Thursday, July 31, 2014

Irish libraries : featured library resource for August 2014

The library has received a gift of an important volume for Irish genealogical research, from member Jane Burke LeGendre.  Compiled by Robert K. O'Neill, Director of the Burns Library at Boston College, Irish libraries : archives, museums & genealogical centres was published in 2002 by the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast.

The main body of the book lists institutions by town within county, giving contact information, access information, and a description of holdings.  This geographical arrangement makes the book especially useful for someone planning a research trip, and indeed its purpose is stated as "an effort to include those institutions that are likely to be most attractive to and welcoming of visitors, with a focus on local and family history." (p. xi)

Additional chapters and appendices cover: the Irish Genealogical Project, a brief essay on Tracing your County Kildare Ancestors, and a substantial listing of Tithe and Valuation Records c.1823, by county.  (The latter were tax records that serve as a de facto farm census.)  There is also a glossary which covers historical events, political and organizational terms, religious denominations, etc.  A select bibliography and an index complete the volume.

We welcome your visit to the CCGS Library, housed in the Dennis Public Library, and open Tuesdays (12-4), Thursdays (10-4) and Saturdays (10-noon).

Monday, July 21, 2014

Searching for Scudders

The Family Reunion of people with the surname Scudder will take place on Cape Cod in October, 2014. The organizers, who are from outside New England, are seeking individuals who have ancestry in the Scudder line, to contact about this event. 

If anyone is familiar with Scudder ancestry, please contact David Martin at  We hope everyone is enjoying the summer. Thank you.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

John Philip Coletta Coming to Cape Cod

On Saturday, August 2, at the Brewster Ladies Library, Rte 6A, Cape Cod Genealogical and Falmouth Genealogical Societies will be co-sponsoring two sessions presented by internationally renowned genealogist,  John Philip Colleta.

Dr. Coletta is a popular lecturer on topics of family history research and writing, appearing at many national conferences, and is a faculty member of several institutions, including Boston University's Certificate in Family History Program. He has published numerous articles and several books, including, They Came in Ships: a Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record and the narrative family history, Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath. 
In the morning presentation, 10:30 - 12 noon, titled Placing Ancestor's in Historical Context, learn how to make your ancestors come alive. John will share with us how to combine your ancestor's genealogical information with the real life events of their time, using examples of real people and their stories. This presentation is open to the public, but preregistration is required.  The cost is $20 for members of either CCGS or FGS, and $25 for non-members.
To register for this event:
      Mail a check, made out to CCGS, and include your contact information (name, phone number, and email),  to:
                  Box 1394
                 Harwich, MA 02645

Questions:  contact David Martin at

Later the same day, 1:30 - 4:00pm, there will be a two part Writing Workshop, open to members of either CCGS or FGS, only.  First, Assembling and Writing a Narrative Family History, learn how to assemble and write a reliable and readable family history, including how to document, edit, illustrate, and index. In the second part of the afternoon program, Using Artifacts in Researching and Writing About Your Ancestors, you will learn how to use family heirlooms, family lore, and ancestral locations to help understand who an ancestor was.The cost for the afternoon workshop will be $20 and registration may be sent to the above address.
Remember to specify whether you are registering for the morning or afternoon session(s).