Sunday, June 30, 2013

Early Cape Verdean and Portuguese Genealogy of Harwich, MA

At our monthly meeting in October, 2012, Amanda Chilaka shared some of her extensive research related to her Cape Verdean ancestors.
Amanda, a CCGS member, initially began researching with her grandfather, John Raneo, a well known figure in the town of Harwich. As she learned more, she expanded her research to include all Harwich residents of Cape Verdean ancestry.
She has recently contacted us with the news that her book, Early Cape Verdean and Portuguese Genealogy of Harwich, MA, has been published and is now available. You may order a copy directly from the publisher, iUniverse Publishing, or through
Congratulations, Amanda!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Free Access to Irish Records, June 27-30, 2013

On June 30, 1922, during the Irish Civil War, a fire in the Public Records Office in Dublin destroyed a large number of Irish Records. Irish genealogical research has been affected over the years by this tragic loss, as many records still cannot be retrieved from other sources.
In commemoration of the 91st anniversary of this fire, is offering free access to its full collection of Irish Births, Marriages, and Death Indexes this weekend -- beginning Thursday, June 27, through Sunday, June 30, 2013. In order to access the vital records you will have to register for free on the site.

Anyone who has Irish ancestors will want to take advantage of  this offer. The vital records are only a small portion of the total Irish records available on the site, but only the Vital Records mentioned above will have free access. While on the site, you should also take a look at the list of other Irish records that may be accessed with a subscription.
American Canadian Genealogical Society Trip

On Saturday, September 28, ACGS will celebrate its 40 anniversary with an all-day conference featuring Dick Eastman, Lucy Constantino, and Joe Manning.

Five CCGS members traveled to Manchester, NH this June to explore the resources at the American Canadian Genealogical Society. This is billed as the largest French-Canadian specialty library in the United States. Carl Copp, driver, took passengers Marti Day, Bonnie Cormier, Ellen Geanacopoulos, and Wayne VanBuren to Manchester in an efficient two and one-half hours. This facility occupies the second floor of a former school, which is an easy drive from the Rte 93 exit. There is a chair lift which makes the library accessible. The room is spacious and bright. A snack room is available and there are restaurants nearby.

We were met by Pauline Cusson and her experienced staff and received excellent one-on-one attention during our time there. Translation service was also available.

A recent acquisition is the LaFrance database. It is an extension of the Progrmme de researche en demographie historique (PRDH) with which many French Canadian researchers are familiar. LaFrance extends the dates through 1850, and allows the researcher at the computer to link to the actual record and print it out right from the computer.

All the CCGS visitors agreed this was a worthwhile trip. More information may be received about ACGS resources and hours at their website