Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Orientation Meetings for Society Members

Would you like to know more about the services and activities of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society?

We welcome new and experienced members to the Cape Cod Genealogical Society, and we realize that genealogy can sometimes be overwhelming and puzzling. The Society offers a number of events and services which will help anyone get started or continue--whether or not you are brand new to genealogy, are experienced in genealogy and have just joined us, or have been a member of CCGS for some time but would like a "refresher".

We will be offering two Orientation Sessions in January, 2013 for new members or for any members who would like more information about what the Society offers; the presentations on both dates will be the same, and we have selected two dates to accommodate individual schedules:

First Option: Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 12noon to 2pm, Dennis Public Library, Dennisport

Second Option: Saturday, January 12, 2013, 12 noon to 2pm, Dennis Public Library, Dennisport

In each session we will explain the services of the Society and in addition give some help in moving forward with your own genealogy with individual questions. Examples of information to be shared:   How to get the most benefit from Special Interest Groups, How to take advantage of the CCGS Genealogy Library collection at Dennis Public Library, How to learn about genealogical methods, and more.

Please let us know by the deadline of Wednesday, January 2, 2013, through email or phone (508-527-0460)  to reserve a space at either of these sessions. Both sessions are free of charge for members.

We look forward to being of assistance!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

As we make our final preparations for our December meeting on the 19th, I have one more request from our members...

Please help us celebrate the holiday season by volunteering to bring in cookies, breads, or other seasonal treats for us all to enjoy. You can let me know what you will be bringing by email -- joanfred4@comcast.net

Coffee and tea will be provided.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the 19th.


Friday, November 30, 2012

Children's interview guide : Featured library resource for December 2012

The holiday season is all about family, as much as it is about religious traditions.  I hope that your holidays may include sharing information with your relatives, especially children, concerning your favorite hobby (or perhaps obsession?), family history.

The volume called Children's interview guide caught my eye in relation to the idea of fostering a dialogue among generations about family background and heritage.  It consists of a series of questions covering all aspects of life, and was apparently published with the intent that it would be used by an individual to leave this information in book form for the future.

The title Children's interview guide is apparently one we supplied. The questions are clearly intended for adults, but could be used by a child (of any age!) to interview a parent.  If this is something that interests you, these questions make it easy to accomplish.  If you belong to our Special Interest Group on Writing, or are seeking on your own to write your personal history, this volume could be very useful and might remind you of areas that you have overlooked.

The book has the following sections, each with many questions:
  • Personal & family history
  • Family life
  • School years
  • Serving your country
  • Family tree
  • Working your way through life
  • Love & romance
  • Children
  • Living your life
A similar, perhaps identical, publication is being sold on Amazon under the title "Your story" for $18.50.  This might make a wonderful holiday gift for your parent or relative, or for yourself to fill in and give to a child or grandchild.

Wishing you the best of the season!  Carol Magenau, CCGS Librarian

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Canadian Genealogy Group to meet Dec. 12, 2012

The CCGS Canadian Special Interest Group will meet in the History Room of the Brewster Ladies' Library on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at 10 a.m.

Bring your questions and ideas about Canadian research and join our lively and helpful discussion group!

Click for more on CCGS Special Interest Groups.

Monday, November 12, 2012

12th New England Genealogical Conference

 Join others interested in the field of genealogical research at the biennial NERGC Conference.  This is an opportunity to hear from and ask questions of nationally renowned speakers who will be discussing the current issues most important to genealogical research.  That opportunity will be April 17-23, 2013 in Manchester, NH.

Visit the NERGC website at www.nergc.org for full details on the dozens of workshops, presentations, and exhibits that will be there. Register either electronically on their website or print the registration form and mail it in.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet face-to-face with the leaders in this field.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Pilgrim : featured library resource for November 2012

As we prepare to commemorate the first Thanksgiving feast of the Mayflower settlers and Native Americans, let's reflect on the life of one of the immigrant leaders, Elder William Brewster.

While many of the books in our Biography section are genealogies, in the case of Brewster we have two historical biographies:

  • Pilgrim, a biography of William Brewster by Mary B. Sherwood, and
  • Elder William Brewster by William Howell Reed
Brewster was the senior church official of the Separatist group which had emigrated first to the Netherlands, and then comprised about half of the Mayflower passengers who settled New England.  Brewster was the only one of the party who had diplomatic experience, having served as assistant to Queen Elizabeth's envoy to the Netherlands.  Interestingly, this envoy William Davison was the scapegoat for Elizabeth's execution of Mary Queen of Scots, unjustly imprisoned and impoverished for carrying out Elizabeth's wishes which she later denied.

Raised in Scrooby, where he later encouraged a Separatist congregation, Brewster was 13 (not atypical) when he entered Peterhouse College at Cambridge University.  He was already well-versed in Latin when he arrived at Cambridge.  Among his contemporaries there were Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, and the playwright Christopher Marlowe, as well as numerous religious radicals, some of whom were later executed or imprisoned.  Brewster left Cambridge without earning a degree to join Elizabeth's royal Court in London and become secretary to William Davison, returning to Scrooby after Davison's fall from grace.  When Brewster later went to the Netherlands with his Separatist congregation, he was responsible for publishing seditious religious pamphlets which were illegally distributed in England and Scotland.  Consequently he was in hiding from the authorities in the months immediately preceding the sailing of the Mayflower.  Brewster was accompanied on the voyage by his wife Mary and their two younger children, Love and Wrestling.  (Their three older children, Jonathan, and daughters Patience and Fear, arrived on later ships.)

Brewster was a popular and respected figure, who served as leader of and preacher to the Plymouth colony church until an ordained preacher arrived in 1629.  A few years later Brewster established a farm in Duxbury with his son Love, on a peninsula shared with Miles Standish.  He died in 1644, outliving his wife and two daughters, and is buried in Plymouth.  At his death his library numbered 346 books on theology and a wide range of other subjects, a truly impressive collection for that time and place.

Our two biographies of Brewster were both gifts to the collection.  Sherwood's is the more substantial, and includes appendices quoting the Mayflower Compact, and the letter written by Edward Winslow describing "the first Thanksgiving," as well as notes, bibliography, and index.  Reed's biography, privately printed in 1894, is only 43 pages long, but contains illustrations of Scrooby and other locales important in Brewster's life.

