Tuesday, October 30, 2018

November Joint Meeting of CCGS and Falmouth GS to Feature Two Presentations by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Mark your calendar to join us for the annual joint meeting of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society (CCGS) and the Falmouth Genealogical Society (FGS) on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 421 Wianno Ave in Osterville. The featured speaker at this year's meeting will be The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL.

Ms. Russell will be giving two presentations; the first is entitled "Finding the Law". Genealogists need to look at the law at the time and in the place where a record was created. Misunderstanding the legal context may make us miss records critical to our research or miss clues hidden in the records. But with 50 states and the federal government all passing laws, finding the law is easier said than done! The tips presented in this lecture will help us understand the legal system and then find the right law for the record we're working with. The second lecture is entitled "Facts, Photos, and Fair Use: Copyright Law for Genealogists". Materials and records created by others are the bread-and-butter of genealogy. But whether copyright law allows use of old photographs, reports and articles can be murky at best. Staying out of trouble requires understanding what's copyrighted and what isn't, when and how copyrighted materials can be used, and how to handle issues that arise.

Judy G. Russell
Judy Russell is a noted genealogist with a law degree and her objective as The Legal Genealogist is, in part, to help folks understand the often arcane and even impenetrable legal concepts and terminology that are so very important to those of us studying family history. Ms. Russell holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer from the Board of Certification of Genealogists where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and several state genealogical societies.

Optional Lunch: Lobster roll lunch with chips, brownie and beverage - $15, or chicken salad roll with chips, brownie and beverage - $9. Please make lunch reservations absolutely no later than Nov 3 by contacting Judy Fenner at bfennerpgm@comcast.net or at 508-776-9401 (leave message if no answer), and please specify lunch choice.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Digitization of Cape Cod Newspapers Subject of October Meeting

Researching Newspapers: Cape Cod and Beyond

Electronic Access to Historic Cape Cod Daily Newspapers 

Newspapers of the past can be highly useful to genealogical researchers, and many are already indexed or are now in the process of being digitized. Births, marriages, deaths, as well as baptisms, funerals, and social events can sometimes be discovered. 
On Cape Cod, historic editions of  The Barnstable Patriot have been digitized for the years, 1830 -1930, and have been available through the Sturgis Library website  In 2017, a digitization project began to digitize another, equally important, newspaper, The Register, which started publication in 1836. The current project, funded by a Community Preservation Grant is scheduled to be completed in early 2019.
On Tuesday, October 16, at our monthly CCGS meeting, Lucy Loomis, director of Sturgis Library, Barnstable, Thersa Carter, an independent researcher and writer, and the project coordinator, Dave Martin of CCGS, will present a special preview of the project underway. During their presentation, they will demonstrate how to conduct a search for genealogical information, which will include sample questions from the audience. Please bring examples of an ancestor or event that you would like this team to search. 
The combination of the Patriot and the Register will be a powerful source for all who are doing research on Cape Cod ancestors, from the early 19th century forward.

Please join us
                                               Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 10 AM
                                                         Brewster Ladies Library
                                                         Rte 6A, Brewster, MA. 

Socializing and refreshments will be available at 9:30 AM. 
Due to Fire Department room occupancy regulations, only the first 100 people to join us will be admitted to this event. 

Due to limited parking spaces behind the Library, and out of respect to their regular patrons, we request that attendees of our meetings, please park in the parking lot extension behind the Baptist Church.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

This Week at Cape Cod Genealogy


23 - 29,  2018

Monday,  24th  --   The Irish Special Interest Group will NOT be meeting this month, as 
                            scheduled.  Our regular schedule will resume the 4th Tuesday of October. 
Tuesday, 25th  --    Cape Cod Families Special Interest Group  -- 1 PM
                                         At the Sturgis Library, Rte 6A, West Barnstable
                                  This group is open to members only. 
                                  If you are a member with Cape Cod ancestors, 
                                   come join us for assistance with your research!

Our Genealogy Room will be open for the use of members and non-members, for its regular hours: 
                                Location:  Dennis Public Library,  Hall Avenue, Dennisport 

                                Tuesdays --       1 PM - 4 PM
                                Thursdays --  10 AM - 4 PM
                                Saturdays --   10 AM - 12 Noon 

This room is staffed by our dedicated volunteers, who are able to assist you if you need help with your research. 

Here you are able to access a wide assortment of publications, from books to the latest magazines and journals. We also have subscriptions to several online resources:
                        American Ancestors (website of New England Historic Genealogical Society)
                        Find My Past 
                        Family Search 

We hope that you are able to take advantage of one or more of these opportunities to join us and learn how to connect with your ancestors. 

For more information about becoming a member of the Cape Cod Genealogy Society, visit the  Cape Cod Genealogical Society website  or ask for a brochure when you visit the Genealogy Room, Dennis Public Library, during the above hours. 


