Monday, January 31, 2011

Genealogy Workshops Set for Chatham

The next offering of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society's Education Workshop Series begins on Monday, February 7, 2011 at the Eldredge Library in Chatham, in the downstairs conference room.

The content of the first session will include an overview of genealogical methods--vital records, military records, census, family bibles, cemetery records, church records, and much more.

The second session, set for Monday, February 28, will focus on Immigration and Migration in genealogy, and the third session on Monday, March 7, will focus on Computers in Genealogy--both software for record-keeping and internet procedures for genealogical research. Each session will be from 1:30-3:00 PM.  The cost for enrollment is $5.00.

Registration information can be obtained from David Martin at

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Library Receives Guides to NARA

CCGS Librarian Betsy Ferris has announced that the Society's Library has received two guides for using military and civilian records at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Military Service Records at the National Archives, published by the National Archives & Records Administration, is Reference Information paper #109, compiled for NARA by Trevor K. Plante and revised in 2009.  The booklet lists the types of military records available at NARA in Washington, D. C. and provides advice and information about how to find and use them. 

Reference Information paper #110 is entitled Using Civilian Records for Genealogical Research in the National Archives Washington, D. C. Area.  This companion booklet, also revised in 2009, provides information about searching census, immigration, naturalization and other civilian records at NARA.

Both guides are listed in the How-To Guide section of the library at 929.1 NAT.

These two items were given to the library by David Martin upon his return from CCGS’ recent research trip to Washington, DC, where members spent a day at NARA.  This information would be helpful for anyone planning a personal research trip to the Archives.

See the Library's complete listing of How-To Guides online.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

New England Family History Conference - Saturday March 26, 2011

The Annual New England Family History Conference will be held Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the Franklin LDS Church, 91 Jordan Road, Franklin, MA 02038.

This year's presentation topics include finding your Italian roots, census searching strategies, deeds and land records, Mormon migrations, preparing for the 1940 census release, writing your own life history, British ancestor research, cemetery research, probate records, Revolutionary War, creative family history, and many more - 28 presentations in all. See the complete list.

Additional features include an Ancestors Road Show, the conference syllabus with presenters' notes, and an opportunity wind down and network over refreshments at the end of the day.

The Conference is FREE with optional lunches ($8.00) available at the conference. For registration, topics and speakers, meals, directions and other information visit the Conference Website. Contact info: or call 781-659-4702 or 508-472-5151.

Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Newspapers: A Critical Resource to Complete Your Family Tree

One of the leading genealogical software companies, Legacy Family Tree, offers a variety of free webinars to help genealogists with their research.

My PhotoOn Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at 2 pm EST join librarian, lecturer, newspaper expert, and's Thomas Jay Kemp  for this one-hour webinar on U.S. newspaper research, including a demonstration of the historical newspapers, books, and documents available at

Learn how to document the daily life of your ancestors in over 300 years of fragile, rare newspapers, books and documents. See how you can click and read articles about your ancestors, obituaries & marriage notices, military reports and even the sermons preached at their funerals! History comes alive as you climb beyond the names and dates on your family tree to the recorded details of their lives.

Sign up for this free webinar today at Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

If you attend, be sure to post a comment to let us know how you liked it.

Genealogy course begins February 7, 2011

Members of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society will present a 3-part series on genealogical methods at the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham, MA, begining February 7, 2011. The dates for each session are February 7, February 28, and March 7--all Mondays and all from 1:30-3:00 PM.

Titled Research Methods in Genealogy, the course is part of the Eldredge Library’s Winter/Spring 2011 Learning Series. The course, which carries a $5.00 fee and includes all three sessions, is open to the public and is designed for the beginning family historian and for anyone who may need a refresher.

Main topics include: General Genealogical Methods, Public Records, Immigration and Migration, Church and Cemetery Records, and Computer use for Genealogy.

Click for a full course description or to register. Those interested may also register at the Library or may contact  David Martin, Chair of the Education Committee, at

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Cape Genealogical Resources Book to Appear

The Publications Committee of the Society is preparing a new book, entitled Cape Cod and Islands Genealogical Resources, which contains information on Cape and Islands historical societies, histories of all Cape towns, addresses of surname societies, library resources, websites related to Barnstable County informational sources, and considerably more.

