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Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Speaker: Joseph Manning
Topic: The Lewis Hine Project -- Tracking Down the Lives of Child Laborers

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!