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Vital Records of Woolwich, Maine now available EXCLUSIVELY through MGS!

Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication #71
Vital Records of Woolwich, Maine

The Maine Genealogical society has some exciting news, and it’s NOT just for members!  We are very excited to announce our latest Vital Records of Woolwich, Maine, special publication #71 of the society.

This book is available exclusively through the Maine Genealogical Society.  As our first self-published publication, you can’t find Vital Records of Woolwich, Maine anywhere else.

Unlike other MGS special publications, which we could only sell to members due to contractual obligations with our publisher, this new title is available, from our website, for anyone with an interest in their Woolwich ancestry.  You do not need to be a member of MGS to purchase this title!  As with our other titles, MGS members still receive a generous discount when identifying themselves as a member at checkout. In addition, as our first self-published work we were able to continue to bring you the same high quality standards of our previous books while keeping a lower price – and we are able to offer both a paperback and hardcover edition.

 The town of Woolwich is located in Sagadahoc County, Maine, on the east side of the Kennebec River. The early name of the town was Nequasset, the Indian name of a local pond. The first settlers were John Bateman and Edward Brown who resided there in 1638. They purchased from Robin Hood, an Indian chief, most of the territory now comprised by Woolwich.

The town was incorporated 23 August 1775 as the 32nd town in Maine. The population of the town increased slightly from the first census in 1790 when there were 787 residents to its high point in 1830 when there were 1,495 residents. Since then, it dropped each year to a low point in 1930 of 671 residents, rising in 1940 to 1,144 residents.

Vital Records of Woolwich includes Birth, Marriage, and Death records as transcribed from images of microfilms held at the Maine State Archives. Also included are town meeting and miscellaneous records of interest to genealogists as well as ear marks.

With over 650 pages of information, including an Every Name Index of more than 17,000 individuals, if you have families living in Woolwich prior to the 1890s, you’re sure to find something of interest in this book.

If you would like to order a copy of Vital Records of Woolwich, Maine it is only available through the Maine Genealogical Society. 

Purchases can be made through our online store using one of the following links:

Hardcover (*$49.95 for non MGS members/$39.95 for members)
https://maineroots.org/product/vital-records-woolwich-maine-2015-hardcover-edition/
Paperback (*39.95 for non MGS members/$29.95 for members)
https://maineroots.org/product/vital-records-woolwich-maine-2015-paperback-edition/

*MGS membership is $25 per calendar year.  In addition to superb discounts on publications and conferences, your MGS membership gets you a quarterly newsletter with information about genealogical events and MGS chapter news from across the State, our quarterly scholarly journal, The Maine Genealogist, and a number of other benefits.  Consider joining MGS today and save on this and other upcoming publications.  https://maineroots.org/membership/

ANNOUNCING: 2015 Southern Maine Genealogical Conference – Registration is Open

The Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society wants everyone to know about the 2nd Annual Southern Maine Genealogical Conference which will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Keeley’s Banquet Center at 178 Warren Ave., Portland, Maine.

This year’s Keynote Speaker is Margaret Dube.  Her Keynote Address is: A Home Among Yankees: turn of the century immigrants along the Maine Coast. Join her as she delves into the lives of immigrants who, at the turn of the last century, settled in seacoast Maine. Learn the challenges involved in studying those who ventured far from home and forged a new life.  Margaret is a Certified Genealogist who lives in Kittery, ME.  Through her website, Common Folk Ancestry, she connects with people who are searching for information on their ancestors.

In addition to Margaret’s address there will be 9 workshops/sessions throughout the day as well as a delicious luncheon.  The workshops/sessions include DNA Genetic Genealogy, Franco-American, Italian, Irish and Scottish genealogy resources, help in preparing for a genealogical site visit, working with immigration files, organizing your research, and using deeds in genealogy research.

The cost for the conference is $55 which includes the luncheon and other refreshments throughout the day.

To register either online or through a mail-in registration, go to: http://www.gpcmgs.org
For more information, please contact Paul Doucette at pdoucette3@gmail.com.

Query: Redford Dennis TALLMAN

Philip Smith is hoping someone can help:
Looking for some evidence that might be acceptable to Mayflower Society that Redford Dennis Tallman, born Oct. 17, 1800, was the son of Holder Tallman (1766-1830) and Drusilla Taber Tallman (1767 – 1852).
If you have some information that may help Philip, email him at  pfsmith66@att.net

February TMG Is In Homes Now

By now members of The Maine Genealogical Society should have received their February 2015 edition of The Maine Genealogist (TMG). The TMG is the Society’s quarterly scholarly journal and is always packed with interesting articles concerning different problems (and resolutions) faced during genealogical research of our Maine ancestors, and sometimes we are lucky enough to see some transcription projects as well. 