The book is designed to be used by all genealogical researchers who are investigating Cape and Islands ancestry, and will be available for sale in March at Society meetings; it will also be sold at the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium's bi-ennial conference in Springfield in early April. At that time, Past-President Robert Ward will be making a session presentation on Cape genealogical resources, and the book will be available in conjunction with that presentation.

The book can also be used together with Historical and Genealogical Atlas and Guide to Barnstable County, Massachusetts, an earlier publication by the Falmouth Genealogical Society, authored by the late Marge Gibson, which contains much valuable information including Cape maps and cemeteries.

Questions may be directed to Dave Martin, Publications Committee, at

Genealogical Workshops Planned

The Education Committee of the Society has been very busy with genealogical workshops for both members and non-members.  They have just completed the offering of a 3-part series for the Harwich Newcomers, at the Harwich Senior Center; 22 people participated, and several non-members are considering membership in CCGS.

Chatham's Eldredge Library will be the host site for a new 3-part series on genealogical methods, to be offered to anyone interested in enrolling through the Library. The dates will be February 7, February 28, and March 7--all Mondays and all from 1:30-3:00 PM. Topics include: General Genealogical Methods, Immigration and Migration, and Computer use for Genealogy.

Still another series with the same topics is scheduled to be offered at the Provincetown Library on April 11, May 9, and May 23--again, all Mondays from 1:30-3:00 PM.

A fall 2011 series is also being considered for offering through the Nauset Newcomers in either Eastham or Wellfleet.

Each series is offered for only a nominal sum to cover the cost of copying. Anyone interested in enrolling in either the Chatham or Provincetown series is invited to contact David Martin, Chair of the Education Committee, at

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Online Cemetery Information - Find A Grave

Nancy's Tips

Finding the cemetery plot of your ancestor can yield surprising results! I have occasionally used the free web site called Find A Grave and recently spent some extended time on it again. I found it to be extremely valuable!

Find A Grave currently contains information for over 300,000 cemeteries in over 170 different countries. Find A Grave is a resource for finding the final resting place of family, friends, and "famous" individuals. With millions of names and photos, it is an invaluable tool for the genealogist and family history buff. As a contributor to the Find A Grave site, you can add information such as photos, obituaries, biographies and dates.

When looking up ancestors for my husband's family line, I searched for a cemetery in Riverside County that I thought they would be buried in. When I found the names of cemeteries in the town they lived in, I took a chance and put in the family surname. I hit pay dirt! For example, in the case of Hannah Case Barr, I found a picture of her marker.

I also found a picture of the gate to Riverside Cemetery where she was buried.

Also, while going through all of the names on Find A Grave that matched some information I already had, I found dates of births and deaths, pictures of headstones, obits, information on spouses, parents and children.  I didn't find all information for all relatives, but Find A Grave provided enough new details to make my time worthwhile!

Be sure to explore the many features of Find A Grave.

And be sure to leave a comment to let us all know how you do!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Nancy's Tips!

Welcome to Nancy's Tips!

Nancy Daniels
Starting this month, I will be hosting a column called "Nancy's Tips".  In it I will share with you something that has helped me learn how to research my families history, a new web site I have found, or suggestions that may help you with your genealogical research.

I hope you find them useful.

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I look forward to hearing your comments or requests for particular topics for this column.  Leave me a comment at the end of any article or drop me an email at And be sure to tell your friends!

Good luck in your genealogical research!

Friday, January 7, 2011

BPL Microtext Department Closing Imminent

Researchers planning to visit the Microtext Department of the Boston Public Library had better move their plans up quickly - in fact, to within the next several weeks.

According to an article this week in the Boston Globe, the BPL is closing its Microtext Department in the coming weeks so the space can be converted to an exhibit hall housing the library’s Norman B. Leventhal Map Collection.

According to the Globe:
In a few weeks ... the machines will be gone, a nearby reference desk removed, and the room on track for a $1.8 million makeover. Next fall, if all goes as planned, the space will reopen as the new repository and exhibit hall for the library’s Norman B. Leventhal Map Collection, one of the country’s foremost cartographic resources. Many of the collection’s most valuable maps, atlases, and other materials will come out of storage and into fuller public view.
A call to the Microtext staff confirmed the news. The Department eventually will find a home on the second floor of the Johnson Building. No time frame could be given for when the Department would be ready again to accommodate researchers.

Those wishing to visit the Microtext Department should call (617) 859-2018 for the latest status.