Friday, December 30, 2016

Joan Frederici, CCGS President, to be Featured Speaker at CCGS Meeting on Monday, January 16, 2017

Where? Why? When? Historical Context and Our Ancestors' Lives

Knowing the events and circumstances that affected our ancestors' lives will tell us more about who they were as people, why they did the things that they did, and even help to break down some brick walls. Joan Frederici, current President of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society, will be using examples and giving suggestions for how to establish context of the time and areas that would have affected our ancestors' lives. Suggestions will range from the expected to a few unusual ideas that Joan has found helpful in her own research.

Joan Frederici
CCGS President
Joan Frederici has been actively researching her family history for the past 15+ years. Upon retirement, Joan completed the Genealogical Research program at Boston University. She has been actively involved in the Cape Cod Genealogical Society for several years, serving on the Education Committee, the Special Interest Group for family history writing, and as Program Chair/Vice President. She has been President of CCGS since June 2015.

Our meeting this month will take place on Monday, January 16, 2017 at our normal venue, the Brewster Ladies' Library, Rt 6A, Brewster. The meeting officially starts at 10 a.m., but all are invited to come as early as 9:30 for socializing and refreshments. Note: the Library is closed on Monday, so please enter at the Auditorium door, on the side.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

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The load article in Your genealogy today for Nov./Dec. 2016 concerns genealogical tourism and the importance of advance preparation to make the most of your trip to the ancestral homeland,  In "Our Aviation Ancestors" we learn about both military and civilian records for pilots and support personnel.  Obscure sources for Civil War research are reviewed, and a moving story about World War II research takes the author to the Luxembourg cemetery.  Other topics covered: usefulness of timelines, Jewish archival collections in North America, and following genealogical clues in postcards.

The Oct. 2016 issue of Mass-Pocha reports on presentations on Getting the most from, and on (organizing) Family reunions.

The National Genealogical Society Quarterly (Sept. 2016) deals with tricky genealogical mysteries: identifying a birth family in frontier days, three candidates for a wife in 19th century New York State, and resolving the question of a birth name in the early 20th century.  All these cases make use of indirect evidence in puzzling out solutions to genealogical mysteries.  Completing the issue is a more philosophical treatise on the nature of genealogical identity.and what is required to prove it.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Members' Annual Holiday and 45th Anniversary Celebration - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

As in past years, the Annual Holiday Meeting is a time for members to share stories, memorabilia, and/or photos that they have uncovered in their family history search. These member selections should certainly inspire you to share your own stories and treasured discoveries with family and friends. You will be sure to find the program interesting, entertaining and inspiring whether from viewing historic family photos or a treasured heirloom to hearing a treasured ancestral story or letter.

This year also marks the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society. So, be sure to come and join in this special celebration.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m. at the Brewster Ladies' Library, Route 6A, Brewster. Please come earlier (around 9:30) to socialize and partake of coffee and homemade holiday treats prepared by our own members.

If you can bake some holiday cookies or other goodies to bring to the meeting, please contact Ralph Ryall at  If you have old Holiday photos for the annual Holiday slide show, please email them to Joan Frederici at

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Genealogical dictionary of Rhode Island : featured library resource for November 2016

We have received a gift of one of the most important volumes on the colonial settlers of Rhode Island, called Genealogical dictionary of Rhode Island.  Arranged by family name, it follows nearly 500 families of early settlers for three or four generations.  The families are those "who came before 1690."

Originally published in 1887, this work has been updated with corrections and additions and reprinted in 1995.  The author John Osborne Austin was a native Rhode Islander, and writer of many books relating to Rhode Island history.

In addition to the alphabetical sequence of names, there is an index to other appearances of the covered family names within the volume, an index to other family names appearing in the volume, a reprinted article giving corrections and additions, the author's own updates, two brief introductions, and a list of abbreviations used.

This volume replaces one which was in our collection and turned up missing in the inventory done a few years ago.  I'm delighted that we have it available once again.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Falmouth and Cape Cod Genealogical Societies Annual Joint Meeting

Double Presentation by Pamela Stone Eagleson on Saturday, November 12, 2016

"Confronting Conflicting Evidence" and "Finding Family Information in School District Records"

Please join us on Saturday, November 12, 2016, for our annual joint meeting of the Falmouth and Cape Cod Genealogical Societies. Our speaker will be Pamela Stone Eagleson, a certified genealogist from Kennebunk, Maine, who conducts client research nationwide with an emphasis on New England, the mid-Atlantic, and the Midwest. She will be giving two presentations at our joint meeting: one on examining ways to analyze and resolve conflicting evidence in genealogical research, and a second lecture on examining the types of information in 19th - early 20th century school records and how to locate these records. Pam publishes and lectures widely on her genealogical research, and she maintains a website at She was certified in 2005 by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and she served six years on the Board of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Currently, Pam serves as Director at Large on the Board of the National Genealogical Society.