Happy Thanksgiving to all, and we hope to see you soon at our CCGS reading room, located within the Dennis Public Library.  Please note that we will be closed on Thanksgiving day.

Monday, November 5, 2012


...an interesting story....

Do you have a story to tell that you would be willing to share?

  • Perhaps an 'interesting' ancestor?
    • The 'black sheep'?
    • the 'skeleton in the closet'?
  • A brick wall that you have been able to break down?
  • Or, the brick wall that still stands and appears to be permanent?
  • An experience of your own while conducting your research?
  • Perhaps a case of serendipity?
  • A suggestion or hint that might help another with his or her research?
Every December, at our regular monthly meeting, the members of CCGS take on the role of 'Speakers of the Month'.  I am currently looking for volunteers to speak to our group, for about 10 minutes each, on a subject of your choice. 

Help is available if you are not sure how to put a presentation together.  Props are always welcome--photos, charts, or other items relating to your story--but they are not required.

If you have a story to share or would like further information, please contact me at joanfred4@comcast.net.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Canadian Genealogy Group to meet Nov. 14, 2012

The CCGS Canadian Special Interest Group will meet in the History Room of the Brewster Ladies' Library on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at 10 a.m.

Bring your questions and ideas about Canadian research and join our lively and helpful discussion group!

Click for more on CCGS Special Interest Groups.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Marcia Melnyk to be Featured at Joint Meeting

For the 6th Annual Joint Meeting of the Cape Cod and Falmouth Genealogical Societies, the speaker will be the well-known professional genealogist, Marcia Melnyk. On Saturday, November 10, 2012, she will address two separate topics in two presentations:

                                It's a Small World After All


The meeting will begin at 10 am at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Osterville, on Wianno Avenue (right-hand side of the street after you go through Osterville Center).  Parking is available on either side of Wianno Avenue or in back of the church. The presentations will conclude at 1pm. A special feature will again be the option of ordering a Lobster Roll Luncheon, which will be served at 1pm, followed by informal genealogical conversation. 

To order the luncheon, contact Jennifer McDevitt at jmcdevit@comcast.net by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2012; cost is $10 and is payable as you get the lunch in the church hall. This opportunity to hear from an expert is not to be missed!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ancestral trails : Featured library resource for October 2012

Anyone considering a genealogy trip to the British Isles would do well to consult this comprehensive volume well in advance.  In Ancestral Trails : the complete guide to British genealogy and family history, Mark Herber has created a work that is useful for beginners and experienced genealogists alike.  The book was first published in 1997, and the fully updated and revised second edition, which we have in the Genealogy Room, in 2004 (first published in the US in 2006).

Weighing in at 873 pages, this book has
  • 30 chapters, 
  • 11 appendices,
  • copious illustrations, 
  • a comprehensive bibliography (1342 sources!) arranged by chapter heading, and an
  • extensive index
Opening chapters deal with getting information from living relatives and basic sources, such as vital and census records.  All types of more advanced records are covered in succeeding chapters, including court, property, religious, military, educational, professional/trade, and more.  Herder covers special situations such as divorce and illegitimacy, as well the importance of understanding local and social history.  There's a chapter on the geographic areas of Great Britain (Scotland, etc.), and one on tracing the migrants that left Britain for other parts of the world.  Internet resources are fully incorporated into the discussion of records.

Herder uses examples from his own family history to elucidate the process of using the various types of records, with the illustrations providing samples of what one might expect to discover.  The text is peppered with initialisms (such as GRO for General Register Office), which I was pleased to find included in the index.  This volume won the [British] Library Association's prestigious McColvin Medal for an outstanding reference work.

Monday, September 24, 2012

October 2012 Mentoring Sessions

Thursday October 4, 2012
Topic:       Headstone Cleaning Materials & Methods  
Time:        10 am to noon            
Place:        Bridge Road Cemetery, Eastham, MA
Mentor:     Robert Carlson  rpcarlson@comcast.net

After a tour of this ancient cemetery, Bob will discuss changing gravestone styles from 1750 to the late 1800's.  He'll also give tips on how to clean and maintain headstones.  Bob is a CCGS member who is an expert in cemeteries and gravestones.  Check out his website and then contact him for your reservation at this informative Mentoring Session.

Tuesday October 9, 2012
Topic:     So You Want to be a Mentor?
Time:     11 am to 1 pm
Place:     Eastham Library, Downstairs conference room
Mentor: Nancy A. Daniels nancy.daniels@comcast.net

Have you thought about sharing your knowledge by being a Mentor in our Mentoring program but don't really know if you can? Learn what's involved and ask all the questions you have about how you can be a Mentor. Contact Nancy at nancy.daniels@comcast.net for space in this session.

Thursday October 18, 2012
Topic:      Irish Genealogy Resources found on line
Time:       10 am to noon
Place:       Dennis Public Library, Genealogy Room
Mentor:    Joan D. Sullivan papcot37@comcast.net

Joan will work with you and show you how to use Family Search, Griffith's Valuation, Genuki website, US census records, Vital records in US & Ireland, Naturalization records, and Death Certificates to ferret out information about your Irish Ancestors.  Be sure to contact Joan to make a reservation since space is limited in the Genealogy Room.

Wednesday October 24, 2012
Topic:    Blogging for Beginners
Time:    11 am to 1 pm
Place:    Eastham Public Library, Conference Room Downstairs
Mentor: Nancy A. Daniels nancy.daniels@comcast.net

Would you like to make a Blog to share your family history?  Maybe you just want to use it as a private Journal? Or maybe you'd like to contribute articles to our CCGS Blog?  Bring your laptop and come learn how easy it is to get started making your own Blog.  Contact Nancy at nancy.daniels@comcast.net for your reservation.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Museum Tour at Brooks Academy Museum

The topic of our next monthly meeting scheduled for October 20th, will be "Telling Your Story: A Cape Verdean Case Study". In conjunction with this, a tour of the museum exhibit "So Sabi!: Celebrating Cape Verdean Culture" has been scheduled for CCGS members and friends on Friday, Sept 28, 2012 at the Brooks Academy Museum in Harwich Center.

