Friday, August 20, 2010

New Mentoring Season Begins

September is the start of our new year for the Cape Cod Genealogical Society, and we have put together the following Mentoring Sessions for you to take advantage of. A Mentoring Session is two hours focused on a particular genealogical topic with insights provided by one of our members.

Please contact the Mentor at the appropriate e-mail address below before the session so they can be prepared for you. We hope you will participate and enjoy:

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Topic: Records and What They Tell You
Mentor: Sam Slicer
Place: Thirwood Place, 237 N. Main St. South Yarmouth
(Stop at front desk to be directed to the room)
Time: 10 am to 12 pm

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Topic: How to use Ancestry and other on-line Databases for your Genealogy Research
Mentor: Ed Barr
Place: Dennis Public Library, Hall St., Genealogy Room
Time: 3 pm to 5 pm

Thursday, September 23, 2010
Topic: Gravestones--Proper Care, Cleaning and Repairing
Mentor: Robert Carlson
Place: Dennis Public Library, Hall St., Genealogy Room
Time: 1 pm to 3 pm

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Topic: Ideas to Try to Unblock that Brick Wall
Mentor: Nancy Daniels (
Bring your tough ancestors and we’ll try to give you some ideas to find more information.
Place: Eastham Public Library, downstairs room
Time: 11 am till 1 pm (Please contact Nancy so she knows what resources to prepare for this session).

Note: We are also in need of new Mentors who would be willing to lead one of these types of sessions ON ANY GENEALOGY TOPIC YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH! It is low-key and is strictly a member- helping-member program! Please consider donating your time in this project by contacting Nancy Daniels at

Thank you!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Family History Day with NEHGS

The second Family History Day sponsored jointly by the New England Historic Genealogical Society(NEHGS) and will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston.  The day will consist of lectures, meeting with expert staff, digitizing family documents, and learning about the resources of both NEHGS and Ancestry.  Anyone interested is encouraged to register early in order to hold a spot, at   Several CCGS members attended the first session of this kind in Spring 2010 and found it to be highly useful.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

John Lothrop Presentation by CCGS President

On Tuesday, October 28, 2010, beginning at 7pm, CCGS President Dan McConnell will give a presentation on the Reverend John Lothrop in regard to his stance for religious freedom and the migration of his congregation to Barnstable.  Dan is an expert on this topic and is active in several genealogical societies related to the Lothrop story. He has also published two different articles in the Cape Cod Genealogical Society Bulletin, one on Lothrop and the roots of his church in England and America(Fall 2008), and another on the Howes, Lothrops, and Linnells of England and Barnstable (Fall 2007). This presentation which promises to be very informative will be given at the Sturgis Library in Barnstable Village, which also has a historic connection to the Lothrop family.  All are welcome.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

CCGS Library - New Addition

CCGS Librarian Betsy Ferris has announced that a new history of New Bedford has recently been added to the collection of books about Massachusetts towns at the CCGS Genealogy Room library. A New Bedford Historical Sketch; How the Core Community Grew, by Robert Ricketson Murphy, published in 2008, is a gift from Society member David Martin.

The volume gives historical details about the development of the city, such as the origins of many street names. A large fold-out street map of New Bedford indicating Wards of the city is included in the back, providing a good view of the area covered by census enumeration districts. Although there is no index, a comprehensive table of contents lists information covered.

The Cape Cod Genealogical Society's online library catalog currently contains 84 volumes dealing with towns in Massachusetts, with emphasis on Cape Cod and southeast Massachusetts.