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

September, 2018, Meeting: Unlocking the Cemetery Gate

Mark your calendar to join us for the first general meeting of the 2018 -2019 program year of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society 

Our speaker, Ms. Brenda Sullivan of  The Gravestone Girls  will be presenting "Unlocking the Cemetery Gate: The Cemetery as a Genealogical Resource."  This presentation is targeted to genealogists interested in learning to "read" the cemetery for clues and information. Using both direct observation and deductive reasoning from objects such as writing art, geology, and the cemetery landscape, much new insight can be revealed.  That insight can answer questions, create new inquiries, and open doors for further detective work. Brenda promises to get you looking at these spaces, both old and new, as a valuable resource for your data collection activities.

Brenda Sullivan is from Central Massachusetts and has been exploring cemeteries most of her life. To become better acquainted with our speaker, you can read more about her here.  She should be an entertaining and informative speaker.

The meeting will take place in our usual location, the auditorium of the  Brewster Ladies Library, Rte 6A, Brewster.  As in the past, the public is welcome to join us. All members and guests are invited to arrive at 9:30 AM for socializing and refreshments. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10AM.
Hope to see you there !

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Received at the Library

Family tree magazine (July-Aug. 2018) emphasizes how genealogy is like detective work, and in fact is being used in real cases such as identifying the Golden State Killer.  The local genealogy society in Orange County CA is partnering with the coroner's office to research relatives of people who die alone.  A professional genealogist has tracked down his sperm-donor father ("Finding connections") through DNA.  If you're a detective fiction fan, check out British author Steve Robinson's genealogy sleuth series.  A useful primer on Eastern European genealogy research gives six common obstacles and how to overcome them.  State guides for Maine and New Mexico provide a handy summary of record availability and addresses.  "Top secrets" are 12 tips for staying organized and making the most of your research efforts.  "Off the grid" reminds us that only perhaps a third of the records that are relevant to our ancestors' lives are digitized, and suggests where to look for the rest.
PS A reminder that Lisa Louise Cooke hosts Family Tree podcasts available free on ITunes.

Internet genealogy (June/July 2018) also emphasizes sleuthing.  "Inklings, hunches, and sneaking suspicions" suggests ways to harness our intuition in service of our research.  "Crowdsourcing" explains how important this tool has become for getting records indexed.  Scottish tax rolls can be an important substitute for census records.  A fire in 1922 destroyed hundreds of years of records in Dublin, but "Beyond 2022" seeks to recreate much of the missing information online in time for the 100th anniversary of the fire.  Reviews are offered of Scrivener 3 for Mac, TSOLife, and Genlighten.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Received at the library

The cover of the May/June 2018 issue of Your genealogy today portrays a young woman with shocked expression reading a newspaper over the caption "Family SCANDAL in the headlines." Has this happened to you??  The author of the article ironically discovered a tale of murder, adultery and military desertion after he published a family history and had heard nary a hint of the incident from the many relatives interviewed, including the perpetrator.  "The house that once was" tells a tale of researching a stately family home in Toronto and thereby shedding light on the author's great-grandfather's life.  "Follow the money" has interesting tips for research in lesser-utilized records such as work applications, patent applications, and social worker reports, and "Bank checks and genealogy" continues the money theme.  Other articles cover North Carolina records, the Irish in Victorian England, and how you might determine the religion of your forebears.

The Essex Genealogist for May 2018 carries the transcript of an extensive presentation by Mary Ellen Grogan on "Online resources for Irish Genealogy."  Although now two years old, the information looks useful and details how many more Irish records are available than in the past.

The history of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston is reviewed in the April 2018 issue of Mass-Pocha.  Evolving from a small study group formed in 1982, the Society now boasts over 600 members, publishes a lively journal, utilizes social media, and hosts frequent programs.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Cape Cod Genealogical Society's Annual Luncheon Meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, Will Feature a Presentation from Dave Robison

Do you have a successful strategy for using genealogical search engines to locate records of your ancestors? Join us on Tuesday, June 19, to hear our speaker, Dave Robison, describe how he employs his strategy, called Search to Failure, to narrow down large numbers of search results and then effectively massage the search engine filters in order to search for success. The title of Dave's presentation is "Search to Failure...Whittling Down Mountains of Results".

Dave Robison
Dave Robison is a professional genealogist and owner of Old Bones Genealogy of New England (www.oldbones.info). He holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and the ProGen program, and is actively involved in research, lecturing, conducting classes and organizing genealogical workshops. He is currently President of both the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society and the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, committee chairperson for NERGC 2019 and 2021, and is an active member of several local, regional and national genealogical societies.

Our CCGS luncheon meeting will be held at the Riverway Lobster House, Rte. 28, South Yarmouth, on Tuesday, June 19, starting at 11 a.m. A reminder that the reservation deadline for the luncheon is June 5 (please refer to the Annual Meeting Invitation for details).