We will meet in the parking lot of the museum at 1pm. There will be a $3 charge for museum admission. Anyone interested in participating is asked to contact Joan Frederici at joanfred4@comcast.net so that we can give the museum an estimate of how many will be attending.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Sign a Petition

Perhaps you read in Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter that the state of Georgia is closing it's State Archives to the public later this year.

If you have ancestors from Georgia and would like the archives to be kept open, please consider signing this petition.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Openings still available....

There are still a couple openings available for our Mentoring Workshop on Blogging scheduled for Tuesday September 18, 2012.  It will be held in the basement room of the Brewster Ladies Library at 10 am.

Please contact Nancy Daniels for your reservation!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Pilgrim Society Notes : Featured Library Resource for September 2012

This summer we received a gift of an incomplete file of Pilgrim Society Notes published by The Pilgrim Society which maintains the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth Massachusetts.  The Notes were published in 32 issues between 1954 and 1984.  (In 1985 the Society began to publish Pilgrim Journal instead.)  Each issue deals with a special topic, anywhere from 6 pages to 12 or more.  We have 16 of the 32 issues, and if anyone in the CCGS could fill in our gaps, I'd love to hear from you.

The topics in Pilgrim Society Notes relate to Plymouth Colony, though there is one issue that deals with modern Plymouth, specifically the use of scrip in the aftermath of the 1930s Great Depression.  Concerning Plymouth Colony, if you want to learn more about Plymouth Beach, ancient place names, court houses, wharves, or early years, you will find these and more covered in depth.  Other issues describe Pilgrim possessions (most interesting reading!), four early Bibles held at the Museum, early land grants ("Pilgrim patents"), migratory patterns of Pilgrim descendants, and relations between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags.

Our thanks to Suzanne Benoit for enriching our collection with this interesting publication.  We hope you'll make time this fall to visit and explore the CCGS Library's collections, housed in the Dennis Public Library.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Canadian SIG Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Canadian Special Interest Group will be Wednesday, October 10, at 10:00 am in the History Room of the Brewster Ladies' Library.

See more information on the Canadian SIG and other CCGS SIGS.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Two CCGS Members Pass Away

We are sorry to report the passing of two members of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society in recent weeks.

Abner Pratt of Eastham passed away during the summer of  2012; he was President of the Society for two separate terms--from 1984 to 1986, and again from 1991 to 1993.  Under his leadership, the Society grew in several ways and added new dimensions to its activities.

David Ward, father of Past President Robert Lincoln Ward, passed away in August of this year. He was a faithful member of the Society and participated in numerous meetings. He and his son shared a passion for genealogy.

Our sincere wishes go to the families of both men at this time.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Genealogy Course Set for Barnstable

The Education Committee of the Society will again be offering a three-part series on "Genealogical Methods" at the Barnstable Senior Center.  The dates will be Mondays, October 15, 22, and 29, 2012 from 1:30-3:30pm. The content of the course will include: vital records, church records, wills and probate, appropriate documentation, land records, the census, immigration, migration, computer software for genealogy, and using the internet for genealogical research. Registration and payment may be made through the Barnstable Senior Center for $20 for the entire series by contacting Susan Griffin at 508-862-4761, prior to October 1, 2012.  The Center is located on Route 28 west of Hyannis.  For questions, contact David Martin at davidchina_2000@yahoo.com.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

2012-2013 Program Schedule

All meetings are held at the Brewster Ladies Library (BLL), Route 6A, Brewster, from 10am to noon unless otherwise specified.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The War of 1812: Historical and Genealogical Implications
David Allen Lambert, New England Historic Genealogical Society

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Telling Your Story: A Cape Verdean Case Study
Barbara Burgo, Brooks Academy Museum, and
Amanda Chilaka, University of Massachusetts

Saturday, November 10, 2012
Organizing Your Genealogical Records, and
Finding Elusive Immigrant Ancestors
Marcia Melnyk, Professional Genealogist
(Annual Joint Meeting with the Falmouth Genealogical Society)
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Wianno Avenue, Osterville
10 AM - 1 PM

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Sharing Our Genealogical Stories: Brief Anecdotes
  from CCGS Members
Annual Holiday Refreshments

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Breaking Through a Brick Wall: The Search for Soule
David S. Martin, President, CCGS

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Spinsters and Widows: Gender Loyalty within Families
Laura Prescott, Professional Genealogist

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Integrating Manuscripts into your Genealogical Research
Judy Lucey, New England Historic Genealogical Society

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Telling Your Story: To Dakota and Back--The Story of
    an Orphan
Judith Kappenman, Elms College

Thursday, April 18 - Saturday, April 20, 2013
Biennial Conference of the New England Regional
  Genealogical Consortium (NERGC)
Manchester, New Hampshire Radisson Hotel

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Oral Histories and Interviewing
Jane Martin, Harwich Historical Society

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
3 Ways to Break Brick Walls
Marian Pierre-Louis, Professional Genealogist
Annual Meeting and Luncheon
Old Yarmouth Inn, Route 6A, Yarmouthport
11:30 AM - 2 PM

Saturday, August 18, 2012

September 2012 Mentoring Sessions

Friday September 7, 2012
Topic:        Irish Genealogy                  
Time:         10 am to noonPlace:            
Place:         Dennis Public Library, Genealogy Room
Mentor:      Pat Concannon PATCON123@aol.com

Do you need help on your Irish research?  Do you know a little something buy don't know what to do with it? Perhaps you need some web sites to try to find more info. Meet with Pat Concannon, our own Irish Expert, and brainstorm some new ideas.  Sign up for this LIMITED SPACE (3) mentoring with Pat at PATCON123@aol.com.

