Monday, December 26, 2011

Genealogy-Education Series Set for Barnstable

The three-session Genealogical Workshop Series will be offered by the CCGS Education Committee at the Barnstable Senior Center, Route 28, west of Hyannis. Dates are Mondays, January 23, February 6, and February 13, 2012; all sessions will be 1:30-3:30pm. Plenty of parking is available at the Center.

On January 23, topics will include: Vital Records, Church Records, Land Deeds, Probates and Wills, and general how-to's for genealogy. The February 6 session will cover Immigration Records and Migration Trends, and the February 13 session will cover Computer Software for Genealogical Record-keeping and Using the Internet for Genealogical Research. The series will be helpful for anyone who would like a review of genealogical methods, as well as for individuals who are just beginning their genealogical research.

Cost for the full series is $15. Register by the deadline of Friday, January 13 by sending a check made out to CCGS, in care of David Martin, 10 Colonial Farm Circle, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Questions? Call 508-527-0460.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Can you help Index the 1940 Census?

I've just listened to an hour long radio program entitled "Dear Santa: What I Want This Year for My Genealogy Society". It was a brainstorming chat sponsored by the FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) on how to make our Genealogical Societies more active and satisfying for everyone in the New Year. Just click on the blue link above for lots of good information that makes you think!

In this session, however, they came up with an idea that I thought was great! We all have heard about the 1940 Federal US Census being made available to all of us on April 2, 2012! And many of us can't wait!

But did you know that this Census will not start out with an index? In other words, if you don't know where your ancestors are from, you probably will not find them---at least not quickly!

However, FamilySearch has undertaken the effort to use volunteers to help index the 1940 Census.

That got me thinking: What if 50 or so of our members offered to work on the index for just a couple hours right from home? We could really make a difference for all genealogy researchers! You can get more information on this project by clicking on the FamilySearch 1940 Census Index Volunteer Page link.

Perhaps there are other projects you would like to join with fellow CCGS members in undertaking:
  • How about going to local cemeteries, transcribing headstone information and posting to our Blog?
  • What about transcribing some old Birth, Marriage and Death records from our local communities on the Cape?
Do you have an interest in getting involved? If you had other members to help you, would you like to start a project?  Let us know your thoughts today!

And I hope you have a WONDERFUL holiday and a GREAT 2012!

Friday, December 2, 2011

World War II Records Free on

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of Pearl harbor, has announced it is offering free access to its entire World War II collection December 6-7, 2011. Ancestry's WWII collection "includes the most comprehensive set of WWII Navy Muster Rolls ever released online and exclusive Pearl Harbor veteran records."

According to research done by Ancestry, "One in five Americans is a direct descendant of a WWII veteran, with four out of five having a WWII veteran in their families." None of us can pass up this opportunity to search the collection free and from home.

Begin searching at Below the familiar Ancestry search box is a link for downloading an excellent 3-page research guide with tips on how to search the records and what information can be gathered from them.

To view the records, visitors without an subscription account will need to log in with their free account or register for one when asked. Registration is simple and free.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Family Tree Magazine: Featured library resource for December 2011

Family Tree Magazine December 2011 The Library subscribes to a number of periodicals worthy of attention.  One of the most popular US genealogy journals is Family Tree Magazine, published in Cincinnati, and not affiliated with the British journal of the same name, or with Family Tree Maker software.  It began in 2000 and is currently published seven times a year.   It has a zippy, engaging format with copious use of illustrations and color.

Each issue has several long articles as well as consistent features like letters to the editor; numerous columns (including History Matters, Family Archivist, occasionally Photo Detective by Maureen Taylor); The Toolkit, which reviews the latest resources; and Genealogy Insider, sharing news of the field.  Recent issues feature profiles of two cities, giving for each a summary of its history, top five historic sites, locations and dates for genealogy records, websites, and more.

Recent feature articles include topics relating to:

  • ethnicities (Poland, Iberian peninsula, heritage groups), 
  • online resources (an analysis of major newspaper collections, best state websites), and 
  • practical tips (questions for family gatherings, key characteristics of genealogists, naming patterns within cultures, rescuing family photos).

Each issue has a wealth of interesting topics presented in a positive and appealing package.  Stop by the Genealogy Room and explore the backfile!