Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Maine Genealogist - May 2009

The May issue of The Maine Genealogist is hitting our members' mailboxes now.

Our quarterly publication once again contains some insightful articles. Editor Joseph C. Anderson II, FASG, writes:

Deciding when to publish can be a difficult decision for genealogists. We may have uncovered a wealth of valuable information on the family under inquiry, but are reluctant to release it to others while unanswered questions remain. Or we may think there is always more research to do and we don't want to risk publishing incomplete or erroneous information. The problem, of course, is waiting too long.

Publishing our work should not necessarily be viewed as the last stop in the research process. If we are stuck on a problem or if we have made an error in our conclusions, making our research available to others may turn out to be the conduit for locating persons with the solution to the problem. Several of the articles in this issue demonstrate how that process may occur.
A look at the Table of Contents shows the following:

The First Family of Dr. Jonah Spaulding of Franklin and Somerset Counties, Maine by Linda Longley

The Death of "Mountain Mack" McKenney contributed by Leslie Dow Sanders

Children Without Parents: A Puzzling Entry in the Wells, Maine, Town Records by Priscilla Eaton, CG

Emerging from the Shadows: The Surprising Case of Elisha Thing of Waterboro, Maine by Joseph C. Anderson II, FASG

Bigamist Riverius Hooker and His Three Families, First Husband of Mehitable Baker of Pownalborough, Maine by Glenn D. Nasman

The Family of Captain John Bourne of Wells and Kennebunk, Maine: Ships and Shipwrights (concluded) by Priscilla Eaton, CG

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

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

2009 Conference Flyer and Registration Form Available

The official conference flyer and registration form has been added to the conference website. If you haven't visited, we invite you to visit for all the conference information.

To download the conference flyer, visit flyer.pdf.

You'll want to register now... and we'll see you in Bangor on September 26, 2009.

Free Downloadable Genealogy Charts and Forms

It's always good to have a reminder of where on the Internet we can get those forms that help us capture our research (free!) A recent post by Dick Eastman did just that.

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

Looking for some blank forms that you can fill in during your genealogy research? You can download free, high-quality blank forms online from several web sites and print them on your own printer.

Family Tree Magazine has a huge collection of downloadable forms on the company's web site. The forms include pedigree charts, research calendars, note-taking forms, deed indexes, research journal, correspondence logs, family group sheets and census extraction forms. You can see this impressive collection of forms at

Matt Misbach has an excellent collection of online, downloadable genealogy forums at has downloadable forms that are as nice looking as the commercially available forms. You can obtain a pedigree chart (called an Ancestral Chart), Research Calendar, Research Extract, Correspondence Chart, Source Summary and Family Group Sheet. You can do all of this at: has a collection of online forms, including U.S., British, Irish and Canadian census extraction forms, family group sheets, blank timelines and more. The forms are available at offers a number of downloadable genealogy forms, including family tree fan charts, pedigree charts, family group sheets and relationship charts. Take a look at

Canadian census forms for the 1851, 1901, 1906 and 1911 Canadian censuses may be downloaded from:

Similar forms for the 1841 through 1901 decennial U.K. censuses may be obtained at

All of the above are available free of charge.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Penobscot County Genealogical's Annual BBQ

John Van Dyke, Program Director for Penobscot County Genealogical Society, announces the details of the always popular annual summer cookout:

"The Penobscot County Genealogical Society will be meeting at the Hampden Historical Society, Wednesday, June 17th, for our annual B-B-Q. This gathering is open to members only. The menu includes hamburgers, cheeseburgers, Cajun deep-fried turkey and strawberry shortcake. Tours will be given. Show time will be posted in the PCGS newsletter and website."

To learn more, visit them on the web at

Taconnett to hold 6th Annual Genealogy Fair

The Taconnett Falls Chapter of MGS announces their 6th Annual Genealogy Fair. This popular event will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the Taconnett Genealogy Library, 10 Lithgow Street, Winslow, Maine, from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to spend a relaxing day devoted to researching and networking.

Special 2009 offerings include:

10:00 "There's a long, long, road a-winding, but you CAN get there from here-ah". Sarah Crockett will share some of the lessons learned from her experiences.

11:00 "Organizational Tips for Genealogists" will be presented by Carolyn Browne.

