Thursday, December 30, 2010

Web Workshop part of Mentoring series January 6, 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011, in the auditorium of the Dennis Public Library from 2-4 pm. Directions.

As part of the series of mentoring sessions for January, Webmaster Chris Geanacopoulos will present a workshop on Finding Your Way on the Web, or how to get the most out of your Web browsing experience.

Topics will include:
  • The Internet, the World Wide Web, and what your PC does for you.
  • How pages on the Web differ from pages in books, magazines and journals.
  • What to do if you get lost, or forget where you came from, or how to find that great site you stumbled upon last week....
  • Managing a list of favorite Web sites.
  • Problems with printing Web pages.
  • Using your browser’s tabs
  • Copy/Paste from a Web site.
  • Emailing Web pages to others
  • Questions and answers.
Please email Chris at to let him know you are coming. Beginners are welcome.

Click for the complete January CCGS Mentoring Schedule.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

January Mentoring Program Announced:

Listed below are four Mentoring Sessions which are being offered in the month of January. Since some of our sessions have generated a lot of interest, you must contact the mentor prior to the session to register to attend. A Mentor may need to limit the number of attendees in a session.

Thursday January 6, 2011
Topic:   Finding Your Way on the Web

Mentor: Webmaster Chris Geanacopoulos will provide some background on the Internet  and will show you some useful tips for browsing the Web. This is in a Workshop format so there is no limit on attendees. Beginners welcome. Q&A afterward. Contact Chris at
Place:   Auditorium, Dennis Public Library, Hall St., Dennis Port, MA
Time:   2pm to 4pm

Thursday January 13, 2011
Topic:   The Art of the Genealogical Interview
Mentor: David Martin,
Place:   Genealogy Room, Dennis Public Library, Hall St., Dennis Port, MA
Time:   2 pm to 4 pm

Tuesday January 18, 2011

Topic:   Beginners Genealogy — Pointers on how to find your relatives
Mentor: Nancy A. Daniels,
Place:   Eastham Public Library, downstairs conference room
Time:   11 am to 1 pm

Wednesday January 26, 2011
Topic:   Unlocking the Genealogical Secrets Available at Sturgis Library
Mentor: Bebe Brock,
Place:   Sturgis Library, 3090 Main St. (Rt 6A), Barnstable, MA, Genealogy Room
Time:   2 pm to 4 pm

We welcome all members and those interested in Genealogy to attend!

If you would consider being a Mentor for one session, please contact Nancy A. Daniels at for details!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Wellfleet Vital Records Available in Print

As part of a multi-volume project, the Mayflower Descendant (publication of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants) is publishing the entire list of Wellfleet Vital Records from 1763 to 1844.  The first installment was in 2008, with their Volume 57, page 124. The second installment is currently available in the Summer 2010 Volume 59, no. 2, starting on page 115. A third installment will appear in a future issue. The transcriber is Andrew P. Langlois, and most of the records were recorded at the time of Sam Waterman, Town Clerk.  Anyone with Cape Cod, as well as Wellfleet, ancestry will want to consult this transcription. Some of the prominent surnames are Rich, Lewis, Whitman, Higgins, Freeman, Cole, Covell, and Atwood, to name only some. The website of the Society is

Friday, December 10, 2010

Genealogists' Input on 2010 Census

The National Archives is currently seeking input from the general public about what should be permanently kept from the recently completed 2010 Census. At the moment, the appraisal and records schedule of that census are available for public review and comment. Genealogists are especially invited to go to, to read the entire posting and see how to let the Archives know what you think.  All comments must be in by 30 December, and they will become part of NARA's official file dealing with the records schedule. Let's all take advantage of this one-time opportunity to have a say in the availability of these records.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Exciting Re-Discovery of Cape Town Boundaries

Three members of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society--Bebe Brock, David Martin, and Robert Ward-- spent the morning of Wednesday, December 8, 2010 traipsing through the woods of Dennis and Yarmouth seeking the ancient surveyors marker stones which were laid out to define the boundaries of the Cape Cod towns of Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, and Brewster. They joined a group led by Michael Farber, a retired lawyer and surveyor, who has made it his interest to find these stones which demarcate the bounds of the towns.

The whole process is known as the Cornerstone Project. Farber has followed the work of E. Morse Payne, a member of CCGS, who had discovered earlier that the bounds of the Cape Cod towns were set by Governor William Bradford in 1641 by surveyor-sightings from a ship anchored in Cape Cod Bay.

Bradford and his assistants used a line drawn on a north-south axis from Race Point, Provincetown, to Hyannis Harbor to determine additional lines drawn from this line to set the boundaries of Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, and Harwich--the original Cape towns.

The day began at a surveyor's stone by the south side of Hallets Mill Pond in Barnstable.  The group then proceeded to Scargo Hill Tower where an excellent view was found of Cape Cod Bay and both Manomet Point in Plymouth and Race Point in Provincetown. They then went to the Sears Cemetery near the Bound Brook Conservation Area where a stone demarcating the boundary between Yarmouth and Harwich (now Brewster) lay and followed the line between the towns over rolling hills finding three marker stones in succession, all along a clear Magnetic North line. Adjoining the nature preserve is a superseded section of the King’s Highway which is now Route 6A. The tour ended at the mouth of Namskaket Creek in Brewster, where additional markers had been laid, marking the boundary between what was then Harwich and Eastham (now Orleans).   

Michael Farber has agreed to attend a meeting of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society to speak on the Cape Cod Cornerstone Project and his discoveries of the surveyors’ stones, as well as the important need for volunteers to assist in transcribing Cape Cod official town land records from the 17th and 18th centuries.                                                                                                                       
--Robert Ward

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Previous Bulletins Available

The Cape Cod Genealogical Society BULLETIN's final issue appears in December 2010, and then a brand new JOURNAL of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society will first appear in June 2011.  Copies of nearly all past issues of the BULLETIN are available, since its inception in the mid-1970's.  Available past copies are to be ready for purchase for $1 each at the Program Meetings of January through May 2011.  If you need to fill in a missing issue or two, or are just interested in the content of a particular issue after you peruse the table of contents, you will want to take advantage of this one-time opportunity.  After that time, all except one file copy of these past Bulletins will be sent to a recycling center; then, past issues will be available only through the available CD of past issues. Do stop by the registration table and take a look!