Next Meeting

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Speaker: Dennis Ahern
Topic: Researching Civil War Genealogy

Genealogy Room at the Dennis Public Library

The Cape Cod Genealogical Society's Genealogy Room is located in the Dennis Public Library, 5 Hall Street, Dennis Port, MA.


Hours

Tuesday 12 - 4

Thursday 10 - 4

Saturday 10 - Noon

CCGS Volunteers are available to assist patrons in all aspects of genealogy research. A handout packet of useful genealogical forms and information is available for beginning researchers.

Online Databases


Subscription genealogy databases are available for your free use in the Genealogy Room:
  • American Ancestors:  Collection of databases provided through subscription to the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  The Society, founded in 1845 and located in Boston, collects and preserves materials relating to the history of families in America.
  • Ancestry.com:  Dedicated to family history includes billions of records – census, vital, military, immigration – for the U.S. and U.K., and One World Tree collections of millions of names and family trees submitted by members. Library Edition.
  • Ani-Map:  Displays over 2,000 different maps showing all the changing county boundaries in the 48 adjacent states for every year from colonial times to the present.  Includes searchable databases with over 799,000 locations including cities, towns, churches, schools, cemeteries, courthouses, and more than 50,000 historical sites.
  • CCGS Bulletin:  Searchable by word from first issue from October, 1975 thru December 2010. The Bulletin was the official print publication of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society until it was succeeded by the Journal of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society in 2011.
  • Family Search.org:  Service of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints providing family history and genealogy records and resources from around the world.  Includes catalog of the world’s largest genealogy library located in Salt Lake City, Utah, with millions of rolls of microfilmed records and more than 350,000 books.
  • Fold3 (formerly Footnote):  View, print and save digital images of original documents from the National Archives. Records include: Revolutionary & Civil War pension & service records, state naturalization records and case files of the FBI. Search and browse over 72 million images of historical American documents and photos from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Immigration Explorer:  A New York Times program tracking movement of ethnic groups in the U.S. from 1880 to 2000 by colored maps.

The Genealogy Room supports two on-line computers with attached printers.

Collections

Browse our Collection Online 

CCGS library materials have been acquired by direct purchase and by donation. This is a reference collection; items do not circulate, but must be used in the library.

The collection is strong in guide books about how to do genCCGS Library Collectionealogy, with files of tips and helpful hints. Subject concentration is on Cape Cod people, but coverage is worldwide. Current genealogical magazines and newsletters of general and regional interest bring current information to our shelves regularly.

Books

The Society's book collection includes volumes covering the following
categories of genealogical interest. All are available for reading in the Genealogy Room.
  • Biography - Family histories and genealogies, Cape Cod and beyond
  • Cemeteries - Books listing names of persons interred, describing gravestones and epitaphs in cemeteries in Plymouth and Barnstable Counties
  • History - Volumes related to early New England and Cape Cod history, including soldiers and sailors of various wars, early settlers and immigrants
  • Massachusetts Towns - Histories of towns on Cape Cod and other areas of Massachusetts, including some vital records
  • Mayflower Families - Mayflower Families Through Five Generations and related titles published by the Society of Mayflower Descendants
  • Sources - Census records, tax lists and other sources citing names of persons
  • "How-To" Genealogy Research Guides - Aids to researching specific areas of genealogy
Archives

In addition to the listed collections, the library has unpublished information and personal papers which may be of interest to researchers. Of particular note are the volumes for the cemetery in Yarmouth, with a page for each grave and information about the person interred there, compiled and researched by members of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society. Archives Listing.

Magazines

CCGS has subscriptions to about 25 genealogical periodicals.

Contact the Genealogy Room
  • For information about the Genealogy Room, the Library Volunteer Program, our collection or to suggest new titles or materials for acquisition, contact  Carol Magenau, Librarian.
Please note: The Genealogy Room volunteers assist visiting patrons with general research and in using our resources but do not provide research services for individuals.