Tuesday, September 17, 2013

French-Canadian Sources : featured library resource for September 2013

The Canadian Special Interest Group is one of our Society's successful affinity groups for sharing the trials and triumphs of genealogical research.  We hope that they and others will find useful information in our new handbook entitled French-Canadian Sources : a guide for genealogists.  Published by Ancestry Publishing in 2002, the book has 8 co-authors who were members of the publications committee of the French-Canadian/Acadian Genealogists of Wisconsin.

Introductory chapters cover material unique to French Canada, including a brief history of the settlement of the area, and a timeline of events.  In the chapter on French-Canadian naming patterns we learn about the persistent use of the maiden name for married women in official records (useful!), and the unique practice of the "dit name" (alternative surname).  The final introductory chapter covers the feudal system as practiced in New France.

Secondary sources constitute the largest section of  the book, but there are also several chapters on primary sources.  Also covered are specialized areas of research: the Filles du Roi (marriageable women subsidized by Louis XIV to settle in the new world), fur-trading ancestors, military records, and internet genealogy.

Lastly, much helpful information can be found in the Appendices, including maps, vocabularies, census descriptions, and useful addresses.  There is also an index.

This book is now available in the section of the CCGS Library on Handbooks, and we hope you'll come have a look at it.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Date Change for September Monthly Meeting

Due to a scheduling conflict with our scheduled speaker, it has been necessary to change the date of our September meeting. Rather than the 3rd week of the month, we will be meeting on the 4th Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at our usual time -- 10am -- and our usual location, the Brewster Ladies Library. This change is only for this month and in October, we will return to our regular schedule. 

Our speaker this month will be Judy Lucey, assistant archivist from New England Historic Genealogical Society, where she has been employed for over 10 years. Her areas of expertise include Irish genealogy, Newfoundland, 19th and 20th century genealogy and Italian research. She has represented NEHGS at a number of meetings and conferences throughout the U.S. and has been a consulting genealogist on many of their research trips, including Salt Lake City, Ireland, and Canadian destinations.

Judy was very well received by our society last spring, when she spoke to us about the value of using archival materials in our research. In response to questions she was asked following her presentation at that time, she will be discussing  how to prepare your genealogical records for future generations.
She is looking forward to seeing many of our members once again.

We hope to see you  on Wednesday, September 25, at the first of our monthly meetings for the 2013/2014 year.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Canadian Special Interest Group Resumes Meetings

The Canadian Special Interest Group will resume its monthly meetings on Wednesday, September 11, at 10 a.m.,  in the Historic Room, at the Brewster Ladies' Library, 1822 Main Street, Brewster.

Anyone interested in Canadian genealogy is welcome to join this lively and interesting group. For more information contact Ellen Geanacopoulos at ellengean@verizon.net.