Sunday, November 30, 2008

William Whitaker of Gouldsboro

Looking for any information on William Whitaker. He marries Susanna Guptail Sept. 1770 in Gouldsboro, Maine. He resided Gouldboro and served in the Maine Volunteer Militia. in the Revolutionary War.

Questions: Where was William born? Where and when did he die? Children? I know he had a son George and a daughter Sarah. Did he also have another son Elisha? Trying to confirm this connection.

William's wife Susanna, what happened to her? Where and when did she die?

Bob Whitaker

Query - James Whidden Jr.

Kent Palmer is interested in any information on a James Whidden Jr. born 1726 in Greenwood, NH. He was son of Capt James Whidden.

Thank you for any and all efforts.
C. Kent Palmer

December Genealogical Events

Here's what is happening genealogically around the state for December:

December 6, 2008
Greater Portland Chapter of MGS
Winslow, Maine
Finding Healing in Family History with Angels of Austria
presented by Judy Faust

December 14, 2008
Pejepscot Genealogy Society
Brunswick, Maine
Christmas Party
at the Holden Frost House at the Highlands, Topsham, Maine

December 17, 2008
Penobscot County Genealogical Society
Bangor, Maine
Open Research Night with Holiday Refreshments

December 21, 2008
Taconnett Falls Chapter of MGS
Winslow, Maine
Christmas Party

We hope to see you at one of these events!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Word from "The County

The Aroostook County Genealogicial Society will meet at their usual time 6:30 p.m. on November 24, 2008, at 111 High Street in Caribou.

This month's program is in two parts, the first part being the election of officers for 2009.

Part 2 is for individual members. It is a chance to ask that question about their genealogy that they need an answer for, but have been unwilling to ask or were just waiting for the right time to ask.

The Maine Genealogist - November 2008

The November issue of The Maine Genealogist is hot of the press and should be in the mailbox of all our members.

This quarter's issued contains some great articles, as well as a complete index to Volume 30. Articles included:

Some Descendants of Robert Mills of York, Maine by Helen Schatvet Ullman, CG, FASG

From New Orleans to Bremerhaven: The Voyage, Cargo, and Crew of the Barque Nimrod, June - September 1841 by Kenneth W. Heger

Allen Family Bible Record: Robbinston, Maine contributed by Stephen L. Robbins

Barnabas Baker of Litchfield, Maine - Patriot or Loyalist? by Glenn D. Nasman

William Bassett Bible Records, Winslow, Maine & Record of the John Ward Family of Gorham, Maine, contributed by Leslie Dow Sanders

Portland, Maine, Marriage Intentions, Volume 4, 1814 - 1837, copied by Joseph C. Anderson II, FASG

The Maine Genealogist is published quarterly. For more information, visit our website at

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Announcing Maine Families in 1790, Volume 10

Volume 10 of the Maine Families in 1790 series is the biggest yet. Crammed with 750 genealogy-packed pages, this volume treats 205 new families located throughout the District of Maine. Consistent with the previous volumes, all of the families have been thoroughly researched and edited, and all facts are meticulously documented with full source citations. Conclusions drawn from circumstantial evidence, incomplete records, or conflicting sources are fully discussed within each family sketch.

With this volume the total number of families treated in the series is now 2,676 (or nearly 16%) of all families living in Maine in 1790). The usefulness of these books for genealogical research cannot be overstated. The
Maine Families in 1790 series is simply the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource on families living in the state during the late-Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federalist, and early statehood periods of Maine's history.

Surnames of heads-of-household included in Volume 10 are:
Adams, Allen, Appleton, Austin, Bailey, Barton, Beard, Benjamin, Bennett, Berry, Blackwell, Blaisdell, Blish, Bonney, Boothby, Bosworth, Bowen, Bragg, Briggs, Brown, Came, Cammett, Campbell, Chapman, Clarke, Coolbroth, Conant, Cool, Crockett, Cummings, Cushman, Day, Deake, Delano, Delesdernier, Dexter, Dingley, Donnell, Drummond, Dunnell, Dyer, Eames, Elden, Emery, Eustis, Evans, Fenderson/Finlyason, Fish, Foster, Frink, Frost, Fuller, Getchell, Gibbs, Goodwin, Graffam, Gray, Green, Grinnell, Haley, Hamlin, Harnden, Harford/Hartford, Hathorn, Hayford, Haines/Haynes, Hilborn, Hoxie, Hussey, Jackson, Jennings, Jewell, Jordan, Kendall, Kimball, Kingsbury, Landers, Litchfield, Lord, Lovejoy, Lowell, Mains, Marston, Merrill, Milliken, Mills, Moore, Morse, Motherwell, Nurse/Nourse, Overlock, Paine, Parker, Partridge, Pelton, Perkins, Phinney, Pierce, Plummer, Preble, Pride, Rand, Reed, Ring, Robinson, Russ, Ryan, Sanford, Savage, Shaw, Sheldon, Skinner, Smith, Snell, Soule, Spaulding, Spring, Springer, Stackpole, Stinson, Sturtevant, Sylvester, Taylor, Thompson, Thwing, Tobey, Town(e), Trim, Tucker, Turner, Wade, Walker, Ware, Warren, White, Whitney, Whitten, Williams, Winter, Wyer, Young.

The Maine Genealogical Society has a limited number of volumes allocated to members at a reduced member price. Books may be preordered now. Expected February 2009.

Maine Families in 1790, Vol. 10. Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 58, xviii + 750 pp., 6"x9", every-name index, acid-free paper, Smyth sewn/case bound, $65.00 for MGS members, $75.00 for non-MGS members.

