Saturday, April 27, 2013

French-Canadian and Acadian Genealogy Workshop

On Saturday, May 4, 2013, a special Workshop on French-Canadian and Acadian Genealogy will be given at Brewster Ladies Library Auditorium from 10am to noon. The presenter will be the French-Canadian expert, Lucie Leblanc Consentino, who will describe the genealogical methods for those who are researching their roots in Canada from the Acadian era and/or the French-Canadian period.  Those interested in attending are asked to notify David Martin at or call 508-527-0460 to reserve a space; the cost is $10, which will be collected at the door.

Genealogy Course to be Offered

Another offering of the Genealogy Methods Course will be available during May 2013, intended for anyone who is either wanting a review of general methods of genealogy research or for those who are just at the beginning stages of constructing family trees.  Offered at the Barnstable Senior Center on Mondays, May 6, 13, and 20 by members of the CCGS Education Committee, the course will provide information on such topics as

   Vital Records
   Military Records
   The Census
   Immigration Records
   Land Records
   Probate Records
   Usng the Computer in Genealogy
   Standards for Genealogical Evidence
   Starting to Write a Family History
     and more

Dates: Mondays, May 6, 13, and 20, 2013
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Place: Barnstable Senior Center, Route 28, west of Hyannis (left side going westward)
Cost: $20 for the entire series of 3 workshops
To Register: Send check made out to Barnstable Senior Center, 185 Falmouth Road,
  Hyannis 02601, by the deadline of Friday, April 26.
Questions: Contact David Martin at or at 508-527-0460.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Received at the Library

Recent journal receipts may be of interest to members of the Society:

In the latest National Genealogical Society Quarterly appear two articles on African-American research, one of which is the 2011 winner of the NGS's  Family History Writing Contest, and describes a family's emergence from slavery.  The other article suggests sources for research on emancipation in the northern states.  In addition to 8 book reviews, there are also articles on unravelling the mysteries of duplicate parish registers in French Canada, and on the Hyde families living in Cheshire and Derbyshire, England.

The Essex Society of Genealogists based in Lynnfield MA publishes The Essex Genealogist quarterly.  The lead article by Dick Eastman is a transcription of a recent talk he gave on "Genealogy Searches on Google", though it is not stated where the presentation was made.  There are also articles on Kittery ME and family names Somes and Durkee.  The new editors inaugurate a series on places and events of interest in Essex County.

Received at the Library

Journal and newsletter issues may be of interest to members of the Society:

The latest Dennis Historical Society Newsletter includes a charming love letter found in an attic, and an article by our own Burt Derick about Cape Cod industries in the 17th-19th centuries: whaling, fishing, saltworks, and shipbuilding all took place in Dennis.

The April/May issue of Internet Genealogy features "10 tips for finding your female ancestors online" including making a timeline, searching in Worldcat, digitized books, and specialized newspaper collections, and more.  An article on colonial American genealogy recommends several interesting sites, including Family History Library's Family Search Wiki for land records by state, the U.S. Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System, and the Immigrant Servants Database.  Software reviews include Legacy Family Tree 7.5, and Trello, a free project management tool.  Articles on St. Helena's Island and African-American newspaper sources round out the issue.

The Dutchess, based in Poughkeepsie NY, contains data from documents such as diaries, journals and town census records that may be of interest to those researching ancestors in Dutchess County, NY.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Successful bake sale!

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make our Easter weekend bake sale a success! As you can see, we had fun!

At least sixteen of our members baked delicious goodies, and thanks to them, and other members who made calorie-free contributions, we have raised just over $400.  Contributions are still welcome, and we hope you will scoop up the left-overs which we will have for sale at the upcoming April 17 program meeting.

The raffle was a successful part of our bake sale, thanks to Joan Frederici's contribution of an Easter basket, Bebe Brock's timely gardening basket, and a third basket made up of baked goodies brought for the sale.  The winners of these baskets were Joyce Sullivan (Easter), Kim Ingram (garden), and Sheila Anderson (goodies).  Above are Joyce and her grand-daughter picking up the Easter basket.

Special thanks to those who staffed the sale or helped with setup: Sheila Anderson, Judy Bedijian, Joan Frederici, Ellen Geanacopoulos, Carol Kelley, Judy Needham, and myself (Carol Magenau, above in the rabbit ears...)  A real community effort, which will support our subscription to  Thanks again to all who supported the sale!

