Washington County Historical & Genealogical Society

The Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society is a group dedicated to historical preservation and genealogical research in Washington County, Maine. By working together historical societies, genealogists, and researchers can pool their limited resources, collaborate on larger scale projects, and promote each other’s work.
Members receive a quarterly newsletter Weirs & Woods, which features free queries, information and the exchange of genealogical material, in addition to news from the affiliating Washington County historical societies.  Membership in the WCHGS is open to anyone interested in learning more about their family genealogy and/or the history of Washington County and neighboring Charlotte County, New Brunswick.  Officers include President, Betsy Fitzgerald of Bucks Harbor; Vice President, Celeste Sherman of Machiasport; Secretary, Valdine Atwood of Machias, and Treasurer, Carole Sprague of Marshfield.

WCH&GS Contact Information –   Officers:

Annual dues, $10 per calendar year: Send to Treasurer Carole Sprague, 301 Ridge Rd., Marshfield, ME 04654 – Check payable to WCH&GS: Regular meetings of WCHGS will be on a quarterly basis. ‘Extra meetings’ could be held during the year at the approval of the membership. Historical societies can affiliate themselves with WCHGS by donating to the Society.

Newsletter – Weirs & Woods –

Send Changes of Address to: Celeste Sherman at folknoter@maineline.net.Send submissions for what is going on, Queries, Reunions, and stories on Washington County History or Genealogy to Valdine Atwood at valdine@myfairpoint.net or by mail to 17 Colonial Way, Machias, ME 04654 

Membership

Membership in the Washington County His­torical & Genealogical Society is by the calendar year, January to December. For those joining later in the year, newsletters already published will be sent to you. The reason for this policy, we are a small organization so it is too difficult to keep track of mid-year renewals.

President Elect’s Remarks September 16, 2017

MGS Annual Meeting, Point Lookout, Northport, Maine

Carol Prescott McCoy, Ph.D. (cmccoy3333@aol.com.)

Thanks to Helen Shaw CG for all you’ve done as president of MGS for the past five years. You’ve worked tirelessly with the state legislature to ensure that we have access to vital records, and to ensure access to and preservation of cemeteries. Also, thank you to the Board of Directors for all your hard work. These excellent conferences could not occur without your dedication.

I’m excited about becoming MGS president. As a MGS Director and a past chapter president, I know how much work is involved. When I moved from NYC to Maine 26 years ago, I never dreamed I would be in this position. I love this state and I love genealogy. What a great opportunity for me.

I want to share with you five broad goals for MGS for the next couple of years.

(1)   The Board would like to improve our communication with our chapters. I personally hope to visit each of our chapters to meet people, learn about your projects and goals, and find ways the Board and chapters can work together for everyone’s benefit.

(2)   MGS intends to have a top-notch website. Thank you, Brian and Don, for all you’ve done to improve our website. Buying publications and registering for events online has been greatly simplified. Now let’s get genealogy and history resources throughout the state documented and publicized on the website.

(3)   The Board wants to help build skills and confidence of MGS members so you feel more prepared to serve as an MGS officer, to write genealogy articles, and to transcribe vital records. Our Spring Conference on April 28th in Augusta will be on Writing Genealogy and will feature our own Publications Director, Joseph Crook Anderson II.

(4)   MGS would like to strengthen our partnerships with other organizations such as the Maine Historical Society, Maine State Library, and Maine State Archives. We already work well together and we can find ways to do even more together.

(5)   We’d like to encourage more member involvement. To that end, I’d like to form a guidance committee with MGS members from throughout the state and from other geographic areas to get your ideas on how MGS can serve everyone.

Please contact me atcmccoy3333@aol.com if you’d like to discuss this.

Accessing Members Only Content

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!

News From The Maine State Archives

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.

ANNOUNCING: 2015 Southern Maine Genealogical Conference – Registration is Open

The Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society wants everyone to know about the 2nd Annual Southern Maine Genealogical Conference which will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Keeley’s Banquet Center at 178 Warren Ave., Portland, Maine.

This year’s Keynote Speaker is Margaret Dube.  Her Keynote Address is: A Home Among Yankees: turn of the century immigrants along the Maine Coast. Join her as she delves into the lives of immigrants who, at the turn of the last century, settled in seacoast Maine. Learn the challenges involved in studying those who ventured far from home and forged a new life.  Margaret is a Certified Genealogist who lives in Kittery, ME.  Through her website, Common Folk Ancestry, she connects with people who are searching for information on their ancestors.

In addition to Margaret’s address there will be 9 workshops/sessions throughout the day as well as a delicious luncheon.  The workshops/sessions include DNA Genetic Genealogy, Franco-American, Italian, Irish and Scottish genealogy resources, help in preparing for a genealogical site visit, working with immigration files, organizing your research, and using deeds in genealogy research.

The cost for the conference is $55 which includes the luncheon and other refreshments throughout the day.

To register either online or through a mail-in registration, go to: http://www.gpcmgs.org
For more information, please contact Paul Doucette at pdoucette3@gmail.com.

February TMG Is In Homes Now

By now members of The Maine Genealogical Society should have received their February 2015 edition of The Maine Genealogist (TMG). The TMG is the Society’s quarterly scholarly journal and is always packed with interesting articles concerning different problems (and resolutions) faced during genealogical research of our Maine ancestors, and sometimes we are lucky enough to see some transcription projects as well. 