Tuesday September 11, 2012
Topic:     Making a Fresh Start on Your Brick Wall  
Time:      2 pm to 3:30 pm
Place:      Dennis Public Library
Mentor:   David Martin davidchina_2000@yahoo.com

Have you been stuck on researching one of your family lines?  Have you given up the research because you think the Brick Wall is just too high? Meet with David Martin and brainstorm some new ways to crash thru that wall.  Sign up with David at davidchina_2000@yahoo.com

Tuesday September 18, 2012
Topic:               Blogging
Time:               10 am till noon
Place:               Brewster Ladies Library,
                         Basement Conference Room
Mentors:          Carolyn Weiss   carlysue01@comcast.net                      
                        Nancy A. Daniels  nancy.daniels@comcast.net

Would you like to make a Genealogy Blog about your family?  Or would you like to contribute to the CCGS Blog?  Learn the basics of Blogging with some hands on training.  Bring your laptop and let's get started!  Sign up for this limited space (5 or 6 people) with nancy.daniels@comcast.net.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Early encounters : Featured library resource for August 2012

As the Cape is inundated with tourists this month, can we perhaps sympathize with the Native Americans who were here before the Europeans arrived?  But the Europeans never left, and the Indians were eventually wiped out, absorbed into the new population.  A fascinating book of tales penned by W. Sears Nickerson, collected and edited by Delores Bird Carpenter, tells the stories of Early encounters : Native Americans and Europeans in New England.  

Warren Sears Nickerson was born in East Harwich in 1880, youngest of 12 children.  His father was a school teacher turned mariner and later, cranberry cultivator.  He himself was a mariner, then briefly a steeplejack, and finally an undertaker.  After suffering a heart attack, Nickerson was told to move to a warmer climate and ended up living in Florida.  He turned to genealogy for solace, and while bedridden produced a well-received book about the Mayflower, aboard which were nine of his ancestors.  He also became an authority on the Native Americans of the Lower Cape, documenting over 1300 individuals in three tribes.

Early encounters was published in 1994, and includes some material previously published in other sources.  Most of Nickerson's papers are held at the Archives of the National Seashore in South Wellfleet (just down the road from me, but I never knew it existed!).  The volume begins with a lengthy introduction written by the editor, and Nickerson's stories start with the Vikings and French explorers, followed by the Mayflower, the French and Indian wars, and legends and genealogy concerning the Cape's Native Americans.  The last selection concerns Micah and Hosey (Stephen) Rafe, a couple both born around 1730 who were the last fullblooded Indians on the Lower Cape and left no descendents.  There is an extensive bibliography and good index.

The shelves of our library contain a wealth of hidden gems like this one, come and explore!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Forgotten Patriots : Featured Library Resource for July 2012

As we approach the annual celebration of our country's birth, consider the contents of this 2008 volume published by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR): Forgotten patriots - African American and American Indian Patriots of the Revolutionary War : a guide to service, sources and studies. 

Since the mid-1980's, the DAR has supported a project researching and publishing information about the contributions of African Americans, Native Americans, and those of mixed racial heritage, to the American cause in the struggle for independence.  This is a greatly expanded version of the original 2001 volume, and is now available online including a supplement covering 2008-2012.  (These downloads are available at the DAR website here.)  The 2008 version is now out of print, but we have it in our Genealogy Room.

This substantial volume names over 6,600 black, native or mixed-race individuals who served in some capacity in the Revolutionary War.  The listings are arranged by state, within regions, with an introductory discussion for each region and state, and a bibliography of sources.  There are also chapters about naval and other military records, foreign allies, and the West Indies.

In addition, there are appendices discussing the difficulties of this research, clues that can be found in names, a census map of the enslaved population in 1790, and more.

We hope you'll come to the Genealogy Room at the Dennis Public Library and explore this or our other treasure troves of information.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Photo Consultations for June 20: Schedule Change

For anyone who is considering a sign-up for a consultation on an old family photograph with Maureen Taylor on June 20, we have a schedule change. The series of four available separate15-minute consultations will begin at 11:15am and continue at 11:30, 11:45, and 12 noon, rather than beginning at 9:30am. To coordinate scheduling, it is best to send an email request in care of David Martin (davidchina_2000@yahoo.com), who can then coordinate the plan with Maureen Taylor. Questions? contact Carolyn Weiss at carlysue01@comcast.net).

Monday, June 11, 2012

Annual Meeting Is Confirmed

The Annual Meeting and Luncheon for CCGS is set for Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Registration is at full capacity at the Old Yarmouth Inn in Yarmouthport. The cash bar and hors d'oeuvres will be available starting at 11:30AM. The Business meeting will start at 12 noon, with some important announcements, voting on the revised by-laws, and voting for officers and board members for 2012-2013. Luncheon will follow.

Starting during the dessert time, our featured speaker, Maureen Taylor, will provide her usual interesting presentation--this time on "DNA and Me", which will unravel the mysteries of DNA for genealogists. Maureen will also be available for individual consultations on identifying old photographs, starting with a series of 15-minute appointments at 9:30am at the Inn; the fee for consultations is $30 each, and there is still time to sign up for an appointment by accessing the website http://yarmouth-consults2012.eventbrite.com/. We look forward to seeing you on the 20th.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

State Census Records : Featured library resource for June 2012

Published in 1992 by Genealogical Publishing Company, this book by Ann S. Lainhart grew out of her preparation for a presentation on State Census Records.  In the introduction she cites five reasons why state census records are important not to overlook, and gives examples:

  • they may fill in gaps left by missing federal census records, such as 1890
  • they may be made available sooner than the 72-year waiting period for federal census records
  • many ask different questions from the federal censuses
  • they may help fill out the picture (for example, some enumerators gave a lot of extra detail)
  • middle names are often supplied
The book consists of chapters on each state, listing the availability of state census records, information that Lainhart found was often inaccurate in other sources.  For Massachusetts. she tells us that a state census was taken every ten years 1955-1945, but unfortunately the original data survive only for 1855 and 1865.  Both the original and microfilm versions are available at the Massachusetts Archives at Columbia Point.

As many members know, the CCGS library volunteers are conducting an inventory of the collection, and noting publication dates for the catalog.  Although more than one book has turned up missing, this volume is one that was on the shelf and not in the catalog, which makes it all worthwhile!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

No Mentoring Programs in Summer 2012

This is to alert you that we will not have any Mentoring Programs during the months of June, July or August 2012.

We hope to start up a new series of Mentoring Programs in September.

Please consider being a Mentor to your fellow CCGS Members.  Sharing what we know about Genealogy makes us all the more richer!

