Friday, January 30, 2015

Learn About Descendancy Research at our October Meeting

We are all familiar with the traditional methods of learning  about our family history by researching our ancestors.  But, in the words of our next speaker, "Researching the living descendants of your ancestors can give your family history new life and excitement."
In his presentation to us, at our October 20, 2015 meeting, Michael Brophy will discuss the reasons for doing Descendancy Research, as well as give us advice on how to go about it.
Michael Brophy is a nationally known, professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer, from the Boston area.He has been a board member of  Massachusetts Genealogical Council and treasurer of the New England Association of Professional Genealogists.
Mike earned his MBA from Suffolk University and BBA from UMASS-Amherst. His genealogical education includes seven certificates from the Institute of  Genealogy and Historic Research (IGHR), as well as certificates in Private Investigation and Advanced Forensic Genealogy from Boston University.
He was featured on the Irish TV series, Dead Money, a genealogy television show about heir searches. He was also hired to conduct research for the NBC television program Who Do You Think You Are?, on an episode dedicated to the family history of actress, Gwyneth Paltrow.
He has lectured on a wide variety of topics, including his specialties of New England and Irish research, at National Genealogical Society conferences and will be among the presenters at the New England Genealogical Consortium conference.
This meeting should prove to be a very interesting one. Hope that you will be able to join us on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at 10 AM, Brewster Ladies Library, on Rte 6A, Brewster. Come early for our "Meet and Greet" with tea, coffee, and donuts.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Received at the Library

Lisa Alzo describes her pilgrimages to Slovakia, and makes suggestions for planning your own "immersion genealogy" travel experience, in the latest issue of Family Chronicle (Nov./Dec. 2014).  There's a complementary article on traveling to Belarus.  Newspaper research is highlighted in the remarkable story of a man scalded in a railroad accident in 1908 in California, who received skin grafts from over 200 friends and relations.  (He married and lived into his late 40s.)  World War I is featured in two articles, both involving letters and other artifacts.  Other subjects covered are vintage home movies, "Ten hidden sources you might be missing", and posters as a means of sharing genealogical information.

Two feature articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (December 2014) deal with solving mysteries: teasing out which is the ancestor among identical names in Greenwich CT, and investigating the origins of a New Hampshire individual not listed in any primary sources.  A third article comprehensively covers the abundant genealogical resources found in Iowa.  In addition to the location and characteristics of the various repositories for documents by type, it details special topics like ethnic records, transportation and women of Iowa.

Received at the Library

These periodicals have recently been added to the Library's collection:

Mass-Pocha (Oct. 2014) contrasts Jewish emigration from Lithuania to the US and to South Africa, and reports on genealogy trips to Lithuania and to Belarus.  The Jewish community in Malden is profiled, and a family in Lowell is traced.

If you are having trouble identifying your emigrant's town of origin, The Essex genealogist (Nov. 2014) records a nice presentation that systematically lists numerous sources where you might find that important information.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Special Drawing to be Held at our January Meeting

We will be holding a special drawing, open to  ALL CCGS members, during our January 21st meeting. In response to many members comments that the expense is a reason for their not attending the NERGC Conference , the board of directors has approved giving away three vouchers to cover the costs of registration for a single day. Each voucher, with a value of $90, is to be used toward the cost of NERGC registration, by February 28, 2015. This is a rare opportunity to experience a genealogical conference at a greatly reduced rate.

Members who attend the meeting on January 21st, at the Brewster Ladies Library, may register for this drawing when they sign in on that day. Anyone who is unable to attend the January meeting, and would like to be included in the drawing, is asked to email no later than Sunday, January 18, 2015, to make sure that your name is included in the drawing.

NERGC 2015The New England Regional Genealogical Consortium conference is held every two years, somewhere in New England. This year it is scheduled for April 15-18, in Providence, RI. This makes it possible for Cape Codders to plan to attend for one day, rather than the entire four days, but still be able to experience the conference.  Each voucher will cover the cost of one day's registration or may be used toward the cost of a full registration.

The conference gives us a great opportunity to meet other genealogists from all over New England, and beyond,, as well  as to gain valuable skills to aid in the search for your ancestors. With a theme of "Navigating the Past: Sailing Into the Future", this year's conference will focus on research methodologies and strategies,including technology and online resources.

Also at the January - April meetings, Suzanne Walton, our society's NERGC representative, will be available to answer any questions you may have about the conference or about NERGC, itself. There will also be sign up sheets for anyone planning to attend the conference and for those interested in carpooling.  Conference brochures will be available for anyone who needs one.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Sharing Our Research With Others to be Topic of January Meeting

The holidays are behind us... A new year is here and it is time to refocus on our genealogical discoveries. Did you make any resolutions relating to your research this year?  Did you give any thought to how you will share your findings with family members and others? If so, you are going to be excited about our January meeting topic. If you have not given thought to sharing your findings, this meeting will give you lots to think about!

In the words of Ralph Wadleigh, "One of the hardest things we genealogists have to accomplish is to find a way to share our findings. One way is writing about certain ancestors and sharing the results with current family members."
Combining  timelines and  historical events that affected his ancestors lives, with the family events he had discovered, as well as the family stories that have been passed down, he was able to build a biographical sketch to share with his family.

At our January meeting, Ralph will present the process he used and will encourage us to share our own findings with our family members by using his suggestions.

Many of you may recognize Ralph Wadleigh, as the former president of the Falmouth Genealogical Society, a position he held for a number of years. He is a retired banker and has been an amateur genealogist for the past 20 years. He is the author of a number of published articles in NEHGRegister (journal of the New England Historic Genealogical Society) and the CT Nutmegger (journal of the Connecticut Genealogical Society). He has also been active with NERGC (New England Regional Genealogical Consortium), serving as a board member for that organization.

We hope that you will join us on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at the Brewster Ladies Library, Rte 6A, Brewster, at 10am.
As always, coffee, tea, and donuts will be available before the meeting, so plan to come 15 or 20 minutes early and socialize with our members.