Civil War Stories: HIGGINS Family of Eden, ME

The date of the Pejepscot Chapter’s April meeting has changed due to Easter falling on the second Sunday of the month. The April program will be held on Sunday, April 15th at 2pm in the Morell Meeting Room at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. In commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War PGS President, Brian Bouchard, will share one of his family’s Civil War stories. His HIGGINS family of Mount Desert Island sent 3 of their boys to war during the conflict. Learn about their lives leading up to, during and after the Civil War and get a glimpse into what one Maine family was going through during this turbulent time in America’s history. Following President Bouchard’s talk, other members will be invited to share information about their ancestor’s service stories with the group. Join us for a fun afternoon of sharing and genealogy talk (and snacks too!) Sunday, April 15th at 2pm in the Morrell Meeting Room in Brunswick’s Curtis Memorial Library.

Pejepscot Genealogy Society Meeting

The first fall meeting of the Pejepscot Genealogy Society will be held in
the Morrell Meeting Room of the Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Maine
on Sunday, September 11 at 2PM.

The speaker will be one of the Society members, Carol McCoy, Ph.D.
The title of her program is: “Using Tax Records in Genealogy—How
Taxes Can Be a Good Thing”.

Most of us dread April 15th, but old tax records provide valuable clues
to our ancestors’ lives. In the early days of America people were taxed
on their property, Collected taxes were used to repair and build roads,
to support the military and to provide revenue for many reasons. Learn
about the types of tax records that may be available, where to look for
them, and how they can help you solve genealogy problems.

Dr. McCoy is a Brunswick resident and President of Find-Your-Roots and
McCoy Consulting. She has been tracing her family history for 25 years.
Dr. McCoy enjoys solving mysteries, discovering solid evidence to prove
relationships, finding new family members for people, collecting
interesting details of ancestral lines and creating a readable and
interesting family history report for others.

Pejepscot Chapter, MGS – 13 March 2011 Meeting

March 13, 2011 – 2pm Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library,
Brunswick, ME

PGS President, Brian Bouchard will give a preview of a discussion to be delivered at the 2011 MGS Fall Conference on using community based web sites to accelerate your research and find things you may not have been able to find anywhere else. Build on the research of others and make connections to bring your own research to the next level. We’ll not only discuss what these technologies are, but present real-life examples of how they have benefited researchers just like you!

Pejepscot Chapter hosts Silouette Artist October 10th

Silhouettes talk and portrait cuttings at Pejepscot event Ruth Monsell of Artful Heirlooms will be on hand Sunday, October 10 at the invitation of the Pejepscot Genealogy Society of Brunswick to deliver a talk on the history of silhouettes and how she has gone about creating them over the past three decades. She will also be available to demonstrate her skill, creating freehand cut silhouette portraits of children and adults, done from live five minute sittings.

The talk is open to the public, and will be begin at 2 PM in the Morrell Meeting Room of the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. All are invited to bring family or historical silhouettes to display before and after the talk. Advance reservations may be made for sittings, which will run from 1 to 2 PM and from 2:30 to 5 PM.

A silhouettist with over 30 years of experience, Ruth has become internationally known through her website,, as well as by cutting profiles aboard five international cruise ships. In demand for weddings, reunions, and corporate events, she has also created numerous custom logos. In 2009, her works in cut paper comprised one fourth of a New York City gallery exhibit, Shapes From Maine.

The artist also enjoys creating decorative silhouettes which began with animals, full figures and lighthouses. More recently she has branched out into architectural subjects, beginning with a cutting of the Joshua Chamberlain House in Brunswick, commissioned by their gift shop. Additionally she cut portraits of Joshua and Fannie Chamberlain for the Chamberlain Museum Store. A recent building silhouette was of the historic Pickard Theater on the Bowdoin campus, commissioned for a fundraiser.