If you have a topic you would like to see covered in a mentoring program, please contact Nancy A. Daniels.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Change to Cemetery Preservation Workshop

The Cemetery Hands-On Workshop has been changed from 3 days of instruction to 1 day.

The day of the Workshop will be Tuesday May 22, 2012 (with a rain date of Thursday May 24, 2012).

It will be held at the Old Town Burying Ground in Falmouth from 9:30 am till about 4:00 pm.

Please contact Donna E. Walcovy at 508-274-2978 for further details.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants : Featured library resource for May 2012

Many Society members attended Gary Boyd Roberts' March 24th memorial lecture honoring our deceased President Dan McConnell. Roberts is an outstanding researcher, retired from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  We are adding one of Roberts' books to the Library collection, titled in full The Royal Descents of 600 immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States, who were themselves notable or left descendants notable in American history. It's a generous gift from David Martin.

First published in 1993 and giving information on 500 immigrants, the book has been reissued several times.  We have the 2006 version with an addendum and coda.  The largest part of the book consists of charts outlining the royal descent of 650 immigrants to the United States or the colonies, who are notable in their own right or have notable descendants.  ("Notable" means being included in standard biographical sources such as American National Biography.)  Each chart starts with the royal personage and ends with the immigrant or notable descendant in boldface, and is followed by a list of documentary sources for the lineage.

In one of the appendices to the introduction, we learn the 60 European kings (or queens) from whom royal descent is traced in this book.  In other appendices, Roberts lists the immigrants newly treated in this edition, as well as who was dropped (disproved) or substantively changed.  There is a simple index listing the 650 immigrants in alpha order, but the second largest section of the book is 200-plus pages of index covering all names listed and all instances. Please note that the main index is supplemented by an index to the 2006 addendum further on in the volume, and that the last few pages of the book constitute a coda of late information apparently not indexed.

Like Mr. Roberts' lecture, this book is dense, complex and packed with facts.  But for those interested in royal descent it is a monumental and comprehensive compendium of scholarship by an acknowledged authority on the subject.  Give it a whirl at the CCGS Library, and see if there are any royals lurking in the trunk of your family tree!

Monday, April 30, 2012

May 2012 Mentoring Sessions

Tuesday May 1, 2012
Topic:            Google Books
Time:             12 pm to 2 pm
Place:             Dennisport Library, Genealogy Room
Mentor:          Judy Needham   judyneedham@comcast.net

Are you aware there are thousands of hard cover genealogy books available for viewing in PDF format on the Internet?  Meet with Judy to learn how to search Google Books to jump start your research. Contact her today!

Saturday May 5, 2012
Topic:            Breaking Down Your Brick Walls
Time:             10 am and Noon
Place:             Dennisport Library, Genealogy Room
Mentor:          Joan Frederici  joanfred4@comcast.net

Are you stuck?  Have you hit the proverbial 'Brick Wall' on a particular ancestor?  Meet with Joan to brainstorm some ideas on how to jump over that hurdle!  Contact Joan today for a reservation.

Tuesday May 15, 2012
Topic:            Rootsweb World Connect
Time:             12 pm to 2 pm
Place:            Dennisport Library, Genealogy Room
Mentor:         Judy Needham   judyneedham@comcast.net

Find out the most effective way to use Rootsweb World Connect to find your distant relatives!  Hook up with other researchers to solve those mysteries in your family.  It's a great tool to fast track your research.  Make your appointment today!

Thursday May 17,  2012
Topic:            Ancestry.com's Drouin Collection
Time:             2 pm to 4 pm
Place:             Dennisport Library, Genealogy Room
Mentor:         Ellen Geanacopoulos   ellengean@verizon.net

If you have French Canadian ancestors, don't miss this must have tutorial on the use of the Drouin Collection.  Have Ellen help you find your ancestors birth, marriage and death records.  Contact Ellen today for your reservation!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Genealogy Blogging Workshop

Genealogy blogging is becoming more and more widespread. When you create your own genealogy blog, you are then able to exchange information from many places, some of which you may not even be aware, about your family trees and issues related to your research.  A Special Workshop on how to organize your own genealogy blog will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 11am to 1pm at the Dennis Public Library in Dennisport, Hall Street.  Presented by well-regarded genealogist Marian Pierre-Louis (marianpl@fieldstonehistoricresearch.com) , the session will demonstrate how to initiate your own blog.  Participants are invited to bring their own laptops if possible, so that a blog might be able to be created on the spot.

To reserve a place or ask questions, please send a message to Carolyn Weiss (carlysue01@comcast.net) by Friday, May 11; the fee will be $10 for CCGS members and is payable at the door by either check made out to CCGS or in cash. 

Cemetery Preservation Workshop Planned

Cemetery preservation is a concern for all people interested in genealogy and history; on Cape Cod, the need is especially important since many historic gravestones are already difficult to read and are deteriorating quickly.  Anyone interested in helping to remedy this process would want to enroll in a special Cemetery Preservation Workshop series which will take place on Tuesday May 22, Wednesday May 23, and Thursday May 24 in Falmouth at the Old Burial Ground there.

The workshop, made possible by a grant, will be run by Donna Walcovy of the Falmouth Genealogical Society. Participants will learn about simple repairs that can be made, such as cleaning, repairing, and filling in cracks. Those completing the series will then be eligible to volunteer for a fee to assist cemetery preservation efforts anywhere on Cape Cod, in an each-one-teach-one format. Sessions each day will run from 9:30am to 4pm. The first day's session will begin at 9:30am at the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce in Katharine Lee Bates Road in downtown Falmouth, and then proceed to the Burial Ground for applications.

Anyone interested or with questions should contact Donna at d.quenzel@comcast.net by Friday, May 18.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

April 2012 Mentoring Sessions

We are trying something NEW this month in our Mentoring Program!

The Library Volunteers have graciously offered to provide Mentoring on various topics during their rotation on the Library schedule.  Because of this, we must insist that these Mentoring sessions truly be one-on-one events!  The Volunteer may have to help any visitors that arrive and in order not to dilute your education, having only one person to focus on for Mentoring is the best option.  So sign up early!!