The February 2015 Issue of the TMG is nearly 50 pages in length and includes the following articles:

  • Clark Drew of Maine and Vermont
    by: Carole Gardner
  • A Tidbit From the Massachusetts Archives: Lucretia Larrabee, First Wife of John Owen (d. 1753) of Falmouth, Maine
    by: Brent Owen
  • Assembling The Pieces Of The Puzzle: The Family of Ebenezer Day Jr. of Wells and Kennebunk, Maine
    by:Edward G. Hubbard
  • The Parentage of Solomon Bray of Polan, Harrison, and Monson, Maine
    by: Joseph C. Anderson III
  • Nineteenth-Century Records of the First and Second COngregational Churches of Wells, Maine (continued)
    submitted by: Priscilla Eaton

If you are an MGS Member and have not received your copy ofThe Maine Genealogistyet, let us know.  If you are not already a member, its not too late to join to take advantage of this and other benefits that come only by joining our organization.

Roots 2015 : Quebec Family History Conference

Many of Maine’s French speaking communities can tie their roots back through Canada to France. Names like Morin, Trepanier, Theriault and Bouchard all straddle both side of the border. If you’re interested in Franco-American research, you may be interested in attending Roots 2015 in beautiful Montreal, Quebec.  This is a 3 day international conference on family history in the Quebec area being held from June 19-21 on the campus of McGill University.  For those of us not fluent in French, we’re in luck. Roots 2015 is described as the largest English language genealogical conference held in Quebec.

For more information about the conference and the Quebec Family History Society, who will be hosting the event, go to http://www.qfhs.ca

Query: John OWEN and Polly WATSON

The following query came in from one of our members:

I’m a descendant of John Owen b. 19 MAR 1759 Cumberland, ME d. 1844 Litchfield, ME.  married Polly Watson  1769-1837  John Jr. is son of John Sr. of b. Falmouth 1723 – d 1787 Topsham, Me

Any assistance on family records, deeds, trying to document family group.  Have looked at Cumberland Co. Deeds online.

If you can help, comment here, or email sandrafisher@msn.com

Query: Henry PUTNAM of Reading, MA

One of our newest members has asked us to post the following query:

Does anyone have documentation on Henry Putnam, born 1778/85 in Reading, MA, and died after 1850 in (probably) Harrington? His lineage is Deacon Henry Putnam, Deacon Daniel Putnam, Rev. Daniel Putnam, Capt. Benjamin Putnam, Deacon Nathaniel Putnam to John Putnam, born 1579 or 80 in England. I have extensive information on Maine Putnam/Ficketts and most of these Salemite Putnams which I’d love to share.

Responses can be sent to M. Steward at NoseyParker@comcast.net

MGS 2015 Conference Call For Papers

Proposals for talks are now being accepted for the MGS Fall Conference, September 19, 2015, at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. There are three openings for one-hour presentations. Speaker compensation is $100 plus registration and lunch the day of the conference.

The theme this year is “Records & Resources.” Proposals should focus on how to locate and use a particular type of record including those that are digitized and on-line. The emphasis should be on original material. Types of records might be newspapers, military & pension records, church records, cemetery records, probate documents, land records & deeds. Proposals for other, less known & used records are encouraged. Records need not be Maine specific.

Proposals should include the following:
1. Speaker’s name
2. Contact information (including mailing address, e-mail, & phone number)
3. Prior speaking experience
4. Brief biography (about 50 words)
5. Title of the talk
6. Summary or outline of the talk (about 200 words)
7. Intended audience level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, or all levels)

Please send proposals to Helen A. Shaw either by mail (77 Pascal Ave., Rockport, ME 04856) or as a pdf attachment (hashaw@earthlink.net). Proposals must be received by 1 March 2015.

