D. Joshua Taylor is coming to Maine on May 21st!

The 3rd Annual Southern Maine Genealogical Conference, sponsored by the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, is scheduled for May 21, 2016 in Portland,Maine.  In addition to vendors, exhibitors and a number of speakers related to Maine’s rich heritage, the featured guest will be D. Joshua Taylor, a nationally recognized researcher, author and speaker who has also been featured on shows such as Who Do You Think You Are? and Genealogy Roadshow. Taylor will discuss topics ranging from new tools and technology in genealogy to how to find and locate records in one of the myriad of of historical and genealogical societies across the country.

In addition to the keynote speaker, representatives from the Maine State Archives and Penobscot Marine Museum will present on their respective organizations, and you will have an opportunity to get hands on while learning how to develop and efficient and effective research strategy to make your research easier.

Please join the members of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society and all their guests for a day full of lectures, camaraderie, exhibits and lunch on May 21, 2016 at Keeley’s Banquet Center in Portland.  For more info or to register, visit the group’s conference web page:

http://gpcmgs.brakeley.net/SMEConference.html





2015 Fall Conference Registration Extended

If you thought you missed the September 1st deadline for registering for the 2015 Fall Conference, there’s still time to sign up and join us in Brewer on September 19th at Jeff’s catering, where we will welcome Michael Strauss, AG, as our keynote speaker and his lecture: “All in a Day’s Work: Occupational Genealogical Research”. Mr. Strauss is the principal owner of Genealogy Research Network and an Accredited Genealogist since 1995. He is a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Virginia and has been an avid genealogist for more than 30 years. Strauss holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran.  In addition to his keynote, Strauss will be discussing various topics related to discovering valuable genealogical insight from often overlooked sources.

For more information and to register by September 11, 2015 visit the conference website:

http://conference.maineroots.org/

Genealogy Fair A Huge Success! Now onto September…

We had an overwhelmingly positive response to our first ever FREE Genealogy Fair in Augusta on July 11th.  We had more than a dozen non-profit groups represented and many of them reported gaining new members as a result of the event. And the Genealogy Brick Wall Busters was well attended.  If you were there, you know what I mean!  The State Library stayed open later than usual and the Museum had well over 200 people take advantage of their free admission throughout the day.

We definitely had some learnings and the Conference Committee will be making notes of what went well and what could use some improving.  If you attended the event and have thoughts on what you liked and what you would like to have seen done differently, or in addition to what was available, please let us know with an email to mainegenealogicalsociety@gmail.com

There have been a lot of requests to do a similar type event in the future, so we’ll be discussing the feasibility of that in an upcoming meeting.

Thank you to all those groups who participated and those individuals who came out to see what our Genealogy Fair was all about. We had a great time, and we hope you did too.

Now it’s time to wrap up the last minute planning for our Annual September Conference and get people signed up to join us in Brewer, Maine for a day of genealogical lectures and more vendor sales tables.  To learn more about what’s happening on Saturday, September 19, 2015 in Brewer, visit our conference web page:  http://conference.maineroots.org

Roots 2015 : Quebec Family History Conference

Many of Maine’s French speaking communities can tie their roots back through Canada to France. Names like Morin, Trepanier, Theriault and Bouchard all straddle both side of the border. If you’re interested in Franco-American research, you may be interested in attending Roots 2015 in beautiful Montreal, Quebec.  This is a 3 day international conference on family history in the Quebec area being held from June 19-21 on the campus of McGill University.  For those of us not fluent in French, we’re in luck. Roots 2015 is described as the largest English language genealogical conference held in Quebec.

For more information about the conference and the Quebec Family History Society, who will be hosting the event, go to http://www.qfhs.ca

MGS 2015 Conference Call For Papers

Proposals for talks are now being accepted for the MGS Fall Conference, September 19, 2015, at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. There are three openings for one-hour presentations. Speaker compensation is $100 plus registration and lunch the day of the conference.

