Friday, September 3, 2010

3-Part Education Series is a Success

A special offering of a Genealogical Workshop by CCGS took place on three Monday afternoons in August, 2010 at the Jacob Sears Library in East Dennis.  Twenty participants, including several non-members, took advantage of the opportunity.

The first session provided an overview of general genealogical methods, and served as a review for experienced family historians as well as an introduction for several who are new to this pursuit. The second session focussed on Immigration to the United States and Migration across the United States, all in relation to searching for the identity of and facts about ancestors (a brief version of this presentation will form the basis for one of the regular Society Program meetings early in 2011). The third session featured the variety of computer software that is available for organizing and keeping genealogical data, followed by a "live" examination of some of the most useful genealogical websites; participants were able to connect in real time due to the availability of laptop computers for everyone to share.

Presenters included: Nancy De Nise on general genealogical techniques as well as church records; Judy Terry on using land and deed records for genealogy; Brenda Hayes on using library resources including the Society's own collection at the Dennis Public Library in Dennisport; Carolyn Weiss on a variety of topics including Migration, general genealogical methods, computer software for genealogy, and useful internet sites; and David Martin on general genealogical methods and Immigration in genealogy.

Plans are now being discussed on another offering of a version of this course later in 2011 in which Census topics could be substituted for Immigration and Migration. Anyone with suggestions on educational offerings is invited to send them via David Martin at

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