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:


Friday, October 10, 2014

Received at the Library

Members may be interested in these recently received periodicals:

The National Genealogical Society, which publishes NGS Magazine (July-Sept. 2014) has helped to develop the Genealogists' Declaration of Rights, a statement advocating open access to federal, state and local records; they urge that you consider signing the declaration.  This issue announces that Findmypast, the leading British family history company has acquired Mocavo, the fastest growing US genealogy company.  The NGS 2015 annual Family History Conference will be held in St. Charles, Missouri in May.  Several articles in this issue have a military theme: Revolutionary and Civil War pension records; the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies; Border state divided families during the Civil War.  Other topics covered are the difficulties in locating vital records; why social class matters to genealogists; researching "black sheep" ancestors; X-DNA; and planning for access to your digital information for your heirs.

The connecting theme for American Ancestors for summer 2014 is relocation: the New England practice of "warning" strangers to leave town after 2 weeks; New England immigrants who later returned to their home country; and letters of a family which migrated from Massachusetts to Ohio. Other topics include Maine, and Boston's Jewish community.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Received at the Library

Internet Genealogy (Aug./Sept.) leads off with an article about Worldcat, the world's largest online union catalog, with over 2 billion records; Carol Richey explains how useful it is for genealogy research.  Tony Bandy recommends the top genealogy blogs of 2014.  An article about a shooting at a circus in 1887 uses newspaper accounts in the Google News Archive.  A "brick walls" column recommends "Checking for anything new about [your dead ends] should become part of your regular research habits" since new information is continuously being added.  Four portable scanners are reviewed.  Other articles cover: getting your teen interested in genealogy; Cleveland's ethnic heritage; an analysis of indexing errors in Family Search; and new Irish online resources.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Received at the Library

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

Post scripts from the Bourne Historical Society (fall 2014) announces their fall fundraiser, the Scenic Harvest Train ride, round trip from Bourne to North Falmouth and back on Sat. afternoon October 18.  Also included is "A Brief History of Bassetts Island", which lies near the Sandwich/Falmouth line.

The Chatham Historical Society's Atwood Log (summer 2014) announces the acquisition of an early 1900s Amesbury dory,  This dory would have been taken to the Grand Banks on a schooner, then used to trawl for herring and mackerel.

We have three issues of the Falmouth Genealogical Society Newsletter, which contain summaries of programs presented to the Society:
February-April 2014: "The Portuguese in Falmouth", "What's New on the Internet?", and "Researching your Irish Roots."
May-July 2014: "Challenges of Researching Women" (presentation by our own Alice Stelzer); "Loyalist Migrations leaving & returning to the States"
August-Oct. 2014: :Researching your Family Medical History"; "How to Write a Genealogical Sketch"

Received at the Library

Come to the Genealogy Room to browse through our latest periodical receipts.

Family Chronicle bills itself as "the how-to-guide for tracing your ancestors" and invariably has practical, useful information.  In the July-August issue, we get great tips on conducting oral interviews (get a signed release!) and a lovely article about nicknames "So, how did they get Polly from Mary?" (my mother was Mary, called Polly, so I've always wondered, and this article gives an explanation!).  The article featured on the cover describes a son's search for a full picture of his father's military career in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.  High-resolution scanning reveals additional details in photographs ("Time travel without a DeLorean"), and Google Translate reveals content of foreign language records.  Articles on a Russian-Jewish clan, and the feed-sack dress (clothing sewn from food storage bags), round out the issue.

In the National Genealogical Society Quarterly for June 2014 we learn of genealogical mysteries solved by a variety of techniques, including a careful reading of Bishops' transcripts and parish records in East Yorkshire UK; using FAN (friends, associates and neighbors) networks to elucidate a German woman's migration to Pennsylvania; and a family's migration to Ohio from Virginia; and combining with mitochondrial DNA to prove lineage in Georgia and Mississippi.

Friday, October 3, 2014

CCGS and Technology to be the Focus of October Meeting

Our September meeting focused on many of  the benefits of membership in CCGS. In October, our Communications Chair, David Frederici, will be discussing the role technology plays within our organization now and what we can expect in the future.

David will be focusing on two areas of concern:
     1. How CCGS can best serve its members:
            -- facilitating communications between the organization and members.
            -- assisting members with their research
     2. Safety concerns surrounding the internet and email.
Included in the discussion will be our current internet presence and how it can be improved, as well an overview of a variety of different platforms which may be beneficial now and in the future... such as webinars, podcasts, videos, and livestreaming of meetings and SIGS.

David welcomes members' input in this discussion and members are encouraged to send him any questions or comments prior to our meeting at

You will not want to miss this opportunity to learn what we are doing to improve our communications with you.  Join us on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at Brewster Ladies Library, Rte 6A, at 10 AM.  Come a few minutes early for coffee and donuts before the meeting.