Monday, March 27, 2017

April Meeting Presentation to Highlight Autosomal DNA in Genealogy

Our invited speaker at the CCGS meeting on April 18 will be Pamela Guye Holland who will be giving a lecture entitled "Finding Cousins Using Autosomal DNA". Pam's presentation will show how to explore your DNA matches and how to use the tools made available at FamilyTreeDNA, AncestryDNA, and 23andMe. It will focus on practical ways to discover how you are related to your autosomal DNA cousins. This talk assumes you are considering or have already tested at one of the three DNA testing companies.
Pamela Holland

Pam Holland has been researching family roots found in MA, NY, Ohio, England, Germany, and Ireland since 2001. She is a certificate holder from the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate program. In 2013 she became a professional genealogist and currently takes private clients and works for Research Services at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). She also serves on the board of The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA). Her website is

Our meeting will be held at the Brewster Ladies' Library, Rt 6A, Brewster, on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 10 a.m. As usual, all are invited to come early for socializing and to enjoy refreshments starting at 9:30.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Received at the library

The Feb./March 2017 issue of Internet genealogy features an article on organizing your family photos.  The author suggests that photo management software is very worthwhile, allowing images to be tagged according to their many different aspects, and therefore findable no matter how you choose to organize the collection.  Examples discussed are:Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Apple photos, and Google photos.  Numerous other topics are addressed in this issue:
  • Google My Maps (free, customizeable)
  • Civil War damage claims
  • resources for researching circus performers
  • maximizing clues from the records you find, and from city directories
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania genealogical resources
  • the Italian Ancestors Project on FamilySearch
  • (a service to help your research survive you!)
Members of the German Interest Group may wish to take a look at the featured article in Your Genealogy (Jan.-Feb. 2017), which discusses calendars and religious feast days   Were you aware that in Germany there were competing calendars in use in the late 1500s and through the 1600s? and that the old names for months established by Charlemagne prevailed until the 1700s in some parts of Germany?  Another article explains how names like Gottlieb were expressions of the German Pietistic tradition which was important among Lutherans in the 17th and 18 centuries, and came to America along with many German immigrants.  If you are looking for ways to involve your grandchildren in genealogy, Cindy Thompson offers some ideas in "Uncovering ancestral mysteries."  David Norris reviews the history of unisex naming practices.  The restoration of a cemetery in Iowa is described by Constance Cherba.  The United States Federal Mortality Census was taken in many counties and states in 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 and 1885, and gives "A wealth of information" on those who died in the year leading up to the Federal Census.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Received at the Library

New records are being added to genealogy databases on a continuous basis.  The cover story for Internet genealogy (Dec./Jan. 2017) highlights the release last September of 2.5 million images (of more than 12,5 million individual records) of Irish birth, death and marriage records, freely accessible at   Of particular Cape Cod interest is an article on shellfish and fishery licenses.  There's an interview with the founder of Cyndi's list, which now boasts over 33,000 links. Other highlights:
  • Twile, a new online tool for timelines
  • genealogyDOTcoach, a new way of hiring professional help
  • pre-1870 African-American research tools
  • uncommon sources
  • Picture Keeper Connect, a specialized flash drive for managing images
Images are not always a good substitute for viewing the original records, is the lesson from a tale of mislabelled microfilm of burial records from Kentucky, in the latest NGS magazine (Oct.-Dec. 2016). In "Mapping personal spaces", Stefani Evans gives examples of how important drawings can be to understanding neighborhoods and memories of homes and other special places.  Another article showcases how a "non-paternity event" (a break in the male surname line) can lead to surprising results from DNA testing.  Think you might have a female pirate in your lineage?  Diane Gravel gives examples and suggests ways of researching them.  Cluster research (also known as the FAN Principle, investigating Family, Associates and Neighbors) is explicated with a case study.  Lastly, if you are a Pokemon Go fan, read how it could change genealogy.