Vital Records of Orland, Maine

We are pleased to announce the availability of our Special Publication #65.

The town of Orland is located in Hancock County, 17 miles west of Ellsworth. Granted to W. Dall, Nathaniel Snellings, Robert Treat and others in Boston. It was first settled by Joseph Gross from Fort Pownal in 1764. Zachariah Gross, his son, was the first male child born there in 1766. The first road was laid out in 1771 by John Hancock and Samuel Craig. Orland was incorporated on Feb. 21, 1800. Prior to that date it was known as Eastern River Township, or Plantation, No. 2.

James H. Wick, compiler. 426 pages, 14,106 entry Every Name Index. Hard cover. 2010.

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Vital Records of Litchfield, Maine

Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication #64 is now available. The Vital Records of Litchfield, Maine has been compiled by Marlene A. Groves.

The town of Litchfield is located in the southwestern corner of Kennebec County and is sixteen miles south-southwest of Augusta, the state capitol. The town was settled early and a survey in 1776 gives the names of these early settlers and the location of their lots. They were Benjamin Hinckley with lot 1, Eliphalet Smith with lot 2, Barnabus Baker with lot 3, Thomas Smith with lot 4, Benjamin Smith with lot 5 and Barnabus Baker, Jr., with lot 6. The town was first called Smithfield Plantation and incorporated as the 93rd town in Maine on 18 February 1795. Between 1827 and 1867 land was set off from Litchfield to the towns of Wales, Kennebec, West Gardiner and Webster.

608 pages, hard cover, 24,919 entry Every Name Index. 2010.

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Publication of Litchfield Vital Records

Expected Early 2010 —

Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication #64 – Vital Records of Litchfield, Maine

Compiled by Marlene A. Groves, this publication includes 608 pp., 24,919 entry Every Name Index.

MGS Member Price is $69.50 (Non-member price is $79.50).

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Vital Records of Cape Elizabeth

Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication #63 is now available. The Vital Records of Cape Elizabeth, Maine has been compiled by Anne M. Diehm, edited by Joseph Crook Anderson II, FASG, and Marlene A. Groves.

Cape Elizabeth is located in the county of Cumberland and is five miles from the county seat of Portland. The original town formed a part of ancient Falmouth and was settled about 1630. Cape Elizabeth was incorporated as a district in Maine on 1 November 1765. It was later incorporated as the 34th town on 23 August 1776. In 1852 part of the town was set off to form a new town called Westbrook, and on 15 March 1895 the southern portion of the town was set off to form a new town called South Portland.

The Cape Elizabeth vital records include births, deaths, marriage intentions and marriages recorded by town clerks with this transcription containing those prior to the year 1892. Some of the early volumes of town records are located in the town of Cape Elizabeth and other volumes are located in the town of South Portland.

640 pages, hard cover, 28,235 entry Every Name Index. 2009

The book sells for $79.50, but MGS members pay only $69.50! For more information or to place an order, please visit Picton Press, official publisher of Maine Genealogical Society Special Publications at www.pictonpress.com.

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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.

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Vital Records of Cape Elizabeth

Advance Notice –

The Vital Records of Cape Elizabeth is currently on the press and expected to arrive early October 2009. This volume is 640 pages and contains over 28, 235 entries. Compiled by Anne M. Diehm, with co-editors Joseph Crook Anderson, II, FASG and Marlene A. Groves. A must have for researchers involved in this area of Maine.

The retail price for non-members is $79.50, but MGS members receive the discount price of $69.50.

Contact Picton Press (www.pictonpress.com) to pre-order. Please reference Book #2167 – and MGS members must provide their MGS membership number.

Vital Records of Smithfield, Maine

Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication #62 is now available. The Vital Records of Smithfield, Maine has been compiled by Marlene A. Groves.

The town of Smithfield is located in the southwestern part of Somerset County and is ten miles south southwest of Skowhegan, the county seat. The town was originally formed from part of the towns of Dearborn and Mercer and called East Pond Plantation.

This transcription of the vital records of the town of Smithfield was made from the microfilmed original records with verification of any questionable entries made by looking at the original volumes of records located in the Smithfield town office.

368 pages, hard cover, 7,677 entry Every Name Index. 2009.

The book sells for $57.95, but MGS members pay only $49.95! For more information or to place an order, please visit Picton Press, official publisher of Maine Genealogical Society Special Publications at http://www.pictonpress.com.

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Vital Records of Mercer, Maine

Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication #61 is now available. The Vital Records of Mercer, Maine have been compiled by Marlene A. Groves.

The town of Mercer is located in the southwestern corner of Somerset County and is twelve miles west of Skowhegan. The town is bounded on the West by New Sharon, on the North by Starks, on the east by Norridgewock and Smithfield, and on the South by Rome.

This transcription was made from the digital images of the original records as contained on the CD available from Picton Press. One original volume, the marriage records for the period 1804-1835, had never before been microfilmed but was digitized for this transcription from the original volume located in the Mercer town office. Also included in this transcription are several Delayed Records of Births for years prior to 1892 which were also located inthe town office.

224 pages, hard cover, 5,099 entry Every Name Index. 2009.

The book sells for $39.95, but MGS members pay only $35.50! For more information or to place an order, please visit Picton Press, official publisher of Maine Genealogical Society Special Publications at http://www.pictonpress.com.

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Vital Records of Cornville, Maine

Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication #60 is now available. The Vital Records of Cornville, Maine was compiled by Sally Furber Nelson.