Order from Picton Press (on the web at

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Rockland Area Obituaries

From a recent posting on the Maine Genealogy Yahoo Group mailing list:

Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home in Rockland, Maine, has included a large collection of obituaries on their website. The obituaries scan the years 2001 to current.

To visit their website, go to

This is a great service and a research source that we don't always think of. If you know of other funeral homes that are posting similar collections on their websites, please let us know.

Library and Archives Canada Partners with

Partnership allows unprecedented online access to Canadian historical records

Ottawa, November 10, 2008 Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce a collaborative partnership with Canada’s leading online family history website,, which will allow the two organizations to provide unprecedented online access to the most comprehensive collection of Canadian historical records available.

As part of the agreement, will digitize and index microfilm and original records held by LAC and make these available to members. All of the digitized records will eventually be available free of charge to users of the LAC website.

Mr. Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, comments: "Library and Archives Canada is pleased to be part of this collaborative agreement with, which will allow our institution to offer our users access to many of our important collections, some of which have not been previously accessible online.

“It will truly enhance Canadians' ability to fully explore their documentary heritage and will also be of great interest to those around the world with ancestors who immigrated to or visited Canada.”

Josh Hanna, Senior VP, Ancestry International, comments: “This is a win-win relationship for Library and Archives Canada and as the partnership will enable Ancestry to offer a wide range of Canadian collections to its members and in turn LAC will receive the expertise, experience and person hours that are required for imaging and indexing these records.

“The partnership will create a seamless flow for digitizing and indexing vast Canadian records and will be a huge benefit to family history researchers in Canada who will soon have the opportunity to access more collections than ever before.”

Library and Archives Canada is the holder of an unparalleled and inestimable collection of Canadian published materials and archival records. This collection is accessible both online and in its facilities in Ottawa. offers access to both Canadian and worldwide genealogy records—seven billion in total—as well as family-tree building tools and community sharing applications. recently launched more than 70 years of fully indexed Canadian Passenger Lists to its members and these records will also be available on the Library and Archives Canada website ( in the next year.

Project to Digitize and Index Canadian Censuses

Joint initiative provides online access to a comprehensive collection of Canadian censuses

(Toronto, ON – November 11, 2008), Canada’s leading online family history website, is pleased to announce a joint initiative with FamilySearch International, a nonprofit organization that maintains one of the world's largest repositories of genealogical resources. The joint initiative will allow the organizations to improve online access to a comprehensive collection of Canadian censuses.

As part of the agreement, FamilySearch will digitize and index Canadian census records that has acquired. These digitized and indexed records will then be made available to members on the company’s website, and in time the indexes will also be available to the public at The images will be free to qualified FamilySearch members and all FamilySearch family history centers.

FamilySearch will deliver images and indexes to for censuses from 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1916 Censuses to launch online in 2009. In return, will provide images and indexes to FamilySearch for the 1851, 1891, 1901 and 1906 Censuses.

Karen Peterson, Marketing Director,, comments: “Teaming with FamilySearch will enable to significantly reduce the time and costs involved in delivering these important historical records online for our members. Also, it will free up resources for to invest in other historical records our members want made available online.”

Paul Nauta, Public Affairs Manager for FamilySearch, comments: FamilySearch is committed to providing economical access to more historical records quicker. The Canadian Census project with is in alignment with that directive for Canadian records and will be well received by anyone with Canadian ancestry.”


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"Immigrants to Canada" Online Database

Noted in Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

The following article is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at

The following announcement was written by Library and Archives Canada:

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the launch of an online database, Immigrants to Canada.

The database contains Canadian immigration records held at LAC, many of which relate to immigrants from the British Isles arriving in Quebec and Ontario; also included are references to settlers in other provinces. Through this new database, researchers can access references to lists of immigrants and other types of records created before 1865, such as declarations of aliens and names of some Irish orphans.

You are invited to visit the database at:

The contributions of many LAC staff were instrumental in the success of this project, and their efforts are much appreciated.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Query - Ballard / Rollins


Long standing brick wall needs breaking. Need parents and birthdate of Telemecus BALLARD living in 1829 in New Sharon, ME. when he purchased land from Asa ROLLINS and his wife Mary J. ROLLINS who may have been a BALLARD. Another deed in 1829 was witnessed by Elvira BALLARD in New Sharon. Need any information on her and relationship. Telemecus married 3 times, Irena LEEMAN b. Mercer, ME, Matilda BUSWELL, b. probably New Sharon, ME, Lydia C. JUDKINS, b. Corinna, ME. He and Lydia buried in Pond Cemetery, Bradford, ME. He died 09-15-1873 at 70 years 7 months in Bangor, ME. Lived in New Sharon, Charleston, Garland and Bradford, ME. Was he related to Jonathan or Frederick BALLARD of Augusta/Temple Maine area or Uriah BALLARD in Fryeburg area?

Celeste Ballard Betts Hyer
69 Loop Road
Otisfield, ME 04270

November Genealogical Events

Here's what's happening genealogically around the state for November:

November 1, 2008
Greater Portland Chapter of MGS
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Poland Spring - A Tale of the Guilded Age 1860-1900 presented by David L. Richards

November 9, 2008
Pejepscot Genealogy Society
Brunswick, Maine
Researching at the Maine State Archives presented by Jeffrey Brown, Maine State Archivist

November 13, 2008
Wassebec Genealogical Society
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
Coming to America, the Immigrant Experience presented by Jack Battick

November 16, 2008
Taconnett Falls Chapter of MGS
Winslow, Maine
Voyages - A Maine Franco-American Reader presented by Nelson Madore

November 19, 2008
Penobscot County Genealogical Society
Bangor, Maine
First White Settlers on the Penobscot presented by Fran & Guy Grant