Optional Lunch: Lobster Roll with fixings and beverage - $15, or Chicken Salad with fixings and beverage - $10. Please make lunch reservation no later than Nov 9 by contacting Judy Fenner at or 508-776-9401

Date:  Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., followed by optional purchase of Lunch and informal discussion
PlaceSt. Peter's Episcopal Church, 421 Wianno Ave., Osterville
Parking: Behind and on side of Church, and on Wianno Ave.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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The newsletter of our sister Society, Falmouth Genealogical Society news (fall 2016) reports on presentations about solving same name puzzles, colonial records, and using DNA research to find cousins.

Post scripts from the Bourne Historical Society (fall 2016) announces a scenic train ride on Oct.29 from Buzzards Bay Railroad Station to the restored West Barnstable Station; costumed narrators will provide commentary en route.  An article on Whaling colorfully describes the rise and fall of a once major Cape Cod industry.

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The cover story in Your genealogy today for Sept./Oct. 2016 gives ideas for tracing children who may be missing from your family tree, given the high rate of infant mortality and past practices of adopting out or apprenticing children to other households.  Another article traces assistance to the poor since the early years of our country.  Dog licenses were required in Ireland from1866, and in the absence of early census records, the applications can provide clues for genealogists; many are available on Family Search or on FindMyPast.  Sources abound in Europe for studying World War II military service, advises Jennifer Holik.  The question of whether it's necessary to learn your ancestors' language to effectively conduct research is debated.

Did you know that census enumeration maps can be made available prior to the corresponding census records?  Ancestry has them for 1940, FamilySearch has 1900-1940, but the National Archives has 1890-1990, as described in Internet genealogy (Oct./Nov. 2016).  New websites of interest include RootsMOOC, a free course on starting genealogy; and crew lists for whaling expeditions out of New Bedford.  Other topics covered in this issue include: North Dakota resources; Famicity, a growing site for preserving and sharing family histories; Freedman's Bureau records (concerning freed slaves and other impoverished individuals in the post-Civil War South); Fold3 Library edition [available at the CCGS Library!]; Scrivener, a popular word processing/content management tool; and Tasmanian convict research.

The Essex genealogist for August 2016 contains transcriptions of interesting talks about the Salem witch trials and about Hannah Duston and her captivity with and bloody escape from the Indians.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Did Grandma Have a Filling Station? - Recovering Hidden History

October CCGS Meeting to Focus on Local Histories Recovered from Overlooked Municipal Records

Shari Strahan
The October 18 meeting will feature a collaborative presentation by Sara Campbell and Shari Strahan covering the wealth of local history that can be uncovered from town records. The title of their presentation is "Did Grandma Have a Filling Station? - Recovering Hidden History from Married Women's Business Certificates"

Sara and Shari have painstakingly digitized women's business certificates found in several town clerk's vaults and have analyzed them to see how they fit into local history. Who were these business women? Why did they do what they did? Using historic newspapers, business directories, census and vital records they will re-tell these forgotten stories of enterprising women. Both presenters have taught workshops in genealogy at Greenfield Community College in western Massachusetts, and they have presented to a number of genealogy societies across the state. Visit Sara's blog ( for additional background.

Sara Campbell

Our meeting will take place at the Brewster Ladies' Library, Rt 6A, Brewster, on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 10 a.m. All are invited to come early for socializing and refreshments at 9:30.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

September Meeting to Focus on Genealogical Resources at the Massachusetts State Archives

September 20 meeting will initiate the 2016 - 2017 monthly program season of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society.

Re-invigorate your genealogical research by learning about the wealth of holdings in our own backyard, at the Massachusetts State Archives, Boston. Martha Clark, Curator at the Archives, will walk us through the availability of holdings in her presentation "Genealogical Resources at the Massachusetts Archives".

