Saturday, March 31, 2018
The cover story for Your Genealogy Today (Jan./Feb. 2018) is about making sense -- or not -- of family stories. "Small town genealogy" looks at how towns are preserving their history, an effort that probably many of our members are engaged in, whether here on the Cape or elsewhere. "Constables and town watchmen" explains the history of these positions perhaps filled by our 17th-19th century relatives before the establishment of professional police forces. A useful tool for organizing your research is timelines, or chronological spreadsheets, which can help you identify puzzles and gaps for further research as well as keep track of your research. Another useful tool is the Genealogical Proof Standard, which can help you "Avoid common mistakes." Diane Southard, somewhat tongue in cheek, compares contacting your DNA matches to a first date situation.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Tom Jones is an award-winning author, editor, educator, and researcher focusing on methods for challenging genealogical problems. He coordinates courses at GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh), IGHR (Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research), and SLIC (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy), and he speaks often for local, state, national, and international genealogical societies. Since 2002 he has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and he authored Mastering Genealogical Documentation and Mastering Genealogical Proof.
Please note that the April meeting is taking place on the second Tuesday of this month.
Our meeting will be held at the Brewster Ladies' Library, Rte. 6A, Brewster, on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 10 a.m. Please consider arriving early for socializing and refreshments at 9:30.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
- Background to research
- Records and their use
I am very impressed with this book, and 75% of reviewers on Amazon gave it 5 stars, so I'm not alone. If you are embarking on a new area of research, having trouble with something, or just wanting to tighten up your research practices, I think you would find valuable information and inspiration in this comprehensive guide. Come by the CCGS Library and spend some time with it, why don't you?