Cornville is a small rural community in Somerset County, located just north of Skowhegan, the county seat. The town was first settled in 1794 by men from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, many of them veterans of the Revolutionary War. The town was first called Bernardstown but, when it was incorporated as the 116th town on February 24, 1798, the name was changed to Cornville.

This transcription was made from a microfilm of the original records. It includes all of the material on that microfilm except an index.

254 pages, hard cover, 7,123 entry Every Name Index. 2009.

The book sells for $49.50, but MGS members save $5.00, paying only $44.50! For more information or to place an order, please visit Picton Press, official publisher of Maine Genealogical Society Special Publications at http://www.pictonpress.com.

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Vital Records of Castine, Maine

Maine Genealogical Special Publication #59 is currently available. Vital Records of Castine, Maine has been compiled by James H. Wick.

Castine, Maine is one of the oldest communities in North America, is located in Hancock County on Penobscot Bay and is thirty miles southwest of Ellsworth, the county seat. It has been occupied continuously since the early 1600s as the site of numerous trading posts, forts, missions and permanent settlement of France, Holland, England and colonial America. Before 1613, and during the course of its long history, Castine has also been home to several nations of Native Americans.

416 pages, hard cover, 12, 457 entry Every Name Index. 2009.

The book sells for $57.95, but MGS members pay only $48.95! For more information or to place an order, please visit Picton Press, official publisher of Maine Genealogical Society Special Publications at http://www.pictonpress.com.

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Vital Records of Norridgewock, Maine

Have you picked up your copy of Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication #57? Vital Records of Norridgewock, Maine has been compiled by Marlene A. Groves.

The town of Norridgewock is located in Somerset County on the Kennebec River and lies west of Skowhegan, the county seat. Norridgewock was incorporated on June 18, 1788 as the 54th town and was originally the county seat when Somerset County was incorporated in 1809 before it moved to Skowhegan in 1871. The area was once the territory of the Norridgewock Native Americans, a band of the Abenaki nation, for whom the town was named. Their village was located in the region called Old Point, which is now part of Madison.

There is an early volume of records containing town meeting records along with births, deaths and marriages for which a typescript was made years ago but no indication by whom or when. The town clerk indicates that this original volume stops at page 48 although the typescript contains additional pages. Even though the town was incorporated in 1788, there are earlier events recorded as early as 1774.

448 pages, 13, 124 entry Every Name Index. 2008.

The book sells for $54.50, but MGS members pay only $47.50! For more information or to place an order, please visit Picton Press, official publisher of Maine Genealogical Society Special Publications at http://www.pictonpress.com.

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Announcing Maine Families in 1790, Volume 10

Volume 10 of the Maine Families in 1790 series is the biggest yet. Crammed with 750 genealogy-packed pages, this volume treats 205 new families located throughout the District of Maine. Consistent with the previous volumes, all of the families have been thoroughly researched and edited, and all facts are meticulously documented with full source citations. Conclusions drawn from circumstantial evidence, incomplete records, or conflicting sources are fully discussed within each family sketch.

With this volume the total number of families treated in the series is now 2,676 (or nearly 16%) of all families living in Maine in 1790). The usefulness of these books for genealogical research cannot be overstated. The
Maine Families in 1790 series is simply the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource on families living in the state during the late-Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federalist, and early statehood periods of Maine’s history.

Surnames of heads-of-household included in Volume 10 are:
Adams, Allen, Appleton, Austin, Bailey, Barton, Beard, Benjamin, Bennett, Berry, Blackwell, Blaisdell, Blish, Bonney, Boothby, Bosworth, Bowen, Bragg, Briggs, Brown, Came, Cammett, Campbell, Chapman, Clarke, Coolbroth, Conant, Cool, Crockett, Cummings, Cushman, Day, Deake, Delano, Delesdernier, Dexter, Dingley, Donnell, Drummond, Dunnell, Dyer, Eames, Elden, Emery, Eustis, Evans, Fenderson/Finlyason, Fish, Foster, Frink, Frost, Fuller, Getchell, Gibbs, Goodwin, Graffam, Gray, Green, Grinnell, Haley, Hamlin, Harnden, Harford/Hartford, Hathorn, Hayford, Haines/Haynes, Hilborn, Hoxie, Hussey, Jackson, Jennings, Jewell, Jordan, Kendall, Kimball, Kingsbury, Landers, Litchfield, Lord, Lovejoy, Lowell, Mains, Marston, Merrill, Milliken, Mills, Moore, Morse, Motherwell, Nurse/Nourse, Overlock, Paine, Parker, Partridge, Pelton, Perkins, Phinney, Pierce, Plummer, Preble, Pride, Rand, Reed, Ring, Robinson, Russ, Ryan, Sanford, Savage, Shaw, Sheldon, Skinner, Smith, Snell, Soule, Spaulding, Spring, Springer, Stackpole, Stinson, Sturtevant, Sylvester, Taylor, Thompson, Thwing, Tobey, Town(e), Trim, Tucker, Turner, Wade, Walker, Ware, Warren, White, Whitney, Whitten, Williams, Winter, Wyer, Young.

The Maine Genealogical Society has a limited number of volumes allocated to members at a reduced member price. Books may be preordered now. Expected February 2009.

Maine Families in 1790, Vol. 10. Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 58, xviii + 750 pp., 6″x9″, every-name index, acid-free paper, Smyth sewn/case bound, $65.00 for MGS members, $75.00 for non-MGS members.

Order from Picton Press (on the web at www.pictonpress.com).