Sunday, March 28, 2010

CCGSers Attend 2010 New England Family History Conference

Ten Society members attended the Family History Conference in Franklin, Mass., on Saturday, March 27.  Such genealogy "stars" as Leslie Huber, Tom Kemp, Marian Pierre-Louis and Marilyn Markam presented programs as varied as "Erin in the USA", "Eight Ways to Cross the Ocean", "Deeds and Probate", and "Genealogy in Your Pajamas".  The conference was free, the lunch was $8 (and delicious),  and the syllabus was available free on line.   Quite a bargain!  Since the conference is annual, look for it next March and sign up.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Genealogical Mentoring Project Begins

Based upon the recent Member Survey, the Cape Cod Genealogical Society has begun a Genealogy Mentoring Program for the month of April, 2010.  Different members of our Society have graciously offered their expertise in various topics that may be of interest to you in your Research.

These members are planning at being at various sites in our area for specific topics and hours of time. Feel free to come to them to focus on a specific area of interest. Great opportunity for one-on-one (or one-on-two or -three!) to get all your questions answered! Here are our topics, Mentors, locations, and times:

Thursday, April 1: Barnstable Families
Mentor: Bebe Brock
Place: Dennis Public Library, Hall Street, Dennisport
Time: 2-4pm

Tuesday, April 6: Internet and Genealogy, Especially Census Research
Mentor: Carolyn Weiss
Place: Dennis Public Library
Time: 12-2pm

Tuesday, April 13:  Colonial Genealogy
Mentor: David Martin
Place: Dennis Public Library
Time: 12-2pm and 2-4pm

Wednesday, April 21:  Irish Genealogy
Mentor: Pat Concannon
Place: Dennis Public Library
Time: 1-3pm

Wednesday, April 28:  Barnstable Families and Their Homes
Mentor: Prof. James W. Gould, local historian and descendant of
                 Barnstable founders            
Place: Sturgis Library, Barnstable                                                   
         Participants will be guided through the excellent
         resources of the Hooper and Kittredge Rooms to
         break down "brick walls" in genealogy.
Time: 10am to Noon

Friday, April 30: Digital Newspaper and Manuscript Collections
Mentor: Joan Maloney
Place: Brooks Academy Museum, 80 Parallel St., Harwich Center
Time: 10am to Noon

Looks like a great start for this program!

New Journal for the Society

An exciting development is under way--the Cape Cod Genealogical Society Bulletin, which has been in continuous publication since 1971, will be replaced in 2011 by the Journal of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society. The Bulletin has had an excellent history as a publication, and among other honors was several years ago voted the national winner of the annual genealogical publication contest through the National Genealogical Society.

Now that the Society has an active Blogsite which contains timely announcements of events and reports of recent events, the news aspect of the Society is electronically covered promptly. For those who do not use computers, announcements will still be made at Program meetings and in newspapers, and reports on events will also be made in the minutes of CCGS Board meetings and at Program meetings.

The new Journal will feature some of the same types of information that the Bulletin has contained, but also some newer features. Included will be articles on:
  • Genealogical Methods         
  • Genealogical Narratives 
  • Historical Contexts  
  • Transcriptions of Original Records, focussed on Cape Cod  
  • Calendar of Program Presentations
  • Surname Research
and more. The Journal will appear twice per year, in July and December, and will be basically a research-based publication.

After the publication of the final issue of the Bulletin in December 2010, an expanded version of the searchable Bulletin CD will be produced, which will include a complete "run" of all issues of the Bulletin throughout its lifetime. The expanded CD will be available for sale in 2011, and a supplement containing the issues of 2009 and 2010 will be available for a nominal fee to anyone who has already purchased the original CD that covers issues through 2008.

The Bulletin Committee, to be now known as the Publications Committee, will continue to take responsibility for developing issues of the Journal as well as coordinate activities related to the Blog site.

Separately, a Writing Contest is being sponsored by the Society to encourage members and non-members to write research-based articles for publication in the Journal. A separate announcement of the guidelines for the Contest and prizes, with its deadline for first submissions in August 2010, is found elsewhere on the Blog.

Anyone with suggestions or questions is encouraged to contact the Publications Committee; chair for the August issue of the Bulletin is David Martin, who can be contacted at

Monday, March 15, 2010

New Surnames Added

The following names have been added to the CCGS Surnames Listing by CCGS members Ray Sears and Nancy Daniels. Contact them via email to exchange information.

Ray Sears (
     Sears, Richard.

Nancy Daniels (
     Lincoln, James
     Whitcomb, William
     Nutting, John
     Eggleston, Sarah Elizabeth

Visit the CCGS Surnames Site for more information on these names and other names CCGS members are researching.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Genealogy Course Set for August 2010

A special 3-part Genealogy Course will be offered by the Society in August 2010 for members and non-members. Content for each session will be:

--Session 1—Monday, August 9, 1:30-4:30pm:  Overview of Genealogical Research Methods, designed both for experienced genealogists who would like to have a“refresher” on new developments and for genealogists who are just beginning their research. Included will be how to use: vital records, church records, probate records, death records, military records, census information, newspapers, and much more.

--Session 2—Monday, August 16, 1:30-4:30pm: U.S. Immigration and Migration for genealogists, using on-line sources for records of immigration into the U.S. as well as migration patterns across the U.S.and how the frontier affected the keeping of family histories. Included also will be how to research and use passenger lists and naturalization records.

--Session 3—Monday, August 23, 1:30-4:30pm: Computers for Genealogy; included will be an overview of the most useful Internet sites for genealogical research and the options for selecting a computer software program to organize and do recordkeeping of your accumulating genealogical data.

All sessions will be offered at the Jacob Sears Library, located on Center Street in East Dennis (take Route 6A, turn toward the Bay on School Street, and take the second right on Center Street; parking is across the street in the church parking lot).

Cost: $15 per session for CCGS members; $20 per session for non-members
       : $40 for all 3 sessions for CCGS members; $50 for non-members.

For more information, contact David Martin at

To sign up, print and return the registration form (pdf).

Registration Deadline: June 30, 2010.

Monday, March 8, 2010

DC Research Trip--Back on Track

Everyone planning to participate in the Genealogical Research Trip to Washington, DC in the week of October 17-22, 2010 now has a less expensive alternative for transportation.  New information from Amtrak indicates that reservations can be made now on:

    Train 99, leaving Providence at 9:20am on Sunday, October 17

    Train 174, leaving Washington at 10:25am on Friday, October 22

Round trip cost is $147 for anyone over age 62, and $174 for everyone else.  Reservations can be cancelled with a refund minus a 10% cancellation penalty. The trip each way is approximately seven and a half hours.  Each participant is asked to make her/his own reservation, and let David Martin know when it has been made ( A planning meeting will be held in spring for those members interested.

Update - 2010 Census Preservation

[Article submitted by Robert Ward, President of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society]

The National Archives and Records Administration has clarified the final disposition plans for the 2010 Census.

According to Paul Wester, head of the Modern Records Program at NARA, the Census Bureau will preserve both the data collected during the enumeration of the census as well as scanned images of the census forms.

When the 2010 census is released in 2082 to the public, researchers will be able to trace their ancestors through the database and view the digitized images of the census forms.

Once the Census Bureau has submitted its final schedule and the records have been appraised by NARA, NARA will publish notice of the schedule in the Federal Register, enabling the public to obtain and comment on the schedule.