Thursday, November 19, 2015

Members' Annual Holiday Celebration - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Members will show us how they have shared their family stories, memorabilia and artifacts with their families.  It may inspire you to find a way to create and share your own stories and artifacts. From a Christmas Past slide show to a treasured heirloom found online to a funny Gold Rush letter, you will find our program interesting, entertaining and inspiring.

The meeting starts a 10:00AM at the Brewster Ladies Library, Route 6A, Brewster. Please come earlier to socialize and partake of the coffee and homemade holiday goodies prepared by some of our members.

If you can bake some holiday cookies, cakes, or quickbreads to bring to the meeting, please let Sue Benoit know at If you have old Christmas photos for the Christmas slide show, please email them to

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Pilgrims: American Experience

Just in time for Thanksgiving, American Experience is presenting The Pilgrims, a Ric Burns film that explores the converging forces, circumstances, personalities, and events that propelled a group of English men and women to journey across the Atlantic in 1620. Known for the quality of his films and his unique and detailed takes on familiar history, Ric Burns promises to "strip away myth" and bring the pilgrims to life, revealing individuals far different from those imagined in our national memory.
With distinct and often riveting personal histories, passionate religious beliefs, and the will to survive --  even through violent means -- this Pilgrims narrative reveals the real history of our nation's beginnings.
The Pilgrims: American Experience will be aired on PBS, Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at 8 PM. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Falmouth and Cape Cod Genealogical Societies Annual Joint Meeting

Double Presentation by Dr. John Colletta:
Understanding Archives: What They Are And How To Use Them 
Breaking Through Brick Walls: Use Your Head!

Please join us on Saturday, November 14, 2015 to hear Dr. John Colletta, nationally recognized genealogical expert give a double presentation on how to use archives and breaking down your brick walls.  Knowledgeable, entertaining and experienced, Dr. Colletta, is a popular lecturer on topics of family history research and writing.  He lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution's Resident Associate Program.  He is a faculty member at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University (Birmingham, Alabama), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Boston University's Certificate in Family History Program. His numerous publications include They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record and Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans.  Dr. Colletta has received many professional awards and honors and appears frequently on podcasts and local and national radio and television.  

DATE:  Saturday, November 14, 2015
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--$12.00; reserve by message to Judy Fenner at or (508-776-9401) by Nov. 7th

Questions? Contact Mary Barry at or David Martin at