Monday, February 25, 2013

Canadian Ancestry Workshop for Genealogists

Do you have French-Canadian or Acadian ancestry in your family tree? If so, you will want to attend this May 4 workshop led by an authority on Canadian ancestry--Lucie LeBlanc Consentino. Lucie will share information on the historical background of different Canadian groups and useful tips for those doing family-history research about French-Canadians and Acadians and their relationships with other groups in Canada. Also included will be information on the most important repositories in Canada to consult on your next research trip to the North, as well as useful websites to use while in your slippers.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Time: 10am to Noon
Place: Brewster Ladies Library Auditorium
Cost: $10, payable by check at the door, made out to CCGS
Reserve a Space: Send message to David Martin at
  by April 26.

Blogging for Genealogists

For anyone interested in starting a Genealogy Blog, or more effectively using others' blogs, don't miss this special workshop on setting up and using a genealogical blog. Participants will learn about setting up and communicating on-line with others doing similar family history research. Please plan to bring your own or a borrowed laptop computer to the workshop.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Time: 12:30-2:00 PM
Place: Brewster Ladies Library, Downstairs Meeting Room
Cost: Free for members of CCGS
Reserve a space: Send an email to Carolyn Weiss at by
   Friday, April 20.

Workshop--Making Graphic Timelines in Genealogy

A special Graphics in Genealogy Workshop will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2013 on how to represent your family history in a new and exciting way in graphic form.  The session, led by CCGS member Morse Payne (author of the cover design for the CCGS Journal),  will show how to extend time back to the distant past.  Morse will show charts, graphs, maps, and photographs to teach participants how to apply these methods to their own family trees.

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Time: 1-2:30PM
Place: Dennis Public Library, Dennisport (Hall Street)
Cost: None

To reserve a place, contact by Sunday, March 31.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Received at the Library

The latest issue of Family Chronicle (Jan./Feb. 2013) covers a number of interesting topics.

  • A succinct but cogent article on "10 common genealogy mistakes" recommends a book in our collection, Evidence explained: citing history sources from artifacts to cyberspace, by Elizabeth Shown Mills and published in 2009.  
  • Author Greta Nettleton reveals the background leading up to her published slice of family history The Quack's daughter, the true tale of a Victorian patent-medicine purveyor in Davenport Iowa and her rebellious daughter.  
  • The second of a pair of articles covering changes in the evolving US census describes 1850-1940.  
  • Other articles cover the impressive genealogy collection at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne IN, finding County Galway ancestors, researching genealogy with a group, and law books & genealogy.

Internet Genealogy (Dec./Jan.2013)  highlights

  • "Genealogy-on-the-go with the iPad" which boasts easy portability of images  and information.  Apps (applications) for the iPad (the equivalent of software for your computer) such as iTalk Recorder, and YouTube are discussed.  
  • Saving Memories Forever, a new online service which can upload audio files, is reviewed.
  • The current status of availability of newspapers is the subject of "Digitized newspapers online."  
  • Other articles cover "Explore your roots in Croatia and Serbia", "Lord Selkirk's settlers" (displaced Scots Highlanders who migrated to Canada); and many reviews of databases, applications, and software, including VoiceQuilt, a way of collecting audio clips online from friends and relations, and editing into a commemorative product

An article in the National Genealogical Society's NGS Magazine for Jan.-March 2013 tells us

  • "Why genealogists blog (or why they should!)"  This would be a great article to peruse if you are considering attending the blogging workshop coming on Saturday April 27.  One of many useful tips is that you can search for surnames across almost 3,000 genealogy blogs at  
  • Are you a super-organized genealogist? or like me, could you benefit from some organizing suggestions?  In "Information overload : organizing your genealogy records" Barbara Meehan discusses organizing both your online and paper files for maximum utility.  Two of the texts she recommends are available in the CLAMS system.  
  • Other content in this informative issue: using Kentucky tax lists and Freedman's Bureau field office records, both for Civil War era research; a brief article by "The Frugal Genealogist" on photography as a tool for preserving and organizing genealogy images; Spousal abandonment, Scrubbing tombstones, and more.  
  • The NGS will be holding its national conference in Las Vegas May 8-11. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Research Trip to Boston - April 25, 2013

The Cape Cod Genealogical Society is sponsoring a research bus trip to Boston on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

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. (reduced day charge of $10 for non-NEHGS members on this trip.)
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.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

New England Marriages Prior to 1700 : featured library resource for February 2013

As Valentine's Day approaches, we are adding to the CCGS Library collection an important work on Colonial-era couplings: Clarence Almon Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700.  This three-volume set was published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 2011, but is a transcription of a 12-volume handwritten manuscript held at NEHGS.  This set is not the first publication of "Torrey"; previous editions included a CD in 2001.  But this set identifies all known sources used by Torrey, and contains a comprehensive name index.  It was purchased with funds given in honor of Roberta Bratti.

Clarence Almon Torrey (1869-1962) did most of his work on this amazing resource at NEGHS in Boston, after a career as a librarian at the University of Chicago.  Over forty-plus years he consulted more than 2500 works, making handwritten notes which eventually he standardized in notebooks.  It is not clear whether he intended this labor of love to result in publication.

Included in the book are all couples married in New England before 1700, or whose marriages can be inferred or that took place in their native country before emigration to the Colonies.  Widows and widowers who made the crossing are included.  In addition to New England states, some couples are included who lived in New York or New Jersey.

Volume I's introduction contains a key to interpreting the entries in Torrey, which give both spouses' names and dates, place and date of marriage, other spouses, place(s) of residence, and sources (abbreviated).  At the end of the introduction is a page of Conventions & Abbreviations.  Volume III contains the list of sources and a comprehensive name index.

Astute readers of this blog may recall that we also have in our library collection the Third Supplement to Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700, which updates Torrey's work with new information published since his death in 1962.