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

Received at the Library

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