Greater Portland Chapter of MGS Cumberland County Deeds Project

At the March 8, 2008 meeting of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, President Carol McCoy suggested the chapter work on indexing the Cumberland County Deeds covering the years 1760 to 1796. The membership approved her idea, and voted to start work on this major project. In February, 2011, the purpose of the project was redefined.

The results so far . . . Even though we are not finished with the project, you may have access to the information we have collected so far. You may download the information in Excel or .pfd format here. The data is listed alphabetically by grantor or by grantee. If you download the Excel file, you can sort as you like, but you must have Excel software to open it. So check it out at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~megpcmgs/

The Origins of Mary Drummond–Oldest Native Negro in New Bedford, Mass

On October 2, 2010 the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society will have a presentation of – “The Origins of Mary Drummond–Oldest Native Negro in New Bedford, Mass” Presented by Carol P. McCoy, Ph.D., this enlightening case illustrates how a creative approach and extensive search can uncover the parentage of a person of color born early in the 19th century. Learn how to use vital records, censuses, deeds, directories, newspapers, probate and cemetery records, and online resources to discover evidence to un-puzzle a genealogical mystery

Our meetings are held at 1:00 on the first Saturday of every month at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 29 Ocean House Road in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. New members are always welcome. Refreshments are served before the meeting at 12:30 and admission is free.

Clan Boyd Historian/Genealogist coming to Portland, ME 9 Oct 2010

Clan Boyd Historian and Genealogist will be coming to Portland, Maine on October 9, 2010

This will be the first U.S. stop for Boyd Historian Mike Boyd on a worldwide tour to meet with Boyd family members and researchers. He will bring with him a wealth of Clan Boyd information to share and will gladly accept family information from other researchers.

Please join us on October 9th from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at:

Church of Jesus Christ of LDS (Mormon Church)
Genealogical Library Wing
29 Ocean House Rd. (Rte. 77)
Cape Elizabeth, ME

This is on the right shortly after the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth town line.

Bring your questions and your family information for an informative and interesting gathering! Interested parties can contact Susan Gillmor at sgillmor@maine.rr.com or call at 797-0203.

Greater Portland Chapter of MGS September 4, 2010 Meeting

On September 4, 2010 – Waterborough, Maine: The Influences of Brentwood, NH and Berwick, ME on the Early Settlement of the Town

Fred Boyle, a former certified genealogist, is a resident of Springvale and a native of Massachusetts where the last twenty years of his teaching career were at Lexington High School. In retirement he has developed a second career as a genealogist, serving a multitude of clients and personally publishing a number of “Early Families” books on Sanford, Shapleigh, Acton and most recently (2006) Alfred. He also is the author of the Folsom Genealogy, Vol. IV and Hatevil Nutter of Dover, NH and His Descendants. Currently he is at work on Early Families of Waterborough, Maine, which will probably be published in 2011.

Our meetings are held at 1:00 on the first Saturday of every month at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 29 Ocean House Road in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. New members are always welcome. Refreshments are served before the meeting at 12:30 and admission is free.

Greater Portland Chapter of MGS August Meeting

Our meetings are held at 1:00 on the first Saturday of every month at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 29 Ocean House Road in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. New members are always welcome. Refreshments are served before the meeting at 12:30 and admission is free.

August 7, 2010 Having Fun with Newfield’s Early Families

Ruth Bridges Ayer, author of Families of Newfield, Maine, will speak about digging into the records of folks who lived in Newfield, Maine, which resulted in many interesting stories – most of them printable.

Overcoming Brick Walls

The Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, June 5th, 29 Ocean Rd., Cape Elizabeth at the Church of Latter Day Saints. We gather at 12:30 for a social time, program begins at 1:00 p.m.

This month Phyllis Legare will tell us how to “Overcome Brick Walls” (in genealogy research).

Meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information, call Linda Aaskov at (207) 490-5709.

Meaty Bones

That is the subject at the April 3rd meeting of the Greater Portland Chapter of MGS.

