 2009 with inerminably long Web page addresses (URLs). Some earlier pages have either been removed or are impossible to locate.

Your best bet is to start at the Library's Home page at www.mass.gov/lib/home.htm and follow the links you find there. Search may bring up more documents than you care to sift through, but you may be lucky.

The following links will work, however:
Genealogical Resources - www.mass.gov/lib/guides/genealogy.htm
Latest Statehouse Library News - http://mastatelibrary.blogspot.com/

Research Guide - New England Historical Genealogical Library

New England Historical Genealogical Library
101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007
617-536-5740
www.newenglandancestors.org

Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday & Monday Closed

Holdings (brief overview):
The NEHGS Research Library offers a comprehensive collection of more than 200,000 books, periodicals, and microform materials, as well as over one million manuscripts.
Its book holdings include nearly all published New England genealogies, local histories, and related periodicals.

Its microtext collection, with more than 40,000 items, contains copies of the original town, probate, land, and vital records; city directories; censuses; and immigration records for most of New England and eastern Canada.

Beyond New England, family researchers will find many important published and primary sources for other regions, including U.S. states beyond New England, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, eastern Canada, French Canada, Europe, and Australia.

Admission
Admission to the Research Library is free for NEHGS members (research memberships and above); non-members (including seniors and students) and members at the subscription level will be charged a $15 day fee.

Use their Web site to plan your work:

Home Page - www.newenglandancestors.org/
Research Library - www.newenglandancestors.org/library/
Library Orientation Guide - http://www.americanancestors.org/library-guide/
Search the NEHGS Library Catalog - library.nehgs.org/

Research Guide - Massachusetts Archives

Massachusetts Archives
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, Massachusetts 02125
617-727-2816
www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcidx.htm

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Open on Select Saturdays: 9 am to 3 pm

Holdings (overview):
Massachusetts State Vital Records 1841-1915
Indexes for State Vital Records 1916 thru 1971
Passenger Lists for the Port of Boston 1848-1891 with a surname index
State Census returns of 1855 and 1865
Old Probate records:
  • Suffolk County to 1894
  • Middlesex County to 1871
  • Plymouth County to 1881
  • Essex County to 1840
Some Naturalization Applications for certain counties

See Researching Your Family's History at the Massachusetts Archives for a more comprehensive listing of what is available.

Use their Web site to plan your work:

Home Page - www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcidx.htm
Researching Family History - www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcgen/genidx.htm
Searchable Collections- www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcsrch/SearchWelcome.html
Research Services - www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcres/residx.htm
Hours and Directions - www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/archrs/hrsidx.htm

Research Guide - Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St., Copley Square
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
617-536-5400
www.bpl.org

Hours:
Monday-Thursday 9-9
Friday and Saturday 9-5
Sunday 1-5 (October - May)

Holdings (overview):
The Boston Public Library contains extensive collections of materials that are of interest to the genealogist and family historian. For an overview of what's available, see their Genealogy and Family History page.

Perhaps of more direct interest to genealogists is the Microtext Department, which holds the major part of the Boston Public Library's holdings of microfilm, microfiche, and microprint. The Department's holdings include roughly 163,000 rolls of microfilm, 2.5 million microfiche, and 6,345 boxes of microprint.

You will need your BPL library card to request items in the Microtext Room. You can get a card (free) when you arrive, so be sure to bring some identification.

Among the Department's holdings are:
  • U.S. Newspapers: Boston; Mass; US Domestic; Foreign
  • Federal Census for all New England States 1790-1930
  • Genealogy and Local History
  • Regimental Histories of the American Civil War
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlases
  • Index to Passenger Lists (Boston 1848-1891; 1899-1920)
  • United States City Directories (including Boston)
Use their Web site to plan your work:

Home Page - www.bpl.org
Genealogy and Family History Resources - www.bpl.org/research/socsci/genealogy.htm
Research Library Services- www.bpl.org/research/aboutrl.htm
Microtext Department - www.bpl.org/research/microtext/index.htm
Listing of City Directories - www.bpl.org/research/microtext/City%20Directory%20Holdings.pdf
Newspaper Room - www.bpl.org/research/newspapers/index.htm
Listings of Newspapers on Microfilm - www.bpl.org/research/microtext/news.htm