Sunday, December 20, 2009

Query - Hampson

Looking for any information on John W. HAMPSON, an Englishman, mariner, came to Kennebunkport about 1820 (from the book "History of Kennebunk Port by Charles Bradbury). Married 18 September 1829 in Arundel to Olive CLOUGH, b. 8 August 1809, dau. of David and Lois CLOUGH, d. 14 November 1875, Biddeford, Maine.

Six children: Isabella W. b. 1831; John A. b. 1832; Olive W. A. b. 1834; Thomas P. S. b. 1837; George O. b. 1841; Charles H. P. b. 1843.

John W. HAMPSON is missing after 1843. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Jane D. Colagiovanni, 10 Esquire Drive, Peabody MA 01960

NERGC Call for Papers

The Third Librarians' and Teachers' Day will be held on April 6, 2011 in conjunction with the 11th New England Regional Genealogical Society Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts.

"Librarians' and Teachers' Day" provides the opportunity for professionals to learn how genealogy can serve them in their dual roles as curators of their unique collections and as ambassadors of genealogy resources for their schools and libraries.

Lecture proposals are now being accepted for the series of sessions entitled "Throughout the Ages and Throughout the Curricula: Genealogy as a Pursuit for all Learners." Presentations are sought in the following categories: 1) elementary educations; 2) secondary; 3) undergraduate and beyond; and 4) continuing education and lifelong learnings.

Ideal paper proposals will suggest strategies for how to optimize the human, material, and online resources that can assist students' and community borrowers' inquiries in addition to enhancing program development to attract all prospective patrons who might otherwise be unaware of local educational and archival resources.

Each session will last one hour. This includes a question and answer period.

Please include the following information with each one-page proposal:

  • a brief comprehensive lecture outline or abstract demonstrating the relationship to Librarians' and Teachers' Day theme;
  • a short lecture summary (50 words or less) for the Conference brochure;
  • audio/visual requirements (NERGC supplies a screen and microphone; speakers must supply their own LCD projectors);
  • each speaker's full name, address, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers;
  • a brief speaker biography (75 words or less) for the conference brochure;
  • a resume of previous lecture experience

The deadline for submissions of lecture proposals is March 1, 2010. Lecture proposals may be submitted at any time prior to that date by e-mail to or by regular mail to:

Sherry E. Gelbwasser, ED.D.
NERGC2011 Librarians' and Teachers' Day
51 Van Deene Avenue, Apt. E5
West Springfield, MA 01089

The Maine Genealogist - November 2009

Have you caught up with the latest issue of The Maine Genealogist yet? Once again, our quarterly journal contains some great articles. A quick look at the table of contents shows:

The Return of Reverend Silas Hall by Michael F. Dwyer

Woodman Family Letter contributed by Leslie Dow Sanders

Origins of the Colby Family of Litchfield, Maine by Glenn D. Nasman

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

Also included in this issue is the complete index to Volume 31.

The Maine Genealogist is the quarterly publication of the Maine Genealogical Society. For more information, please visit us on the web at

Saturday, December 12, 2009

What Was Your Ancestor's Property Worth?

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

Genealogists often find references to money in old deeds and other documents. Even U.S. census records frequently recorded estimates of a person's real estate. The naturally question is, "I wonder what that would equal in today's dollars?" There is a web site that can answer this question.

S. Morgan Friedman' Inflation Calculator can convert a U.S. dollar amount for any year from 1800 through 2008 into the equivalent amount, adjusted for inflation, in any other year of that range. In other words, if you find that your ancestor purchased land for $400 in 1805, the Inflation Calculator will tell you that the money he spent is equivalent to a purchase of $5667.99 in 2008.

This should be sufficient for genealogy purposes. The pre-1975 data comes from the Consumer Price Index statistics published in the Historical Statistics of the United States (USGPO, 1975). All data since then is from the annual Statistical Abstracts of the United States. You can access the Inflation Calculator at:

Canadians will find a similar Inflation Calculator for the years 1914 through 2009 at the Bank of Canada's Web pages at:

Settlement of Black Point, Maine

The Greater Portland Chapter of MGS will be learning about the Settlement of Black Point, Maine "Owascoago" 1605-1800 at its February 6, 2010, meeting.

Owascoag or "Place of Much Grass" was the Indian name for Scarborough. The settlement was also called Black Poynt by the English. Owascoag is the story of Black Poynt told in the settler's own words. Patricia found diaries, letters, depositions, court records, and other interesting material, giving a first hand account of life from 1636 to the 1750's. The material covers exploration, settlement, and the Indian Wars.

So mark your calendars and plan to attend now. Saturday, February 6, 2010, from 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Taconnett Falls Chapter News

Winter hours for the Taconnett Genealogical Library in Winslow, Maine, are Saturdays, from 12:o0 - 3:00 p.m.

The chapter recently held election of officers and the we congratulate those elected: President Fred Clark, Vice-President Bob Chenard, Secretary Kay Marsh, Treasurer Herb Brock, and Directors Thelma Brooks, Barbara Gunvaldsen and Janet Boynton.

They will be holding their Christmas Party on Sunday, December 20th.

For more information, visit them at

Sticky Wickets

Brainstorm solutions together to help you climb your brick walls. That is what is what will be happening with the Greater Portland Chapter of MGS at their next meeting on January 2, 2010.

The Greater Portland Genealogical Society meets at 1:00 on the first Saturday of every month at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 29 Ocean House Road in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

New members are always welcome.

Come early as refreshments are available starting at 12:30.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Open Research in Penobscot County

The next Penobscot County Genealogical Society meeting is scheduled for December 16th, 6:00 p.m. at the Bangor Public Library in the Lecture Room. It will be an open research night in addition to a gathering to discuss the past efforts, successes and our individual future endeavors. It will be an opportunity to wish everyone a very happy holiday season. Refreshments will be served.

The upcoming new year season for this group promises to bring some great discussions:
Jan 20 2010 - Wayne Reilly, history columnist for the Bangor Daily News
Feb 17 2010 - Roxanne Moore Saucier, Family Ties columnist for the Bangor Daily News
Mar 17 2010 - Dr. Janet TeBrake, Lecturer in History at the University of Maine
Apr 21 2010 - Dana Lippitt, curator for the Bangor Museum and Center for History

So mark your calendars now - the new season looks great.

Stay connected with the Penobscot County Genealogical Society by visiting them on the web at