Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wills Tell Stories and Barnstable County Civil War Soldiers to be Topics of January Meeting

Be sure to reserve Wednesday,January 15, 2014, on your calendar, as Cape Cod Genealogical Society will be welcoming in the new year with, not one, but two speakers. Both are members of our society and both have recently published books to share with us.

Our primary speaker will be Alice Plouchard Stelzer, author of Female Adventurer's Who Helped Colonize Connecticut. Alice will share with us what she has learned about the value of using wills in our research.
Currently the chairperson of the CCGS Communications Committee, Alice has an extensive background as a public relations consultant. Through her Creating Word Power business, she has been writing for over 25 years as a publisher, magazine editor, newspaper editor, columnist, and journalist. She has also been a mentor/coach for other writers and has taught many writing workshops.

Also speaking that day will be Stauffer Miller, one of the Society's out of state members.  Stauffer is currently a resident of Virginia and is a military historian. He has published several books related to the Civil War and his most recent, Barnstable County Massachusetts Civil War Soldiers, Enrolled Men and Drafted Men, 1861-1863, was published as a joint effort with CCGS.
For those who have not already purchased copies, both of our speakers will have copies of their most recent publications available for sale that day following the meeting.
We expect to see a great turnout on Wednesday, January 15, at 10 am, at our usual location, Brewster Ladies Library, Route 6A.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Five Must-Read Blogs

Mocavo (Michael J. Leclerc) suggest five blogs that he says are "must-read." Here they are:

  1. Dick Eastman's Newsletter - blog.eogn.com
  2. If you want to know about DNA - Thegeneticgenealogist.com will help.
  3. For technology go to hackgenealogy.com
  4. For legal topics visit legalgenealogist.com
  5. Michael Leclerc's last recommendation is from Michael John Neill's genealogy website -  rootdig.blogspot.com

Dae Powell from Brigham Young University had this to say about these recommendations:
"I visit everyone of these frequently. The amount of expertise from just these five sites can elevate your research to a higher plane. My site is not a blog, but feel free to visit it for genealogy presentations, chats, and forms. Aye, all free, of course. http://ShoeStringGenealogy.com."

Friday, December 27, 2013

Received at the Library

Members may wish to look further at these periodicals recently added to the CCGS Library collection:

The Lothropp Family Newsletter for autumn 2013 contains an interesting article on Jane Elizabeth Lathrop Stanford and the university she and her husband founded in honor of their deceased son Leland Stanford Jr.

Have you ever explored the Library of Congress website?  You might be motivated to do so after reading the article by Laura Prescott in Essex Genealogist for Nov. 2013. "Library of Congress : using our nation's library online" is nearly 20 pages transcribing a talk on this topic, including Q&A.  The issue also includes an amusing article about "The unforgettable and eccentric Lord Timothy Dexter of Newburyport."  This man was uneducated but had aspirations.  He was given bad business advice, for example to ship coal to Newcastle, but he prospered time and again (Newcastle was having a miners' strike!).

Mass-Pocha for October 2013 reviews the successful 33d International Conference on Jewish Genealogy held in Boston in August.

Looking for UK Ancestors?

Have you ever visited the website www.deceasedonline.com? If you are looking for ancestors who might be buried in the UK, this website is  a treasure trove. The great thing is that they let you search their records free of charge. You just have to register. The following is a list of what is available.
  • Computerised cremation and burial records 
  • Digital scans of cremation and burial registers 
  • Photographs of graves and memorials  
  • Cemetery maps showing grave locations 
  • Other occupants in the same grave   

NOTE: Don't forget to check out Cape Cod Genealogical Society on Facebook.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Received at the Library

Members may be interested in reading further in these magazines received recently at the CCGS Library:

The lead article in Internet Genealogy for Dec./Jan. 2014 highlights the HEARTH website at Cornell University.  This offers context for our ancestors' stories with books and journals covering home economics and related disciplines for the period 1850-1950.  The cover story reviews the current crop of scanners, including portable and desktop models, phone apps, and even 3-D devices.  Maureen Taylor reviews the website Historypin, at which people add photographs at map locations worldwide.  Other articles cover note-taking software, case studies, plus sites relating to World War I veterans, Latin phrases for genealogists, and British record societies with online information.

