If you are an active MGS member, you can access exclusive, members only content on the website. First, you need to log in, which you can do from the home page, using the login form above the main menu links in the upper right corner of the page.
Once logged in, the login form should be replaced with a Welcome message and you can then click the MEMBERS link in the main menu which will bring you to our members only content area, including scanned images of land deeds, autograph books, and other primary documents as well as back issues of our quarterly journal, The Maine Genealogist and other MGS special publications you can’t find anywhere but through MGS.
If you’re already a member take a few minutes to look around the Members Only area. If you’re not a member, Join Today!
If you’ve been having trouble resetting your maineroots.org password after the site move, you are not alone. The instructions originally sent out were vague and the process was a bt confusing for many people. Additionally, we uncovered a bug with the program that was asking people to do one thing, but really want something just a little bit different… So, for everyone’s sanity and help in getting members the access they deserve, I’m posting these more detailed instructions on how to reset your password for accounts that were just migrated from the old site.
Open up the home page at www.maineroots.org and hover over the MEMBERS menu item to expand the menu and expose the link to the LOST-PASSWORD page. Click the LOST-PASSWORD link.
Fill out the Lost Password form by entering the email we have on file for you. This is the email where you get MGS announcements, newsletters, and/or notifications to renew your membership. Then click the Reset Password button. NOTE:The gray form field is not readily visible until AFTER you click in this area to enter your email address.
You will receive an email at the address you entered in the form. Click where it says “Click here to reset your password” to be brought back to the website to enter your new password.
Enter your new password. Then re-enter it again to validate it. Then click Save.
You will be presented with a message like the following indicating your password has been successfully reset. At this point, you should be able to login using the form to the right of the page and entering your email and newly created password. Once logged in you will be brought to your account page and can navigate to other areas of the site from there.
I hope this simplified process helps people who have been having issues resetting their password after the site migration. If you’re still having problems, use the Contact page on the site (found under About in the main menu.
At the annual conference in September 2016, MGS Program Chair, Paul Doucette, presented our latest Excellence in Genealogical Service Award to former MGS Membership Secretary, Celeste Hyer. Celeste’s plaque contains the following inscription:
Award of Excellence in Genealogical Service Presented to CELESTE HYER In recognition of her eight years as Membership Secretary of the Maine Genealogical Society, as well as her tireless behind-the-scenes efforts to assist with conferences, always adding her cheerful sense of humor to make every job more enjoyable. September 2016
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.
The 3rd Annual Southern Maine Genealogical Conference, sponsored by the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, is scheduled for May 21, 2016 in Portland,Maine. In addition to vendors, exhibitors and a number of speakers related to Maine’s rich heritage, the featured guest will be D. Joshua Taylor, a nationally recognized researcher, author and speaker who has also been featured on shows such as Who Do You Think You Are? and Genealogy Roadshow. Taylor will discuss topics ranging from new tools and technology in genealogy to how to find and locate records in one of the myriad of of historical and genealogical societies across the country.
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!
Hot on the heels of our highly anticipated Maine Families in 1790, Volume 11 release comes the latest publication from the Maine Genealogical Society (MGS). Vital Records of Mount Vernon, Maine continues the long tradition of publishing established by MGS 30 years ago. Special publication #74 of the Society is now available to both non members and members, exclusively through the MGS website at http://www.maineroots.org
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.
Because punctuation is so erratic in these early documents, we have included only the necessary commas and periods. However, we have transcribed the erratic spelling exactly as written by the early town clerks. We included all vital records such as births, deaths, marriages, and marriage 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: http://www.maineroots.org
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/
Maine Families in 1790 Volume 11 was recently delivered from the printer. Preorders have shipped, but there’s still plenty of copies left for those that were waiting to make their purchase. With more than 18,700 names in this edition’s every name index, this volume will be a most welcome addition to many researchers libraries.
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!
Archives Month events to include UMA professor’s presentation on Maine’s highways
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 Presented to 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. September 2015
If you thought you missed the September 1st deadline for registering for the 2015 Fall Conference, there’s still time to sign up and join us in Brewer on September 19th at Jeff’s catering, where we will welcome Michael Strauss, AG, as our keynote speaker and his lecture: “All in a Day’s Work: Occupational Genealogical Research”. Mr. Strauss is the principal owner of Genealogy Research Network and an Accredited Genealogist since 1995. He is a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Virginia and has been an avid genealogist for more than 30 years. Strauss holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. In addition to his keynote, Strauss will be discussing various topics related to discovering valuable genealogical insight from often overlooked sources.
For more information and to register by September 11, 2015 visit the conference website: