MGS Conference Agenda

2018 Maine Genealogical Society Conference & Annual Meeting Saturday, September 22, 2018 Jeff’s Catering, Brewer, ME

$55 for MGS Members / $70 for Non-Members (Lunch included)
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Featuring Warren Bittner, CG® from Centerville, Utah. Warren is a national speaker specializing in research methodology, German genealogical research, land research, and writing your family history.

Our three other speakers are also well known in Maine: Carol McCoy current MGS President & owner of, specializes in Maine genealogy Ellen Dyer former curator of the Knox Museum; speaks on cemetery iconography throughout the state Nancy Mason founder of the Maine DNA Group (DIG) & Maine’s leading expert on all things DNA

8:00 to 9:00 A.M.   REGISTRATION  

9:00- 10:15   Introductions and Keynote Address–Warren Bittner  “Ten Genealogical Lessons     I Learned the Hard Way”

10:30 – 11:30  SESSION 1: Choose A or B 

A. Warren Bittner: “Proof Arguments: How and Why?” – A great follow-up to Joe Anderson’s writing workshop; why proof arguments are important and how to write them.

 B. Carol McCoy: “Finding Your Ancestors in Town Records – Hog Reeves, Fish Cullers, Tithingmen and More” – Town records help document our ancestors and provide great information on their lives

11:45 – Noon  MGS Meeting –President’s Report on MGS Happenings Noon to 12:45  Lunch 12:45 – 1:15  MGS Meeting–Business Reports and Elections

1:30 – 2:30   SESSION 2: Choose A or B 

A. Warren Bittner: “Beat the Children with a Fresh Birch Stick So the Animals Don’t Get Worms” – Documents are great, but books provide insight into your ancestors’ life and times.

B. Ellen Dyer: “Stop Here My Friends: “Gravestone Art and Inscriptions in Mid-coast Maine” – A fascinating look at what gravestones can tell us about our ancestors.

2:45 – 3:45:   SESSION 3: Choose A or B 

A. Warren Bittner: “Impossible Immigrant! I Know Everything about a Man but Where he Came From”

 B. Nancy Mason: “Autosomal Testing, Working with Your Results” – Learn to work with your Ancestry autosomal DNA Results.

3:45 – 4:00   Door Prizes & Closing 


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