I am trying to find information on my great(x4) grandfather, Peter Parks. I can prove back to his son Peter Parks Jr who died a POW at Salisbury NC. What I “know” from his death record (8 July 1867, Saugus, Massachusetts) is that he was born in 1799 (approx.) in Scotland.
What I can’t find is record of his arrival in the US prior to 1829 when he married Mrs. Susan Wood Hooker in Saugus, Massachusetts.
Suggestions for how I would proceed. I have exhausted all the common online resources at this point.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with this query.
In addition to the keynote speaker, representatives from the Maine State Archives and Penobscot Marine Museum will present on their respective organizations, and you will have an opportunity to get hands on while learning how to develop and efficient and effective research strategy to make your research easier.
Please join the members of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society and all their guests for a day full of lectures, camaraderie, exhibits and lunch on May 21, 2016 at Keeley’s Banquet Center in Portland. For more info or to register, visit the group’s conference web page:
The Maine Genealogical Society’s 2016 Spring Workshop is set for April 23, 2016 in Augusta, Maine with special guest, Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. Dr. Bettinger is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist (http://thegeneticgenealogist.com), and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. We are very excited to be able to invite Dr. Bettinger to Maine to discuss this fascinating and increasingly popular aspect of family history research.
Join members of The Maine Genealogical Society and other guests as we work through a series of lectures beginning with an introduction to DNA, using Y-DNA and mtDNA for genealogical research, including how to break through some of those pesky brick walls in your research. We’ll end the day discussing third party tools you can use to help analyze your DNA results more efficiently and have saved a block of time at the end for a Q&A session.
You’ve got DNA questions. We’ve got answers. Make the most of your DNA test results after spending a day with a national recognized speaker, who specializes on this very subject. Lunch is included in the registration fee, and we’ll have a number of our Special Publications available for purchase, including the recently released Maine Families in 1790, Volume 11 and Vital Records of Mount Vernon.
For more information about the day’s events, or to register, visit our workshop website at http://conference.maineroots.org We’re looking forward to seeing you in Augusta on April 23!
Mount Vernon, Maine, is a small community located northwest of Augusta. Originally settled in 1774 as Washington Plantation, the town was incorporated June 28, 1792 as the 80th town in Maine. When the settlers applied for incorporation as Washington, they learned that there was another town in Maine by that name so they chose instead the name of George Washington’s estate – Mount Vernon.
Mount Vernon is bounded by Vienna, Rome, Belgrade, Readfield, and Fayette, and many of the marriages included in this book relate to people from those towns. These vital records are transcribed from the original town records which are on microfilm at the Maine State Archives. We have made every attempt for accuracy. We located most of the original records of Mount Vernon in the Maine State Archives in Augusta and were able to compare our transcription with the originals. We also discovered other important records relating to paupers so we have added those to this book. We
also visited the Dr. Shaw Memorial Library in Mount Vernon but could find no relevant original records. With nearly 550 pages, and an every name index of more than 16,500 entries, this book is a gold mine of information for anyone researching early families of the area.
intentions as well as sale of pews and sheep marks, but we did not transcribe such town records as meetings or lost horses. Such omissions are noted within the book.
If you would like to order a copy of Vital Records of Mount Vernon, Maine it is only available through the Maine Genealogical Society.
Purchases can be made through our online store by visiting our website:
Members of MGS receive $7 off the regular retail price
*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/index.php/about/membership/
For more information about this release, see our last post.
Remember, this and upcoming titles are now available to both MGS members and non-members (though members do receive a nice discount on all titles)
After nearly 6 years since Volume 10, The Maine Genealogical Society is excited to announce we are now accepting preorders for volume 11 of our Maine Families in 1790 series. This book is now at the printer and is available to both Maine Genealogical Society members and non-members for pre-ordering now! Books are currently scheduled to arrive from the printer to MGS the week of December 13. Pre orders will be shipped to individuals as soon as we have them, with the intention to get them to most households before the Christmas holiday.