Received at the Library

Members may be interested in the latest journal receipts at the Library:

The periodical Internet Genealogy can keep us abreast of new developments.  In the February/March issue we can learn about the Historic New Orleans Collection and other Louisiana resources; a new approach combining genealogy and mapping the Underground Railroad; WWI enemy alien registration records; historic restaurant menu collections online; Australian newspaper sources; and British cemetery records.  Software reviews are a regular feature of this journal, including in this issue a feature article on time management tools.  There's also an alert to register for Legacy Family Tree free webinars at

Kinfolk (spring 2013), published by the Rich Family Association, has a brief but interesting account of a visit to Bermuda to revisit sites associated with the wreck of the Sea Venture, which led to Bermuda's being the setting for Shakespeare's The Tempest.  On another page, Lorenzo Dow is revealed as a leading Evangelist of the 19th century, so popular an itinerant preacher that many children were named after him, including Wellfleet's famous banana importer, Lorenzo Dow Baker.  A list of Rich ancestors in the DAR database is given, and of Rich Mayflower connections.

Thursday, April 4, 2013


A special workshop on how to construct graphic timelines in genealogy, presented by our member, Morse Payne who is pictured below, will take place on Saturday, April 13, from 1 to 2:30 pm at the Dennis Public Library in Dennisport.  A case study using the Payne-Paine Family will illustrate how to incorporate data from a variety of countries and locations, by extending time back to the distant past through linking to historical events.  Charts, graphs, maps, and photographs will be used to show how you can apply this method to your own family tree. 

Space is still available; contact or call David Martin at 508-420-0224 to hold a place for this special event.

Monday, April 1, 2013

To Dakota and Back: the Story of an Orphan Train Rider

From the mid-1800's until the time of the depression, "orphan trains" transported homeless children from Eastern cities, such as Boston and New York, to foster families in less populated areas of the country. This soon became a controversial program, as rather than being welcomed as family members, some children became little more than indentured servants.

One of these children was John Donahue, originally from Boston, and the grandfather of Judith Kappenman, who will be the speaker at our April meeting. Judith will share with us, not only some history of the trains and her grandfather, but also her experiences while writing and publishing her family story, To Dakota and Back: the Story of an Orphan Train Rider.

Sister Judith Kappenman received her bachelor's degree from Elms College, education degree from
Worcester State, and CAGS from Assumption College. She taught school for 42 years, both at the elementary and high school levels. Following retirement from teaching, she worked as the director of the Irish Cultural Center at Elms College, before retiring for a second time, in December, 2012. Currently she is teaching once again -- this time a memoir writing group -- while she writes her own life story.

Join us on April 17, 2013, at the Brewster Ladies Library at 10am, to learn more about this segment of our nation's history, as well as to hear some suggestions on writing the story of your own family. Judy will entertain questions related to both subjects, following her presentation, and will have copies of her book available for purchase.

Ancient Cemetery, Yarmouth Port : Featured Library Resource for April 2013

At our March monthly program meeting, Judy Lucey gave us a great presentation on integrating manuscripts into our genealogical research.  Did you know that our Genealogy Room contains a significant amount of manuscript material?

One of the most noteworthy of our manuscripts is a seven-volume collection resulting from a project done by our Society, describing the graves in the Ancient Cemetery : Yarmouth Port.  The project began in 2001 and was spearheaded by Burton Derrick and Phyllis Coscso.  The volumes are as follows:
  • Section A-D
  • Section E
  • Section F
  • New Mid Section
  • Section New D
  • New Section Military Section
  • New Section #112-495
Each page consists of a sheet representing a single grave, encased in a plastic sleeve.  Information is presented in a standard format:
  • Lot owner / name on stone
  • Stone description (material, condition)
  • Inscription
  • Footstone
  • Genealogy (if known)
  • Remarks (e.g. military marker)
  • Drawing of tombstone with location of inscription
Most of the volumes are arranged by plot number (exception : Section E is arranged by family name).  Generally a map is present, either at the front or at a tab at the end, to show the location and sequence of the plots.  The first three notebooks carry name indexes to the graves, except for Section D (v. 1).  It would be wonderful to complete the name indexes and compile a master name index covering all the volumes.  If anyone is interesting in working on this to enhance access to this marvelous resource, please let me know at  If you think your ancestors might be in this cemetery, we invite you to have a look at this unique tool at the Genealogy Room.