Tuesday April 17, 2012
Topic:            Google Books
Time:             12 pm and 2 pm
Place:             Dennisport Library, Genealogy Room
Mentor:         Judy Needham   judyneedham@comcast.net

Are you aware there are thousands of hard cover genealogy books available for viewing in PDF format on the Internet?  Meet with Judy to learn how to search Google Books to jump start your research. Contact her today!

Tuesday April 17, 2012
Topic:            Beginning Irish Research
Time:             2 pm to 4 pm
Place:             Dennisport Library, Genealogy Room
Mentor:         Joan Sullivan papcot37@comcast.net
What do I need to know before I move onto Irish records? How and where do I find the information I need? This workshop will be good for anyone researching Irish ancestors, even if they are just starting their research, as it will review how to find the records in this country that they need. For those who have been researching for a while, hopefully between us, we can find new ways of uncovering the elusive info!  Contact Joan for a reservation to this Mentoring session!

Thursday April 19,  2012
Topic:            Ancestry.com's Drouin Collection
Time:             2 pm to 4 pm
Place:             Dennisport Library, Genealogy Room
Mentor:         Ellen Geanacopoulos   ellengean@verizon.net

If you have French Canadian ancestors, don't miss this must have tutorial on the use of the Drouin Collection.  Have Ellen help you find your ancestors birth, marriage and death records.  Contact Ellen today for your reservation!

Friday April 20, 2012
Topic:            Rootsweb World Connect
Time:             By Appointment only!  Call Nancy DeNise 508-432-6072
Place:            Dennisport Library, Genealogy Room
Mentor:         Judy Needham   judyneedham@comcast.net

Find out the most effective way to use Rootsweb World Connect to find your distant relatives!  Hook up with other researchers to solve those mysteries in your family.  It's a great tool to fast track your research.  Make your appointment today!

Friday April 27, 2012
Topic:            Early Irish Settlers
Time:             By Appointment only! Call Nancy DeNise 508-432-6072  
Place:             Dennisport Library, Genealogy Room
Mentor:          Joan Sullivan papcot37@comcast.net
Have Joan help you find your earliest Irish Settlers in America.  Learn tips on finding US records for your Irish research.  Make your appointment today!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering your Ethnic and Immigrant Ancestors : Featured library resource for April 2012

Subtitled "How to find and record your unique heritage," this book is one of two by certified genealogist Sharon DeBartolo Carmack in our collection.  It's a folio-sized (large) paperback of 260 pages published in 2000 by Betterway Books, and was a gift from the late Phyllis Koscsco, former President of CCGS and one of our longtime Library volunteers.

The book is in three major sections:

  • Getting your genealogy research started; 
  • Major ethnic groups in America; and 
  • Leaving a legacy.  

While the middle section constitutes the majority of the contents, the first section provides a thorough inventory of the sources available to the researcher, starting with family, moving through the various types of published records, computer resources, and ending with foreign records.

The book is copiously illustrated with examples of records, and has useful tables, including for example "Chronology of American Immigration Policy, 1882-1960."  It is also studded throughout with icons, over 20 symbols calling attention to important tips, definitions, methods, further information, and more.  Much of the information is reinforced through the use of case studies, real stories provided by other contributors about the twists and turns in their research.

The main body of the book is the extensive middle section on ethnic groups, from African-Americans to Welsh and Cornish.  Many sections are further broken down, such as the Scandinavians into Swedes, Norwegians, Danes, Finns and Icelanders.  Each ethnicity has a general section of commentary and ends with a copious listing of resources:

  • Research guides 
  • Social histories & historical sources
  • Sources and finding aids 
  • Organizations, periodicals and internet sites.

The final section covers tips for writing your family history, especially as regards the immigrant experience.  The book has an index, and an appendix listing Ethnic Archives and Libraries in the United States. There is a lot of good information here, well organized and appealingly presented.  We hope you'll stop by the Library and have a look!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

1940 Census--Getting Prepared

Great excitement among many genealogists is accompanying the release of the  1940 Federal Census on Monday, April 2, 2012. Some facts will prepare researchers to be ready to make the best use of the data:

1. Although the Census will be released on April 2, it will not be alphabetically indexed for at least another six months after that date, depending on how quickly the volunteers can do this work.

2. The Census information will be available at www.archives.gov, but it is anticipated that, as happened in 2002 with the release of the 1930 Census, the system may "crash" for a time because of so many people logging on; but in a few days, the crunch should begin to ease.

3. Although no alphabetic index is available for a time, if you know the "Enumeration District" of you or your ancestor who was residing in a particular town or city,  you can look up the family by the Enumeration District number (ED). Then use the ED to locate the data on the family.

4. To find the ED, go to www.stevemorse.org -- a free website--and scroll down the left margin to the underlined blue heading entitled Unified Census ED Finder; there you will be instructed to put in the name of the state, city, county, street, and house number if you know it. The page will also ask you for the names of cross streets, if you know them, so as to be able to zero in on that particular ED; if you don't know those or don't know the house number, you will be given several different ED numbers and you would need to try each of those.

5. If you are unsure of the address, you may be able to find it in the alphabetic listing of residents in a City Directory for the town or city that was published a bit before or after or in 1940.

6. The 1940 census is particularly rich in information because the nation was emerging from the Depression and the government wanted to know lots of information, in addition to the usual names, address, age, etc., such as:

   a. Where the family was living on April 1, 1935 as well as on the 1940 date of the Census itself
   b. The name of the actual person who provided the Census data
   c. Whether each person was working, or seeking a job, between March 24 and 30, 1940
   d. Wages or salary earned in the prior year
   e. The value of the home, if owned
   f.  Place of birth if not the United States
    and considerably more.

Another avenue of access to the Census is www.Archives.com, which is a pay site for a reasonable fee.  www.myheritage.com  has also announced that they will be making the Census available. 

