Sunday, October 27, 2013

Looking for German Ancestors??

Are you searching for your German Ancestors?  CCGS has just added a new Special Interest Group (SIG) this fall.  The kickoff meeting was held on October 23rd.  Future Meetings will be on the first Tuesday of the Month. Come and join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 10:00-11:30am at Brewster Ladies Library on Route 6A in Brewster, MA.  The topic will be German History. We will meet in the Library’s Auditorium.

Future topics will include: German Naming Patterns, Finding Genealogical Help in Germany, Reading German Script/Handwriting, the Naturalization Process, Working Around Brick Walls, the different waves of historical German Immigrations to the USA, and more.  Come to learn and to share your questions and thoughts with us.
Questions? Contact Carol Wister at

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Technology To Be the Topic of October Meeting

Many people become nervous when they hear any talk about using technology. However, we need to keep in mind that we are already using technology in our everyday lives and don't give it a second thought. One hundred years ago, the "horseless carriage" was a novelty that many people shunned, but can you imagine life today without automobile transportation?  Think about the development of radio and TV, electric typewriters, and other inventions that have occurred in our lifetimes that we now take for granted. -- not to mention the microfilms and microfiche we all have used so many times.  These are all forms of technology that have helped us in many areas of our lives, including genealogy. Today, there are many technological advances that are unfamiliar to many of us, but are proving to become more and more important in genealogical research and communication.  -- computers, digital cameras, and even cell phones are everyday tools to the genealogist.

David Frederici will be speaking to us Wednesday, October 16, 2013, about the current technological advances that have occurred in recent years and how they can be beneficial for us.
David grew up in Harwich, and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest for the Fall River Diocese, in 2001. He has served as parochial vicar for several years in Centerville, Pocasset, and North Falmouth, Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care at Cape Cod Hospital for 5 years, and Chaplain at UMASS-Dartmouth, while also serving as assistant chaplain at St Luke's Hospital, New Bedford.
In June, 2013, he was appointed Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry and Pastor of  St John the Evangelist Parish, Pocasset. In addition, he is currently the diocesan Chaplain to Catholic Scouting and chairs the Technology Committee for the Catholic Campus Ministry Association, a national organization.
Dave has developed several websites, and currently maintains numerous Facebook pages, He currently has two active blogs, two podcasts (with a third under development for UMASS-Dartmouth), and has also developed Apps for smartphones. (If you don't have any idea what some of these terms are, you definitely need to join us at this presentation!!)
Our monthly meetings are held at Brewster Ladies Library, Route 6A, Brewster. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10am, following our usual brief coffee social. We look forward to seeing you there on October 16.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Canadian Special Interest Group Meeting

The Canadian Special Interest Group will meet on Wednesday, October 9, at 10 a.m. in the History Room of the Brewster Ladies' Library at 1822 Main Street, Brewster.

Anyone with an interest in Canadian genealogy is welcome to join this lively and informative group. We'd love to have your input.