Saturday, March 29, 2014

April Program to Focus on Photos of Child Laborers From the Early 20th Century

From 1908 to 1924, an American sociologist and photographer, Lewis Hine, working for the National Child Labor Committee, traveled to sweatshops, slums, factories, and farms, documenting the exploitation of children in the workforce. His work eventually led to the enactment of child labor reform in this country.

JoeManning2011Sized2.JPGOur speaker in April, Joseph Manning, will be showing us some of those photographs as he talks about his work to identify and locate the descendants of a number of the children in these photographs, using the same genealogical research techniques we are familiar with.
Joe Manning is an author, historian, and genealogist, originally from Washington DC and Maryland, who settled in New England after spending four years in the Air Force and earning a BA in sociology. He worked for the Connecticut Department of Social Services until his retirement, at which time he relocated to western MA. He was the creator and advisor for several oral history projects in the North Adams, MA, public schools before his interest in the Lewis Hine photographs. His subsequent search has earned him national recognition, including from CBS News, National Public Radio, Yankee Magazine, and other publications.
Joe travels extensively giving presentations related to the Lewis Hine Project at many colleges, libraries, museums, and other institutions and organizations. This will be a not-to-miss program!
Join us on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Brewster Ladies Library at 10am -- come early for coffee and donuts!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Are you on Facebook?

Are you on Facebook yet? 

If not, today's your day to join!  Cape Cod Genealogical Society has a Group on Facebook!

Come join your fellow researchers today at the Cape Cod Genealogical Society Group Page

While you are there, check out all the other Groups that might be of interest:

Try it.....Facebook is not just for chatting anymore!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring Bus trip to Boston

You and your friends are invited to welcome Spring with a CCGS coach trip to Boston on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. 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, the Swan Boats, Copley Square, Prudential Shopping Mall, and Newbury Street shopping.  You and your friends may just like to celebrate Spring by visiting those places, too. 

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

To reserve space, please call Nancy De Nise at 508-432-6072 and mail your check for $35, made out to CCGS,  to Nancy DeNise, 14 Harold Street, Apt. 2F, Harwichport, MA  02646.

Questions? Contact Nancy DeNise at 508-432-6072.

Received at the Library

Members may be interested in the following journal issue recently added to the Genealogy Room:

NGS Magazine for Jan.-March 2014 explores the genesis of genealogical credentialing, which began 50 years ago.  After some notorious instances of genealogical fraud, the American Society of Genealogists (founded 1940) took up the cause of credentialing in 1961, and their first certified genealogist was named in 1965.  The Genealogical Society of Utah took up the cause at the same time, and certified their first individual in 1964. Today there are over 2000 certified male and female genealogists around the globe.
An article on "Using Y-DNA for Genealogy" is one of a series on different types of DNA testing.  Y-DNA is that passed from a father to his biological sons.  A project showing DNA testing in action is described in "Derbyshire Crossroads: A Wilcockson DNA case study."
Other articles cover the Carnegie Medal, which rewarded heroism by ordinary citizens; "Finding a 'missing' passenger list"; "Did your civil war ancestor have an artificial limb?" (p. 41, inexplicably left off the table of contents), and a couple of articles about the new Genealogy Roadshow teleevision program.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Genealogy Course offered in Osterville

The Society will offer its three-session genealogy course at the Osterville Public Library on three Thursdays--April 3, 10, and 17, 2014, from 1:30-3:30pm, second floor.

The first session will provide a detailed general overview of the most important genealogical methods along with criteria for documenting one's findings. The second session will focus in  Immigration to the USA and migration across the USA. The third session will include recommendations about the most useful genealogical software to use when organizing your genealogical research and techniques on how to make the most effective use of the Internet when doing research. 

The cost is $25 for the series, and registration will be handled through the Library by contacting Kirby at 508-428-5757; deadline is Monday, March 31.

Checks made out to  Osterville Library will be collected at the beginning of the first session. For questions, contact David Martin at or call 508-527-0460.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Would you like some One-on-One Genealogy help?

Whether you are a newbie or have been working on your family tree for years, there are times when we all need some help.  With that in mind, some very generous CCGS members have offered to be that help.  We have started a new page on this Blog called:  One-on-One Help in Genealogy.  You can find the link in the list on the right hand side of this page.

We have listed the names of the people offering to help, their contact information, and a brief description of how they think they can help you.  Just get in contact with them and set up a time and place to meet that is convenient for both of you.

Check back to this page often.  More volunteers are stepping forward every day.  

If you think this would be a good way to be of service to your fellow genealogist, contact Nancy A. Daniels at  and you can be added to this list.  You can volunteer as much or as little as you want to.  It's a nice way to get involved!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Mayflower Passengers, 1620 : Featured library resource for March 2014

Thanks to member and library volunteer Brenda Hayes we have two new pamphlets that summarize and index the information contained in the "silver books" published by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants.

Both pamphlets are authored by Scott Andrew Bartley, former editor of the Mayflower Descendant.  Mayflower passengers, 1620, is the second edition (published 2006) and updates a previous pamphlet published in 1992.  It lists the latest authoritative information about each Mayflower passenger, including parentage, birth and death, marriages, and information sources about descendants.  Here's a link to a brief review of the book.

Mayflower last names for four generations, published 2009, provides a name index to the silver books.  Generally the silver books cover five generations, so it would have been nice if this index extended to the fifth generation, but it doesn't. Still, if you are looking to identify a Mayflower connection, this handy index could be a very efficient way of making that connection.

We encourage you to visit our Genealogy Room, located at the Dennis Public Library in Dennisport, to have a look at these new additions to the collection.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Church of the Latter-Day Saints Family History Conference

Family History Conference--many interesting sessions for genealogists
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Church of Latter-Day Saints, Franklin, MA

     Free, except if one wishes to purchase the paper syllabus and/or lunch

     For registration and details, see


Your Spring day in Boston

On April 30th, you and your friends are invited to welcome Spring with a coach trip to Boston sponsored by the Cape Cod Genealogical Society.

Only $35 for round trip. No need to be a genealogist. There are many great things to see and do in Boston.

For details and a registration form, call Nancy DeNise at 508 432-6072.

Space is limited so please don’t wait.