Saturday, March 19, 2016

Received at the Library

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

Received at the Library

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.