Thursday, June 3, 2010

Research Trip to Boston helps many

The spring bus trip sponsored by the Cape Cod Genealogical Society brought 27 genealogists and family historians from Cape Cod to Boston looking for their ancestors. Destinations for the May 19, 2010 excursion were the research facilities at the Boston Public Library and the New England Historic and Genealogical Society (NEHGS).

Many who went to the Boston Public Library visited the Microtext Department to research the microfilm records available, with most looking for obituaries found in old newspapers from around the country. Others searched the extensive collection of microfilmed city directories. Some researchers, fearing the microtext and newspaper collections may be in danger of being closed as a cost-saving move by the City of Boston, gave this venue their top priority.

Among those visiting the New England Historic and Genealogical Society on Newbury Street was Veteran CCGS member Roberta Bratti, who was thrilled to find information on her Knight line in a rare book at the NEHGS Library. "They went down in the vault to get it for me," she said.  "There are only four copies of it in the world!  It helped me a lot."

At the end of the trip, one passenger decided to join CCGS. "I'm hooked. Sign me up!" said Patricia Quasha from Dennis, having restarted her family research after a long lapse.

For two family historians this was their first trip to a large research facility. Fellow passengers advised them to take things slowly. "You'll need at least one more visit to figure out how the place works and where things are," said one. To that end, the Cape Cod Genealogical Society will offer another chance to visit Boston area research facilities with its fall trip, planned for late October or early November.