The theme this year is “Records & Resources.” Proposals should focus on how to locate and use a particular type of record including those that are digitized and on-line. The emphasis should be on original material. Types of records might be newspapers, military & pension records, church records, cemetery records, probate documents, land records & deeds. Proposals for other, less known & used records are encouraged. Records need not be Maine specific.

Proposals should include the following:
1. Speaker’s name
2. Contact information (including mailing address, e-mail, & phone number)
3. Prior speaking experience
4. Brief biography (about 50 words)
5. Title of the talk
6. Summary or outline of the talk (about 200 words)
7. Intended audience level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, or all levels)

Please send proposals to Helen A. Shaw either by mail (77 Pascal Ave., Rockport, ME 04856) or as a pdf attachment (hashaw@earthlink.net). Proposals must be received by 1 March 2015.

Meet The Attendees: Charles Roundy of Palmyra, ME

Charles Roundy is coming to the MGS Annual Fall Conference tomorrow, September 13, 2014 and he is looking for long lost cousins…

Family lines that I (Charles) trace include

(1) one of the  many Maine Gould lines (ours from England, to Nova Scotia,  to New  Brunswick to Maine, original great-great grandparents coming from  Devonshire,  England to River John, Nova Scotia in about 1925); 

(2) a  McKeen  line from  Scotland, by way of Ireland, then New Hampshire, then to  central Nova Scotia  (Loyalists), then back to Maine (as a Mrs. Gould) in  1919 ; 

(3) two Roundy  lines,  the only two [known to have] to come to Maine early, from England to   Eastern Massachusetts (north of Boston) to Maine in 1764 to Blue Hill  (one of two first settlers there in 1764) and a related Roundy line,  also from same area of Massachusetts to Clinton – Benton area, starting in  1774 with an Abraham Roundy, and several brothers, cousin and family members  to follow to Clinton, Benton, Fairfield and area);

(4) a Shepherd line (with the “e” not the “a”) about  which I know little,  except they were in Maine in the Bangor area in  early 20th century and moved to Massachusetts; and 

(5) a Cannon line, direct from Ireland to  Brewer, Maine in the 1800s, thence to Massachusetts.

If you have information that may be able to help, or want to compare notes, email Charles at Roundy2005@gwi.net or look for him at the Conference!

2014 Maine Genealogical Society Annual Fall Conference – September 13, 2014

Once again, the Maine Genealogical Society has planned its annual Fall conference with a number of interesting and educational lectures planned.  This conference starts with an interesting keynote address by Thomas Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, who will attempt to answer the question “Can a Complex Research Problem Be Solved Solely Online?”  Jones is a genealogical educator who speaks and writes frequently on genealogical evidence, proof and problem solving. He serves on the Board of Certification of Genealogists and has been the recipient of many varied genealogy related awards.

The rest of the day’s lectures consist of three sets of breakout sessions of varying topics.  Vendors and exhibitors will also be on hand and we encourage all attendees to visit and support these organizations and businesses. We’ll have our query board set up again this year & don’t forget to bring some extra money for any of our Special Publications which will be on sale, along with our designer pins and candy dishes, bearing the MGS logo, and our members can take part in our annual meeting to hear more about what has been happening with MGS and the plans for the future.

Join us on September 13, 2014 in Brewer, ME for another education packed MGS Conference!

For more information, or to register, visit the conference website at http://conference.maineroots.org

Southern Maine Genealogy Conference

The Southern Maine Genealogy Conference will be held on Saturday, May 31st from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Keeley Banquet Center, 178 Warren Ave. Portland.  Joe Anderson will be the Keynote Speaker.  His talk will be: Documenting Grandma’s Stories. Turning Gossip into Genealogical Fact.  As most MGS members know, Joe is editor of The Maine Genealogist as well as editor of The American Genealogist.  In addition Joe is chair of the MGS Publications Committee.

