Joseph Crook Anderson II, FASG, Honored

Joseph Crook Anderson II was honored for his contributions to MGS at the Annual Conference held in Bangor, Maine, on September 26, 2009, being presented with the inaugural Clayton Rand Adams Memorial Award.

MGS was honored to have Clayton’s widow, Nancy, and his daughter, Sarah, join us for the introduction of this award and the announcement of its first recipient.

MGS Honors Gerald & Janice Gower

Maine Genealogical Society announced at its annual conference held in Bangor on September 26, 2009, that Gerald F. & Janice D. Gower were the recipients of its Award of Excellence in Genealogical Research.

Joe Anderson, chair of the MGS Awards Committee, reported that consideration was given to presenting it to just one of them, but the Gowers very much work as a team and honoring one and not the other would be a bit of an injustice.

MGS Honors Valdine Chalmers Atwood

At the 2009 Annual Conference held in Bangor on September 26, 2009, Maine Genealogical Society presented Valdine Chalmers Atwood with its Award of Excellence in Genealogical Service.

Valdine Chalmers Atwood has long been recognized as the authority on the history and genealogy of the families of the Machias area specifically and Washington County generally. She has been a member of the Washington County Genealogical Society since 1993, in which year it was established, and has served as its Secretary since 1995, its Program chair since 1995 and as its Newsletter editor since 2005.

Got books?

Maine Genealogical Society will have its wide selection of Special Publications for sale at our annual conference on September 26th in Bangor.

To insure that the books you are interested in adding to your library are available, we recommend that you pre-order. Click here to download the order form. Complete the order form and indicate that you will pick them up at the conference and you will avoid the freight charges. The order form and payment information needs to be sent to Picton Press (contact information is included on the form). Then, simply visit the MGS Special Publications table at the conference. We will have your order set aside and waiting for you!

Pre-orders for books need to be received by Picton Press by Wednesday, September 23rd, to insure delivery to the conference.

Save more! Order now! Don’t forget, MGS members receive special low pricing!

Need information about the conference? Visit

New Brunswick Genealogical Fair

The New Brunswick Genealogical Society, Saint John Branch will again be hosting a Genealogy Fair and New Brunswick Archives Road Show, September 12, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m (don’t forget they are one hour ahead) at Joachim’s Church Hall, Loch Lomond Road, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

The fair is open to all those interested in genealogy and family history. Come early or late or stay all day. Exhibitors will include the New Brunswick Archives with the NB Archives Road Show, New Brunswick Museum, and many local area genealogists with information on Southern New Brunswick families and beyond. Book sales. New publication announcements. Find out about the New Brunswick Genealogical Society Beginners Corner. Do you have a name for our “brick wall?” Internet access available.

Are you interested in exhibiting your family tree information? If you would like to display the results of your genealogical research, this is the place to do it! Are your launching a book? Found a new ancestor? Got a brick wall you need to tear down? Contact Dave Fraser at or call (506) 849-7922.

For more information, visit the Saint John Branch of NBGS on the web at

Greater Portland Announces Anniversary Schedule

The Greater Portland Chapter is geared up and ready to celebrate their 30th anniversary on Saturday, August 1st, and they want you to be a part of it. The schedule for the day has much to offer!

9:45-10:15 Registration

10:15 – 10:30 Welcome by Carol McCoy, Chapter President

All day activities include: Genealogy Library, Member Displays, Give Away Table
(The Family History Library will be open from 10:30-11:45 and from 1:00-5:00)

10:40 – 11:40 – Morning Classes:
  1. Computer Software Demonstrations (Will Haskell)
  2. New England Resources (Carol McCoy)
  3. Introduction to Genealogy (Sue Hawes)
11:50 – 1:50 – Buffet Lunch (Lunch, Baby Picture Contest, Door Prizes, Viewing Time for Member Displays & Member Sharing – What Got You Started in Genealogy)

2:00 – 3:00 – Afternoon Clases:
  1. What the Family History Center Has to Offer (Kathy Moody)
  2. Ask Our Panel of Experts: Sue Hawes, Carol McCoy, Pam Eagelson, and Dana Edgecomb
It’s a great lineup! Plan now to join them on the 1st! For more details and to learn about the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, visit their website at

Greater Portland Chapter to Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Come celebrate genealogy with the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society on Saturday, August 1st, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

The Greater Portland Chapter is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a free day of classes, demonstrations, a special reference library and a potluck lunch!

To register, email or call 207 (892-2098). You can learn more by visiting our website at

Curtis Memorial Library offers Ancestry

Word has been received from Rebecca Francis, Coordinator of Technical Services, that the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick has just started a subscription to Ancestry Library Edition. This is in response to a request from the Pejepscot Genealogy Society at the beginning of 2008. The library is excited to announce that they finally found the money for it.

Ancestry Library Edition has just about everything that the regular has, except that you can’t post to message boards or upload information about your family tree. It can only be accessed from inside the library, but it’s available on any of their public PCs and on any laptop that is using their wireless connection.

A great resource for the area and we extend a big thank you to the Curtis Memorial Library.

Mt. Hope Cemetery Corporation
Rededication of 1864 Civil War Memorial
Celebration of Hannibal Hamlin’s 200th Birthday

Saturday, July 11th, 2009 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

  1. Special Cemetery Tour from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Led by Dana Lippitt, Curator, Bangor Museum & Center for History. Donations $5.00 per person, proceeds go to the Bangor Museum & Center for History.
  2. At 11:30 AM, Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin will walk from the Superintendant’s Lodge to the Civil War Monument for the rededication.
  3. Participants will include the 20th Maine Company B, the 6th Heavy Artillery, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Bangor Band.
  4. Music by the Bangor Band.
  5. 11:45 – 11:50 AM, remarks by Mayor Gerry Palmer and introductions.
  6. 11:50 AM – 12:00 PM, accounts of the original ceremony by Earle Shettleworth, Jr., Maine State Historian.
  7. 12:00 – 12:05 PM, music by the Bangor Band.
  8. 12:05 – 12:20 PM, Rededication of the Memorial by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
  9. 12:20 – 12:30 PM, volleys by the 20th Maine and the 6th Heavy Artillery.
  10. 12:30 – 12:35 PM, speech by President Abraham Lincoln.
  11. 12:35 – 12:40 PM, music by Bangor Band as we move to Hannibal Hamlin’s grave.
  12. 12:45 – 12:55 PM, a brief speech from Hamlin and then a wreath will be laid at his grave. Again the 20th will fire a volley in salute to Hamlin.

List of State Shutdown Days

Have you driven to a library to do research only to have it closed? A little advance planning can avoid that bad ending –

Kathy Montejo has forwarded the following information to assist with your plans:

Below is a list of the scheduled shut down days for Maine state government offices. As you plan your genealogy research trips, the Maine State Library, State Archives and State Vital Records Offices should all be closed on the following dates for the next two years. I thought this info might be useful to pass along. As you can see, most, but not all, dates are connected to holidays and/or weekends.


FY 2009-2010
Monday, July 6, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Friday, January 15, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010

FY 2010-2011
Friday, July 2, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Friday, January 14, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011

Thanks goes out to Kathy for this information!

Taconnett to hold 6th Annual Genealogy Fair

The Taconnett Falls Chapter of MGS announces their 6th Annual Genealogy Fair. This popular event will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the Taconnett Genealogy Library, 10 Lithgow Street, Winslow, Maine, from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to spend a relaxing day devoted to researching and networking.

Special 2009 offerings include:

10:00 “There’s a long, long, road a-winding, but you CAN get there from here-ah”. Sarah Crockett will share some of the lessons learned from her experiences.

11:00 “Organizational Tips for Genealogists” will be presented by Carolyn Browne.

1:30 “Brick Walls: A Panel Discussion” moderated by Janet Weymouth is just the place for help with your questions like – where should I look? what’s next? or ___? Panelists will be Jerry Gower, MF-1790s contributor and Washington County expert; Kay Marsh, Kennebec Valley family researcher; and Carol McCoy, noted genealogical researcher and national presenter.

Not to mention –
  • Representatives of various societies including Penobscot County Genealogical Society, the recently formed Sidney Historical Society and Vassalborough Historical Society, plus others will be at the fair to share with you information about the valuable resources offered by their societies.
  • Debbie Roberge will be available to show you all the ins and outs of the RootsMagic software. While at the Fair, check with others to see which software they prefer.
  • Celeste Hyer, MGS Membership Secretary, will be available for Maine Genealogical Society related questions.
  • Check out what’s offered by the Maine Old Cemetery Association (MOCA).
  • Family association representatives including Roland Rhoades, who will share the latest Rhoades updates along with listings of Universalist & Unitarian ministers in Maine.
  • Janice Gower will be sharing her extensive knowledge of the Woolwich area and the expertise she has gained compiling may sketches for the Maine Families in 1790 project.
  • If you have Maine roots you will likely need to know about Franco-American research. Clair Poulin from the Maine Franco-American Society (their library is in Auburn) and Taconnett’s own Franco expert, Bob Chenard, will be available to help with the unique aspects of this type of research.
  • Ancestry outside of Maine? Check with Barbara Gunvaldsen experienced Scandinavian genealogical researcher.
What a full day! And did we mention the book sale, prize drawings and refreshments? If you didn’t attend one or all of the first five fairs, you really missed out – Don’t let that happen again.

For more information, visit their website at – or you can email – or call (207) 873-5590.