1:30 "Brick Walls: A Panel Discussion" moderated by Janet Weymouth is just the place for help with your questions like - where should I look? what's next? or ___? Panelists will be Jerry Gower, MF-1790s contributor and Washington County expert; Kay Marsh, Kennebec Valley family researcher; and Carol McCoy, noted genealogical researcher and national presenter.

Not to mention -
  • Representatives of various societies including Penobscot County Genealogical Society, the recently formed Sidney Historical Society and Vassalborough Historical Society, plus others will be at the fair to share with you information about the valuable resources offered by their societies.
  • Debbie Roberge will be available to show you all the ins and outs of the RootsMagic software. While at the Fair, check with others to see which software they prefer.
  • Celeste Hyer, MGS Membership Secretary, will be available for Maine Genealogical Society related questions.
  • Check out what's offered by the Maine Old Cemetery Association (MOCA).
  • Family association representatives including Roland Rhoades, who will share the latest Rhoades updates along with listings of Universalist & Unitarian ministers in Maine.
  • Janice Gower will be sharing her extensive knowledge of the Woolwich area and the expertise she has gained compiling may sketches for the Maine Families in 1790 project.
  • If you have Maine roots you will likely need to know about Franco-American research. Clair Poulin from the Maine Franco-American Society (their library is in Auburn) and Taconnett's own Franco expert, Bob Chenard, will be available to help with the unique aspects of this type of research.
  • Ancestry outside of Maine? Check with Barbara Gunvaldsen experienced Scandinavian genealogical researcher.
What a full day! And did we mention the book sale, prize drawings and refreshments? If you didn't attend one or all of the first five fairs, you really missed out - Don't let that happen again.

For more information, visit their website at - or you can email - or call (207) 873-5590.

Old Fort Western Seeks Fort Descendants

Old Fort Western, the 1754 National Landmark fort, store and house historic site on the riverfront in downtown Augusta, would like to be in touch with the descendants of people who lived in the fort's main house between 1840 and 1920.

The project is a part of a larger effort to more thoroughly interpret the Fort's 19th- and early 20th-century history. " As important as the Fort's military and storekeeping past are to the City of Augusta, the Kennebec Valley, Maine and New England, we should remember that more than anything else during its 253 years, the main house was someone's home," said Jay Adams, Old Fort Western's director and curator. "To the extent we can learn who lived there after 1840, and hopefully be in touch with their descendants, the more we will understand about life at the Fort and in the region through very nearly our own times."

Using census and city directory resources, Fort staff and volunteers recently compiled a list of known Fort residents. Now they hope to be in touch with the descendants of those residents to learn more about the details of their lives and perhaps become aware of artifacts they may have owned.

A list of the known tenants can be viewed by visiting:

All persons with knowledge of any of the listed individuals are encouraged to contact the Fort at (207) 626-2385.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Portland to discover Gems in Deeds

The following notice has been received from the Greater Portland Chapter regarding their upcoming meeting scheduled for June 6, 2009.

Finding Gems in Deeds

Dr. Carol P. McCoy will present a talk on deeds. Deeds are a valuable research tool especially when early probate records have been destroyed as in Cumberland County, Maine. Our MGS Chapter has been conducting an exciting special project to index the early (1760-1796) deeds of Cumberland County. This talk will highlight some gems to be found in deeds and clarify ways to use deeds effectively to discover family relationships, locations, and other key information. Come learn about the wonders found in old deeds! You can visit her website at

Social time is 12:30. Meeting/program begins at 1 p.m. Our meeting is free and open to the public. We meet at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 23 Ocean Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

For more information, call Linda @ 207.490.5709.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Taconnett Falls Chapters announces upcoming programs

The Taconnett Falls Chapter's electronic newsletter was recently received and here's what they have on tap:

May 17th - Carolyn Browne with "How to Prepare for Genie Search in Norway with Pictures"

June 21st - Annual Genealogy Fair

July 19th - Carolyn Browne discusses how to join the Mayflower Society and Carolyn Kelley discusses how to join the DAR.

The Taconnett Falls Genealogy Library is located at 10 Lithgow Street in Winslow, Maine. The library is open on Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. The library opens at 1:00 PM on meeting days, the 3rd Sunday of each month.

For more information, you can contact them at