Sunday, October 26, 2008

Nathaniel Kimball / Lydia Hatch of Greene

Seeking birth info and parentage of this couple.

Nathaniel KIMBALL (b. abt 1768) m. Lydia HATCH on 24 Nov 1796 in Wells, Maine. They settled in Greene, Maine, between 1800-1810, where they died (he on 17 Mar 1854, she in Jul 1842).

It appears they had 4 children - Jacob P. b. 17 Feb 1800; Abia b. 14 Apr 1802; Evat b. abt 1804; and another daughter (maybe Eliza?).

Dale Mower

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Civil War Databases at the Maine State Library

The Reference Department is pleased to announce the addition of online databases to expand our history and genealogy collections. Combined they give fast, detailed results for exploring every aspect of the US Civil War. In-house patrons can search the databases directly. Individuals with State Library cards who wish to access the databases remotely should call the Reference desk at 287-5608 for more information.

American Civil War Letters and Diaries — over 2,000 authors and 100,000 pages of diaries, letters and memoirs; 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts, and some material licensed from The Civil War Day-by-Day, by E.B. Long.

The American Civil War Research Database — includes individuals, battles and regiments, indexed and searchable; over 4,000,000 soldiers, 4,600 regimental rosters and chronicles, and more than 1,000 officer profiles. Included are records of the states’ Adjutant Generals, pension and census (1860), GAR, Roll of Honor, Medal of Honor, battle orders and 16,000 photographs. Charts and graphs assist in analysis. Refreshed bimonthly.

Images of the American Civil War: Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera — has 70,000 photographs of casualties, home life, prisons, hospitals, weaponry, even posters; search by place, photographer or publisher. Images may be used in presentations and shared. Most are rare and previously unpublished, by both the famous and relatively unknown. Deeply indexed.

Bangor Daily News Obituaries

MGS friend Roxanne Moore Saucier (well-known as the Family Ties columnist for the Bangor Daily News) writes -

The Bangor Daily News obituary archive going back to 2003 is back online. Goto, click on Obituaries and then click on ObituaryArchive/In Memoriam. As of Oct. 9, 2008, there are 37,500 files ofobituaries, death notices and In Memoriams online. The obit archives aremore searchable than ever. You can even search by first name -- not just forthe deceased, but for surviving relatives.

You also can get to theBDN obituaries by linking from the Family Ties column, which you can get to by first clicking on Lifestyle.

Of course, we recommend that everyone read Roxanne's column which appears every Monday.

Public Input Sought at Cultural Affairs Council Meetings

The Maine State Cultural Affairs Council, under the direction of the 123rd Legislature, is seeking public input at three meetings throughout Maine in the coming weeks to identify the needs of Maine's cultural community and to identify ways to increase the Council's visibility in State Government. The first of these meetings will take place Wednesday, October 29, 2008 from 7-9 pm, at Shettleworth Lecture Hall, 489 Congress Street, Portland.During these meetings representatives of all of these agencies will be present to gather input from the public on the needs and aspirations of Maine's cultural community. The meetings have been scheduled for the following dates:

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 from 7-9 pm, Shettleworth Lecture Hall, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland

Thursday, November 6, 2008 from 6-8 pm, Board Room, Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor

Thursday, November 13, 2008 from 7-9 pm, Room 103A, Cross Office Building, Capitol Street, Augusta

Note: The meeting on November 13 will include video-conferencing connections to the Machias Memorial High School, 109 Court Street, Machias, and the Presque Isle High School.The meetings will begin with an introduction to the Maine State Cultural Affairs Council and will also provide a brief insight to the member agencies of the council. The meeting will then break into discussion forums where small groups of participants will be asked to provide information and ideas that address the Legislature's interest in Maine's cultural community. Representatives of the Council's member agencies and organizations will be in attendance at the forums, which will be led by a professional facilitator.

About the Maine State Cultural Affairs Council
The Maine State Cultural Affairs Council is comprised of the Maine State Museum, the Maine State Library, the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, the Maine State Archives, the Maine Historical Society, and the Maine Humanities Council.