In addition to Joe’s Keynote Address, there will be 9 different workshops throughout the day.  Topics include: Beginning Genealogy (even advanced genealogist will learn something); Searching the Census; Investigating and Evaluating Family Artifacts; Case Studies in Genealogical Problem Solving; the Irish of Portland, ME; DNA Testing & Genealogical Research; Genealogical Resources at the Maine Historical Society; Swedish Ancestry and a Panel of area libraries with Genealogical Collections.

The cost for the conference is $50.

You can register online at: www.gpcmgs.org either by mail in registration or online through PayPal or Credit Card.

FMI: contact Paul Doucette at pdoucette3@gmail.com.

Call For Papers

Proposals for talks are now being accepted for the MGS Fall Conference, September 13, 2014, at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. There are three openings for one-hour presentations. Speaker compensation is $100 plus registration and lunch the day of the conference.

Proposals should include the following:
1. Speaker’s name
2. Contact information (including mailing address, e-mail, & phone number)
3. Prior speaking experience
4. Brief biography (about 50 words)
5. Title of the talk
6. Summary or outline of the talk (about 200 words)
7. Intended audience level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, or all levels)

Please send proposals to Helen A. Shaw either by mail (77 Pascal Ave., Rockport, ME 04856) or as a pdf attachment (hashaw@earthlink.net). Proposals must be received by 1 March 2014.

3 Days Left For Early Bird Registrations


Maine Genealogical Society 
2013 Fall Conference

with featured guest

Laura Prescott

Saturday, September 21, 2013
Jeff’s Catering
15 Littlefield Way


 Brewer, Maine


If you have been thinking about joining The Maine Genealogical Society (MGS) for our Fall Conference, but haven’t made the commitment yet, now’s the time to do it.  Our early bird registration deadline is fast approaching.  The deadline for your early registration is August 23, 2013

In addition to Laura Prescott, MGS will welcome Pam Stone Eagelson of Gen-nections, Dr. Carol McCoy, of www.find-your-roots.com and Judyth Barton Reitze co-director of the Bangor Family History Center.

We’ve got engaging speakers. We’ve got a variety of topics for family historians of all levels. We’ve got more a room full of vendors and we’ve got food.  Now we need friends (and sometimes family) to join us in September in Brewer, ME.

You can learn more through the  speakers and sessions through the conference website: http://conference.maineroots.org



Maine Genealogical Society’s 2013 Fall Conference



Maine Genealogical Society 
2013 Fall Conference

with featured guest

Laura Prescott

Saturday, September 21, 2013
Jeff’s Catering
15 Littlefield Way
 Brewer, Maine


The Maine Genealogical Society is pleased to announce Laura Prescott (http://lauraprescott.com) as the featured speaker at our 2013 Fall Conference to be held Saturday, September 21 in Brewer, Maine.  The day of lectures will begin with Prescott’s keynote address, “How The Internet Makes Us Sloppy Genealogists.”  From there we will enjoy a number of breakout sessions on a variety of topics for varying interests and experience levels – but all designed to help us to become better (and less sloppy!) family historians.

In addition to learning about some of the tools available for online research, including FamilySearch.org and Footnote.com, we’ll be exploring the use of divorce records, early Maine town records and academic archives for our research.  So, bring your Maine related queries for our query board, visit our exhibitor/vendor area and enjoy a nice lunch during while making new friends and learning some new tips and techniques for furthering your own research.

Registration is $40 for MGS Members and $50 for non-members.
(Register before August 23, 2013 and enter for a chance to win a $50 L.L.Bean gift card)

For more information or to register, visit the conference web site: http://conference.maineroots.org

The 2012 Annual Conference is Underway!

The 36th Annual Family History Conference of the Maine Genealogical Society is about to begin.  The conference committee arrived at 7am to start setting up and Battick with opening remarks, give out some awards, and sit back and start the presentations with Ted Steele’s keynote address, “Family Stories: Did It Really Happen That Way?”

Here’s to a great day with friends, fellow researchers and Maine genealogy!