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

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

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 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

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

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 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 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

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