Monday, October 31, 2011

November 2011 Mentoring Sessions

Wednesday November 9, 2011
Topic:           How to apply to a Lineage Society
Time:            1 pm to 3 pm
Place:            Dennisport Library, Genealogy Room
Mentor:         Sara Baker

Have you researched your family tree and found many Revolutionary Soldiers, Mayflower passengers, etc and now you want to apply for membership in one of the Lineage Societies?  It seems like a daunting task!  However, Sara can help unravel the mystery of the application process.  Bring her all your questions and she will hold your hand!  Just contact her for a reservation to this popular Mentoring Session.

Thursday November 10, 2011
Topic:            Treasures found in Historical Archives
Time:              10 am- noon
Place:             Eastham Public Library, Basement Archives Room
Mentor:          Bonnie Cormier

Eastham is one of the oldest towns settled in the 1600's. As such there is a treasure trove of documents, pictures and information on long ago ancestors in this Archives! Have Bonnie show you how to dig and find genealogical treasures in this and other Historical Archives.  Be sure to make an early reservation for this Mentoring Session since there is limited space.

Thursday November 17, 2011
Topic:              Tour of Sturgis Library and research time
Time:               2 pm - 4 pm
Place:               Sturgis Library, 3090 Main St (Rt 6A) Barnstable, MA
Mentor:            Bebe Brock

Sturgis Library is chock full of early genealogical records for Cape Cod.  Check out their collections at  Bebe Brock will give you a tour of the Library and their collections and help you get started digging into their records.  Be sure to contact her for a reservation for this Mentoring session.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Joint Meeting with Falmouth--Driving and Food

Everyone is looking forward to the annual Joint Meeting with the Falmouth Genealogical Society on Saturday, November 12, 2012 at St. Peter's Church in Osterville. (See the other announcement on this blog site for topic details on the presentations by genealogist Dick Eastman).

Some further information will be helpful:
1. Directions--to get to St. Peter's, take Route 6 to Exit 5, and drive south on Route 149 (be sure to bear right to follow the 149 sign shortly after you enter 149).Continue on Route 149 southward, going around a roundabout, continuing straight to its end at Route 28, where you turn left at a light.Take a right turn at the next traffic light, which is called South County Road. That road becomes Main Street in Osterville--continue through the center of Osterville (bearing a slight right in Osterville Center); continue straight when Main Street turns into Wianno Avenue.  Continue straight on Wianno Avenue, passing a Catholic Church on your left,and about a mile later, you will see St. Peter's Episcopal Church on the right. The church is under reconstruction; turn right into the parking lot just before the church. If the lot is full, it is ok to park on either side of Wianno Avenue. Come in the back entrance off the parking lot into the Parish Hall, which will be open; walk through the kitchen to the Auditorium.

2. Food--Because the proceedings go from 10am to 3pm, with 3 different presentations, everyone is invited to bring a brown-bag lunch. However, we have another great opportunity! Judy Fenner, Past President of Falmouth Genealogical Society and member of St. Peter's Church, will provide a lobster roll lunch (with chips and brownie) for $9.95 if we place orders with her by November 8. Proceeds go to a charity.Contact Judy at to reserve this lunch instead of doing a brown bag.  Morning coffee will be provided.

Questions? Contact  See you on November 12!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

American Ancestors: Featured library resource for October 2011

American Ancestors is the online database of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, located on Newbury Street in Boston.  We on Cape Cod are fortunate to be within easy reach of NEHGS, fondly known in CCGS as HistGen.  In fact, the Society is sponsoring a bus trip right to the entrance of NEHGS on Tuesday, October 25.  (Click here for details and registration.)  Many of our members belong to NEGHS.  But if you don’t, you can access their collections at the CCGS Library room in Dennisport.  (Only a few other libraries on the Cape subscribe: Sturgis in Barnstable, Falmouth, Cape Cod Community College, and Vineyard Haven.)

The New England Historic Genealogical Society was founded in 1845, and has specialized in collecting genealogical resources relating to New England.  Their database, American Ancestors, was called New England Ancestors until 2010.  However, their collections include data from the rest of the country and the world.  As stated on their website, “[it] is one of the most widely used online genealogical resources in the country. More than 15,000 members research on the website every day. This site features nearly 3,000 unique searchable online collections, offering information on more than 135 million people.”  The database includes information on their extensive and unique manuscript collections (unpublished handwritten or typed documents) which total over 5,000 linear feet.

American Ancestors supports both keyword and advanced searching and a video on searching the database explaining the features and strengths and limitations of each type is worth viewing.  Search results can be limited by both database type and name.  Among the most popular databases are the Massachusetts vital records, cemetery records transcribed from the manuscript collections, and publications by NEHGS such as the Register and the Great Migration series.  Images of the original pages are available in many instances.

NEHGS members and paying subscribers can access American Ancestors from home, but anyone can use it for free at the CCGS Library, located at the Dennis Public Library in Dennisport.  Visit us and give it a try, with the help of our library volunteers!