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April 13, 2013 – A Workshop On Federal Census Records Research

Join Maine Genealogical Society members and non-members at the Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine on April 13, 2013 for A Workshop on Federal Census Records presented by MGS President, Helen Shaw, CG.

We’ll start with an introduction to the census, the different types of federal census records that exist, and the types of information you can find in each one. From there we’ll move on to tips and tricks for finding your ancestors in census records, particularly when an index doesn’t exit.

After a break for our luncheon buffet, we’ll come back and talk in more depth about non-population censuses. In addition to agricultural, mortality and inducstry censuses, We’ll also discuss slave schedules and veteran censuses (revolutionary and civil wars) Finally, we’ll end the afternoon with more in depth census research. Learn how to formulate a hypothesis when you aren’t sure what it is you’re looking for. Then use census records to prove or disprove your theory.

You can sign up online through our Workshop web site:

Not an MGS Member? That’s ok. All are welcome. Of course, we’d love for you join when you register. MGS members gets $10 off the registration price.

Joining MGS Just Got Easier

The Maine Genealogical Society is excited to announce we can now process online payments for memberships.  Both new and renewing members can take advantage of our secure online order forms.  Payments are processed through PayPal, but you don’t need a PayPal account to join.  If you don’t already have a PayPal account you can click the “Don’t have a PayPal Account?” link when redirected to the PayPal payment pages. From there you can use any valid credit or debit card to join Maine’s premiere genealogical society and take advantage of all our member benefits. To learn more about MGS and what becoming a member can mean for you, start by visiting our membership information page:

S. G. (Samuel Grimes?) GREEN

Seeking info on S. G. (Samuel Grimes Green??) Green, born abt. 1799 in the U.S.  He was of Scottish origin.  Family history has it that he lived in Bangor, Maine.  Apparently, he eloped with a Merian Kirk (around 1822 or 1823).  Or, he may have married a woman first name of Jennette.  S. G.
Green moved to Canada abt. 1825 and raised a family in Lower Canada (now Quebec).  Descendents of his are named Alexander, James, George, Robert, Samuel, Marion, Ruggles.    Does anyone have any information that may help me trace my great-great-great grandfather, S.G. Green?  Please contact Donna at, or call 403-887-9997, leave message and I will return your call.  Thank you in advance.

Cheryl Willis Patten – Award For Excellence in Genealogical Service

Today, we justly recognize one of the most stalwart members of MGS, one who has served as an officer of the Society with distinction as well as held a watching brief for the Society in many other organizations of which she is also a member.

Her knowledge of genealogical research methods and sources has been demonstrated many times, in many places, including prior MGS conference and at the conferences of other organizations with parallel interests.


So began the comments made by MGS President, John “Jack” F. Battick on September 22, 2012 as he introduced the most recent honoree to be presented the MGS Award for Excellence in Genealogical Service.  Jack went on to list other service area of Cheryl’s including her work with the Maine Old Cemetery Association (MOCA), The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC), dedication to MGS chapters, including serving as an officer for both Taconnett Falls and the Sandy River chapters of the Society.  She has transcribed the marriage records of Somerset County and been published in The Maine GenealogistCheryl has also been a memver of the Executive Committee of MGS, the Conference Committee and the Nominating Committee.

Those who know her well (or even in passing) seem to agree with Jack’s final comments on the matter:

It may truly be said that she has embodied the ideals and goals of MGS.

For more on Cheryl’s nomination, and to see past winners of the Maine Genealogical Society’s Award for Excellence In Genealogical Service, visit the MGS web site:

Query: Betsy Plummer

Seeking information on Betsy Plummer wife of William7 Plummer of the Francis Plummer line.
(Loring8, William7, Robert6, WIlliam5, Aaron4, Joseph3, Joseph2, Francis1)
Also her name could be Elizabeth, as Betsy was a apopular nickname fot Elizabeth at this time.
William Plumer/Plummer was the sone of Robert6 Plumer.
William7 Plummer was born 26 May 1787 in Royalsborough, now Durham, Cape Elizabeth, ME. Died 16, Feb 1880 at Dover, ME

Vital Records of Brunswick, Maine 1740-1860, Joseph C. Anderson [2004] p.71
8 Oct 1808 William PLummer and Miss Betsy Plummer, both of Brunswick intend marriage.
Betsy Plummer (d. 24 Dec 1862, Age 76 yrs, 6 months, 26 days ( b. calculates to 28 May 1786)

In the 1850 census Betsy’s birthplace is given as Harpswell, ME
They are buried together in the Old Dover Cemetery at Dover Foxcroft, ME
They had two known children: (Possibly  more) Loring8 Plummer and Horace8 Plummer
More on Loring8 Plummer
He married 1st Sally Grant or Sarah Goodrich (b. 25 Oct 1816, d. 9 Sep 1875) about 1832
They are buried together in the Old Dover Cemetery at Dover -Foxcroft, ME

They lived in Athens, ME. Bangor, ME, and Dover, ME.

