Friday, May 30, 2014

Received at the Library

Recent issues of journals received at the CCGS Genealogy Room at the Dennis Public Library:

Internet Genealogy for April/May 2014 leads off with "German genealogy sites you won't want to miss."  These include German Roots, German Genealogy Network, specialized information on general sites like Family Search and WorldGenWeb, and a gazeteer from 1883 digitized by the Univ. of Wisconsin (  In "Lifespan : Landmarks of life," the author discusses how to extrapolate probable dates from whatever information we have about an ancestor.  Adding context to your family history using free online magazine archives is discussed by Tony Bandy, and "Finding online biographical resources" by Carol Richey.  HathiTrust, a huge digital archive, is featured both in the Bandy article and a separate one by Diane L. Richard.  "Locating records of British Seamen" is featured on the cover.

Also chock full of useful information, Family Chronicle for May/June 2014 offers advice on "Planning a family history research trip to Ireland."  Other articles treat death records, soil maps (starting in the early 1900s), using carbon dating to determine the age of an ancestral home, and "Correcting long-accepted research in the Internet age."

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Received at the Library

Members may be interested in these recently received materials at our Genealogy Room.

Essex Genealogist (February 2014) contains the transcript of a presentation on "Sex, DNA and Family History" given by Shellee Morehead.  She distinguishes between 3 types of testing: Y-DNA, mitochondrial, and autosomal, each used for different purposes.  She includes a short bibliography and list of websites.  Continuing with the connection of genealogy to science, Melinda Lutz Byrne discusses "Medical Genealogy : a New Frontier."  Articles about the surname Pote and the descendants of Joseph Parker are also included.

The National Genealogical Society Quarterly customarily features a cover photo and short biography of an individual under the rubric "Faces of America."  For March 2014 they profile Herbert Adolphus Miller, a Dartmouth graduate who became an academic specializing in race relations and immigration, and was famously dismissed from Ohio State University for speaking at a rally before a nonviolent protest by Mahatma Ghandi in India.  The theme connecting the issue's articles is how disciplined attention to detail can solve genealogical problems.  One researcher reports on the immigration story of President Woodrow Wilson's paternal grandparents.  A research "note" of 24-pages thoroughly explores "Calculating and Using Dates and Date Ranges."

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Received at the Library

I hope members find useful these "current awareness" notices of information in current journals added to our collection at the Genealogy Room.

Postscript (spring 2014), published by the Bourne Historical Society, carries the first of a two-part article on the history of the Cape Cod Canal.  The Cape was called "Malabar" by both French and Dutch navigators because of the dangerous outer banks.  Perhaps the first to inspect the land under consideration for a canal was Myles Standish in 1623!  Several exploratory committees were established over the years, their work usually interrupted by wars (the Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War).  The final study group commenced in the twentieth century, with ground-breaking in 1909.  To be continued...

The Idaho Genealogical Society Quarterly for spring 2014 carries a report of "Headstone Preservation through Photography," written by a teenager who captured inscriptions in a local cemetery for a Girl Scout Gold Award.  There's also advice on "Tracking your Scottish immigrant ancestors."

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Received at the Library

Members may be interested in the following periodicals added to our collection:

The March/April 2014 issue of Family Chronicle has several interesting articles:
  • "Dial G for Genealogy" about the evolution of phone numbers, and how their format can give clues to dating old documents like a business card or newspaper article.  Phonebooks too can be a valuable source of information from the past.  
  • Here's a gift idea from Janice Nickerson: have a custom jigsaw puzzle made from old family photos!
  • George C. Morgan makes the case for "Case studies and why you should read them"
  • Debra Karplus has advice for "Canadians exploring their Jewish roots"
  • In "Genealogy and your baby" we learn about the new field of genetic counseling, which uses genealogical information to recommend testing for susceptibility to certain diseases or conditions 
The Dennis Historical Society Newsletter for March/April has an amusing story about being called out at midnight on Christmas Eve to fortuitously discover a leak at the Rose Victorian.  It was written by our esteemed late member Burton N. Derick, and the May issue of the Newsletter carries his in-depth obituary.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Received at the Library

Members may be interested in the following materials received in recent weeks:

Mass-Pocha is the journal of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston.    In the February 2014 issue: "Do you have German Roots?' explores German genealogy in general, and resources specifically relating to Jews with German ancestry.  It notes that the Germany of the early 20th century was vast compared with today, and recommends an atlas from that time period.  Other articles treat research on Lithuania, Iberia (Spain), and Poland. The story of the Jewish community in Quincy MA is told, which is now all but gone.

The current New England Historical and Genealogical Register (Jan. 2014) lists research on the surnames Gleason, Sherman, Brenton, Sales, Butterworth, Coy, Harris, Cobb, and Fairbank.  If one of these is in your tree, come have a look at this issue in the Genealogy Room!

Ship passenger lists : Featured library resource for May 2014

The Library has acquired a 4-volume set of works that index passenger lists of immigrants to colonial and early United States.  The 4 volumes are divided by geographic area, and cover slightly different time periods.  Under the main title Ship Passenger Lists, we have the following:

  • National and New England (1600-1825)
  • New York and New Jersey (1600-1825)
  • The South (1538-1825)
  • Pennsylvania and Delaware (1641-1825)

Not until 1820 did the United States require passenger lists from ships with immigrants, so after 1820 the record keeping improved and more passenger lists are available from the National Archives and Records Administration.

For the period prior to 1820 there is greater reliance on published materials.  These four books were compiled and privately published by researcher Carl Boyer, 3rd.  They are based on an earlier work by Harold Lancour entitled A bibliography of ship passenger lists, 1528-1835 (the 1963 revision of a work originally published 1937 under a different title).  Lancour's book did not list names, while Boyer has added names to many of the entries and indexed them.  (He apparently did not list names for items he considered readily accessible.)

We cordially invite you to come to the Genealogy Room located at the Dennis Public Library in Dennisport to use these or any other of our resources in your research.