Maine Genealogical Society

Finding Someone Who Eluded Census Records

Pejepscot Volkstelling 1925 CensusHappy Halloween! Finally got power restored earlier this evening! Pejepscot Genealogical Society (PGS) will hold its next monthly meeting in the Morrell Meeting Rm of the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 2 pm. PGS Member Dr. Carol P. McCoy will be speaking on “Finding Someone who Eluded Census Records”. Census records are a cornerstone of genealogical research. The census can assist researchers in placing people in a specific location, in identifying family members neighbors and associates, in determining occupations and a host of other details. What if you can’t find your person in the census? Did they elude the census taker or are they just eluding you? This lecture will help you learn a flexible approach for finding people in census records and in census substitute records so you can place them in a location for a specific time period.

Guest Speaker Dr. Carol Prescott McCoy, owner of, has been tracing her family history for over 30 years. She has been helping others discover their roots since 2000. A popular speaker on genealogy and family history throughout Maine and New England, she specializes in New England (especially Maine), New York, and West Virginia (ancestral home of the McCoy family.) Some lecture topics include land, tax, and town records, census records, and problem-solving techniques. She has lived in Maine since 1991, now in beautiful Brunswick.  Dr. McCoy is president elect of the Maine Genealogical Society (2018-2019), having served as a director of MGS for three years, and as president of the Greater Portland Chapter of the MGS for two years, when she headed a project to index the early deeds of Maine’s Cumberland County.

She grew up in Bronxville, New York, and lived in New York City, where she learned to love baseball and the Yankees aka “the evil empire.” She started her career as a psychology instructor and became a training consultant for Chase Manhattan Bank in NYC and for UNUM in Maine before starting her own training company. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in psychology from Rutgers University, and her A.B. degree from Connecticut College. She has written articles on genealogy and several books and articles on training. For more information, please visit her website: , or email her at

There will be a brief social period with refreshments before and after the speaker, with a business meeting to follow.

For more information contact John Webster, PGS President at (207) 833-5430.


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