Martha Clark, Curator

Martha Clark has spent most of her career at the Massachusetts Archives, working in the Reference and Curatorial Departments. She became Curator of the Archives in 2002, supervising the presentation, arrangement and description of the Archives collection. A resident of Boxford MA, Martha also works to preserve local history, serving as the archivist of the Boxford Historic Document Center, historian of the Second Congregational Church, and as a Board member of the Boxford Historical Society.

Our meeting will take place at the Brewster Ladies' Library, Rt 6A, Brewster, on Tuesday September 20, 2016 at 10 AM.
You are invited to come a little earlier for socializing and refreshments at 9:30.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

German Census records 1816-1916 : featured library resource for July 2016

A new volume authored by Roger Minert addresses an important area of research for those with German ancestry.  German census records, 1816-1916 covers a century of census records in each of the German states, in 38 chapters listed alphabetically.  While German research has traditionally relied on church and civil records, this volume should make more accessible a relatively untapped resource.

1815 marked the end of Napoleon's domination of the many independent German states, and the beginning of the process of unification which resulted in the creation of Germany in 1871.  While not ceding political power, the German states formed customs unions to distribute revenues collected for imported goods.  To ensure equitable distributions, regular censuses were initiated during this period.  Although early census records did not necessarily include all names, by the 1840s most states had begun this practice.

In 1867, Chancellor Bismarck of the North German Federation decreed a census for the purpose of supporting a military force and the administrative costs of the Federation, initiating what was effectively the first national census.  After Germany was established in 1871, a census was taken that year, followed by one in 1875 and thereafter at 5 year intervals.  Censuses were administered by the individual German states, which sometimes added questions to those required by the federal government.

Each of the state chapters follows the same format:

  • location (a description of the terirtory, any border adjustments)
  • census history
  • specific instructions to census-takers
  • content of census records
  • accessibility (any online records and/or how to locate archives)
In addition to an index and bibliography, there are appendices with suggestions about writing to archives and conducting census research. We are happy to add this volume to the CCGS Library, and hope it will broaden your German research.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

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Do you have Scottish ancestors?  Your Genealogy Today (Mar./Apr. 2016) tells you to look beyond the usual sources, and discusses Scottish church and school records.  The WWII series continues, discussing using daily and monthly battlefield reports. In "When you're gone", we are reminded of the importance of making a plan for the disposition of your genealogy research and family heirlooms after your death.  The New York Municipal Archives are demystified, ancestral eyewear explained, and help offered in planning a research trip to Ireland.

Internet genealogy (June/July 2016) highlights a free British genealogy website covering three areas: parish registers, vital records, and census records.  This is a valuable resource for 19th-century records from England and Wales, produced by volunteers.  Also spotlighted is the new Memories section of Family Search, a way for researchers to provide stories, photos, etc. that go beyond the typical genealogical data on a family chart.  Other articles cover researching the Great Depression, understanding the Victorian era, researching Supreme Court cases for family history information, and Yale's Photogrammar site, a database of historical photographs from the 1930s and 40s.  Technology articles include two on apps for storytelling and interviews

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Pointing Fingers at Ancestors' Siblings - Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research

Cape Cod Genealogical Society's Annual June Luncheon - Tuesday June 21, 2016

Come join us at our annual luncheon at the Old Yarmouth Inn. There will be a short meet and greet beginning at 11:30 a.m., with the annual election of officers and new directors-at-large to follow at 12 noon.  After lunch, we will have a presentation given by Marian Pierre-Louis on how to solve your problem ancestors by using collateral research.

Your brick wall is giving you countless headaches and troubles. Perhaps it's time to take a fresh look at different people in your family tree. In this presentation we will discuss doing in-depth research on cousins and siblings in order to remove genealogy obstacles.

Marian Pierre-Louis is a House Historian and Genealogist who focuses on New England research. She specializes in probate, deeds, New England town records and brick wall research.

Marian has served many roles for the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC), most recently as a 2015 tri-Program Chair. Once a month you'll find her as the host of the evening webinar series for Legacy Family Tree webinars. In addition, she is the host of several internet radio shows including Fieldstone Common ( and the Genealogy Professional podcast (

A reminder that the reservation deadline for the annual luncheon is June 5th.  There is limited seating available. The luncheon will be held at the Old Yarmouth Inn which is located at 223 Rte 6A, Yarmouth Port, MA, across the street from the Parnassus Book Store.

