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.

Received at the Library

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.