Next Meeting

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

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Irish SIG meeting - June 2009

Thanks to Pat Concannon for a very informative meeting. Pat supplies us each month with innovative ideas, web-site information, and a wealth of articles and magazines. Pat distributed a list of the Irish group members who have submitted their family names and places of research in Ireland. E-mail addresses were included . We can now check with other members of the Irish group. We are most fortunate to have such a well informed and interested person in charge of the Irish SIG, and we all appreciate your help, Pat.
Irish SIG members

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

In Memoriam: Jim Carr 1927 - 2009

Veteran CCGS member Jim Carr passed away on June 10, 2009, in North Chatham, MA, after a long illness.

Jim joined the Cape Cod Genealogical Society in 1987 (Member No. 436) and was a constant contributor to the CCGS Library and the Bulletin.

Born in Quincy, MA, he grew up and attended schools in Bronxville, NY, Boston and Dennis. He was a Merchant Marine and Army veteran of World War II and Korea. He worked as an analyst and stockbroker for Blyth, Eastman Dillon, and in the Bursar's office at New York University in New York. He moved to Plympton in 1979, where he began a vineyard and Christmas tree farm, and in 1986 he moved to Dennis.

An avid historian, genealogist, photographer and researcher, his varied interests included clipper ships, Cape Cod and Dennis history, veterans' service, and postcard and autograph collecting.

Jim is often remembered as someone always ready to help with research. "He felt in doing so, he learned new things," said one CCGS friend and colleague. "Learning was certainly his passion."

A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 26, at 10 a.m., in the Dennis Union Church, Dennis. Burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Dennis Memorial Library, 1020 Old Bass River Road, Dennis, MA 02638.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Election of CCGS Officers for 2009/2010 Year

At the annual luncheon meeting of the CCGS and on behalf of the Nominating Committee, chaired by Howard Peach, John Bower presented the following slate of officers for the upcoming year: President - Bob Ward; Vice President - Dan McConnell; Treasurer - Nancy Daniels; Recording Secretary - Carolyn Weiss; and Corresponding Secretary - Bebe Brock. There were no other nominations from the floor and, needless to say, the slate was unanimously approved by the membership.

Carolyn Weiss

Thursday, June 11, 2009

CCGS Programs: September 2009 through June 2010

September 9, 2009
Scottish Genealogical Research
David Dearborn. David is a senior research fellow at the New England Historical Genealogical Society, and an expert in English and Scottish genealogy. He will discuss methods and resources in Scottish Research.

October 14, 2009
Growing Up on Cape Cod Before World War II
Donald Sparrow. Donald is a native of Eastham, born and raised on Cape Cod in the years before the war. He is a graduate of Harvard and MIT and a published author.

November 14, 2009 - Joint Meeting with the Falmouth Genealogical Society
Research Techniques for Genealogy, and Breaking Through Brick Walls in Genealogy.
Michael Leclerc. Michael is Director of Programs at NEHGS, and an expert on the use of online tools to do research especially in New England and Canadian research.
Note. This special meeting is on a Saturday and will be held at the West Barnstable Community Center, Route 149, near the corner of Route 6A, from 9:30am until noon. Coffee and tea will be served.

December 9, 2009
Our Own Stories
Society Members. The members of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society will be telling their own stories about family research, how they have been able to solve specific problems, and the tools they used to solve them.

January 13, 2010
Secrets to Searching the Census On-Line
Carolyn Weiss. Carolyn is a member of our Cape Cod Society and teaches the use of internet tools in doing family history research.

February 10, 2010
The Great Migration of our Ancestors to Cape Cod: the Congregation of Rev. John Lothrop and the Founders of Barnstable
Dan McConnell. Dan will present the talk he gave at the recent New England Regional Genealogical Conference about the persecution suffered by a congregation in London before the courts and their flight to Cape Cod.

March 10, 2010
Traveling to Scotland to Do Genealogical Research
Ralph Wadleigh. Ralph is a noted genealogist and member of the Falmouth Genealogical Society. He will give a talk on his experiences in traveling to the Islands of Scotland to pursue his own family research.

