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
Craig 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
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 email@example.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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have info you think could help get this stone get back to its rightful place.
Charles Roundy is coming to the MGS Annual Fall Conference tomorrow, September 13, 2014 and he is looking for long lost cousins…
Family lines that I (Charles) trace include
(1) one of the many Maine Gould lines (ours from England, to Nova Scotia, to New Brunswick to Maine, original great-great grandparents coming from Devonshire, England to River John, Nova Scotia in about 1925);
(2) a McKeen line from Scotland, by way of Ireland, then New Hampshire, then to central Nova Scotia (Loyalists), then back to Maine (as a Mrs. Gould) in 1919 ;
(3) two Roundy lines, the only two [known to have] to come to Maine early, from England to Eastern Massachusetts (north of Boston) to Maine in 1764 to Blue Hill (one of two first settlers there in 1764) and a related Roundy line, also from same area of Massachusetts to Clinton – Benton area, starting in 1774 with an Abraham Roundy, and several brothers, cousin and family members to follow to Clinton, Benton, Fairfield and area);
(4) a Shepherd line (with the “e” not the “a”) about which I know little, except they were in Maine in the Bangor area in early 20th century and moved to Massachusetts; and
(5) a Cannon line, direct from Ireland to Brewer, Maine in the 1800s, thence to Massachusetts.
If you have information that may be able to help, or want to compare notes, email Charles at Roundy2005@gwi.net or look for him at the Conference!
Once again, the Maine Genealogical Society has planned its annual Fall conference with a number of interesting and educational lectures planned. This conference starts with an interesting keynote address by Thomas Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, who will attempt to answer the question “Can a Complex Research Problem Be Solved Solely Online?” Jones is a genealogical educator who speaks and writes frequently on genealogical evidence, proof and problem solving. He serves on the Board of Certification of Genealogists and has been the recipient of many varied genealogy related awards.
The rest of the day’s lectures consist of three sets of breakout sessions of varying topics. Vendors and exhibitors will also be on hand and we encourage all attendees to visit and support these organizations and businesses. We’ll have our query board set up again this year & don’t forget to bring some extra money for any of our Special Publications which will be on sale, along with our designer pins and candy dishes, bearing the MGS logo, and our members can take part in our annual meeting to hear more about what has been happening with MGS and the plans for the future.
Join us on September 13, 2014 in Brewer, ME for another education packed MGS Conference!
For more information, or to register, visit the conference website at http://conference.maineroots.org
New MGS Member Tim Harriman just sent us the following query. If you have information you can share with Tim, email him at email@example.com:
Searching for information on Eli Littlefield of Wells (b.1790), who eventually settled in Brooks and supposedly died there in 1873. Eli served to extend the Littlefield line to Waldo County and his son Joshua C. Littlefield is buried in the South Brooks Cemetery. Eli’s parents were Ebenezer Littlefield & Betsey Clark of Wells and Lebanon. I would like to locate Eli’s resting place to complete my research.
We recently received the following query from one of our members:
I am researching the family of Aaron Day, b. in Ipswich, MA on 2 July 1783 to John Day and Sarah Day, and d. in or around Medford, Maine on 16 Feb 1862. His wife Martha was b. about 1778, and d. in Maine 16 Feb 1844. They are bur. in the Upper Ferry Cemetery in Medford. Aaron and Martha had the following children:
Nathaniel, b. in Starks, ME 30 Nov 1807, d. in Plymouth, MN 7 Jan 1867 John, b. in Starks, ME 24 Feb 1809 d. 14 Apr 1884 in Medford, ME Sarah, b. in Starks, ME 31 Dec 1810 Harriet L., b. possibly in Industry, ME 31 Dec 1812, d. in Manchester, ME bet 1887 to 21 Aug 1888. Cynthia, b. possibly in Industry or Readfield, ME between Feb 1814, d. in Sherburne County, MN 13 May 1874 Joseph Warren, b. about 1817 in Maine, d. in 1891 in Washington
Questions: 1) What happened to Sarah? Did she marry, and if so, to whom? Where did she die? 2) Where were Cynthia and Harriet born?
If you can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Southern Maine Genealogy Conference will be held on Saturday, May 31st from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Keeley Banquet Center, 178 Warren Ave. Portland. Joe Anderson will be the Keynote Speaker. His talk will be: Documenting Grandma’s Stories. Turning Gossip into Genealogical Fact. As most MGS members know, Joe is editor of The Maine Genealogist as well as editor of The American Genealogist. In addition Joe is chair of the MGS Publications Committee.
In addition to Joe’s Keynote Address, there will be 9 different workshops throughout the day. Topics include: Beginning Genealogy (even advanced genealogist will learn something); Searching the Census; Investigating and Evaluating Family Artifacts; Case Studies in Genealogical Problem Solving; the Irish of Portland, ME; DNA Testing & Genealogical Research; Genealogical Resources at the Maine Historical Society; Swedish Ancestry and a Panel of area libraries with Genealogical Collections.
The cost for the conference is $50.
You can register online at: www.gpcmgs.org either by mail in registration or online through PayPal or Credit Card.
FMI: contact Paul Doucette at email@example.com.
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER… You don’t have to be a member to join us, but MGS members do enjoy a discount at this and other events & publications…
The annual Maine Genealogical Spring Workshop is one day, deep dive session into a specific aspect of genealogical research. On April 5, 2014 we are excited to welcome Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, as she presents 4 lectures covering topics from identifying and dating early photographs to preservation techniques. We’ll also learn about Civil War era photography and Maureen’s own special project, The Last Muster, an effort to find, identify and document photos of the Revolutionary War generation. Join us as we gain a better understanding of the kinds of information we can glean from those old family photographs and how to preserve that information for generations to come.” Maureen Taylor will also be able to provide some individual private consults the evening before the program in the Breakfast Room of the Comfort Inn at 281 Civic Center Dr., Augusta, ME 04330. All appointments dated Friday April 4th, 2014 will be held at the hotel.
More information about the workshop is available here: http://conference.maineroots.org For scheduling a private consult with Maureen Taylor visit her event page at http://mgs2014.eventbrite.com
Time for a good book? If you’re interested in Windham history, you may enjoy reading Kay Soldier’s latest book about Windham’s “Northeast Road” — the old time name for Route 202 or Gray Road. Read about the old Revolunary soldiers who settled in the Eastern part of Windham and chuckle at Charles Legrow’s descriptions of every house and settler from the Rotary (or Foster’s Corner) to the Gray line. Every graveyard, every school and all the houses, and all the people who lived there — as memorialized by one of our town’s best historians — Charles Legrow.
Genealogists will have a field day with the family details.
Read about some of Windham’s finest people including Tony Pecoraro, Walter Reeves, Flora Lamb and others — and read about the Days Gone By and what the different seasons meant to some of us old timers.
This is not an official publication of the Maine Genealogical Society, but rather a new book by one of our members. If you would like a copy, please send $20 per copy to Kay Soldier, 114 Tandberg Trail, Windham, Maine 04062 and she will mail it out right away.
Hannah CHELLIS, wife of Samuel BOOTHBY (16 Dec 1794 in Limerick, York, Maine – 20 Dec 1860 in Limington, York, Maine), and mother of Charles, Asa, Sophia, John, and George. I believe she is the daughter of David CHELLIS and spent most, if not all of her life, in the area of Limerick, Maine.
Info should be sent to Seema Kenney: firstname.lastname@example.org