In previous years, Ruth has cut portraits twice for Pejepscot Historical Society events. There about a dozen other historical groups and museums in Maine which have called on her to demonstrate her work in cut paper.

Advance appointments for sittings are recommended and may be made by phoning 563-2920 or 866-212-7288. The artist is also able to cut silhouettes of loved ones not present from clear profile (side view) photographs.

Pejepscot Genealogical Society Website Goes Live!

If you haven’t already heard, PGS is launching a new web site with the hopes of making information more easily accessible, easing administration, and making it easier for people outside our group to find us. The first phase of the new web site is complete, which involved purchasing a new domain name, installing some software for maintaining the site, redesign work, moving the old content into the new format, and adding a few new “extras.”

One of the features of the new site is a blog like feature that is easily update able from any internet ready computer. This means we can post certain information that can’t wait for a newsletter (perhaps because of timing) or we can post supplementary information to what is included in the newsletter, allowing us to keep the page count on the newsletter down to a manageable level.

Over the summer I hope to continue working on the site to make sure others like the Maine Genealogical Society get their links to our site updated, as well as posting some more detailed information about our group, our areas of research, etc. If you have things you would like to see included on the web site, let me know and I will do my best to make it happen.

Sleuthing Session at Pejepscot

Pejepscot Genealogy Society will meet on Sunday, February 14, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in the Morrell Meeting Room of the Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick.

Bring your questions, challenges and lap tops to a problem assistance meeting designed to provide suggestions and direction to aid in your sleuthing.

Come early for a social time and to exchange ideas and discoveries.

For more information, call (207) 833-7371.

Pejepscot to discuss the Washburn Family

Pejepscot Genealogy Society will meet on Sunday, January 10, 2010, at 2 p.m. in the Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick (enter from Middle Street at the end door).

Kerck Kelsey, a Freeport resident, will present a program on “Remarkable Americans: The Washburn Family.”

Please join your friends (and probably relatives!) for the program. Arrive early for refreshments and stay late for help with a problem you may be having finding a way through that brick wall. Members will be available until 5 p.m.

For more information, call 833-7371.

Pejepscot to Discuss Christmas Ornaments

Pejepscot Genealogical Society will meet on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 2PM in the Morrell Meeting Room (entrance on Middle Street), Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick.

Please bring a favorite Christmas tree ornament and a story about it to share with us.

We will be enjoying pot luck desserts for refreshments. If you care, bring a copy of your favorite recipe to share (for a fee, recipes can be duplicated at the library).

FMI, call 207.833.7371

Pejepscot Genealogy Society’s November Meeting

Pejepscot Genealogy Society will meet on Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 2 p.m. at the Curtis Memorial Library (Middle Street entrance), Brunswick.

Dave Barber, a resident of Bath, will give a presentation that traces the travels of a piece of his grandfather’s furniture back to England.

Please come early for a social time with your relatives and friends!

For more information, please call 207.833.7371.

Pejepscot Genealogy Society to Meet

Pejepscot Genealogy Society will meet on Sunday, October 11, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. in the Morrill Meeting Room at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine.

Christine Olmstead and Teresa Draves will present programs emphasizing the importance of restoring and preserving photographs. Please feel free to bring a photo in need of restoration.

Come early and chat with friends about summer discoveries and new relatives.

For more information, phone 207.833.7371.

December Genealogical Events

Here’s what is happening genealogically around the state for December:

December 6, 2008
Greater Portland Chapter of MGS
Winslow, Maine
Finding Healing in Family History with Angels of Austria
presented by Judy Faust

December 14, 2008
Pejepscot Genealogy Society
Brunswick, Maine
Christmas Party
at the Holden Frost House at the Highlands, Topsham, Maine

December 17, 2008
Penobscot County Genealogical Society
Bangor, Maine
Open Research Night with Holiday Refreshments

December 21, 2008
Taconnett Falls Chapter of MGS
Winslow, Maine
Christmas Party

We hope to see you at one of these events!