They had children: Lucy, George W., William, James W., 1st Anna Maria, Jemima or Vanessa, Edwin Victor, Franklin, 2nd Anna Maria, Fred.
More on Harace8 Plummer (b. 19 Jan 1815 at Wales, ME)
Horace married Nancy SHattock (b 28 Feb 1815 at Solon) on 27 Nov 1834 at Solon, ME

They lived in Athens, ME and Dover, ME

It is not known where or when they died. or were buried.

They had children: Julia, Sarah W., Henry, Caroline P., Lucy, Emma T.
So William Plummer was born in Durham, ME. Betsy Plummer was brn in HArpswell, ME.  They were proabbly married about Oct 1808 in Brunswick, ME. They had Loring in Brunswick, ME.  They had Horace in Wales, ME.  They next lived in Athens, ME.  Then it appears they moved to Dover, ME where they both died.

This suggests that Betsy/Elizabeth Plummer may have been from one of these areas.
The information I am looking for is:
– I would like to confirm the maiden name of Betsy or Elizabeth Plummer
– I would like to find Betsy’s date and location fo birth and marriage
– I would like to find her parent’s names, and date of location of birth, marriage and death, and the children in that family.
– Any information other children William and Betsy Plumer may have had.

Any help on this family is appreciated
Leo Plummer
9545 Paseo Temporada
San Diego, CA 92129-2711



Sally Grant or Sarah Goodrich of Athens, Cannaan, Dover or Skowhegan, Maine or these general areas…

Seeking information on Sally Plummer, wife of Loring Plummer of the Francis Plummer line.
(Loring8, WIlliam7, Robert6, William5, Aaron4, Joseph3, Joseph2, Francis1)

Her given name could be Sarah as Sally was a popular nickname for Sarah at this time. So I am looking for Sally/Sarah Grant or Sarah/Sally Goodrich.
Loring Plumer/Plummer was the son of William plumer of the Francis PLumer line.
William Plumer was born in Royalsborough, now Durham, Cape  Elizabeth, ME on 26 May 1787. He lived in Athens, ME and had sons Loring and Horace.

Loring’s name has also been listed as Loving, Loren, Loran and Laren which I believe are errors.

He married 1st Sarah Goodrich, place and date are not known
Sally Goodrich born 25 Oct 1816 in place not known, but the best guess is Athens, Canaan, Dover, Skowhegan or Solon, ME of these general areas as the names and borders of some of these towns have changed since 1816.
She died on 9 Sep 1875 in Dover, ME
In the 1870 census for the town of Dover, ME, Sally Plummer was listed as born in Canaan,  ME
On the death records of her son James W. Plummer his mother was Sally Grant born in Solon, ME
On the death record of her sone Edwin V Plummer his mother was Sarah Goodrich born in Athens, ME

Some records say Mrs. Sally Plumer was born in Dover, ME. I believe this is an error, but it may be worth checking out.

The town clerk in Canaan, ME told me that part of 1816 Canaan is now part of Skowhegan, ME or vice versa.

This is why I say the best guess is Athens, Canaan, Dover, Skowhegan, or Solon, ME or these general areas as the names and borders of some of these towns have changed.
The information I am looking for is:

I would like to find Sally Grant’s parents’ names, and date and location of birth, marriage and death, and this children in that family.

I would like to find Sally Grant’s date and location of birth and marriage.

Any information on the other children of Loring Plumer and Sally Grant may have had.

Leo Plummer
9545 Paseo Temporada
San Diego, CA 92129-2711


The 2012 Annual Conference is Underway!

The 36th Annual Family History Conference of the Maine Genealogical Society is about to begin.  The conference committee arrived at 7am to start setting up and Battick with opening remarks, give out some awards, and sit back and start the presentations with Ted Steele’s keynote address, “Family Stories: Did It Really Happen That Way?”

Here’s to a great day with friends, fellow researchers and Maine genealogy!

Time’s Running Out to Register for the Fall Conferencee

Have you registered yet for the Annual Maine Genealogy Conference? There’s less than 2 weeks left to get your registration in…

This great educational event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. Features include a national level speaker, six workshops, vendors, exhibitors, query board, door prizes, topic tables at lunch, great networking and brainstorming opportunities, and more! Fee is $40 for MGS members and $50 for non-members. Registration deadline is Sept. 15. Sign up today!

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