Our vital records research uncovers names, dates and places. But that’s only the skeleton of our ancestors. Newspapers can put meat on those bones, and it’s becoming easier than ever to look at our past.

This talk will be given by our own Bob Greene. A native of Portland, ME, he joined The Associated Press in Kansas City in 1965. He covered riots in Omaha, NE, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral in Atlanta, GA. He transferred to Milwaukee, WI, in 1968 and to Washington, DC, in 1971. Two years later, he was named correspondent in Portland, ME, before transferring to NY Sports where, in 1980, he was named AP Tennis Writer. He retired in 2001 and the following year moved to South Portland. Besides writing the first book on African Americans in Maine to be published, Greene also contributed to “Maine’s Visible Black History”; teaches an OLLI course on Black History in Maine at the University of Southern Maine; chairs the board of the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at USM; is on the board of directors of the Maine Philanthropy Center, the Maine Historical Society and the Maine Freedom Trails; and lectures frequently on the Underground Railroad and Blacks in the military. As a genealogist, he has traced his family back to the 1700s in Maine. He continues to cover and write about tennis as well as genealogy.

Saturday, April 3, 2010
12:30-2:00
29 Ocean House Road in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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Greater Portland Chapter to Learn About Early New England Food

The Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, March 6th, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road (Rt #77), Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Social time 12:30, program at 1:00 p.m. followed by a business meeting.

Sandy Oliver, food historian will be our guest speaker sharing her knowledge of early New England food – How We Ate American Fare.

The meetings are free and open to the public.
For more information, call Linda (490-5709)

Settlement of Black Point, Maine

The Greater Portland Chapter of MGS will be learning about the Settlement of Black Point, Maine “Owascoago” 1605-1800 at its February 6, 2010, meeting.

Owascoag or “Place of Much Grass” was the Indian name for Scarborough. The settlement was also called Black Poynt by the English. Owascoag is the story of Black Poynt told in the settler’s own words. Patricia found diaries, letters, depositions, court records, and other interesting material, giving a first hand account of life from 1636 to the 1750’s. The material covers exploration, settlement, and the Indian Wars.

So mark your calendars and plan to attend now. Saturday, February 6, 2010, from 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Sticky Wickets

Brainstorm solutions together to help you climb your brick walls. That is what is what will be happening with the Greater Portland Chapter of MGS at their next meeting on January 2, 2010.

The Greater Portland Genealogical Society meets at 1:00 on the first Saturday of every month at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 29 Ocean House Road in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

New members are always welcome.

Come early as refreshments are available starting at 12:30.

December meeting of Greater Portland Chapter

The Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society will meet for a social time at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 5th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth. Program begins at 1 p.m., business meeting to follow. These meetings are free and open to the public.

This month’s speaker, author Matthew Barker, will explore Irish Maine history. He is working in fertile territory as 15% of Maine’s 1.3 million residents claim Irish ancestry, according to the 2000 Census. Plan to join us as he has much to share about the Portland Irish.

For more information, contact Linda Aaskov, (207) 490-5709.

A Discussion about Adoptee Legislation

The Greater Portland Chapter of MGS will be holding it’s regular monthly meeting on Saturday, September 5. Former Maine State Senator Paula Benoit of Phippsburg will speak about legislation she sponsored over a year ago, which became law in January, 2009, allowing adoptees rights to their original birth records in this state. Since leaving the legislature Senator Benoit has become Executive Director of AdopteeCARE (Adoptee Council for Adoption Reform Education), a national non-profit foundation she founded with the goal of educating legislators on the importance of all adult adoptees having access to their original birth records.

The Society meets at 1:00 on the first Saturday of every month at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 29 Ocean Avenue in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. New members are always welcome. Come early as refreshments are served before the meeting at 12:30 and admission is free.

This month, at 12:30, Will Haskell will be offering a “Tech Tip” presentation on free software that will assist in transcribing old documents and grave marker images.

For more information, visit their website at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~megpcmgs.