Upcoming Genealogy Classes in Brunswick

There are a number of new genealogy classes starting up around the State being taught by Maine Genealogical Society members. If you have been interested in working on your family tree but don’t know where to start, you may find one of these classes of particular class of interest:

Craig Siulinski will be teaching a beginner and advanced course in genealogical research through Merrymeeting Adult Education in Brunswick.  The beginner class starts on Feb 3, so you’ll want to sign up soon, before the seats are full, if you you’re interested in this course:

The popular television series, Who Do You Think You Are, highlights the genealogy of famous people, but what about the rest of us?  This course will guide you on a path to researching and documenting your ancestral past.  The course will cover both online and in-person strategies for doing the work of genealogy, and will very likely reveal fascinating family facts and stories.
Topics include creating a starting point pedigree chart, showing where and how to research (both online and offline), and how to organize the data and records that get collected over time.  Topics to explore include finding records in these categories: Immigration, Census, Directories, Newspapers and Churches.

Beginner Genealogy starts Feb 3, 2015. Register using the link below:
https://merrymeeting.coursestorm.com/course/genealogy-i-beginner-getting-started?page=4

Advanced Genealogy starts on Mar 24, 2015.  Register with the link below:
https://merrymeeting.coursestorm.com/course/genealogy-ii-advanced-topics?page=4


Blogging For Family HistoryCraig is also teaching a class called “Blogging For Family History

Blog writing can be an easy, enjoyable, and effective way to share family history content with a large audience.  This course will offer a starting point for creating your own blog, and support for learning the platform provided by blogger.com.  Emphasis will be placed on supporting the creation and development of one’s own blog.  Before class completion, participants will have published three to five blog posts.  Having access to a laptop for classroom use is recommended, and a gmail account is necessary.  


Blogging For Family History starts on Feb 4 and runs for five weeks.  Register using the link below:
https://merrymeeting.coursestorm.com/course/blogging-for-family-history


For more info about Craig Siulinski and his adventures in genealogy education, check out this article on the California Genealogical Society & Library blog.

Waterville, Maine 1890 Census now available through the Taconnett Falls chapter!

Many genealogists have run into the conundrum over the years of trying to find their ancestors in the 1890 census only to learn most of the census for that year was destroyed during a fire many years ago.  Researchers looking for their Waterville ancestors may be surprised to know a copy of the 1890 census still exists and was recently published through the hard work of the Tacconnett Falls chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society and Sam Teddy Publishing.  The paperback book contains nearly 300 pages (including index) and is a must have for anyone researching their 1890’s Waterville families.

Thanks so much to the folks at the Taconnett Chapter for bringing this vital resource to print!

If you’re interested in purchasing a copy, you can contact the Taconnett Falls chapter of MGS at taconnettfalls11@yahoo.com for more information.

For more information about how this resource came to be available, check out this Bangor Daily News article by Roxanne Saucier:

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/12/07/living/1890-census-records-for-waterville-gets-reprinted-as-new-284-page-book/

2014 Publication Prices Expire This Week!

In 2013, when the Maine Genealogical Society took over the inventory of unsold books and CDs from our publisher, we recognized we needed to do something to decrease our overall inventory.  We offered a number of “limited time” deals including an amazing deal on 3 of our Maine Families in 1790 series.  Now that inventory is back down to a reasonable level, and we have a year of handling sales under our belt, we’re making some minor pricing adjustments to bring things more in line with our normal member discounts.

Beginning January 1st, 2015 we will have updated member pricing on books through our website and paper order form.  We will also be discontinuing the “FREE book on orders of $100 or more” currently in place.

In addition, we want to let everyone know three books in our collection are at critically low supply levels:

Vital Records of Canaan, Maine (MGS member price: $45)
Vital Records of Norridgewock, Maine (MGS member price : $45)
Vital Records of Wiscasset, Maine (MGS member price: $74.95)

If you’ve been thinking about buying any of these titles and are an MGS member in good standing, your opportunity to purchase with your membership discount is running out.

All titles in our inventory can be purchased at our main web site: www.maineroots.org

Not an MGS member?  You can join online for just $25 for a year, and enjoy these and other great benefits as well.

Headstone of Mrs. Mary PLAISTED

One of our members sent in this query.  Can you help???

Headstone of Mrs. Mary, wife of Andrew Plaisted, died Nov 6 1839 age 79 years  & 9 months
– It was removed from a construction site several years ago by someone working for a Monmouth electrical contractor
– Was this a discarded headstone or was it saved from destruction?
– It’s in a barn in Caribou and needs to find it’s rightful home back to Southern Maine if missing.

email us at mainegenealogicalsociety@gmail.com if you have info you think could help get this stone get back to its rightful place.