Thursday, January 30, 2014

Received at the Library

Members may find the following periodicals received at the Library of interest:

The Idaho Genealogical Society Quarterly (winter 2013) contains articles on the early days of Boise, the first laws passed in Idaho in 1863-4, the Weiser River Trail (and a companion piece on a modern experience of a wagon train on that trail), and adoption laws in Idaho.  Idaho's historical newspapers are being digitized in a federally subsidized project.

Members of the German SIG will appreciate the lead article in Family Chronicle (Jan/Feb 2014) on "Locating German Parish Records" which are according to the article "hands down, the most important source available for German genealogical research."  Other articles cover interesting family stories, advice on how to frame your questions to professional genealogists or institutions, how to handle funding your family history book, and innovative ideas for conveying genealogy through slide shows.  There's a discussion of old luggage that one might find in the attic and its potential value for genealogists, as well as a review of Family Tree Builder 7.0

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Genealogy--Cape Cod and Beyond

 Want to learn more about looking for your ancestors? This three-part course by experts from the Cape Cod Genealogical Society is the place to start.

Dates: Mondays, February 24, March 3, and March 10, 2014
Time: 1:00-2:30 PM
Place: Snow Library, Orleans, MA
Donation and Registration: 
$10 for the course, payable to Friends of the Snow Library, Box 481, Orleans, MA 02653, 
or payable at the Library. 
Check Snow Library website at for brochures and registration forms
Deadline for Registration is Feb. 10th.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

February Meeting to Focus on Workplace Records

An ancestor's place of occupation can reveal much more than work skills. Industry specific sources can also give us information on birthplace, kinship, and social and religious group membership.  Using as examples, Irish workers in the Sandwich glass industry and German workers at the Plymouth Cordage Company, our February speaker, Susan Steele, will examine their lives using material from industry museum files, local historical societies, archives, fraternal insurance records, and other more familiar sources.

Susan Steele directed The Irish Ancestral Research Association's Forester Project from 2005-2011. This project indexed and digitized the insurance mortuary records of members of the Massachusetts Catholic Order of Foresters who died between 1880 and 1935. She has given many presentations on the genealogical and historical content of  the Forester's collection and has also lectured on genealogy resources found in industry museums. Susan's lecture venues have included genealogy conferences, cultural centers, libraries, and universities, including UMASS, Boston College, and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Be sure to save the date-- February 19, 2014 at 10 AM -- and join us at the Brewster Ladies Library, Rte 6A, to learn how to find and use these types of records.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Gen Y – Genealogists Completely Connected

The term Gen Y identifies individuals born between 1976 and 2001. Totally connected to technology, they have grown up with email, the Internet, Google and all the different social media sites. This generation is a great boon for the future of using technology for genealogical research. Genealogical societies need to understand the Gen Y members to encourage them to be a part of the ongoing search for more genealogical information.

The big question is how to stimulate their interest. Genealogical societies have to look at what motivates Gen Ys. What do Gen Ys look for when they do genealogical research? According to D. Joshua Taylor (, “Gen Y is motivated by the game mechanics of genealogy, having been raised with video games. Similar to video gamers, genealogists play within their own online communities through genealogical societies, social media and even large-scale indexing projects, like what happened when volunteers indexed the 1940 census. Genealogists like to win the game, progress to the next level and knock down the brick wall when they make a new discovery.”

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Vermont records and NEHGS newsletter

Do you subscribe to The Weekly Genealogist, the online newsletter of New England Historic and Genealogical Society?  It's free, and easy to subscribe to (click on the link in the previous sentence).  In today's issue there's a report that American Ancestors now includes marriage records for Vermont for the period 1871-1908, and will be covering more years as time goes on.  You can search American Ancestors at our Genealogy Room, which is open Tuesday 10-2, Thursday 10-4, and Saturday 10-noon.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

NEHGS Webinar on Writing

Ten Steps for Writing & Publishing Your Family History
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 3 p.m. EST (2:00 CST; 1:00 MST; 12:00 PST)
Presented by: Penny Stratton, Publishing Director
Level: All levels; Audience: Anyone interested in writing or publishing their research

Whether you are just starting your research or wrapping up years of genealogical investigation, you're probably thinking about how to share your findings with family, the greater genealogical community, and generations to come. Consider writing a book! This webinar will give a brief overview of the key steps to writing and publishing your family history. Cost: FREE Register Today!

*If you are unable to attend a live session, a recording of the event will be posted to our website within a week of the program.