Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Society Speakers at Orleans History Program

The Lifetime Learning Program operated by the Friends of the Snow Library in Orleans will feature 4 members of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society as speakers in September and October, 2011. The course, entitled "CAPE COD FAMILIES: ORLEANS ORIGINAL SETTLERS", will focus on 4 specific surnames who were founding members of the town. The Topics, Speakers, and Dates are:

                                   The Snows--Bonnie Snow, September 22
                                   The Linnells--Dan McConnell, September 29
                                   The Hopkins--Stephen Hopkins, October 6
                                   The Sparrows--Don Sparrow, October 13.

All dates are Thursdays, and the time will be 3-4:30pm in the Snow Library, Main Street in Orleans.  Anyone interested is invited to sign up at the Library or register at their website,  A donation of $10 is suggested for the course.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Third Supplement to Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700 donated to CCGS Library

CCGS Librarian Betsy Ferris has announced that the Cape Cod Genealogical Society Library has recently received the Third Supplement to Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Melinde Lutz Sanborn, as a gift from member Carol Mageneau. Carol won the volume as a door prize at the Society’s annual banquet this past spring and decided to donate it to the library, which had only the Second Supplement.

Torrey’s manuscript, New England Marriages before 1700, was written as a comprehensive index to marriages noted in the collection of books and periodicals at the New England Historic and Genealogical Society. After Clarence Torrey’s death in 1962, NEHGS librarian David Dearborn updated the list from time to time, and it was frequently used in the Reading Room. The index was digitized in 1985.

This present work is an update compiled from major genealogical periodicals published from 1962 through the spring of 2003. It incorporates all of the information from the first and second supplements and adds 80% new material. Listings are alphabetical by groom’s surname, followed by the name of the bride, marriage date and place, and abbreviated reference.

Browse the CCGS Online Library Catalog.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Family History Memoir Workshop A Success

On Saturday, August 20, 2012, 28 members of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society, led by writing expert Cheryl Somers Aubin, practiced writing techniques, wrote a fictionalized narrative for an old photograph, reviewed the 7 types of writing for preparing a family history, and analyzed the points to keep in mind in preparing a family history narrative. The group then developed plans for producing their own family-history drafts in the coming months.  Cheryl shared excerpts from successful published writing and poignant poetry with a musical background as inspirations for the participants during their practicing of writing.

The next two regular program meetings of the Society, scheduled for September 21 on inclusion of photographs and October 19 on incorporating a timeline, will directly apply to the writing-the-family-history process.  The Writers' group from August 20 will reconvene on Saturday, October 1 and Saturday, November 5 at the Dennis Public Library in Dennisport (9:30am to noon) to review and share their writing to date for suggestions and feedback from group members.

A future goal will be the formation of a new Special Interest Group on Writing Family Histories, which would evolve from the current group. For questions, contact David Martin at

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Writing Your Family History

Nancy's Tips!

There is a lot of attention these days to writing up your Family History.  There are even seminars coming up sponsored by the Cape Cod Genealogical Society, in fact, to help you do just that. (Check out our Upcoming Events page).

Our Genealogy is more then just dates and places, remember.  It's the meat on the bones of our ancestors that will truly help them come alive for generations to come.

But sometimes, writing a 'family history' is intimidating.  At least it is for me.  I struggle with how to write, what to write, and would anyone care.  I think the news just have to start!

I'm not around this summer to attend the Writing Your Family Memoirs series, so I started looking on line for some other information on the topic.  The good news is, there is a lot of information on line to help you get started.

Whether you are going to the series and want info to get started early or just want to learn more about it, check out these three sources:

All of the above look like they can give you a 'push' in the right direction!  

Let me know how you do!