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."

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