The County's October Meeting

Word has been received that the Aroostook County Genealogical Society's next meeting will be held on October 27, 2008 at the usual time of 6:30 p.m. at 111 High Street, Caribou.

The program is in two parts, the first part is for you to feature one of your ancestors as follows: Think about which ancestor YOU would most like to have a meal with and why. Come and tell us about that person. We want to know your ancestor. They might be the person you are unable to find who their parents are. They might have something you are proud of and need to brag about. He or she are very important to us. He or she might have been accused of being a witch. Talk should be limited to 5 minutes or less.

The 2nd part is about how Dennis Prue's relatives were involved in the Bucksport, Maine, murder of Sarah Ware in 1898.

Guests are welcome.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Maine Indexing Volunteers Needed

Fellow MGS member Brian Bouchard of writes -

The University of Maine and are working together to put an online index of all the Seniors listed in the Prism yearbooks Fogler Library placed online earlier this year [see our posting dated 28 Apr 2008]. There are 103 years of books to index (1894-1997) and we've currently indexed most of the names through the class of 1937, with hundreds of names being added daily. But, we still have a LONG way to go.

You can search the index online as information is being added at:

or by going to and going to the "Our Projects"
-> "UMaine Prism Seniors Index" menu option.

As of this morning, there are just over 7,000 names indexed online.

We are looking both for a few more volunteers to help get this information entered, and we just want to get the word out about the project for anyone who may be interested.

Roger Brown / Lucy Ruggles

New member Bob Brown of Elkhorn, Neraska, is looking for some help in researching his great-great-grandparents. He writes -

"Can anyone give me information on the death and burial of Roger Williams Emery Brown and his wife Lucy Swift Ruggles. Roger was born in 1811 in Brunswick, Maine and Lucy was born in Columbia, Maine in 1814. Her parents were Judge Thomas Ruggles (built the Ruggles House in Columbia Falls, Maine) and Ruth Clapp. Rogers parents were Ephraim Brown and Rebecca Stanwood.


Bob Brown

First Parish Cemetery in York, Maine

Tom Feeney, Trustee of the First Parish Cemetery, writes -

"Please visit our new website at We are very proud and would like to share it with everyone.

Each person has their own webpage complete with veteran's flags, fire deparment logos, DAR and more.

Families are encouraged to add remembrances and links.

Hope you enjoy it."

According to the website, the Trustees of First Parish Cemetery have recently surveyed the existing records of burials in our cemetery. Over the years there have been at least two stone to stone studies. They have identified over 6,150 burials, with the full burial list available online.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sen. Paula Benoit Interview

At the 2008 Conference in Portland, while most of us were enjoying lunch, our featured speaker, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, interviewed fellow speaker Paula Benoit, Maine State Senate, about legislation she was instrumental in passing that allows adults adoptees to access their original birth certificates.

Pejepscot's Meeting Schedule

Marge Erickson writes to share Pejepscot Genealogy Society's 2008-2009 calendar of events.

Nov. 9, 2008: Maine State Archivist Jeffrey Brown will be our speaker.

Dec. 14, 2008: Christmas Party at the Holden Frost House at the Highlands, Topsham, ME.

Jan. 11, 2009: "Telling Your Life Story for Others to Enjoy"-interviewing and recording family members stories by Jim and Nancy Meikle.

Feb 8, 2009: Brian Collins, director of Pejepscot Historical Society will speak to us about what sources are available for genealogical research.

March 8, 2009: "Using A Computer for Your Genealogy" speaker Kathy Montejo.

April 5, 2009: "Early Settlers and Missing Cemeteries" speaker Barbara DeMaris historian.

May 3, 2009: Annual Meeting, speaker Dale W. Mower, MGS President, will discuss Internet Research and about what is happening at MGS.

June 14, 2009: Picnic and Antiques Roadshow with Pam LeBonte (place to be announced at a later date).