Edited by Joseph Crook Anderson II, FASG, Volume 11 of the Maine Families in 1790 series is the biggest yet. Crammed with 800 genealogy-packed pages, this volume treats 208 new families located throughout the District of Maine. Consistent with the previous volumes, all of the families have been thoroughly researched and edited, and all facts are meticulously documented with clear source citations. Conclusions drawn from circumstantial evidence, incomplete records, or conflicting sources are fully discussed within each family sketch. With this volume, the total number of families treated in the series is now 2,895 (or 17% of all families living in Maine in 1790). The usefulness of these books for genealogical research cannot be overstated. The Maine Families in 1790 series is simply the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource on families living in the state during the late-Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federalist, and early statehood periods of Maine’s history.
Surnames of heads-of-household included in Volume 11 are:
Alexander, Allen, Andrews, Atkinson, Baker, Beal(s), Berry, Besse, Bickford, Bishop, Bixby, Blake, Bonney, Booker, Bowman, Boyd, Bradbury, Bradford, Britton, Brown, Card, Cash, Cass, Chandler, Chipman, Clifford, Colby, Collier, Colson, Cottrell, Cousens, Crary, Crommett, Davis, Dexter, Dickey, Dingley, Downing, Dutton, Ellis, Eustis, Fairbanks, Farley, Farnsworth, Fenby, Fletcher, Foster, Fowler, Frye, Fuller, Gilbert, Gilpatrick, Goodridge, Goodwin, Gould, Grant, Greeley, Griffin, Haley, Hall, Hancock, Hawes, Hicks, Hinds, Hinkley, Hopkinson, Houston, Ingalls, Jack, Jacobs, Jewell, Jewett, Jordan, Kilborn, Lackey, Lambert, Lancaster, Lanpher, Libby/Libbey, Lindsey, Longley, Martin, Mathews, Mayberry, Merithew, Metcalf, Miller, Millet, Mitchell, Moors, Neal, Niles, Nock, Norris, Odam, Otis, Patch, Patten, Peabody, Peirce, Perley, Perry, Poke, Porter, Potter, Pratt, Randall, Redlon, Reed, Richmond, Robbins, Russell, Sawyer, Shute, Small, Smith, Springer, Spurr, Staples, Stimson, Stinchfield, Stowers, Sturgis, Sturtevant, Sylvester, Tate, Thurston, Town(e)(s), True, Turner, Walker, Ward, Washburn, Wells, Weston, Whiting, Whittier, Wilder, Winslow, Woodman, Young.
As always, MGS members enjoy a substantial discount on the non-member price. The nearly $20
discount to members on just this book makes the $25 annual membership dues well worth the investment.
Interested to know if your Maine families are represented in the first 10 Volumes? There is a master index of heads of households for volumes 1-11 available on the MGS website available here.
UPDATE 2017-10-05: Occasionally there are updates and corrections to the families published in the 1790 series. There is now an Addendum Index that may have additional information about families in previously published volumes!
AUGUSTA – Dr. Tom McCord will give a presentation on Maine’s highway system at the Maine State Archives on Oct. 20, highlighting how the Archives’ holdings helped him in his research.
“Detours and Details: Unearthing the History of Maine Highways at the Archives and Elsewhere” will be presented to the public on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Maine State Archives in the Cultural Building, 230 State St., Augusta. The event is part of the Maine State Archives’ celebration of American Archives Month, an effort to spread the word about the resources and role of the bureau.
McCord teaches history at the University of Maine at Augusta, where his courses include “History of Maine” and “The United States Since World War II.” A longtime editor at the Bangor Daily News, he earned his doctorate in American history from the University of Maine in 2013. His primary research has been on urban renewal in Maine, with emphasis on redevelopment of downtown Bangor, reuse of the former Dow Air Force Base and housing reform.
In addition to this special event, the Maine State Archives will also be marking American Archives Month with these offerings:
October, the Research Room will be open every Tuesday evening until 7 p.m. and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Public tours of the Maine State Archives, including areas not normally accessible to the public, will be offered Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. To reserve your spot on a tour, please call or email Communications Director Kristen Muszynski (626-8404) with your full name and phone number. Reservations will be made on a first-come/first-served basis and the tours will be capped at 20 participants. No large groups, please.
The Maine State Archives is a bureau of the Department of the Secretary of State. Visit www.maine.gov/sos/arc or our Facebook page, Maine State Archives, for more information and updates about our plans for Archives Month this October.
