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

Received at the Library

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.

Received at the Library

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.