Friday, May 20, 2016

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The cover story for Internet genealogy for April/May 2016 is about 50 sites for tracing female ancestors.  Listed by state,  the emphasis is on historical societies, libraries, archives and museums.  A similar mode of ferreting out is found in "Reminiscences ... finding biographical sketches of your ancestors,"  I learned of a Congressional resolution in 1876 recommending that towns and counties prepare histories in preparation for the nation's centennial.  These often contained biographical sketches, and many are now online at state "memory projects."  Using Google maps and street view to locate houses your ancestors lived in is the subject of another article, with tips for getting the most out of the Google maps viewer.  Other topics covered: rejected pension applications; the British Merchant Navy lists for 1915; Fold3 WWII research; movies theaters; stowaways; and a product review for Growly Notes for Mac.

Strategies for Census success, the featured article in the May/June issue of Family Tree magazine.  suggests ways of finding your elusive ancestors (but I still can't find my parents in 1940!). An interesting article on the history of taxation points out that this year marks the 100th anniversary of our current income tax structure.  Maureen Taylor discusses how to preserve old home movies, and how to mine them for genealogical clues.  An issue we probably all could pay more attention to is protecting online privacy -- Dana McCullough has ten tips to help in this endeavor. A long "workbook" article elucidates military service records.  Lisa Alzo discusses Polish, Czech and Slovak geographic resources.  Other articles treat: English parish records, DNA matches for adoptees, fun ideas for engaging relatives with genealogy (e.g. a coloring book), winners of the Innovator Showdown at Roots Tech, and DNA Land (a website that further analyzes your DNA data from the usual providers).

Thursday, May 19, 2016

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NGS magazine (April-June 2016) announces two new online courses from the National Genealogical Society: Researching your World War II ancestors, and Genetic genealogy.  "Disputes and unhappy differences" explores the valuable information that can be found in land records (deeds).  Those with early California ancestors may wish to read about "California historic missions and their records," which were extensive and not limited to Catholic settlers according to the author.   Using vignettes to illustrate, J.H. Fonkert points out that immigration begins with an emigration, and that records both in the home country and the destination can illuminate the reasons behind a decision to change residency.  An article about timelines discusses formats, and the usefulness of this simple tool in revealing gaps, errors, new questions and more.  Lifestreaming is a new term to me, meaning digital diary-keeping; a column discusses tools and tips.  Other articles deal with: Civil War pension files, genetic genealogy matches, verifying family lore, and a history of Cyndi's list by Cyndi Ingle herself, to mark the list's twentieth anniversary.

German Interest Group members will be interested in an article in Your Genealogy Today ((May/June 2016) giving three sites that can yield surname maps within Germany (my own surname ranks 106,824, but got results!). Stuart Doyle suggests that knowing who the census enumerators were can give you a feel for the accuracy of their work.  Surname prefixes (de, fitz, mac, etc.) are explained by David Norris.  Other topics include: solving mysteries in cemeteries, homesteaders, older processes used for document reproduction, DNA test results, and genealogy trips.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Writing Up Your Research: Using Early Vermont Settlers Research Project Sketches As An Example

CCGS Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Scott Andrew Bartley is a genealogist, archivist, librarian, and editor specializing in Vermont, Mayflower lineages, and colonial New England.  He was formerly the manuscripts curator at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and later librarian/archivist for the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants and editor of their journal, Mayflower Descendant.  He also edited Vermont Genealogy (Genealogical Society of Vermont’s journal), and has been a Wiki Content Specialist creating research guides on Massachusetts and its counties including the City of Boston.  He was also editor of  the last “silver” book to be published on the descendants of Mayflower passengers, The Descendants of Elder William Brewster, part I.

Drew is currently the genealogist for the Early Vermont Settlers to 1784 Study Project for the New England Historic Genealogical Society and consulting editor for The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. He is also involved in the show “Finding Your Roots” with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on PBS as a fact-checker.  He is the editor and researcher for the Brewster fifth and sixth generations and the author and researcher for the next Allerton Six-Generation project for the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

10:AM at Brewster Ladies Library, 1822 Main St. (Rt. 6A), Brewster, MA.  Come a little early for coffee, donuts and socializing. Please park at the Brewster Baptist Church parking lot next door as the library parking lot is closed. Take the sidewalk from the church parking lot to the library.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

FGS annual conference

Flyers for the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Society are available at the Library.  It will be held in Springfield, Illinois August 31 - Sept. 3.  The theme for this 40th anniversary conference is Time travel : centuries of memories.