At the annual conference in September 2015, MGS was proud to honor Richard Spinney with our annual Award of Excellence in Genealogical Service Award. The plaque, which was presented by MGS President, Helen Shaw, reads as follows:
|Award of Excellence in Genealogical Service|
RICHARD E. SPINNEY
In recognition of his fourteen years as Treasurer of the Maine Genealogical Society,
as well as his leadership, dependability, friendship, and unwavering desire
to advance the field of genealogy in the State of Maine.
For more information and to register by September 11, 2015 visit the conference website:
The town of Newcastle is located in Lincoln County on the peninsula between the Sheepscot and Damariscotta Rivers. The town was originally called Sheepscot Plantation and settled in 1630 by fishermen. The town was attacked and destroyed in 1676 during the King Philip’s War but many residents returned when the War ended. During another French and Indian War in 1688 the town was again destroyed with residents not returning for about 30 years. The name of the town was changed to Newcastle in 1730 and incorporated on 23 August 1775 as the 30th town in Maine. The population of the town increased from the first census in 1790 when there were 787 residents to its high point in 1850 when there were 2,012 residents. After that, it dropped each year to a low point in 1930 of 914, rising in 1940 to 994 residents.
The vital records for the town of Newcastle have been transcribed for this book from the microfilms located in the Maine State Archives as digitized on two CDs available from Picton Press. Also included are Delayed Records of Births and Marriage Intentions which were transcribed from two original volumes located in the Newcastle town office, neither of which have been microfilmed. The quality of the microfilmed records is quite good with only a few pages having sections either too faint or too dark to read but were found to be more readable in the original record volumes found in the Newcastle town office.
With over 380 pages of information, including an Every Name Index of well over 8,000 individuals, this book is a must have if you are researching families in the Newcastle area in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. At $39.95 for non-members,, this book is a great value for any genealogical library.
If you would like to order a copy of Vital Records of Newcastle, Maine it is only available through the Maine Genealogical Society.
Purchases can be made through our online store by visiting our website:
Members of MGS receive 25% off the non-member price, a savings of $10!
*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/product-category/membership/
We definitely had some learnings and the Conference Committee will be making notes of what went well and what could use some improving. If you attended the event and have thoughts on what you liked and what you would like to have seen done differently, or in addition to what was available, please let us know with an email to email@example.com
There have been a lot of requests to do a similar type event in the future, so we’ll be discussing the feasibility of that in an upcoming meeting.
Thank you to all those groups who participated and those individuals who came out to see what our Genealogy Fair was all about. We had a great time, and we hope you did too.
Now it’s time to wrap up the last minute planning for our Annual September Conference and get people signed up to join us in Brewer, Maine for a day of genealogical lectures and more vendor sales tables. To learn more about what’s happening on Saturday, September 19, 2015 in Brewer, visit our conference web page: http://conference.maineroots.org
MGS will have many of our books available for sale, as will other groups. The Cross Cafe will be open most of the day and the weather is going to amazing, so you can sit outside and enjoy some beautiful Maine weather, if you’re so inclined.
On top of it all, we’ve assembled some folks who will be available for consultations to help YOU take another chunk out of that brick wall that’s been plaguing you for years… Or maybe you’re just getting started in your genealogical journey – or don’t even know where to start… Our volunteers are here to help you get going, no matter what phase of research you are in.
Our current list of volunteers and their areas of expertise are included below. If you would like to reserve some time with one of these volunteers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure we have some space reserved for you. If possible, please include some specifics about what you would like to talk about and we’ll forward it along to the appropriate person.
Don’t see what you’re looking for in an area of expertise? Send us your questions and let us know if you’ll be attending the fair. We’ll do our best to match you up with someone we think may be able to help you.
Our panel of experts:
Jerry Gower – Washington County Research & Maine Families in 1790
Bob Chenard – Franco American Research
Craig Siulinski – Recording Oral Histories & Sharing your Research Online
Helen Shaw – Census and Cemetery Research, Lineage Society Applications & Accessing Maine Vital Records
Nancy Milliken Mason – DNA for Genealogy
BJ Jamieson– Scottish and Irish Research
In addition MGS Officers and members will be available throughout the day to discuss getting started in your family history research and other general research related questions.
Email email@example.com with your Maine family or general genealogical queries and we’ll work hard to get you with the right person on Saturday. If you can’t make this event, you can still email us your Maine genealogy questions and we’ll work to get an answer back to you as soon as possible!