Saturday, December 6, 2014

Received at the Library

Members may wish to view the latest magazine receipts at the Genealogy Room:

In May the National Genealogical Society will hold a conference "Crossroads of America" in St. Charles, Missouri.  The lead article in NGS Magazine for Oct.-Dec. 2014 discusses nearby archives and other research facilities that could be visited en route.  "The sociology of cemeteries" discusses several factors affecting where people were buried, including family relationships, religion, military service, and occupation, and has a nice bibliography.  The article "Inside emigrant guides" has given me clues about why my German emigrant great-grandfather might have chosen Nebraska soon after arriving in 1868.  "Educational opportunities in genealogy, part 1" deals with non-digital options for keeping skills current: books, magazines, conferences, institutes, continuing education, and TV shows -- so much to learn, so little time!  Lisa Alzo reviews online applications to help with writing tasks (note-taking, outlining, organization and planning, etc.)  A column on genetic genealogy addresses how to share information with your DNA matches.

Irish researchers may wish to review the lead article in Internet genealogy for Dec./Jan. 2015, on Irish petty session court registers.  Scanning applications for smartphones are reviewed.  Other topics covered: online libraries; genealogy blogging (LisaAlzo again); sports databases; apps for photo-editing; Fold-3's honor wall for US veterans; jumpstarts for weary genealogists; and 6 tips for staying focussed with your online research.  There's also a positive review of the latest version of Gramps, a free open-source genealogy software program.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Received at the Library

According to our 2014 membership survey, some members have primary or secondary interest in the Netherlands.  The lead article in Internet Genealogy (Oct./Nov. 2014) is "Finding your Dutch ancestors online."  It includes a nice translation table (relationships, occupations, etc.) and information sources about the Pilgrims who came to America from the Netherlands.  A review of nearly 20 apps that help make genealogical research easily portable with your handheld device is next.  The PERSI database, the largest genealogy and history periodical index is now available on, for the first time with digital images.  "Chasing Pancho Villa" piqued my interest, because as a small boy my father answered the door when Pancho Villa's rebel force came through the central Mexican town where my grandfather was in charge of a factory.  The article addresses records for veterans of the nine month 1916 US invasion of Mexico on the eve of WWI, which was an unsuccessful attempt to capture Pancho Villa, involving both regular and National Guard troops.  This issue also covers the practice of Social Security tattoos, databases providing context for UK ancestors' lives, deciphering old script (including tutorials on several sites), oTranscribe (a free tool that helps with transcribing taped interviews or lectures), and Australian newspapers.

The cover feature of Family Tree magazine for December 2014 is a listing of a total of 75 online sites for state records, arranged by state.  "Show your roots" gives creative ideas for ways to visually display your genealogy treasures.  Other articles include an extensive review of directories by Maureen Taylor, divorce records, Norwegian records, and for those seeking inspiration, "Best holiday tech gifts for genealogists."  There's also a feature on preserving your heirloom holiday ornaments.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Received at the Library

Members may find the following journal issues of interest:

The Idaho Genealogical Society Quarterly (fall 2014) contains an absorbing account of the settling of Franklin, Idaho, including many interactions and clashes with Indians living in the area.  There is also a lovely account of growing up on an Idaho ranch in the early 20th century, by the youngest child of ten born to a German-American couple.  The summer 2014 issue offers reminiscences of the current chief of the Delawares of Idaho, one of the branches of the Lenape tribe that were the original inhabitants of Manhattan Island and much of New England, but were displaced by Europeans and driven westward across the United States.

The lead article in Family chronicle (Sept./Oct. 2014) is about an American's successful search to confirm family lore that his grandfather was killed in World War I.  Not only was the story confirmed, but the grave was located in France and his grandmother's identity revealed.  Another article follows a Guatemalan in her search to connect with her Irish roots, which also led to Spain.  A series on creative genealogy-related family games continues with ideas like "Pin the job on the ancestor."  An article called "Making connections in 5 steps" gives a systematic approach for filling out the context of your ancestors' lives.  Other topics covered are signatures on documents, British records on Canadians, and preservation practices for the home archivist.  Lastly, there's a great list of 26 words only a genealogist could love, such as silligraphy (the study of seals) and griffonage (bad handwriting)!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Annual Members Holiday Celebration

 Whether we are ready or not, it is time to prepare for our Holiday Meeting in  December!  This is the day that we all look forward to each year -- sharing stories  from our co-members and, best of all, sharing all the homemade holiday goodies!!   
In  order for it  all to  happen, it will take the assistance of you all --
volunteers to tell the stories and volunteers to make the food.

This year would be a great time to share our past... the favorite memories of holidays when we were growing up --
        How did your family celebrate? Were there special traditions --family traditions or ethnic traditions? 
       Do you have  photos you would like to share of some  of  those celebrations?  If so, please email copies to me at and I will include them in a  slideshow before the meeting.

         Do you have special recipes that your mother and/or grandmother used to make that you would like to share with us?  If it is not a secret recipe, perhaps  you would like to share that with us also.

Our December  meeting is scheduled for the usual 3rd Wednesday of the month, December 17; so you have plenty of time to prepare. However, I do need to  know in the next few weeks who would like to share their memories with us and also will need copies of any photos by December 6, in order to put together a slideshow.  
Looking forward to hearing from you!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Received at the Library

The following journal and newsletter articles may be of interest to members:

The Lothropp Family Foundation Newsletter for autumn 2014 contains a nice one-page summary about passenger rail travel to Cape Cod, "The First Train to the Cape."