The February 2015 Issue of the TMG is nearly 50 pages in length and includes the following articles:

  • Clark Drew of Maine and Vermont
    by: Carole Gardner
  • A Tidbit From the Massachusetts Archives: Lucretia Larrabee, First Wife of John Owen (d. 1753) of Falmouth, Maine
    by: Brent Owen
  • Assembling The Pieces Of The Puzzle: The Family of Ebenezer Day Jr. of Wells and Kennebunk, Maine
    by:Edward G. Hubbard
  • The Parentage of Solomon Bray of Polan, Harrison, and Monson, Maine
    by: Joseph C. Anderson III
  • Nineteenth-Century Records of the First and Second COngregational Churches of Wells, Maine (continued)
    submitted by: Priscilla Eaton

If you are an MGS Member and have not received your copy ofThe Maine Genealogistyet, let us know.  If you are not already a member, its not too late to join to take advantage of this and other benefits that come only by joining our organization.

Query: Henry PUTNAM of Reading, MA

One of our newest members has asked us to post the following query:

Does anyone have documentation on Henry Putnam, born 1778/85 in Reading, MA, and died after 1850 in (probably) Harrington? His lineage is Deacon Henry Putnam, Deacon Daniel Putnam, Rev. Daniel Putnam, Capt. Benjamin Putnam, Deacon Nathaniel Putnam to John Putnam, born 1579 or 80 in England. I have extensive information on Maine Putnam/Ficketts and most of these Salemite Putnams which I’d love to share.

Responses can be sent to M. Steward at NoseyParker@comcast.net

Query: ROBBINS, Jonathan

Jonathan ROBBINS b abt. 1740) lived on the Fox Islands (North Haven Island) pre-Revolutionary War. Per The History Of Vinalhaven he was from Dedham, MA. Is he the descendant of the William ROBBINS who lived in Walpole in 1638?

This Jonathan then had, presumably, a son “John” who married Eunice NUTTER on Vinalhaven in 1801, and their son Jonathan was born late 1801. He married Maria DOW.

Please help! Thank you,
P. Claus
patclaus@roadRunner.com

Back By Popular Demand: Silhouette Artist, Ruth Monsell

Ruth Monsell of Artful Heirlooms, noted Maine silhouette artist, will be a vendor at our September 21 workshop in Brewer. Ruth has been quickly capturing excellent likenesses in cut paper for over three decades. Sittings take five minutes or less, and cost $25 with a choice of mat, or $30 for two mirror image copies, matted. This makes for inexpensive gifts likely to become family heirlooms. A choice of frames will be available.

The artist also works from clear, closeup profile photographs, so you can bring pictures of your family, grandchildren, and even pets, and go home with their silhouettes. For samples of the artist’s work, see her website, ArtfulHeirlooms.com. Reservations for sittings may also be made by calling the artist at 866-212-7288.

Not attending the 2013 Fall Conference? You can still give Ruth a call and see how she may be able to help you create your own unique family heirloom.

September 7, 2013 – Tell Your Life Story with Eddie Adelman

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 served before the meeting at 12:30 and admission is free.
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Sept. 7, 2013 – Tell Your Life Story with Eddie Adelman

Maine writer, storyteller and personal historian, Eddie Adelman, will present a program designed to encourage you to document your own life stories before they’re lost forever. The presentation features a lively mixture of readings, music, instruction, inspiration and humor.

Adelman will offer easy to understand tips and instruction on memoir writing and oral histories. Woven in with the instruction are spoken excerpts from famous memoirs as well as emotional songs that will underscore the value of passing along precious memories.

Cheryl Willis Patten – Award For Excellence in Genealogical Service

Today, we justly recognize one of the most stalwart members of MGS, one who has served as an officer of the Society with distinction as well as held a watching brief for the Society in many other organizations of which she is also a member.

Her knowledge of genealogical research methods and sources has been demonstrated many times, in many places, including prior MGS conference and at the conferences of other organizations with parallel interests.

 

So began the comments made by MGS President, John “Jack” F. Battick on September 22, 2012 as he introduced the most recent honoree to be presented the MGS Award for Excellence in Genealogical Service.  Jack went on to list other service area of Cheryl’s including her work with the Maine Old Cemetery Association (MOCA), The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC), dedication to MGS chapters, including serving as an officer for both Taconnett Falls and the Sandy River chapters of the Society.  She has transcribed the marriage records of Somerset County and been published in The Maine GenealogistCheryl has also been a memver of the Executive Committee of MGS, the Conference Committee and the Nominating Committee.

Those who know her well (or even in passing) seem to agree with Jack’s final comments on the matter:

It may truly be said that she has embodied the ideals and goals of MGS.
 

For more on Cheryl’s nomination, and to see past winners of the Maine Genealogical Society’s Award for Excellence In Genealogical Service, visit the MGS web site: https://maineroots.org/category/awards/

Time’s Running Out to Register for the Fall Conferencee

Have you registered yet for the Annual Maine Genealogy Conference? There’s less than 2 weeks left to get your registration in…

This great educational event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. Features include a national level speaker, six workshops, vendors, exhibitors, query board, door prizes, topic tables at lunch, great networking and brainstorming opportunities, and more! Fee is $40 for MGS members and $50 for non-members. Registration deadline is Sept. 15. Sign up today!

FMI – http://​conference.maineroots.org/