Monday, August 19, 2013

Cape Cod Men in the Civil War Draft: New Book

Through a grant from the Cape Cod Five Foundation, CCGS has published a new book by military historian and Society member Stauffer Miller, entitled "Cape Cod Men in the Civil War".  The book provides a complete listing of all men of draftable age between 1861 and 1863, arranged alphabetically by town names in Barnstable County.  Enumerators went from house to house to register eligible men, from which a draft list for the Union Army was then developed by the federal government. The enumeration list provides not only name, address, and age of each man, but also in the case of some towns each man's occupation and/or physical characteristics because that information was valuable in determining the eventual draft list.  Some drafted men then avoided service by either buying their way out through paying a fee to the government or hiring another man to serve in their stead.  The book is available for purchase at any of the Society's regular monthly meetings for $10 or by mail order in care of  CCGS Shop for $12.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Genealogy Course to be Offered

The Education  Committee of CCGS will again  offer its course, "Constructing Your Family History", at the Barnstable Senior Center on Route 28 in Hyannis on 3 Mondays--October 7, 21, and 28, from 1:30 to 3:30pm. The course, intended for both those new to genealogy and anyone more experienced who would like a systematic review, will cover such topics as: supporting your findings with acceptable evidence, immigration,  migration, use of the Census, searching vital records, using probates and land records, gravestones, Cape Cod resources, genealogical software, and techniques of using the Internet for family history research, among other topics. Each participant will develop or work with an existing family tree and learn about different approaches to genealogical investigations.  Registration is $25 for the entire series and can be done through the Senior Center by calling Susan  Griffin at 508-862-4761 by the deadline of Friday, September 27. Questions can be directed to David Martin at

German Genealogy Workshop: Another Special Event

On Saturday, September 21, 2013, James Beidler, an  expert in German Genealogy, will present a special workshop for all  who are researching family roots in German ancestries.  The workshop, to be held at Brewster Ladies  Library Auditorium from 10AM to Noon,  will cover the different waves of German  immigration to the USA, since each wave was characterized by different types of populations; they also immigrated to various parts  of the country and originated from different parts of Germany. Mr. Beidler, who lives in Pennsylvania and has German ancestry himself, is well known for his expertise in  this field.  Admission  is $10 for CCGS and Falmouth Genealogical Society members and $15 for non-members.  To reserve a place, contact David Martin at by Friday, September 13. The fee is payable at the door.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Simon Crosby the emigrant : featured library resource for August 2013

Our library has many volumes devoted to individual family histories.  Have you checked the catalog to see if your ancestors might be represented there?

An anonymous library patron has gifted us with a slim volume to augment our family history collection.  Simon Crosby the emigrant : his English ancestry, and some of his descendants was first published in 1914 in Boston.  (Our volume is a facsimile reprint, undated.)  The author, Eleanor Davis Crosby (1845-1915), had published other genealogies and in this volume identifies the English roots of her husband's ancestor, tracing the family line back to 1440.  The name Crosby, given to several English villages, meant "town of the cross."

Simon Crosby came from Holme-on-Spalding-Moor in Yorkshire (don't you love these hyphenated English town names?), and settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife and infant son after emigrating to Boston in the spring of 1635.  His father Thomas Crosby followed him to America soon thereafter.  The Crosbys emigrated for religious reasons, along with other followers of the charismatic preacher Thomas Shepard, a man of about Simon's age.  Simon Crosby must have been a capable man, as he was elected as a selectman in Cambridge soon after his arrival.  Unfortunately, he died in 1639, aged about 30.  His widow Anne remarried after 6 years, and took their 3 sons with her to her new husband's home in Billerica.

The first son Thomas, who arrived in this country as an infant, attended Harvard College and became a preacher, employed in Eastham on Cape Cod for 15 years; twelve children were born to him there.  He later became a merchant in Harwich.  The second son, named Simon, also had a large number of children, and settled in Billerica where his mother and step-father lived.

If Crosby is one of your family names, please come and peruse this book at our Library soon!