So prepare by finding out the ED now and enjoy the search!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Irish Genealogy Workshop Coming

A Reminder: On Saturday, April 28, 2012, Mary Ellen Grogan will provide an insightful workshop on some less-used resources for those who are researching their genealogy in Ireland.  In addition to a review of the well-known Griffith's Valuation and how to use it, she will explore two other topics:

                Irish Land Records
                Irish Court Records

These resources may provide information that has been lacking for some researchers. The workshop will take place at the Brewster Ladies Library, Route 6A, from 9:30am to 12:30pm; cost is $10 for CCGS members and $15 for non-members. Instead of sending in an advance registration and payment, participants may pay at the door by either cash or check made out to CCGS. However, an advance reservation is requested by sending an email in care of davidchina_2000@yahoo.com prior to the deadline of Friday, April 20, so as to hold a place.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Research Trip to Boston - May 8, 2012

The Cape Cod Genealogical Society is sponsoring a research bus trip to Boston on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.

Destinations include:
  • 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.

Monday, March 5, 2012

March 2012 Mentoring Sessions--Revised

Friday March 9, 2012
Topic:            Introduction to Researching Irish Roots
Time:             11 am to 1 pm
Place:             Dennisport Library, Genealogy Room
Mentor:          Joan Frederici   joanfred4@comcast.net 

What do I need to know before I move onto Irish records? How and where do I find the information I need? This workshop will be good for anyone researching Irish ancestors, even if they are just starting their research, as it will review how to find the records in this country that they need. For those who have been researching for a while, hopefully between us, we can find new ways of uncovering the elusive info!  Contact Joan for a reservation to this Mentoring session!

Thursday March 15, 2012
Topic:            Treasures in Historical Archives
Time:             10 am to 12 pm
Place:             Eastham Library, Genealogy Room in Basement
Mentor:          Bonnie Cormier  blrcormier4@comcast.net

Take this opportunity to work with Bonnie in the Eastham Archives and all that it offers!  Bonnie will show you the types of wonderful records you will find in this and other types of Archives.

Friday March 16, 2012
Topic:            Using City Directories
Time:             11 am to 1 pm
Place:             Dennisport Library, Genealogy Room
Mentor:          Joan Frederici   joanfred4@comcast.net 

City Directories are an important research tool often used in between Census records. Directories typically contain the name of the person and their address, and you can also learn their occupation. Have Joan show you how she has effectively used City Directories in her family search.  This session is limited to 4 members so be sure to send Joan an e-mail right away to save your space!

Thursday March 22, 2012
Topic:           Choosing a Genealogical Computer Program
Time:            2 pm to 4 pm
Place:            Dennisport Library, Genealogy Room
Mentor:         David Martin   davidchina_2000@yahoo.com

Numerous choices are available for selecting a computer program for constructing your genealogy. This session will cover the criteria to be used in make a selection and provide information on some of the most important genealogy programs available today.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Epitaph & Icon : Featured library resource for March 2012

Those wishing to delve more into local cemeteries after February's terrific monthly program (Laurel Gabel on "Understanding Early Gravestones") might wish to begin by having a look at this paperback in the CCGS Library collection: Epitaph & icon : a field guide to the old burying grounds of Cape Cod, by Diane Hume George and Malcolm A. Nelson.

Published in 1983, it is concise but thorough, listing significant stones in all the Cape towns, including Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.  There are chapters on epitaphs, on iconography (including motifs and major carvers), and on each town.  The text is liberally sprinkled with black and white photos of interesting examples of gravestones.  Also included is an itinerary for a "highlights" tour of ten outstanding cemeteries from West Barnstable to Truro, as well as four highlights on Martha's Vineyard.

As the authors point out in their introduction "Gradually we came to see that burying grounds are outdoor libraries, archives and museums... [This book] deals with objects created for a culture which was distrustful of art, [with] no conception of art for art's sake... If you would study early American sculpture, the burying ground is the only place."

There are many other resources on burying grounds in our library collection, including unpublished sources.  Please browse the Online Catalog sections on Books / Cemeteries and Archives & Manuscripts / Unpublished Materials on Cemeteries.  Then come to the Library and explore!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Canadian Genealogy Special Interest Group Formed

The new Canadian Special Interest Group met for the first time on February 8, 2012, at the Brewster Ladies Library.

Twelve participants with ancestors representing such different areas of Canada as Nova Scotia, French Quebec and Ontario exchanged ideas and information during the almost two-hour session.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday March 7 at 10:00 a.m. in the downstairs meeting room at the Brewster Ladies' Library.

New members interested in Canadian research are welcome to join us for our next lively and informative session. Contact Ellen Geanacopoulos at ellengean@verizon.net for more information.

See more about CCGS Special Interest Groups.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Female Index to Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England by James Savage : Featured library resource for February 2012

This new volume, compiled by Patty Barthell Myers and acquired with donations made in honor of Roberta Bratti, is an exciting complement to the classic 4-volume set by James Savage entitled Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England. 

The Female Index, published nearly 150 years after the original set began in 1860, for the first time provides easy access to women's names, previously listed variously under husbands or fathers, but not in their own right.  I was pleased to find my 8th great grandmother Margaret Read Stubbs in the Female Index, and was confident of having found all relevant entries.

Savage's set, subtitled "showing three generations of those who came before May, 1692, on the basis of Farmer's Register" is based on an earlier listing by John Farmer called A Genealogical Register of the first Settlers of New England (1829).   The CCGS Library owns the 4-volume Savage set, though not the earlier Farmer volumes.  Our version of Savage is a reprint published by the Genealogical Publishing Company, and it includes supplementary material with indexes, additions and corrections contributed by later authors.  Savage's work uses a lot of abbreviations (listed early in volume 1), so it takes some getting used to, but it is a thorough and comprehensive source for colonial genealogy, and Savage used a small army of friends and contacts to check original sources throughout the region.

The Savage set is also available online at this location, or can be purchased very reasonably as a CdROM, or as part of a CdROM containing several early New England resources, from Archive CD Books USA.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

February 2012 Mentoring Sessions

Thursday February 23, 2012
Topic:           Earliest Plimoth records
Time:            2 pm to 4 pm
Place:            Dennisport Library, Genealogy Room
Mentor:         David Martin   davidchina_2000@yahoo.com

Do you have very early Massachusetts ancestors?  Do you not know where to go for available records?  Meet with David.  He can show you what is available, where you can find it and how you can use them.  Sign up with David at davidchina_2000@yahoo.com.

