Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cape Cod Genealogical Journal set for Publication

The new Journal of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society makes its debut in early June, 2011. This twice-yearly publication contains a variety of articles and features related to both general genealogical methods and specific Cape Cod and Islands genealogical and historical topics.
The purpose of the Journal is to provide a somewhat scholarly and serious treatment of genealogical topics in a form that will appeal not only to Cape Codders but also to those who live off-Cape and have an interest in, or roots going back to, Cape Cod and the Islands.

Topics include: Cape historical narratives, features on past national events having an impact on the growing population of the Cape (e.g., epidemics), transcriptions of original documents, edited version of diaries and journals kept by Cape Codders from the past, and narratives about challenging genealogical investigations which may illuminate for others how to conduct their own searches.
To pique your interest, below is a sampling of the Contents from this premier edition. The Journal will appear twice per year.
                          Volume I, Number 1, June 2011
  • Immigration in American Genealogy
  • Starting Irish Genealogy
  • Genealogical Resources of Barnstable County
  • Smashing Stereotypes: The Case of Sidney Brooks
  • The Value of Probate
  • Indian Census of 1861
  • The Universalists of Provincetown
  • Don’t Call Your Cousins – Let Them Call You
  • Life Glimpses and Writings of Geneva Agnes Nickerson Eldredge
  • The Congregational Church: Its Origins in England
  • The Seabury's: 19th Century Tuberculosis on Cape Cod 
  • Nickerson Homesteads 
The Journal of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society (ISSN 2160-9284) is published semi-annually by the Society, and is received by all members of the Society. 

Other publications of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society

Monday, May 16, 2011

Massachusetts Genealogical Seminar set for July

The Annual Seminar of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council will take place on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Topics for the day include:

Chronicling the Bay State: Exploring the Treasures of Massachusetts
  • Collections at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court            
  • City of Boston Archives 
  • American Antiquarian Society      
  •      and more.
Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America

Updates on Genealogists' Access to Records in Massachusetts

Click for details and registration.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Annual CCGS Luncheon

Our Annual Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday June 15, 2011 at The Olde Yarmouth Inn at 223 Route 6A, Yarmouth Port, MA.

Melinde Lutz Byrne
Melinde Lutz Byrne, F. A.S.G. will be our Speaker for this event.  She will speak on Learning New Things from the Great Migration Study Project. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Melinde holds degrees and certificates in anthropology, library science and archival management.  She did serials acquisitions for the Tozzer Anthropological Library at Harvard University and has been a self-employed genealogist since 1976.

Melinde currently edits the New Hampshire Genealogical Record and co-edits the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.  She has published extensively and in 1993 was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists.

As Boston University Program Director of the Genealogical Research Certificate Program, she designed and staffed the five modules for the Center for Professional Education.  She also teaches a module on Forensic Genealogy.  Her current projects include culling ages from pre-1700 court and medical records and biographies of the first 200 Africans in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

The Annual Luncheon begins at 11:30 am with a Social Hour followed by our meal at 12:30 pm.  There will be a choice of 4 Entrees and the cost is $25.00.  All current members of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society should be receiving their reservation form in the mail this week.  If you have not received it, or are interested in additional information,  please contact Melvina H. Brock at

Have you tried Mocavo?

Nancy's Tips

Today I recieved my daily dose of Dick Eastman's newsletter (  His newsletter always has something of interest in the Genealogy world.  Today he told me about the web site Mocavo.  Here's what he said:

" is a genealogy search engine that is available to you at no charge. It searches hundreds of thousands of genealogy web sites, looking for the words that you specify. Web sites searched include thousands of genealogy message boards, society web pages, genealogy pages uploaded by individuals, state historical societies, family societies, Find-A-Grave, the Internet Archive (mostly scanned genealogy books from the Allen County Public Library), the Library of Congress, several sites containing scanned images of old photographs, and tens of thousands of distinct sites sites that contain various transcribed records of genealogical interest."

I typically use as my search engine, but it often brings up more hits then I can handle. 

I tried today and found that every hit was a genealogy hit!  Not bad when you're trying to work on 6 or 8 different family lines!

Try it today and let us know how you do!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Two new books purchased for CCGS Library

Librarian Betsy recently announced the purchase of two new books for the CCGS Library.
History for Genealogists: using chronological time lines to find and understand your ancestors, by Judy Jacobson, helps genealogists put into historical context the events of an ancestor’s life.  The book shows how a time line may answer the question “Why did they leave?”  There are examples of military timelines, and timelines based on religious events, diseases, natural disasters, economics, etc.  One chapter includes a discussion of transportation.

Both national and international timelines are included, with some examples specific to each state.  This book may be found among the research guides for genealogy at 929.1 JAC.

Another recent purchase is The Colonial Clergy and the Colonial Churches of New England, by Frederick Lewis Weis.  Colonial period churches of all denominations are listed alphabetically by town, with names of clergy and dates they served.  The clergymen are listed alphabetically with their dates and places of birth, dates and places of service, and dates and places of death.  This volume is catalogued with books about New England at 974.0 WEI.

Browse the CCGS Library Online Catalog.