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Recent newsletters have some interesting articles that members may wish to look at.

Our partner organization the Falmouth Genealogical Society in their News for spring 2016 reports on interesting past meeting topics: genealogy of the Wampanoag tribe; Civil War pension records; and the Falmouth Historical Society, which is improving access by digitizing its collections.

Post scripts from the Bourne Historical Society (spring 2016) has an extensive article on "The Bourne Stone, new thoughts on an old rock."  The professional archaeologist author concludes that it is likely to be a true native American artifact, possibly looked at upside down in all past interpretations!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Ancestors Who Worked in the Public Sector

CCGS Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Margaret R. Sullivan, Records Manager and Archivist at the Boston Police Department will present Ancestors Who Worked in the Public Sector and The Amazing Records They Left Behind.  

Margaret is a Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society and former Vice President of TIARA, The Irish Ancestral Research Association. She has been honored for research documenting line of duty officers, early African American officers, and pioneer women police.

Don't miss out on this chance to find out about public sector records in which you can search to find out about your ancestor's occupations and work history.  These little used records can help you fill in and enrich your knowledge and family history for future generations.

10:00 AM at Brewster Ladies Library, 1822 Main St. (Rte 6A), Brewster, MA. Come a  little early for coffee, donuts and socializing. Please park at the Brewster Baptist Church parking lot next door.  There is a short walkway to the library. Please use the side door of the library to directly enter the auditorium.  

Friday, April 1, 2016

How to use Evernote for Genealogy : featured library resource for April 2016

Kerry Scott has created How to use Evernote for genealogists, "a step-by-step guide to organize your research and boost your genealogy productivity" using the software program Evernote, published by Family Tree Books.  The strengths of Evernote is that it can accept, organize, and search information in a wide variety of formats including notes, documents, audio files, PDFs, lists and logs. And it runs on a variety of platforms and devices.

Evernote has three levels of membership: free, plus, and premium.  The more expensive levels include more service features, higher data allowances, and better sharing if you have collaborators. There's also a "presentation mode" similar to Power Point at the highest level.

A basic record is a note, which is organized into notebooks, which are further gathered into stacks.  Some ways of organizing would be by record type, family, or activity/project.  Additional tools include reminders and to-do lists.  There are 5 choices for displaying data, and tags can be used to tie together records by any features you choose.

A useful chapter covers using visual and audio files, as well as different kinds of text (for example, emails).  Another covers ways to collaborate with others using Evernote, and yet another covers security of your data.  The book tells you how to synch Evernote with mobile devices, and use it with other tools, such as Penultimate that makes handwritten notes searchable.  Appendices cover census templates and other handy forms, using Evernote to enhance what you get out of conferences, and a handy quick reference guide.  There is a good index as well.

This volume is calculated to give you inspiration and practical tips for using what looks like a very useful tool for genealogists.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

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The headline article in Internet Genealogy  (Feb./Mar. 2016), "Moving West," provides a look at 6 types of online resources for researching your pioneer ancestors, giving numerous examples plus a suggested reading list.  "State House fires and your genealogy research" is an interesting look at what records have been lost to calamities, including looting during the Civil War.  Other articles cover: a massive collection of Swedish church records available on; Brooklyn NY phone and city directories; online resources for the War of 1812; and GEDitCOM II for Macs.

Your Genealogy Today (Jan./Feb. 2016) leads off with a thorough look at Irish land records.  When we are lucky enough to find an original source document concerning our ancestors, careful analysis can provide rich rewards, as described in "7 essential analysis strategies."  The series on WWII records continues with looking at the Marine Corps.  Other topics: care of old letters, what is a haplogroup,  tips for writing that family history, coffee in family records, and British birth and baptism records.  The final article has over a dozen pictures of unusual tombstones.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Cape Cod Genealogy will be sponsoring a series of presentations to introduce new and older technologies that can help you with your research. We are calling this Exploring Technology. Some subjects that will be covered include organizing your research, software for genealogy, and using computer technology to enhance your research.