Friday February 24, 2012
Topic:            Using City Directories
Time:             1 pm to 3 pm
Place:             Dennisport Library, Genealogy Room
Mentor:          Joan Frederici   joanfred4@comcast.net 

City Directories are an important research tool often used in between Census records. Directories typically contain the name of the person and their address, and you can also learn their occupation. Have Joan show you how she has effectively used City Directories in her family search.  This session is limited to 4 members so be sure to send Joan an e-mail right away to save your space!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Two New Special Interest Groups

CCGS is initiating two new Special Interest Groups:
   1. Canadian Special Interest Group, for all those researching English, French, or Indian ancestries in Canada. Next meeting: Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 10am, Brewster Library Historical Room.

   2. Family History Writing Special Interest Group, for all those interested in writing and sharing their family history narratives; no special experience or skill needed. Next meeting: Saturday, January 28,10 am, Brewster Library Downstairs Meeting Room.

Members are welcome to attend both groups. Questions? Contact David Martin. (davidchina_2000@yahoo.com)

CCGS Bake Sale coming February 11

Valentine's Day is coming! And so is our CCGS Bake Sale on Saturday, 11 February.  Wouldn't it be fun to pick up a little treat for a friend or child you know?
We'd love to have some of your cookies, cupcakes, mini loaves of bread, or your specialty to add to our sale table.  Last year the 50-cent and $1 baskets were a great hit with the children.  This year we're adding two raffle baskets.  And of course we hope to have our tables loaded with small packaged goodies.  (The Health Department requires packaging, and we'll be there early at 9:15AM with wrapping if you need any.)  If you plan to be away on Saturday, you can drop off your goodies at the library on Friday.  If you have questions, please call Marie Jennings at 508-385-6737.
Dennis Public Library has generously given us the use of a room for our collection, and has asked for our help in funding Heritage Quest and Ancestry, as the prices continue to rise.  The DPL head librarian was the first to offer to bake for the sale... so we hope you can help too!   And thanks to those of you who have already offered!
Valentine's Day Bake Sale
Saturday, 11 February from 10-2
Dennis Public Library, just off Route 28 near Barbo’s Furniture Store.

Do come and bring your friends, grandchildren, neighbors!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mentoring cancelled for January

Since no one came forward to be a Mentor in the month of January we have had to cancel the program for the month.

Some Mentors became discouraged when no one showed up for their sessions.

Can you tell us what topics would be of interest to you?

Can you tell us if you would like to be a Mentor on a topic that you are comfortable with?

We really believe this program is valuable, but it will only be held if there is interest.

Are you interested?  Please let us know your thoughts.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Gary Boyd Roberts on Royal Lineages--A Special Memorial Event

Gary Boyd Roberts is widely acclaimed as an international expert on royal lineages.  Formerly a member of staff at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, he is current Senior Research Scholar Emeritus there. On Saturday, March 24, 2012, he will provide a presentation entitled "Royal Descents of Some Living Americans", to honor the memory of the late Dan McConnell, formerly President of the Society, who passed away in September 2011. 

This special memorial event will be open to Society members and the general public and will be held at the Brewster Ladies Library Auditorium beginning at 2:00PM. Members of the Howes, Lothropp, and Linnell Family associations will also be present, and books on royal lineages will be available for purchase. This presentation will be a rare privilege for members and others to learn first-hand about royal lineages and how they are widely distributed among present-day Americans. No fee will be needed for the event.

Special Event--Irish Genealogical Research Ideas

Many CCGS members have family roots in Ireland, but Irish genealogical research presents real challenges for researchers in the United States.  On Saturday, April 28, 2012 Mary Ellen Grogan, an expert in Irish genealogy, will provide a workshop on "Irish Genealogical Research: Some Special Techniques."  The workshop, beginning at 9:30am and concluding at 12:30pm at the Dennis Public Library in Dennisport, will focus on three aspects of Irish investigations:
  •       Griffith's Valuation in depth
  •       Using Court Records in Ireland
  •       Using Loan Records in Ireland.
Ms. Grogan will also stay after the workshop to meet informally with any individuals or group who would like to discuss further ideas on Irish research.

This special event is available to members of the Society for a one-time fee of $10, payable at the door.  If you have Irish roots or even suspected Irish roots,  you will not want to miss this opportunity to meet with a well-recognized authority in this field.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Fold3: Featured library resource for January 2012

Fold3 is the new name of Footnote, a database which is repositioning itself as the premier source for US military records.  Formerly a less costly alternative and, according to some, the closest competitor to Ancestry, it was bought out in Sept. 2010, when Ancestry acquired its parent company iArchives.  In August 2011, Footnote announced two major changes: the new focus on US military records; and the name change to Fold3.

What's in a name?  Fold3 references the third fold in the traditional flag-folding ceremony, which honors veterans' service to this country.  Perhaps a bit obscure.

Fold3 has a great deal of non-military content, and is not planning to remove it.  But future improvements will center around military records, and probably will not duplicate material on Ancestry.  The site currently has over 85 million images of original records and photographs.  The browse feature allows one to search by military conflict (the Revolution through Vietnam).  Popular pages include an interactive Vietnam Wall, and memorial pages celebrating individual veterans.  The site also has an active blog where staff respond to members' questions and comments.

A training center on Fold3 presents helpful tips in both video and text format.  Videos are short (about 5 minutes each) and cover the basics: searching, using Browse, but also Leaving a tribute.  Text tutorials cover how-tos such as printing and downloading, uploading and annotating images (more appropriate for a home subscription than in the shared library context).

The indexes in Fold3, and a limited number of databases, are available free.  So you could do your searching at home and then come to the CCGS library to view the images you are not able to see at home.  Give it a whirl!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Canadian Special Interest Group planning

Because of the interest expressed in the formation of a Canadian Special Interest Group (SIG) within the Cape Cod Genealogical Society, an organizational meeting will be held in advance of the regular program meeting of the Society on January 18. 

Meeting time is 9:15am in the Brewster Library Auditorium, where we will find a small area for discussion.
The range of topics would focus on French, English, and other nationality heritages within Canada, for sharing information and ideas.

See you then!