Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ancestry.Com Updates regularly publishes a helpful list called “Genealogy databases posted or updated recently” with dates. This update covers May 1-15, 2010.

Out of 35 resources listed for May 1-15, 20 of the new ones are in German, and most are family histories.

New databases in French:

• Marriages in Marseilles
• Vital records for Alpes-Maritimes, a department in southeast
    France, including Cannes and Nice

New databases in English:

• Alabama Civil War Muster Rolls, 1861-1865
• Queensland (Australia) Passenger Lists, 1848-1912.

Nine databases have been updated, including:

• Obituary collections for the US, Canada, UK & Ireland, Australia,
    New Zealand, and the Caribbean
• New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
• US Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885
• 1880 US Federal Census
• Selected US Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1966.
The latter three are annotated as "Free Index."

This Ancestry update column will be posted periodically by Carol Magenau.

Mentoring Sessions Set for June, 2010

The third straight month of member-mentoring sessions is now set for June 2010.  Anyone interested in attending any of these sessions is invited to contact the Mentor in advance, to let them know of your interests and enable them to better plan for helping you.  Mentors' email addresses follow their names in the scheduled sessions below--all that is needed is to click on the email address and you can easily reach them with a message. Thanks to our Mentors for being so helpful!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Writing Your Family History
Are you ready to put your family history into a story? Come to learn
about format, sequence, and general narrative ideas; bring a sample
of your family story with you.
Mentor: David S. Martin,
Place: Dennis Public Library, Genealogy Room
Time: 1-3 pm

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Barnstable Families
Do you have early Cape Cod families in your family tree? Come to discover some common ancestors, interesting facts, and great resources in this fascinating mentoring session.
Mentor: Bebe Brock,
Place: Sturgis Library
Time: 2-4 pm

Saturday, June 12, 2010
Irish Genealogy
Do you have elusive Irish Ancestors? Are you unsure how to start or
where to go to begin researching your Irish family? Come to spend some time with our in-house Irish expert. You'll come away with some great ideas and insights!
Mentor: Pat Concannon,
Place: Dennis Public Library, Genealogy Room
Time: 12 noon till 2 pm

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
How to apply for a DAR certification
Do you have an ancestor who was in the Revolutionary War? Would you like to apply to be a Daughter of the American Revolutionary War (or any other Lineage Society) but do not know how? Come speak to an EXPERT! She can help you!
Mentor: Sara Baker,
Place: Dennis Public Library, Genealogy Room
Time: 1-3 pm

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Massachusetts Genealogical Council Annual Seminar June 26, 2010

The Massachusetts Genealogical Council annual seminar and meeting will be held on June 26, 2010 at the LaCava Center at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. Records and Repositories: Exploring the Treasures of Massachusetts, will highlight collections useful for genealogists in a variety of record repositories. The main track is sponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration and will feature four engaging talks:
  • Locating Civil War Ancestors
  • What’s Online, What’s not at NARA?
  • Finding Family Migration Routes in Federal Records
  • Examining the 1940 United States federal Census
The day will feature MGC Program Director Joshua Taylor who will provide insights on his experience in filming NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? - focusing on research for Sarah Jessica Parker and the process of developing materials for the hit television show.

Highlights of the seminar will include updates on legislation affecting genealogists’ access to records on a national and state level. The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) will sponsor lectures on:  Online Websites for Irish Research, Treasures of the NEHGS Manuscript Collection, and Diaries and Letters at NEHGS. Judith A. Lucey, Assistant Archivist at NEHGS, will present her expertise of these unique and priceless resources available at NEHGS.

This is an exciting and comprehensive program with something for everyone!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

CCGS Library - New Arrivals, April 2010

CCGS Librarian Betsy Ferris has announced the arrival of several new books at the CCGS Genealogy Room Library during April, 2010. Three were gifts; and one was a new purchase.

Children’s Interview Guide; Personal and Family History of
_____________, is a book of questions for a person writing about his or her life in the 20th century, which might be asked by children or grandchildren of their ancestor. The volume was published for Gift to the Future 2000 in 1992 as a way of providing chronicles of the century before the turn of the millennium in 2000. The questions are just as valid today and might help young people start on their family histories or genealogies. 

CCGS member David Martin donated the book to our library, along with another, New England Genealogical Research; A Guide to Sources, compiled by Kip Sperry.  The guide lists sources, repositories, and a bibliography for each New England state.

Dennis Historical Society Librarian and CCGS member Burton Nathaniel Derick has completed Volume 2 of his well received series, Dennis Source Records, and donated a copy to CCGS.  His second volume, subtitled Annals of South Dennis, contains transcriptions of the Seth Taylor Whelden collection, poetry of Lucy Baker, Samuel Nickerson’s letters and ledgers, Obed Whelden collection, and Susan (Baker) (Whelden) Harding’s letters.

CCGS library has purchased a copy of The 1858 Map of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket, by Henry F. Walling, et al.  Images from Cape Cod Community College’s 1858 map of the counties of Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket, Massachusetts, have been photographed for printing in book format. The project raises money for the William Brewster Nickerson Cape Cod History Archives at CCCC.

Town and village map sections have been enlarged and reproduced so that property owners’ names are legible, making this a valuable resource for those researching Cape Cod families.

See other recent additions to the CCGS Library.

CCGS Library Online Catalog.