Friday, April 25, 2014

Researching Civil War Genealogy

150 years ago, our country was involved in a civil war... North against the South... and, in many instances, one family member against another family member. Were your ancestors participants in this war? Do you know the story of their involvement?
On May 21, 2014, Dennis Ahern will speak to us about researching individuals who participated in the American Civil War and will  touch on the resources available in Massachusetts, the National Archives in Washington, and on the Internet. These records sometimes provide clues to an individual's birthplace and family history through letters and affidavits in pension files.
Mr. Ahern has lectured on a variety of  historical and genealogical subjects in Ireland, Canada, and the U.S., and has published articles in several journals. A trustee of the Acton Memorial Library since 1982, he is currently documenting all of the Civil War veterans of Acton. Born and raised in Arlington, MA, he served as vice president of the Arlington Historical Society from 1997-2001. You can find additional information on Mr. Ahern and other lectures he has offered in the past at his website.
Join us for this informative presentation at the Brewster Ladies Library , on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 10AM. For the early birds, we will have coffee and donuts available after 9:30!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Writing Family Stories Workshop

On Friday, May 16, 2014, the Cape Cod Genealogical Society Writer's Special Interest Group will be sponsoring a two hour introductory workshop, at 10 AM, at the Brewster Ladies Library. This workshop is open, free of charge to members, and at a cost of $5 to non-members.

The presenter will be Alice Plouchard Stelzer, who will take us through the writing process --from making the preliminary decisions that need to be made before starting your writing process and continuing with setting appropriate goals for the outcome you want.  Along the way, there will be discussion of the creative process, audience, story scope, formats, organization, truthfulness, research, citations, themes, timelines, and points of universality, along with how to best delve into the who, what, where, when, and especially, why.

Alice has had extensive experience as a writer for over 25 years and has been a mentor/coach for other writers. She has taught many writing workshops and writing courses. Most recently, she has published her first book, Female Adventurers Who Helped Colonize Massachusetts and Connecticutt. 

If you have ever thought about writing about your family research, either for publication or just to share with your extended family, this is your opportunity to learn how to go about it. Come prepared to work!

To register for this event, or for further information, contact .

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Databases at the Library

I'm pleased to announce that our Ancestry subscription at the Library has been resuscitated.  The Board recently voted to fund this for a year, even though we now have to pay for it ourselves since Dennis Public Library has opted not to renew it.

Because of the increased cost of Ancestry to us, we have decided at this time not to renew two databases that we had in the past: Heritage Quest, and World Vital Records.  Members interested in these databases should check to see if their local libraries subscribe.  Feel free to contact me if you wish to comment on these databases, or any other library matters.

Thank you,
Carol Magenau, CCGS Librarian

Friday, April 4, 2014

Preserving Your Family Treasures

Do you have some precious historical artifacts from your family history? If so, you will want to know that April 27-May 3, 2014 this year is Preservation Week, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA).  The goal of the week is to help everyone protect photographs, film, artwork, books, and manuscripts from being damaged by temperature, handling, and poor labeling.  Three ways to learn about preservation are available to CCGS members:
     1.      For resources, go to two helpful websites:
     2.     Sign up for and participate in one or both of the following Webinars scheduled for
Preservation Week, at:
The first Webinar will be Tuesday, April 29, at 2pm, and the second will be Thursday,
May 1, at 2pm. You can participate from home at your home computer for both of these.

3   3.  Come to the regular Wednesday, April 16, program meeting of Cape Cod Genealogical Society at 10 am, and gather helpful information from a special display in the Brewster Library Auditorium
organized by CCGS member Sue Benoit. She will have an exhibit and explanation of methods for preserving family treasures such as manuscripts and old photographs, including samples of materials that can be purchased for safeguarding those valuables.

In the meantime, plan to dig out and identify those items for preserving for future generations. Questions? Contact Sue Benoit at