DNA is becoming a more common research tool for genealogists, and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (Sept. 2014) reports for the first time deferring acceptance of a paper that in the editors' judgment needed DNA results.  The lead article uses DNA as one tool to establish the likely line of the descendants of slaves in South Carolina.  Other stories involve finding the origins of a man relocating from Kentucky with his sons to join in the California gold rush; and the background of a couple suddenly appearing in Derbyshire, England, proved to have relocated from Lancashire.

The Essex Genealogist (Aug. 2014) has a 15-page transcription of a useful presentation on "Using Word to write your family history."  Another thorough presentation is on descendancy research: "the goal... is to find all the persons descending of [sic] a particular ancestral couple."  Rounding out the issue are an interesting report on the involvement of the Wilson family with the Salem witch trials, and's "Golden Rules of Genealogy."

Rhonda McClure featured speaker for annual CCGS/FGS meeting

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Be sure to join us on Saturday, November 22, at our annual Cape Cod Genealogy/Falmouth Genealogy joint  meeting,  when we will learn about Immigration and Migration from expert, Rhonda McClure.

Rhonda  is a genealogist from New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston and many of us are familiar with her. She is nationally recognized for her genealogical work, as well  as author of 10 books (including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy, now in its second edition, Finding Your Famous and Infamous Ancestors, and Digitizing Your Family History. The subject of Immigration and Migration is only one of  Rhonda's many areas of expertise.

Rhonda's  presentation  will address  immigration trends and processes, as well as some of the challenges in researching immigration records.

This meeting will be held at St Peter's Church, Wianno Rd, Osterville, on Saturday, November 22, at 10:30AM.  Parking  is available behind and beside the church, as well as on Wianno Rd.

Questions?? Contact either David Martin at  or Ralph Wadleigh at

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Guide to Genealogical Writing : featured library resource for November 2014

On the recent bus trip to the New England Historic Genealogical Society I picked up a recently released volume for the Library.  Guide to genealogical writing : how to write and publish your family history should be helpful to members of the writing  SIG and the rest of us who are contemplating such a project.  Written by Penelope Stratton and Henry Hoff, it is aimed at someone who wants to create a printed product.

The books divides the process as follows:
  • preparing
  • writing
  • getting ready to publish
  • writing articles and other types of family histories
The short chapter on getting started might be one of the most useful, because that's one of the hardest parts of the process.  As we know well, the search for genealogical information is never-ending.  But the authors point out that it is necessary to suspend research and shift mental gears to concentrate on writing.

The writing chapter covers the two principal styles of writing genealogies: Register style (named after NEHGS's flagship journal), and Ahnentafel or ancestor table style.  The basic difference between these is the starting point, with the former beginning with the past (e.g. the immigrant) and the latter beginning with the present and working backward in time.

Making a manuscript ready for publication includes considerations of design and layout, illustrations and indexing.

Important resources are found in the Appendices.  One covers the features of Microsoft Word that make it especially useful for genealogical writing: styles, automatic numbering, and index tagging.  A sample questionnaire for relatives is included, and a list of resources for writing and publishing.  At the back is a 25-page Genealogical Manual of Style, with gray borders making it easy to find.  The Manual covers how to list names, dates, numbers, abbreviations, and more.  A thorough index completes the volume.

We hope to see you at the Library to use this volume, or anything else in our collection.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Falmouth and Cape Cod Genealogical Societies Present

            7th Annual Joint Genealogical Meeting


        Immigration Trends;   Immigration Processes;  Challenges in Immigration Research    
Presenter: Rhonda  McClure
Genealogist, New England Historic Genealogical Society

DATE: Saturday, November 22, 2014
TIME: 10:30AM to 1:00PM, followed by optional purchase of
    Lobster Roll lunch and informal discussion
PLACE: St. Peter’s Church, Wianno Avenue, Osterville
PARKING: Behind and on side of church, and on Wianno Avenue
Optional: Lobster roll lunch with beverage--$11; 

To reserve a spot contact  Judy Fenner at by Nov. 18th.

Questions? Contact Mary Barry at, or David Martin at

Bus Trip to Boston!

You and your friends are invited to welcome Autumn with a CCGS bus trip to Boston on Wednesday, October 22.

Although many passengers will be doing genealogical research, our destination to the New England Historic Genealogical Society on Newbury Street is also near the Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Prudential Shopping Mall, and Newbury Street shopping. You and your friends may just like to celebrate the changing season by visiting those places, too.

We'll leave Patriot Square (Route 134, Exit 9 south, Dennis) promptly at 8:00 am, with stops at Burger King at Exit 6 and Sagamore Bridge Park and Ride. We will leave 101 Newbury Street at 3:30 pm, and you will be home in time for dinner.

To reserve space, please call Nancy DeNise at 508-432-6072, complete the information below and mail it with your check for $35, made out to CCGS, to:

Nancy DeNise
14 Harold Street
Apt. 2F
Harwich Port, MA 02646


Name: ___________________________________ Tel. No.: _____________________

Address: ________________________________   E-Mail: ______________________

Town: ____________________________________  Member of CCGS?    Yes       No    

For HISTGEN planning purposes, please indicate if you will be researching there:  NEHGS ______

I will be boarding the bus at:
•        Patriot Square ____________
•        Burger King Park & Ride ____________

•        Sagamore Park & Ride ____________

Discovering Your British Roots

Cape Cod Genealogy Society announces 
a Special Workshop

Discovering Your British Roots

David Curtis Dearborn,
Genealogist Emeritus from the 
New England Historic Genealogical Society

DATE:  Saturday, October 25, 2014
TIME:  10:30am - 12 noon
PLACE:  Brewster Ladies Library,  Rte 6A, Brewster, MA
COST:  $15, members of Cape Cod Genealogy and Falmouth Genealogy Societies
               $20, non-members

Reserve a space by sending a check, by Oct 15, to:
Box 1394
Harwich, MA 02645

For more information, contact: