Category Archives: Genealogy

Digital Storytelling: Just Before Dinner, produced by Maria Ferguson

Discovering Our History, Telling Our Stories

Digital stories created by students in a collaboration with CCTV and Cambridge Public Library genealogy workshops

In late 2017, the Cambridge Public library began a collaboration with CCTV to work with students in the library’s genealogy workshops. The purpose of the program, funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Cambridge Arts Council, was to teach those who had been studying their families’ histories the technical skills to produce digital stories about their families.

Here’s one of those stories.

https://vimeo.com/265596649

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Digital Storytelling: The Strauss Family of Cleveland, produced by Linda Levine

Discovering Our History, Telling Our Stories

Digital stories created by students in a collaboration with CCTV and Cambridge Public Library genealogy workshops

In late 2017, the Cambridge Public library began a collaboration with CCTV to work with students in the library’s genealogy workshops. The purpose of the program, funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Cambridge Arts Council, was to teach those who had been studying their families’ histories the technical skills to produce digital stories about their families.

Here’s one of those stories.

Digital Storytelling: Sentimental Journey, produced by Shelia Sinclair

Discovering Our History, Telling Our Stories

Digital stories created by students in a collaboration with CCTV and Cambridge Public Library genealogy workshops

In late 2017, the Cambridge Public library began a collaboration with CCTV to work with students in the library’s genealogy workshops. The purpose of the program, funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Cambridge Arts Council, was to teach those who had been studying their families’ histories the technical skills to produce digital stories about their families.

Here’s one of those stories.

 

Join Us for a Digital Storytelling Screening

Discovering Our History, Telling Our Stories
Join us to view the work of the graduates of CCTV’s Digital Storytelling Class. This screening will feature several short films produced by our students, based on family history research conducted through the library’s Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop Series. Hear from the students about the process of creating these films and the impact that it has had on them and their families.

Date & Time:
6:30pm – 8:00pm, Thursday, November 15, 2018
Location:
Main Library, Lecture Hall

REGISTER HERE

Researching Your Jewish Ancestry: Wednesday April 11, 2018


Researching Your Jewish Ancestry
Wednesday April 11, 2018
6-8 PM
Community Room, Main Library

Join us for a free, two hour workshop on researching Jewish ancestry, in collaboration with New England Historical Genealogical Society, the nation’s leading organization for genealogical research.

Family history research into Jewish ancestry brings with it a number of unique issues. From a multitude of languages, to the dramatic border changes in the European areas from which your ancestors emigrated, to the many names used by the family members, identifying your family and connecting them to the old country requires tenacity. When identified, however, your ancestors can bring a sense of belonging and a connection to history. Join Rhonda McClure, Senior Genealogist at New England Historic Genealogical Society, to learn some tips, best practices, and common challenges surrounding Jewish genealogical research.

Rhonda R. McClure, Senior Genealogist, is a nationally recognized professional genealogist and lecturer specializing in New England and celebrity research as well as computerized genealogy; is compiler of more than 120 celebrity family trees; has been a contributing editor for Heritage Quest Magazine, Biography magazine and was a contributor to The History Channel Magazine and American History Magazine. In addition to numerous articles, she is the author of ten books, including the award-winning The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Online Genealogy, now in its second edition, Finding Your Famous and Infamous Ancestors, and Digitizing Your Family History. Some of Rhonda’s areas of expertise include: Immigration and naturalization, Late 19th and early 20th Century urban research, New England, Mid-West, Jewish, German, Italian, Scottish, Irish, and French Canadian research.  Registration is mandatory. REGISTER HERE

Free Workshop: United States Census and Genealogy, Wednesday March 7, 6-8 PM

 


The United States Census and Genealogy
We will cover the history of the US census, its use for genealogical research, especially how each census offers a different set of facts, and explore searching techniques and common problems.  We will briefly explore possible alternatives for non-appearing ancestors.
Date & Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Location:  Main Library, Community Room

REGISTER HERE

Spots Still Available for Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop Series

Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop Series
Join us for a 4-week, beginner’s genealogy workshop. For two-hours each week, we will demystify the overwhelming process of sorting through online records as well as give tips for how best to make use of research visits to local repositories. We will help you find ancestors, organize your research, and start a family tree. Come with a new question every week and leave with an answer and something tangible to bring home, such as a copy of a birth certificate. By taking this class, you will be automatically eligible to enroll in a FREE, two-part course on digital storytelling taught by CCTV. Learn how to make a digital film about your family’s history based on your genealogical research. Create a treasured digital keepsake to pass on to family members. Registration is mandatory.
Dates & Times:
2:00pm – 4:00pm, Wednesday, March 14, 2018
2:00pm – 4:00pm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018
2:00pm – 4:00pm, Wednesday, March 28, 2018
2:00pm – 4:00pm, Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Location:
Main Library, Community Room

REGISTER HERE

Space Still Available in Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop

Are you looking for something fun to do in the new year?  Join the Cambridge Public Library for our popular 4-week beginner’s genealogy workshop series.   Classes will be held at CCTV, located at 438 Massachusetts Avenue.

Wednesdays, 6-8 PM
January 10, 17, 24, & 31
Instructors:  Alyssa Pacy, Archivist, and Drew Griffin, Senior Librarian
Location:  CCTV computer classroom, 438 Massachusetts Avenue

Join us for a 4-week, beginner’s genealogy workshop. For two hours each week, we will demystify the overwhelming process of sorting through online records as well as give tips for how best to make use of research visits to local repositories. We will help you find ancestors, organize your research, and start a family tree. Come with a new question every week and leave with an answer and something tangible to bring home, such as a copy of a birth certificate. By taking this class, you will be automatically eligible to enroll in a FREE, two-part course on digital storytelling taught by CCTV. Learn how to make a digital film about your family’s history based on your genealogical research. Create a treasured digital keepsake to pass on to family members. Registration is mandatory for the series.  To register, please contact Keaton Fox at keaton@cctvcambridge.org.

Genealogy Class Field Trip: Cambridge City Clerk’s Office


Cambridge City Clerk, Donna Lopez, holding the City’s copy of the Declaration of  Independence, July 1776.

For the last session of our Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop Series, we met at Cambridge City Hall to tour the City Clerk’s records.  Cambridge City Clerk Donna Lopez opened the vaults to show us 171 years of birth, marriage, and death records.  We saw rows upon rows of neatly bound volumes marked with the year and stacked to the ceiling on shelves accessible by a library ladder.  In the temperature and humidity controlled vault, we saw boxes lined on shelves noted by year and type of vital record (i.e., birth, marriage, or death).  Lopez even dared to show us the bowels of the basement, where more records are kept in less optimal conditions.  It was a wonderful tour, showing the complexities of organizing, preserving, and storing vital records.

A highlight of the visit was Lopez’s recent discovery:  a copy of the Declaration of Independence.  It’s not the official version or even one of the 200 broadsides published at the time and distributed to the 13 colonies that were at war with the British.  The city’s copy of the Declaration of Independence is a transcription of either a broadside or an article that was published in a local newspaper.  The transcription was officially entered into the Selectmen of Cambridge record book for July 1776 with the following instructions:  copies of the Declaration of Independence are to be distributed to all the churches in Cambridge and read aloud to the congregants.


The first page of a copy of the Declaration of Independence recorded in the Cambridge Selectmen minutes, July 1775.

NEHGS Event in Cambridge: Discover Your Italian Family, Saturday May 20

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is sponsoring a day-long workshop on Italian family heritage on Saturday May 20th at the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts.   The keynote speaker is Mary Tedesco, co-host of Genealogy Roadshow.    NEHGS’ Jeanne Belmonte, who was a guest speaker at the CPL’s Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop last month, will be giving a talk on how to apply for dual American/Italian citizenship.  The description of the workshop, including the day’s schedule and cost is available at AmericanAncestors.org.