2008 Conference Registration Form Now Available

Maine Genealogical Society invites you to be a part of our exciting 2008 annual conference. We are proud to have developed a reputation for the outstanding quality of our conferences and the 2008 conference promises to be just as awesome! The details can all be discovered at our conference website at www.maineroots.org.

To download and print the conference flyer and registration form, visit http://www.maineroots.org/2008conferenceflyer.pdf.

Make plans to attend now and we’ll see you in September!

Taconnett Falls Genealogy Fair – June 14

Three special presentations will be highlights at the Taconnett Falls Genealogy Society’s 5th Annual Genealogy Fair on June 14. Activities begin at 9 a.m. at the society’s library, 10 Lithgow Street, Winslow, with registration and lunch at the Winslow Congregational Church next door. There is no charge for the fair. Drinks, snacks, and lunch will be available for a small charge.

For beginning genealogists and family historians, Sarah M. Crockett, Lincoln, ME, will present “The Journey into Genealogy: a GPS for Finding Your Ancestors.” This session begins at 10 a.m. in the library’s basement.

At 11:30 a.m. Jerry Gower, Maine First Families 1790’s contributor and Washington County expert, and Janet Weymouth, MGS 1st Vice president and Corresponding Secretary, will discuss ”Brick Walls” in a panel.

During the afternoon Jerry Gower will conduct an “Ancestors’ Road Show,” several 15 minute sessions of one on one help and advice. For this special program you must sign up for a time spot when you register. First come; first served.

The church will be full of display tables from vendors across Maine. The library will be open all day with free access to the myriad records and access to a copy machine for a small donation. Undoubtedly there will be a few Flag Day surprises to attract attention, so what have you got to loose? Come on down to Winslow and enjoy a day looking for ancestors right beside the Kennebec River.

For more information, visit www.rootsweb.com/~metfcmgs.

April Genealogical Events

Here’s what’s happening genealogically around the state for April:

April 5, 2008
Greater Portland Chapter of MGS
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Grandma’s Obituary Box presented by Pam Stone Eagleson, CG

April 13, 2008
Pejepscot Genealogical Society
Brunswick, Maine
Lisbon Historical Society presented by Al & Dorothy Smith and Bill Barr

April 16, 2008
Penobscot County Genealogical Society
Bangor, Maine
Cousins Explained presented by Roxanne Moore Saucier

April 19, 2008
Finding Your Ancestors in Court Records
with Diane Rapaport
Maine Genealogical Society’s One-Day Workshop
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine
For more information, visit www.maineroots.org

April 19, 2008
Hancock County Genealogical Society
Ellsworth, Maine
Program To Be Announced

April 19, 2008
Taconnett Falls Chapter of MGS
Winslow, Maine
Monthly Workshop – The Master Genealogist

April 20, 2008
Taconnett Falls Chapter of MGS
Winslow, Maine
Organization Strategies presented by Carolyn Browne and Janet Weymouth

April 28, 2008
Aroostook County Genealogical Society
Caribou, Maine
CD of the MOCA Gravestone Repair Workshop of 7 Oct 2006 in Westbrook

Celebrate Deacon John Leavitt’s 400th Birthday

John Leavitt was born 1608 and came to America in 1628, settling in Hingham Massachusetts . His descendants today are concentrated all over New England, but also spread across the US and Canada . The National Association of Leavitt Families will be celebrating his birthday in Hingham Mass June 26-28, 2008. The main celebration will be Saturday June 28 for one-day attendees, with extra social events and a Plimouth Plantation tour on Thursday and Friday. Registration deadlines for tours and discount hotels are in May, so register early. You may register or receive further info as of Jan 1 at our website http://nalfinc.weebly.com/or call email Roland Rhoades (MGS #1151) seeker@maine.rr.com 207-892-0923 for our free Leavitt e-newsletter.

John Leavitt had a number of sons with descendants in Maine . The son Israel Leavitt branch has many descendants who settled in Turner, Richmond , Bowdoin, Topsham , New Brunswick and Maine border areas. The Samuel branch has descendants who settled in Bangor , Lincoln , Orono, Kenduskeag. The Nehemiah branch covers most of Maine, with most of the towns in Somerset County especially Athens, Ripley, Cambridge, Skowhegan, Fairfield, and Harmony; Parkman and Willimantic in Piscataquis County; Montville and Jackson in Lincoln/Waldo County; much of Aroostook County especially Sherman, Smyrna, Island Falls, Hodgdon, Mesardis, Littleton, Monticello, Benedicta; Penobscot County towns of Medway, Bangor, Howland, Lincoln, Corinna, Exeter, and more; and other towns including Livermore, Alfred, Parsonsfield, Gray, New Gloucester, Raymond. Most of the Kittery to Portland area is the Thomas Leavitt branch. Our other Leavitt branches cover most of the rest of Maine . Contact Roland for a free lookup of your Leavitts. We find horrendous errors in websites and books. We are computerizing more and more records as we prepare to publish new corrected and documented Leavitt genealogies.

2008 Genealogy Seminar at Sea Announced

Fly Away Travel is now taking reservations for the 2008 Genealogy Seminar at Sea, October 25th – November 1st. The seminar will be hosted on board Royal Caribbean’s brand new, unparalleled, Liberty of the Seas, which will be sailing to the warm Eastern Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and Royal Caribbean’s private paradise of Labadee.

This Seminar at Sea stands to be the best of the best in terms of its stunning array of some of the most sought after speakers in the genealogy community today. These include John Phillip Colletta and George G. Morgan (featured speakers at our own 2006 and 2007 conferences), along with Paul Milner, Laura G. Prescott, Donna M. Moughty, Paula Stuart-Warren, Michael J. Leclerc and Stephen J. Danko.

Passengers will have to opportunity to learn the latest and greatest techniques in areas such as: methodology, writing & publishing, internet research, problem solving and geographic areas around the world. Guest’s will have the opportunity to choose up to 15 lectures that will take place in Liberty of the Seas four state of the art conference centers over a period of three days during the seven day cruise. The authored speakers will be featured for book sales and autographs during a special group activity.

Check out the exciting all-star line-up of topics for this event at http://www.genealogycruises.com/.

The cost of experiencing this week long seminar/vacation begins at just $829 per person, including all port taxes and seminar fees. Traveling companions not attending the Seminar at Sea qualify for a rate reduction, as well as the 3rd & 4th passengers sharing one cabin. (Ask for details).

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