Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Query: John OWEN and Polly WATSON

The following query came in from one of our members:

I'm a descendant of John Owen b. 19 MAR 1759 Cumberland, ME d. 1844 Litchfield, ME.  married Polly Watson  1769-1837  John Jr. is son of John Sr. of b. Falmouth 1723 - d 1787 Topsham, Me

Any assistance on family records, deeds, trying to document family group.  Have looked at Cumberland Co. Deeds online.

If you can help, comment here, or email sandrafisher@msn.com

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Query: Henry PUTNAM of Reading, MA

One of our newest members has asked us to post the following query:

Does anyone have documentation on Henry Putnam, born 1778/85 in Reading, MA, and died after 1850 in (probably) Harrington? His lineage is Deacon Henry Putnam, Deacon Daniel Putnam, Rev. Daniel Putnam, Capt. Benjamin Putnam, Deacon Nathaniel Putnam to John Putnam, born 1579 or 80 in England. I have extensive information on Maine Putnam/Ficketts and most of these Salemite Putnams which I'd love to share.

Responses can be sent to M. Steward at NoseyParker@comcast.net

Saturday, January 24, 2015

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.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Upcoming Genealogy Classes in Brunswick

There are a number of new genealogy classes starting up around the State being taught by Maine Genealogical Society members. If you have been interested in working on your family tree but don't know where to start, you may find one of these classes of particular class of interest:

Craig Siulinski will be teaching a beginner and advanced course in genealogical research through Merrymeeting Adult Education in Brunswick.  The beginner class starts on Feb 3, so you'll want to sign up soon, before the seats are full, if you you're interested in this course:

The popular television series, Who Do You Think You Are, highlights the genealogy of famous people, but what about the rest of us?  This course will guide you on a path to researching and documenting your ancestral past.  The course will cover both online and in-person strategies for doing the work of genealogy, and will very likely reveal fascinating family facts and stories.
Topics include creating a starting point pedigree chart, showing where and how to research (both online and offline), and how to organize the data and records that get collected over time.  Topics to explore include finding records in these categories: Immigration, Census, Directories, Newspapers and Churches.

Beginner Genealogy starts Feb 3, 2015. Register using the link below:
https://merrymeeting.coursestorm.com/course/genealogy-i-beginner-getting-started?page=4

Advanced Genealogy starts on Mar 24, 2015.  Register with the link below:
https://merrymeeting.coursestorm.com/course/genealogy-ii-advanced-topics?page=4


Blogging For Family HistoryCraig is also teaching a class called "Blogging For Family History"

Blog writing can be an easy, enjoyable, and effective way to share family history content with a large audience.  This course will offer a starting point for creating your own blog, and support for learning the platform provided by blogger.com.  Emphasis will be placed on supporting the creation and development of one’s own blog.  Before class completion, participants will have published three to five blog posts.  Having access to a laptop for classroom use is recommended, and a gmail account is necessary.  


Blogging For Family History starts on Feb 4 and runs for five weeks.  Register using the link below:
https://merrymeeting.coursestorm.com/course/blogging-for-family-history


For more info about Craig Siulinski and his adventures in genealogy education, check out this article on the California Genealogical Society & Library blog.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Waterville, Maine 1890 Census now available through the Taconnett Falls chapter!

Many genealogists have run into the conundrum over the years of trying to find their ancestors in the 1890 census only to learn most of the census for that year was destroyed during a fire many years ago.  Researchers looking for their Waterville ancestors may be surprised to know a copy of the 1890 census still exists and was recently published through the hard work of the Tacconnett Falls chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society and Sam Teddy Publishing.  The paperback book contains nearly 300 pages (including index) and is a must have for anyone researching their 1890's Waterville families.

Thanks so much to the folks at the Taconnett Chapter for bringing this vital resource to print!

If you're interested in purchasing a copy, you can contact the Taconnett Falls chapter of MGS at taconnettfalls11@yahoo.com for more information.

For more information about how this resource came to be available, check out this Bangor Daily News article by Roxanne Saucier:

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/12/07/living/1890-census-records-for-waterville-gets-reprinted-as-new-284-page-book/

Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014 Publication Prices Expire This Week!

In 2013, when the Maine Genealogical Society took over the inventory of unsold books and CDs from our publisher, we recognized we needed to do something to decrease our overall inventory.  We offered a number of "limited time" deals including an amazing deal on 3 of our Maine Families in 1790 series.  Now that inventory is back down to a reasonable level, and we have a year of handling sales under our belt, we're making some minor pricing adjustments to bring things more in line with our normal member discounts.

Beginning January 1st, 2015 we will have updated member pricing on books through our website and paper order form.  We will also be discontinuing the "FREE book on orders of $100 or more" currently in place.

In addition, we want to let everyone know three books in our collection are at critically low supply levels:

Vital Records of Canaan, Maine (MGS member price: $45)
Vital Records of Norridgewock, Maine (MGS member price : $45)
Vital Records of Wiscasset, Maine (MGS member price: $74.95)

If you've been thinking about buying any of these titles and are an MGS member in good standing, your opportunity to purchase with your membership discount is running out.

All titles in our inventory can be purchased at our main web site: www.maineroots.org

Not an MGS member?  You can join online for just $25 for a year, and enjoy these and other great benefits as well.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Headstone of Mrs. Mary PLAISTED

One of our members sent in this query.  Can you help???

Headstone of Mrs. Mary, wife of Andrew Plaisted, died Nov 6 1839 age 79 years  & 9 months
- It was removed from a construction site several years ago by someone working for a Monmouth electrical contractor
- Was this a discarded headstone or was it saved from destruction?
- It's in a barn in Caribou and needs to find it's rightful home back to Southern Maine if missing.

email us at mainegenealogicalsociety@gmail.com if you have info you think could help get this stone get back to its rightful place.


Friday, September 12, 2014

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!

Monday, July 28, 2014

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

Friday, July 18, 2014

Query: Eli LITTLEFIELD

New MGS Member Tim Harriman just sent us the following query.  If you have information you can share with Tim, email him at roadapple658@gmail.com:


Searching for information on Eli Littlefield of Wells (b.1790), who eventually settled in Brooks and supposedly died there in 1873.  Eli served to extend the Littlefield line to Waldo County and his son Joshua C. Littlefield is buried in the South Brooks Cemetery.  Eli's parents were Ebenezer Littlefield & Betsey Clark of Wells and Lebanon.   I would like to locate Eli's resting place to complete my research.