Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Getting the Word Out - Mentoring Workshop April 7, 2011

Thursday April 7, 2011, in the auditorium of the Dennis Public Library from 2-4 pm. Directions.

As part of the series of mentoring sessions for April, Chris Geanacopoulos will again present a workshop on Getting the Word Out - an introduction to the basic word processing skills that will get you started writing your family history on your computer.

Topics will cover:
  • Entering Text - make simple corrections as you type.
  • Saving your work - protect yourself against pets, phones and other disasters.
  • Editing - polish your text, move ideas around, bring in outside material.
  • Formatting - make your text easy on the eye and your subject easy to follow.
Bring a laptop for hands-on practice (optional).

Previous session attendees are welcome to return for a refresher and review.

Please email Chris at to let him know you are coming.

See the complete April Mentoring schedule.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

April 2011 Mentoring Sessions

Listed below are three Mentoring Sessions which are being offered in the month of April.  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  April 7, 2011
Topic:    Getting the Word Out
Mentor:   Chris Geanacopoulos.  Chris will introduce the basic word processing skills that will get you started writing your Family History on your computer.  Contact Chris at for your reservation.
Place:      Auditorium, Dennis Public Library, Hall Street, Dennis Port, MA
Time:      2 pm to 4 pm

Tuesday April 12, 2011
Topic:    Using the Census for Research
Mentor:   David S. Martin.  Are you using the Census for your research?  Come to this session to learn how to make best uses of and avoid pitfalls in the US Census.  Learn also about Census substitutes when the Census is missing or incomplete.  Contact David at for a reservation.
Place:     Dennis Public Library, Dennis Port, MA
Time:      2 pm to 4 pm

Wednesday April 20, 2011
Topic:     Research Resources for the State of Maine
Mentor:   Nancy A. Daniels.  We will discuss Repositories and on line resources for locating your ancestors in the state of Maine.  Contact Nancy at for your reservation.
Place:      Brewster Ladies Library, Rt 6A, Brewster.  Downstairs Conference room
Time:      Noon to 2 pm

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

CCGS researchers visit the American-French Genealogical Society

[Article submitted by CCGS member Ellen Geanacopoulos]

For anyone claiming Canadian ancestors, the American-French Genealogical Society (AFGS) in Woonsocket, RI is the place to track them down.

Three members of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society – Marti Day, Bonnie Cormier, and I - traveled to the AFGS research library on Monday, March 21, 2011.

L-R: Bonnie Cormier, Marti Day, Ellen Geanacopoulos

We were met at the door by AFGS webmaster Bill Pommenville, who gave us a tour of the Society's invaluable resources, which include:
  • Over 10,000 volumes of vital records from Canada and the New England states
  • The fabulous Drouin collection of marriages dating back to the 1600’s
  • Birth, death and marriage records on microfilm
  • Online access to Ancestry (World Edition), NEHGS, or Family History Library databases.
  • Access to the PRDH (Research Program in Historical Demography) database, where you enter a name and get all Canadian family members, going back to the 1600’s.
Because we had phoned ahead, experienced researchers were available to us for one-on-one attention the full time we were there. Bonnie and I had brought documents in French that needed translation, and the volunteers are patient and fluent in translating.

Once I confirmed that one of my ancestors had really married a woman with the same first and last name as his mother, not that uncommon in small French villages, I was able to trace this line back from 1806 to 1665, with the invaluable help of my volunteer who kept bringing me books referencing my family.

AFGS is open three days a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays. Click for specific hours and to plan your visit, or call  401-765-6141 for more information. Non-members pay a $5 fee for the day. There is a lunch room with snacks and drinks available as well as a secure locker area (no fee).

There is a lot more information waiting for me at the American-French Genealogical Society. I can’t wait to go back!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Writing Your Family Memoir Series Announced

Many people who have carried out genealogical research reach the point where they are ready to begin putting that information into some kind of organized print form, to be shared with family members and others. The Society has now planned to offer a special 3-part series to enable all interested members and others to develop a written family history in an organized way.

The first session will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2011, at the Dennis Public Library in Dennis Port, MA from 9am to noon; the leader of the session will be Ms. Cheryl Somers Aubin, an experienced teacher of writing and past instructor at the annual Cape Cod Writers' Workshop.  This session will emphasize ways of organizing the memoir, practice in starting to write, and considerations for completing the work in a timely way.

A follow-up workshop for those who actually start their writing will be held on Saturday, September 24 at the Brewster Ladies' Library, from 9am to noon; another followup workshop will be held later in the Fall on a date to be determined by the group.

Registration fee is $15 for the series.

To sign up for the series, print and return the registration form (pdf).

Questions about the series may be directed to David Martin at

Four Genealogy Workshop Series Offered

The Education Committee of the Society has been busy offering several 3-part series of Genealogical Workshops for four different communities.  The segments of the series includes a first session on general genealogical techniques (vital records, census, church records, cemeteries, land deeds, probate, standards of genealogical evidence, etc.); a second session on an in-depth discussion of Immigration to the USA and Migration patterns across the USA; and a third session on the varied computer software programs that are useful for genealogical record-keeping and on numerous techniques for effectively using the internet for family history research.

The series has been offered to the Harwich Newcomers, and the Chatham Library series. About to begin is a series for Provincetown, to be given at the Provincetown Monument meeting room (Mondays, April 25, May 9, and May 23, 1:30 to 3:30pm), and another series at the Sandwich Community Program (Mondays, May 2, May 16, and June 6, 4-6pm).  Plans call for another offering of the series in October for the Nauset Newcomers in the Eastham area.

Anyone interested in enrolling in any of these series or having questions may contact David Martin at; a small fee is required to cover the costs of materials duplication.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Library adds book on Indian land deeds in Plymouth Colony

CCGS Librarian Betsy Ferris has announced that the Cape Cod Genealogical Society's Library has received a copy of Indian Deeds: Land Transactions in Plymouth Colony, 1620-1691, by Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs.

The book provides records of 17th century land transfers by donation and sale from Indians to colonial government and the subsequent division into lots for particular colonists. The first part of the book is a historical narrative describing various phases of settlement within Plymouth Colony; the second part consists of transcriptions of deeds and related court records. Both parts are arranged chronologically. There is a native place name and personal name index and an index of non-native names in addition to the general index. This volume is located in the history section with books about early American history at 970.1 BAN.

The book is a donation from CCGS member Dan McConnell.

Browse the CCGS Online Library Catalog.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Research Trip to Boston - May 10, 2011

The Cape Cod Genealogical Society is sponsoring a research bus trip to Boston on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.

Destinations include:
  • Massachusetts Archives - Columbia Point (Mass Registry of Vital Records and JFK Presidential Library are close by).
  • Boston Public Library - Copley Square. You will need your BPL library card. You can get one free at the entrance.
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society - Newbury St. (additional cost of $15 at entrance if non member of NEHGS).
The bus will leave promptly at 8:00 am from Patriot Square, Dennis, on Route 134-Exit 9A. We will then pick up passengers at the Burger King Park & Ride at Exit 6, and the Sagamore Park & Ride. The return trip will leave Boston about 3:15 pm to arrive on Cape Cod at about 5:00 pm.

The cost for this trip is $35.00.

We suggest you bring a brown bag lunch, although there are some spots to eat near all facilities.

See our Research Guides to help plan your trip.

All are Welcome to join us!

To sign up, print and return the registration form (pdf).

For more information, call Ellen Geanacopoulos at 508-432-5469.