Next Meeting

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Speaker: Dennis Ahern
Topic: Researching Civil War Genealogy

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Early descendants of Daniel Cole of Eastham, Massachusetts : Featured library resource for May 2013

The second volume in Susan E. Roser's Friends of the Pilgrims series covers the first four generations of the Early descendants of Daniel Cole of Eastham, Massachusetts.  It was purchased from the author with funds given in honor of Roberta Bratti.  "Friends of the Pilgrims" were those who came after the Mayflower but were the colleagues of and intermarried with the Mayflower Pilgrims.

Roser has done an exhaustive job of research, including biographical information, and transcriptions of wills and of epitaphs.  Tentative information is bracketed, and sources are thoroughly documented.  Photos of many gravestones and signatures are included.  Daniel Cole had 12 children who all survived to adulthood, and all but one had children.  When he died at age 79 or 80 in 1694, two of his 225 great-grandchildren had already been born.  An active and respected member of the Eastham community, he served the town in several capacities, including selectman and constable.  Should he be one of your ancestors, you will find a wealth of information in this volume, now added to our Biography section.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Three Tools to Help Save Genealogists Money

Here are the last three tools suggested in the Mashable.com article by Jill Krasny. The suggestions come from Terry Koch-Bostic, a Mineola, N.Y.-based director of the National Genealogy Society, a non-profit education, training and records-preservation group.


3. Family Village
Launched two years ago, this Facebook game, modeled after Zynga’s Farmville, features a hiker scaling her family tree — it grows as she gathers more research. The point of the game is to teach players the basics of genealogical methodology. Over the course of the hike, players turn up vital records and track their findings on ancestry charts and family group sheets. They also dig through federal cenus records between 1790 and 1940 to fill in the missing gaps of their lineage. It’s fun and highly addictive for those just starting out on their genealogical adventures.
4. Various Grave Sites
A host of sites exists for the sole purpose of storing death certificates. Koch-Bostic recommends Billiongraves.comFindagrave.com and Legacy.com, that latter of which excels at collecting obituaries. Obits are particularly helpful for finding relatives in certain areas and information about where they lived, where they worked and attended school.
5. Digitized Newspapers
“The most wonderful information comes out of newspapers,” says Koch-Bostic, so long as you have access to a computer at home. Start searching by state, then try the Library of Congress — its Chroncling America website offers a treasure trove of historical newspapers published from 1690 to the present. When plugging in search terms, be sure to search narrowly and widely, advises Koch-Bostic.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Two Tools for Genealogists that Won't Break the Bank


Continuing from the previous post about the cost of genealogical research, here are two tools suggested in the Mashable.com article by Jill Krasny. The suggestions come from Terry Koch-Bostic, a Mineola, N.Y.-based director of the National Genealogy Society, a non-profit education, training and records-preservation group.

1. FamilySearch.org

Historically known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, Family Search dates back to 1894, the year it was founded. In 2010, the company undertook the daunting task of converting millions of records (from over 100 countries) from microfiche to digital images. Now all those records are accessible on its site, which also helps users create digital scrapbooks of photos.
“If I’m going to direct someone who’s never done genealogy, I’m going to direct them to this site,” says Koch-Bostic. “In terms of the data and research they have, it’s spectacular.”

2. Treelines

Storyworth made headlines last month when it launched its tool to record family lore. But Treelines, still in beta, is just as intriguing and useful.
“The site allows you to build the tree as you go,” says Koch-Bostic. Add stories and images as time permits. The end result is a visual, photographic narrative that's part tree, part timeline and eye-catching graphic. Hover over a year, for example, and you'll get an in-depth milestone description along with a vintage photo. It's like peering into a digital shoebox.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

You Might be Surprised at How Much Money Genealogists Spend

In an article on the Mashable.com website, Jill Krasny tells us amateur genealogists hoping to uncover a link to Abe Lincoln can easily turn to the web to dig in their ancestor's closet. But taking the commercial route doesn't come cheap.
People curious about family history spent a whopping $2.3 billion on genealogy products and services last year, according to a study by market research firm Global Industry Analysts. They took most of their work to sites like Ancestry.com, which charge between $22.95 and $34.59 per month for access to billions of pertinent records. One-on-one consultations set them back $2,000 to $5,000 per session, depending on the length and complexity of the project, a spokesperson told Mashable.
Despite those sites' popularity, “it’s perfectly possible to do everything without spending a dime,” says Terry Koch-Bostic, a Mineola, N.Y.-based director of the National Genealogy Society, a non-profit education, training and records-preservation group. 

In the next few days, we'll share with you the 5 tools Terry Koch-Bostic recommends for building a family tree without it costing you a fortune.


Friday, May 3, 2013

HBO's Family Tree First of Four Genealogy Series to Air in U.S.

Though there's been a bit of a vacuum in genealogical programming in the U.S. over the last year or so, that's happily about to change. First up is Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock's  mockumentary series, Family Tree (HBO, May 12th, 10:30 p.m.), starring Chris O'Dowd as Tom Chadwick. Having lost both his job and girlfriend, Chadwick seeks his roots as a way to find himself.

Fellow genealogists will recognize themselves in this trailer:  meandering cemeteries, meeting far-flung cousins, and fancying connections, physical and otherwise, to long gone forebears. Though I expect the mirror being thrust in our faces to provoke a fair number of "oh, man, I did that" winces, it's also something of a badge of honor to be the subject of a Guest mockumentary, so I'm bracing myself in anticipation. Slated to launch in both Canada and the U.S., this show will also run on BBC, though a date has not yet been announced.

After Family Tree has run its course, we'll need to be patient, but three other genealogy series are now under production. Two of them -- Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC) and Finding Your Roots(PBS) -- focus on celebrity roots and are returning after prolonged absences. Among those lined up for Who Do You Think You Are? are Kelly Clarkson, Chelsea Handler, and Christina Applegate. Dates are still pending, but later this year is likely for Who Do You Think You Are?, while we will have to wait until 2014 for Finding Your Roots.

Finally, the other new entry, Genealogy Roadshow, is an Irish import and currently casting to tape in Nashville, San Francisco, Detroit and Austin. With an emphasis on family history mysteries, historical events, and "average Joes," this series will also air on PBS and should go a long way toward satisfying those who claim that only the rich and famous get their roots done for free!

This article came from the Huffington Post.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Canadian Genealogy Group to meet May 8, 2013

The Canadian Special Interest Group will meet on Wednesday May 8, 2013 at the Brewster Ladies' Library in the large meeting room, at 10 a.m.

Everyone with an interest in Canadian genealogy is welcome.

Click for more on CCGS Special Interest Groups.

Oral Histories Highlight Our May Meeting

If you want to get something done, ask a busy person... That expression definitely fits our next monthly speaker -- Jane Martin, currently the president of the Harwich Historical Society, is a very busy woman. Besides her involvement in the historical society, she also is a member of
and is an avid gardener in her own yard, in her spare time.

A retired educator and public school administrator from Melrose, she retired to Harwich in 2004 and originally joined the Harwich Historical Society the following year. Besides being the organization president, Jane is also responsible for Educational Outreach and, beginning in 2008, she has been developing oral history protocols.  It is the oral history project that brings her to Cape Cod Genealogical Society.

Jane will be sharing with us how she got started recording interviews with a number of  residents of Harwich and how these oral histories are being used to enhance the programs and exhibits of the Brooks Academy Museum. She will also make recommendations for protocols for us to use when interviewing our own relatives for our family stories.

Be sure to join us for this informative presentation on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at 10 AM at the .
Brewster Ladies Library.