Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Computer SIG explores online newspapers at February meeting

The main topic for the February 2, 2010 CCGS Computer Users meeting was Finding newspaper articles to help in genealogy research, as suggested by Bonnie Cormier at the previous meeting.

SIG coordinator Nancy Daniels lead the group on a tour of 12 Web sites that hosted digital images of newspaper articles, had links to other sites that contained them, or listed the newspapers in their collections. Sites ranged from newspapers available at (free at the CCGS Library), Boston Public Library, Internet Archive and the Brantford Public Library in Ontario, Canada, for Canadian newspaper listings. Papers on Cape Cod can be found archived, online and searchable at the Sturgis Library in Barnstable, MA.

Other topics at the 2-hour session were varied and equally informative. Peg Spellman suggested browsing the many fascinating videos at Roots Television, all dealing with some aspect of genealogy how-to-do.

Nancy is always searching for state vital records online. Today she amazed the group with vital records from Arizona at If you know of other states that have these kinds of records online, email their addresses to Nancy or include them in a comment below.

An enthusiastic discussion developed around the latest addition to the CCGS Library Collection, Google Your Family Tree, by Daniel Lynch, which prompted a look at the book's official site.

The group saw how easy it was to translate English into most common foreign languages by using Google's free translation utility. Nancy offered that the translations may not be perfect, but they would be close enough to use when
requesting basic genealogical information from foreign countries.

Convinced that genealogists always need to keep their skills and knowledge up to date, Nancy concluded the session with a sampling from one of the excellent online seminars offered by staff genealogists at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS).

Typically, each month's session covers more sites and options than one has time to pursue. Nancy recommends that members pick the one or two sites they think will benefit them the most and concentrate on just those; then branch out from there as you need to broaden your search.

Soon after each session, Nancy emails those attending a list of all the sites visited during the meeting. Today's list will number close to 20!

Next month's topic, suggested by Marti Day, is City Directories: what they are, how they can help, where to find them, and especially where to find them online.

Open to CCGS members only, the Computer Users Group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at the Dennis Public Library, on Hall Street in Dennisport between 10 am and noon. It is an opportunity for members to interact with others to find good Web sites, get answers to computer problems related to genealogy, discuss suggested software and generally get tips on how to find information via the Internet.

Contact Nancy Daniels at for further information and to join the CCGS Computer Users Group.

Description of all CCGS Special Interest Groups (SIGs)


  1. Thanks for linking to the Sturgis Library's newspaper page! We appreciate it. Love your new blog format and have subscribed to your posts. Great job!

  2. Hi, Lucy -

    Glad you're enjoying our new site, and thanks for your kind words.

    Chris Geanacopoulos
    Webmaster, CCGS

  3. I LOVE the hot links embedded in these updates! Makes navigating much easier.

    By the way, I found a database on that has picutres of ACTUAL death certificates for NC. It's title is 'North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975'. If you have any ancestors from that area at that time period this is a do not miss database!

  4. Just wanted to let everyone know that original Death Certificates for the state of Texas can now be found on Remember, we have FootNote at our Library in Dennis!!

  5. Good news!! Original Birth, Death and Marriage records from Vermont are on line at

    Very exciting!