Sunday, December 20, 2009
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.
Jane D. Colagiovanni, 10 Esquire Drive, Peabody MA 01960
"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:
NERGC2011 Librarians' and Teachers' Day
51 Van Deene Avenue, Apt. E5
West Springfield, MA 01089
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 www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~megs.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
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: http://www.westegg.com/inflation.
Canadians will find a similar Inflation Calculator for the years 1914 through 2009 at the Bank of Canada's Web pages at: http://www.bankofcanada.ca/en/inflation_calc.htm.
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.
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 www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~metfcmgs.
New members are always welcome.
Come early as refreshments are available starting at 12:30.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
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 www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mepcgs.