Thursday, January 31, 2013

Time's a ticking! Early Bird date is February 28!!

Don't forget, the 12th New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) will take place in Manchester, NH on April 18-20, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel. Cape Cod Genealogical Society is one of the sponsoring organizations. This event, which only happens every 2nd year, is entitled "Woven in History: The Fabric of New England". 

Check out our full article and registration particulars on our Articles page. And you'll get a discount if you sign up by February 28, 2013!  Don't delay!

Canadian Genealogy Group to meet February 13, 2013

The CCGS Canadian Special Interest Group will meet in the History Room of the Brewster Ladies' Library on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

February Monthly Meeting

Are you struggling to discover information about your female ancestors?  Laura Prescott, our February speaker, will give you some great tips on how to learn more about the women in your family line.

Her topic is: 
Spinsters and Widows:  Gender Loyalty Within Families

Laura is a professional researcher, writer and speaker.  Her qualifications include:

  • Graduate of Dartmouth College
  • Worked for NEHGS before starting her own research business
  • Past president of the Association of Professional Genealogists
  • Consultant for Fold3.
Laura will share with us suggestions and examples of resources that may help you break down some of your brick walls and hopefully discover names and relationships of these difficult to find women from the past.

Join us on Wednesday February 20 at the Brewster Ladies Library at 10 am.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Received at the Library

Recent journal and newsletter receipts may be of interest to Society members:

The Dennis Historical Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and has laid out a full year of interesting programs to celebrate.  Its latest Newsletter contains a brochure listing 22 varied events, which can also be viewed on their website under Events.  The Newsletter also has a brief article about an exclusive speakeasy, the Casa Madrid, which attracted well-heeled patrons to Bass River Village in the early 1930s.

The Fall 2012 newsletter of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council announces the annual seminar speaker and date: July 20, 2013, and the main speaker will be Judy G. Russell, the Legal Genealogist, who has a popular blog by that name.

The Essex Genealogist (Nov. 2012) based in Lynnfield MA contains an index of all surnames covered in 2012.  An article entitled "Genealogy in your Pajamas" discusses the many online resources available to those with a Boston Public Library card.  Am I the only one of us who has been meaning to get one?  You can do it online here!  but will need a paper card available at the BPL if you want to borrow.  The article concentrates on what the BPL offers in their online resources, particularly what the History tab has to offer that can illuminate your understanding of what your ancestors' lives were like.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research : Featured library resource for January 2013

Since 1980, the Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research has been a useful guide for those navigating genealogical resources in the New England states.  We have just added the 5th edition, published in 2012 by the New England Historic Genealogical Society and edited by Michael J. Leclerc, who many of us will know from his presentations for us and other societies.  This book was paid for from funds given in memory of former CCGS President Roberta Bratti.

The Handbook is organized by state, with an introductory chapter on New England as a whole, and an essay on each of the six states.  The states are visually coded on the edge of the book, making it easy to locate each state section.  There are maps showing each county and the towns within it, including "extinct" counties such as Norfolk in Massachusetts, most of which was ceded to create New Hampshire. Sections on different types of records (repositories, probate, land) give hours and contact information, while others (for example, military) are treated more briefly in the introductory essays.

The heart of each state section is the list of towns.  This includes date of incorporation, county, "parent" and "daughter" towns, notes, and coded information concerning vital and church records.  A second listing gives "extinct" towns.  This information about the changing boundaries and jurisdictions is clearly vital to understanding where to hunt for records about your ancestors.  The section on New England points out that compared to the rest of the country, many more New England records are kept at the town level, rather than the county.

We hope that you will find this new edition of a long-standing resource useful for your research, and that we'll see you soon at the CCGS Library!  It is located within the Dennis Public Library, and open on selected hours Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New England Conference in April

The 12th New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) will take place in Manchester, NH on April 18-20, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel. Cape Cod Genealogical Society is one of the sponsoring organizations. This event, which only happens every 2nd year, is entitled "Woven in History: The Fabric of New England".

An outstanding opportunity to learn from a great variety of genealogical experts from around the nation, this event provides a chance in one place for three days to gain information about genealogical methods, how to get around "brick walls", how history and genealogy are interconnected, and much more. In addition, the Exhibit Hall is a display of the latest genealogical products and data sources for genealogists. An added feature nearby the conference hotel is the American-Canadian Genealogial Society headquarters, where conference attendees can also conduct their own research into any Canadian-root topic.

Each member Society is asked to provide some volunteer hours by their attendees at the conference--opportunities such as posting signs, introducing speakers, helping at the registration table, and more, are available to select from, thus helping our Society to achieve its expected hours without interfering at all with attendees' chances of listening to all speakers of their choosing.  As soon as you register, tell us at the address below and we can send you the information on how to choose your volunteering opportunity.

Members are encouraged to consider car-pooling and sharing of hotel rooms.  For on-line conference registrsation, go to the website or contact NERGC 2013 Registration, c/o Mary Choppa, 131 Concord St., Nashua, NH 03064.  Make your hotel reservation at the Radisson by calling 800-967-9033, and specify the NERGC conference so as to obtain the lower conference room rate. Parking is available for $10 per day.

NOTE: Be sure to take advantage of the early-bird conference registration rate of $110, which ends on February 28; after that date, conference registration rises to $135.  Questions? Contact David Martin at or Suzanne Walton at