April 14, 2010
Early African-American Communities in New England
Marian Pierre-Louis. Marian, the principal researcher for Fieldstone Historic Research, is a genealogical researcher, instructor, lecturer and writer. She is involved in many aspects of family history from genealogy to oral history, identifying old photographs and house histories. Her focus is on Southern New England research, which includes the states of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Particular research interests include early (1700-1850) African Americans in New England.

May 12, 2010
The Rev. John Robinson, the Leader of the Mayflower Pilgrim Community and his Impact on Early America
Rev. Gary Marks. Rev. Marks is the Minister of the Church of the Pilgrimage in Plymouth and a leading scholar on John Robinson, who died before he could lead the last of his flock to Plymouth , but who still had a huge effect on the future of New England.

June 16, 2010 (Annual Luncheon Meeting)

Note: This is the 3rd Wednesday of the month
Research on Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Immigrants, with a Special Emphasis on Italian Research
Marcia Iannizze Melnyk. Marcia is one of the leading scholars in America on European Immigration, and a frequent speaker at the top genealogical gatherings in the US. If you have immigrant ancestors, you will learn a lot from one of the best.


Meetings are held at the Brewster Ladies' Library Auditorium, 1822 Main Street, Brewster, MA on the second Wednesday of each month, from 10AM to 12Noon (unless otherwise noted).

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Recent library addtions

CCGS librarian Betsy Ferris is pleased to announce that the CCGS Library has been the recipient of new books and other materials from several donors this Spring, and that the Society has purchased new books of interest to Cape Cod genealogists.

In addition to her donation of the book entitled Early Descendants of Henry Cobb of Barnstable, Massachusetts, author Susan E. Roser has provided our library with additional books she has written. Her series of books on Mayflower families is based on the data from the files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. The Bowman files are considered to be the largest resource on Mayflower genealogy in existence.

Mayflower Births and Deaths, in two volumes, contains data on the descendants of 23 Mayflower families, 50,000 names. Its companion volume, Mayflower Marriages shows lines of descent carried to the 7th or 8th generation. Mayflower Increasings details what is known about the first three generations in America, and Mayflower Deeds & Probates provides further information about these early settlers.

The library has purchased the just-published (2009) Volumes 3 and 4 of the John Howland Mayflower books from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth, keeping us up-to-date with the latest published information from Mayflower's Five Generation Project.

Also purchased for the library this month are two volumes of Terrence Punch's book, Erins Sons: Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada 1761-1853. These volumes should be helpful to researchers in the Irish Special Interest Group and to others with Irish roots through Canada.

David Allen Lambert's, A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries, lists Massachusetts towns alphabetically with the names and addresses of each cemetery in the town. This book was a gift from David Martin.

Nancy De Nise donated Middleborough, Massachusetts, Vital Records, volume 1, and an anonymous donor has provided The History of the Town of Easton, Massachusetts, by William L Chaffin.

Several items have been catalogued from the collection of Phyllis Koscso. A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Irish Ancestors, by Dwight Radford and Kyle Betit; British Origins of American Colonists, 1629-1775; and Origins of Some Anglo-Norman Families, by Lewis Loyd.

World Vital Records database now accessable from the CCGS Genealogy Library

The CCGS Genealogy Library has recently added a new database to the resources available online at the library. Reports Betsy Ferris, CCGS Librarian, "In addition to Ancestry.com, NewEnglandAncestors.com from NEHGS, and Heritage Quest online, we now make available WorldVitalRecords.com."

WorldVitalRecords.com is a new genealogy Web site consisting of 1 billion plus records in 11,000 different databases, and the site is still growing. Users report satisfaction and success with the site's search engine, and it has become one of the most popular genealogical websites this year. Coverage is worldwide, including the U. S. and the U. K. There is a browse by country feature, which lets users see a list of the databases for a particular area.

According to Brenda Hayes, CCGS Library Director, "This addition to our library databases broadens the scope of genealogy research which can be accomplished locally."

The Cape Cod Genealogical Society's Genealogy Room is located in the Dennis Public Library, 5 Hall Street, Dennis Port, MA.