In the Idaho Genealogical Society Quarterly for fall 2013 there is a moving account of an adopted Native American child (a "lost bird" adopted into a white family) who is eventually reunited with her birth family siblings.  An article on the "History of women miners in Idaho" shows that although a minority, women were an important presence in the mining industry both as spouses and in their own right.  We also learn about a short chapter in Wyatt Earp's life that took place in Idaho in the Coeur d'Alene-area gold rush for most of 1884.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Research Assistance Available

The Cape Cod Genealogical Society's Genealogy Room is located in the Dennis Public Library, 5 Hall Street, Dennis Port, MA. Volunteers are available to assist you in your research: Tuesdays from Noon to 4 p..m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p. m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to Noon. Computers with research programs are available.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Received at the Library

Members may be interested in reviewing the following journals recently added to our collection.

Family Chronicle is a consistently interesting magazine, and the Nov./Dec. issue is no exception.  The lead article "Wide-angle census searches" describes how rich the information in the 1940 census is, and how rewarding it is to research the neighborhood in which your family resided.  (The example used is New Haven, where I grew up -- anyone else??)  In "Forwarding addresses from the past" I learned that before 1863 there was no home delivery of mail in the US, and that the Post Office played a major role in lobbying for permanent and consistent street addresses.  If you are curious about old addresses you find in family papers, this article just might address (pun intended) your question.  A timely article chronicles the tradition of Christmas cards, which can often provide clues for the genealogist.  Other subjects covered in the issue are genealogical research in Wales and in the Netherlands, special collections in libraries and other institutions, dating old photos through fashion, and the history of diphtheria.

The National Genealogical Society Quarterly for Sept. 2013 has several articles detailing the solving of confusing identities, with such problems as common names, conflicting facts, and disappearances.

Carol Magenau, CCGS Librarian

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Winthrop Fleet : featured library resource for December 2013

Due to the generosity of member and library volunteer Judy Needham, we have added to the library collection The Winthrop Fleet : Massachusetts Bay Colony immigrants to New England 1629-30.

Published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in May 2012 as part of the Great Migration Study Project, this volume deals with the English immigrants who arrived in 1630 in a large group of ships under the leadership of John Winthrop, and sponsored by the Massachusetts Bay Company.  In addition, immigrants who in 1629 were sent ahead of the main body of ships, such as servants and artisans, are included.  But only those associated with the Massachusetts Bay Colony are covered in this volume, not other English immigrants in 1629-30.

The Winthrop migration of 1629-30 represented a huge increase in New England immigrants, which had been uniformly low in the years following the Mayflower Pilgrims' arrival in 1620.  A few hundred souls came in 1629, followed by the small armada of 1630 with about a thousand people.  Passenger lists did not survive, and as far as I can see, women are acknowledged in these sketches only under their husbands' names.  But the sketches are very thorough, representing a huge amount of work and checking of a large number of sources.

The biographical sketches cover at the least the following:

  • origin, 
  • first and later residences in New England, 
  • occupation, 
  • education, 
  • estate (land and probate records), 
  • birth, 
  • death,
  • marriage(s) and children, 
  • plus comments which are often extensive.

We hope that you will stop by the library to read about your ancestors in this volume if they arrived in the Winthrop migration.

Find us on Facebook!

Exciting news....we have established a Group on Facebook called Cape Cod Genealogical Society.

Come visit this page today!  Feel free to post queries for your family history, post any event in our area that you think would be of interest  to the rest of us, or ask for help from other researchers.

It's quick and easy for everyone to participate!

And while you are there, be sure to "Like" us!


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Received at the Library

Members may be interested in looking at the following materials received at the CCGS Library.

The Autumn 2013 Atwood Log, newsletter of the Chatham Historical Society, announces the annual Hearth Warming at the Atwood House Museum, the weekend of December 14 and 15.  On Saturday Dec. 14 at 2PM there will be a talk by Joan Bines about her book Words they lived by: Colonial New England speech, then and now.  There's also an interesting article about Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, the only federally designated wilderness area in Massachusetts.  In 2014 there will be series of lectures and other activities at the Atwood House Museum on the theme "Constructing Wilderness", to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Historic preservation is the subject of two articles in the Winter 2013 issue of Post Scripts from the Bourne Historical Society. Beth Ellis makes the case for engaging in historic preservation, and an accompanying article describes the restoration of the Valley Farm Thrift and Community Garden in Bourne.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Library will be closed on Christmas and New Year's eve days

The CCGS Board has approved the closing of the CCGS Library on the days before Christmas and New Year's Day, which happen to fall on Tuesdays this year.  From past experience we know there is little or no demand on these days.  We will resume regular hours on the Thursdays following the holidays.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Canadian Special Interest Group: Upcoming Meeting

The CCGS Canadian Special Interest Group will hold its next regular meeting on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 10am in the large meeting room downstairs in the Brewster Ladies Library.  Please come and join us for discussion of all things Canadian!