President McCoy Speaks In Scarborough

Photo of Carol McCoy & Don Taylor

Carol McCoy & Don Taylor

On February 27th, MGS President Carol P. McCoy spoke at the Scarborough Public Library Genealogy Group on “Drowning of Sam Pollack – Myth and Reality – Investigating Family Stories.” Her presentation revolved around her great-grandfather’s death when her grandmother was an infant and her research to separate myth from reality in telling his story. Her talk fascinated the 34 attendees and reminded them of important genealogical research strategies such as remaining flexible about names, dates, and religion as well as remaining creative in approaching research.The Scarborough Public Library Genealogy Group began last October and is led by MGS Member, and assistant MGS webmaster, Don Taylor. The group meets regularly at 1 PM on the fourth Monday of the month at the Scarborough Public Library. Their Facebook group page is https://www.facebook.com/groups/314420085632060/ (or search for “Scarborough Public Library Genealogy Group”).

Latest Additions to the Members Only Content Area

In June we added 2 new items to our Members Only content area.MGS Members in good standing can access the Members Only section of the website as one of the many benefits of joining our society.  In June we created a new section of Town Reports and added the first 2 town reports of what we expect to be many to the collection:

Eustis Town Report for the Fiscal Year Ending February 1899
Porter Town Report (including Brownfield) for the Fiscal Year ending February 1919

Town reports are an often overlooked resource for genealogists. Many beginner (and some advanced) researchers don’t understand the value of these resources. Many town reports include vital statistics for the town, offering births, deaths and marriages for the given year.   This can be particularly helpful for the all too often “All our records were destroyed in a fire years ago” story genealogists are faced with.  Often charity and support for residents is also called out as is information pertaining to schools, including teachers’ salaries.  Expenditures of the town sometimes include to whom payments were made.  For example, in the Eustis Town report mentioned above includes a section of bills of the town.  As part of this section we learn of $135 bill for “Insane Hospital for support of Susannah Moody, Geo. Ricker, R.B. Green and O. White”

What information is waiting to be found in the town reports where your ancestors lived?