Monday, November 17, 2014

Annual Members Holiday Celebration

 Whether we are ready or not, it is time to prepare for our Holiday Meeting in  December!  This is the day that we all look forward to each year -- sharing stories  from our co-members and, best of all, sharing all the homemade holiday goodies!!   
In  order for it  all to  happen, it will take the assistance of you all --
volunteers to tell the stories and volunteers to make the food.

This year would be a great time to share our past... the favorite memories of holidays when we were growing up --
        How did your family celebrate? Were there special traditions --family traditions or ethnic traditions? 
       Do you have  photos you would like to share of some  of  those celebrations?  If so, please email copies to me at and I will include them in a  slideshow before the meeting.

         Do you have special recipes that your mother and/or grandmother used to make that you would like to share with us?  If it is not a secret recipe, perhaps  you would like to share that with us also.

Our December  meeting is scheduled for the usual 3rd Wednesday of the month, December 17; so you have plenty of time to prepare. However, I do need to  know in the next few weeks who would like to share their memories with us and also will need copies of any photos by December 6, in order to put together a slideshow.  
Looking forward to hearing from you!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Received at the Library

The following journal and newsletter articles may be of interest to members:

The Lothropp Family Foundation Newsletter for autumn 2014 contains a nice one-page summary about passenger rail travel to Cape Cod, "The First Train to the Cape."

DNA is becoming a more common research tool for genealogists, and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (Sept. 2014) reports for the first time deferring acceptance of a paper that in the editors' judgment needed DNA results.  The lead article uses DNA as one tool to establish the likely line of the descendants of slaves in South Carolina.  Other stories involve finding the origins of a man relocating from Kentucky with his sons to join in the California gold rush; and the background of a couple suddenly appearing in Derbyshire, England, proved to have relocated from Lancashire.

The Essex Genealogist (Aug. 2014) has a 15-page transcription of a useful presentation on "Using Word to write your family history."  Another thorough presentation is on descendancy research: "the goal... is to find all the persons descending of [sic] a particular ancestral couple."  Rounding out the issue are an interesting report on the involvement of the Wilson family with the Salem witch trials, and's "Golden Rules of Genealogy."

Rhonda McClure featured speaker for annual CCGS/FGS meeting

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Be sure to join us on Saturday, November 22, at our annual Cape Cod Genealogy/Falmouth Genealogy joint  meeting,  when we will learn about Immigration and Migration from expert, Rhonda McClure.

Rhonda  is a genealogist from New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston and many of us are familiar with her. She is nationally recognized for her genealogical work, as well  as author of 10 books (including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy, now in its second edition, Finding Your Famous and Infamous Ancestors, and Digitizing Your Family History. The subject of Immigration and Migration is only one of  Rhonda's many areas of expertise.

Rhonda's  presentation  will address  immigration trends and processes, as well as some of the challenges in researching immigration records.

This meeting will be held at St Peter's Church, Wianno Rd, Osterville, on Saturday, November 22, at 10:30AM.  Parking  is available behind and beside the church, as well as on Wianno Rd.

Questions?? Contact either David Martin at  or Ralph Wadleigh at

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Guide to Genealogical Writing : featured library resource for November 2014

On the recent bus trip to the New England Historic Genealogical Society I picked up a recently released volume for the Library.  Guide to genealogical writing : how to write and publish your family history should be helpful to members of the writing  SIG and the rest of us who are contemplating such a project.  Written by Penelope Stratton and Henry Hoff, it is aimed at someone who wants to create a printed product.

The books divides the process as follows:
  • preparing
  • writing
  • getting ready to publish
  • writing articles and other types of family histories
The short chapter on getting started might be one of the most useful, because that's one of the hardest parts of the process.  As we know well, the search for genealogical information is never-ending.  But the authors point out that it is necessary to suspend research and shift mental gears to concentrate on writing.

The writing chapter covers the two principal styles of writing genealogies: Register style (named after NEHGS's flagship journal), and Ahnentafel or ancestor table style.  The basic difference between these is the starting point, with the former beginning with the past (e.g. the immigrant) and the latter beginning with the present and working backward in time.

Making a manuscript ready for publication includes considerations of design and layout, illustrations and indexing.

Important resources are found in the Appendices.  One covers the features of Microsoft Word that make it especially useful for genealogical writing: styles, automatic numbering, and index tagging.  A sample questionnaire for relatives is included, and a list of resources for writing and publishing.  At the back is a 25-page Genealogical Manual of Style, with gray borders making it easy to find.  The Manual covers how to list names, dates, numbers, abbreviations, and more.  A thorough index completes the volume.

We hope to see you at the Library to use this volume, or anything else in our collection.