The first sessions will be An Introduction to Evernote.  Evernote is a program that can help you organize your research, It allows you to take notes, capture articles, or portions of articles, from the internet and save them to your computer, and then archives them so that you can find them again. It is a "cross-platform" application, which means that what you save on your computer, can be retrieved on your mobile devices, and vice versa.
The first sessions of An Introduction to Evernote is currently scheduled for Tuesday, March 29, at 10:30 AM, and Friday, April 1, at 1 PM, in the Meeting Room, downstairs in the Brewster Ladies Library. These sessions will explain how to download the app, on both your computer and your mobile devices, and how to clip content from the internet. Both of these sessions will be identical and we will be limiting the attendance at each so that you may have an opportunity for hands-on experience. With that in mind, bring along your laptops, tablets, and smartphones, so that you will be able to download Evernote and have any questions answered. Later Evernote sessions will explore, in more depth, the many uses of this wonderful App.

You must pre-register for this program, as we will be limiting enrollment so that you can get some individual attention, if you need it. If two sessions are not enough for the amount of interest in this program, we will schedule more. To pre-register, send an email to

Sunday, March 6, 2016

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The National Genealogical Society will be holding its 38th annual conference in Fort Lauderdale May 4-7.  The NGS magazine for Jan.-March 2016 showcases records which are not available online; for example, employment records for the WPA and for a mining company provide rich information for genealogists.  Pension laws affecting military widows are explained, as well as Naval Armed Guard veterans' records.  One woman's quest to allow digital cameras in her courthouse to facilitate genealogy could be helpful to others.  An organization called Coming to the Table is described, its purpose to bring together the descendants of slaves and slave owners to promote healing.

Ancestry Academy, founded in April 2015 to present online genealogy education, is described at length in the Oct./Nov. 2015 issue of Internet Genealogy.  Irish researchers may be aware that the National Library of Ireland released 375,000 newly digitized Catholic parish registers last July, available on its website.  An overview of "Online Jewish genealogy sources" is provided. "Soldiers' and Sailors' Widows' Homes" have records that can be useful for genealogists.  Other articles showcase North Carolina, and World War II service.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

New York family history research guide and gazetteer : featured library resource for March 2016

Many of our members have ancestors in New York State, and we hope they will make good use of this newly acquired and impressive volume.  New York family history research guide and gazetteer has the stated goal to be "a definitive guide to the genealogical resources of New York State." Published by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in 2015, it has an extensive list of over 200 contributors, and was three years in the making.  New York State served as "the frontier" in its early years, and later for well over a century was the most populous of the United States.  New York City served to process the majority of free immigrants to the US.  So it is not surprising that so many Americans can trace ancestors who resided in the state.

The first part of the book consists of descriptions of the types of records available, and where to locate information, including publications, repositories, and online resources.  It begins with a chapter on the colonial period, followed by chapters on each type of record, and concluding with chapters on ethnic groups, religious organizations, major repositories, and reference publications.

Nearly two-thirds of the book is a listing for each of New York State's 62 counties.  Each includes a map and gazetteer (list of cities, towns and villages) designed to facilitate location of vital and other records.  Significant sources of records are listed, plus individual print and online resources relating to the county.  Finally, there are chapters on New York City and on Long Island, and an index to place names in all the gazetteers.

We hope you will make time to consult this comprehensive volume for assistance with your research.  The CCGS Library is open Tuesdays 1-4, Thursdays 10-4 and Saturdays 10-noon.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A New Innovation for the March Monthly Meeting

The Cape Cod Genealogical Society will be trying something new and exciting at our March 15, 2016 monthly meeting.  As technology changes and innovates, your society is evolving as well in order to stay relevant in today’s digital age.  As an experiment, this month’s speaker, Maureen Taylor, will be “present” electronically rather than in person.

Last summer Maureen was lined up to be our March speaker, but now she is unable to attend in person.  Nevertheless, she has graciously agreed to deliver her presentation electronically using Skype, a medium that uses the internet.  This will be a first for the Society as a whole.  The German SIG used Skype with a speaker some time ago, and it was a great success.  At the March meeting we in the audience will be able to see Maureen on the big screen, and she will see us.  We will be able to field questions to her the same as we would if she were in the room.


Eight Steps to Preserving Your Family Photographs by “The Photo Detective” Maureen Taylor

Most of us have old photos and are always looking for ways to preserve, store, and arrange them in a way that will be cost effective.  Maureen will talk about photo preservation basics, from storage to labeling, and everything in between.  Each step includes low-cost solutions that won’t break your budget.