For more information, visit their website at

A Very Grave Matter

This site was recently recommended by Paula Toothaker and I thought it was worth sharing. I had discovered it a few months back and enjoyed surfing around the site. I was particularly pleased to discover photos of my Hasey ancestors who are buried in the Rumney Marsh Burying Ground in Revere, Massachusetts.

The website address is

This website describes itself as focusing mainly on local New England history, genealogy of early ancestors who settled the area, and artistry. They have gravestone photos from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.

New Book - Bridging Atlantic Waters

John Carrick Green writes -

Triumphant Explorations Limited of St. John’s, Newfoundland announces the publication of a book on genealogy and commercial history of England and Newfoundland And Labrador as follows:

John Carrick Greene, Bridging Atlantic Waters: A Commercial and Genealogical History of the Henleys of Devon and Newfoundland and Labrador 1538-2008 (St. John’s: Triumphant Explorations Limited, 2008); 235 pages; 5 ½ x 8 ½; $22.95; ISBN: 978-0-9732059-1-6

Further inquiries can be addressed to the author and publisher at: 34 Parliament St, St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. A1A2Y8 or to (use CTRL + click)or by visiting the following web site: (Use CTRL + click)

NB: Bridging Atlantic Waters contains an extensive Henley family tree covering the period from 1538 to the present. Throughout that 500-year period Greene identifies numerous Henleys who emigrated from Devon and many American Henleys will be able to discover their missing ancestors amongst those appearing on the English tree.

The History of Poland Springs

Linda Aaskov writes -

The Maine Genealogical Society-Greater Portland Chapter will meet on Sat. Nov.1st at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints -29 Ocean House Rd.-Cape Elizabeth, ME. We gather at 12:30 for a social time, program at 1p.m. and this month is author David Richards the assistant Librarian of the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan, Me. he will speak to the group about his book “Poland Springs”, A Tale of the Gilded Age 18-60-1900. A modern history of the Poland Springs Resort.

All are welcome to attend. FMI call Linda 207-490-5709

A New Look for the MGS Website

Today, our main website at got a face lift. So if you haven't visited, take a minute to go on over there and look around.
The necessity to upgrade web editing software required some revisions and backstage work on the site, so I took the time to rearrange a few things. Hopefully you'll not only like the fresh look, but find it a little easier to navigate. I've tested most of the links, but if you encounter any that don't seem to work, please drop me an email at

The recent cool mornings had me thinking fall as you'll see by the color scheme and the use of the background photo compliments of my daughters, Meaghan & Melissa.

Your webmaster,

Sunday, October 5, 2008

October is Family History Month

A reminder that since 2001 October has been nationally recognized as Family History Month.

Below is the press release from Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah issued September 26, 2001:


WASHINGTON - By unanimous consent, the Senate today approved legislation introduced by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch to designate October as "Family History Month." "Millions of Americans are researching the history of their families," said the Utah Republican. "Experts say that in the United States, genealogy is now the second most popular hobby next to gardening. It is believed that more that 80 million Americans are currently actively searching for more information about their ancestors. "It is only natural that we want to find out more about our ancestors," Hatch continued. "What better way to bring families closer together than by discovering more about the story of their own family? Like it or not, who we are today is in large part, a product of our ancestors. Hatch's bill (S.R. 160), which was co-sponsored by Robert Bennett (R-Utah), commemorates October as Family History Month and encourages President Bush to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe the month of October with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

"With the advent of the Internet, there has been an explosion of interest in family history," Hatch continued. "Last month alone, more than 14 million Americans used the Internet to research their family history. Genealogy Internet sites are some of the most popular sites on the World Wide Web.

"Essentially, we are all immigrants to this country. Our ancestors came from different parts of the globe," Hatch said. "By searching for our roots, we come closer together as a human family. S.R. 160 had 84 co-sponsors and was approved by unanimous consent. "Researching ancestry is a very important component of identity. It can lead to long-sought-after family reunions or allow for life saving medical treatments that only genetic links will allow," Hatch said. "For all of these reasons, I encourage people across this nation to find out more about where they came from."