You won’t want to miss Maureen’s presentation to learn about preserving your treasured family photos.  In addition, you will be taking part in an innovative experiment for the Society.  We want to know how you feel about using Skype for future presentations for nationally known speakers who can’t attend in person.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 10:00 AM at Brewster Ladies Library, Rt 6A, Brewster, MA.  Come a little early for coffee, donuts & conversation.

TAKE NOTE:  The Library asks that you go to the side door of the library (the auditorium door). Do not try to go through the library's main entrance door, as it is usually locked until 10AM.  Also, please park next door at the Brewster Baptist Church parking lot in back of the church.  There is a short path to the library.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

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The lead article in Family Tree magazine for Nov./Dec. 2015, "Solve family puzzles with DNA," relates to our just past monthly meeting topic.  Judging from the attendance, this is of great popular interest!  This article's emphasis is on approaches to working with the DNA match list resulting from autosomal DNA.  Kerry Scott discusses using Evernote for genealogy, and Amanda Epperson gives extensive information about marriage records.  In "Analyze this!" Michael Tait walks us through ways of reconciling conflicting data found in records.  An extensive article on Welsh genealogy sources points out that Welsh surnames are limited being historically derived from the father's first name, making research that much more complex.  Other topics treated briefly include: Elephind, Reunion 11, the history of softdrinks, and preservation of family linens.

The Idaho Genealogical Society's Quarterly newsletter for winter 2015 has a couple of articles with tips on cemetery research, including picture-taking.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Rootstech 2016 February 3-6 2016

You won't want to miss Rootstech 2016 taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah.  There are world class speakers and a variety of interesting classes, something for everyone. You can attend without leaving the comfort of your home. View the whole schedule and download any handouts that are of interest.

Find out what's available by going to their website at There are fifteen live streaming classes which you can watch from home over the three day period.  Once you get to the website, click on the words: Live Stream Schedule or just go to for the class listing.  Some of the available classes for viewing are:  Best Websites and Apps for Local History, Finding Elusive Records on, and Using Genealogical Proof Standards for Success.

You can download the syllabus for each class in which you are interested, even if it is not available for viewing via live stream. If you miss any of the classes,  they will be available for viewing for a limited time on the rootstech website homepage after the conference.

Have fun! Learn something new!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Sex, DNA and Family History

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 10:00 AM

At Brewster Ladies Library

If you are considering using, or have already used DNA testing, and/or if you are confused by the results and are unsure what to do next, this is one meeting you don't want to miss!

Shellee Morehead, Certified Genealogist, well known author, researcher, and speaker will talk about genetic genealogy and the use of DNA for defining ancestral relationships and what DNA can and cannot do for your family history. She will describe in understandable terms the different DNA tests and how they allow genealogists to see into the past. Using hypothetical pedigree charts and descendency charts, she will identify who should be tested and what questions can be answered by the use of DNA technology. She will demonstrate specific methodology to define questions, find candidates, and design hypotheses that can be tested using DNA and genetic genealogy.

  Shellee will help you understand the different tests and give you insight as to which DNA test you may want to use and how to use the results to further your genealogical research.

See you Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 10:00 AM at the Brewster Ladies Library, Rt 6A, Brewster, MA.

Please park in the Brewster Baptist Church parking lot in back of the Church. There is a short path to the library from the parking lot.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Try FindMyPast for Free this weekend!

The weatherman is predicting a stormy weekend this weekend and FindMyPast has offered the perfect solution as to what to do (except, of course, during the Patriots game on Sunday afternoon!)

From 7AM (EST) Friday,January 22, to 7AM (EST) Monday, January 25, 2016, their "World Records" will be available for viewing by anyone, absolutely free. That includes "billions of records and millions of newspapers" according to their announcement.  Available records include those from United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, England, Scotland, and Wales.

As an added bonus for those who already subscribe to FindMyPast, if you are a "local subscriber," you will be able to access their world records. If you are a "world subscriber," they will add three days to your subscription, free of charge.

What a great way to spend time during a January nor'easter! -- when you aren't watching Tom Brady and friends on Sunday afternoon!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Don't Forget! This month's CCGS Meeting Will Feature Local Genealogical Resources Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mary LaBombard, Archivist at the Nickerson Archives at the Cape Cod Community College and Paula Grundberg, Genealogist at the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham will tell us about the unique and interesting resources available for genealogical research in our own backyard.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 10:00 AM at the Brewster Ladies Library, Route 6A, Brewster, MA.  Please remember to park at the Brewster Baptist Church parking lot. There is a short path to the library from the parking lot.