Saturday, February 27, 2010

Query - Smith / Berry Marriage

Looking for place and date of marriage of William Isaac SMITH (aka Isaac William SMITH, b. 1806 in Eastport Maine) to Alice BERRY (b. 1802 place unknown). They married about 1830-1835. William studied medicine in Augusta. They had two children, Eliza and Hyrum.

Would appreciate knowing vitals of Alice's parents if possible.

Thank you,
Virginia Sisk
27810 Lake Street
Hemet CA 92544

Query - Marr & General Research Help

New member Gerald Marr writes:

I have traced the MARR family (my line) from the early 1700's (John & Catherine of Kittery) to the present. What I am seeking is how to obtain more information on those individuals in each generation. Since I am new to this, I am wondering if someone could point me in the right direction. 90%of my ancestors lived and died in Maine. Would appreciate any help.

Gerald Marr

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Aroostook County Genealogical Society Now Online

We are happy to report that our northernmost chapter, Aroostook County Genealogical Society, is now online with a new website. Visit them at

The website is still undergoing some tweaking and they are working diligently on adding additional content, but it is already a great resource.

Surf over and check them out and welcome "The County" to the Internet!

Greater Portland Chapter to Learn About Early New England Food

The Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, March 6th, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road (Rt #77), Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Social time 12:30, program at 1:00 p.m. followed by a business meeting.

Sandy Oliver, food historian will be our guest speaker sharing her knowledge of early New England food - How We Ate American Fare.

The meetings are free and open to the public.
For more information, call Linda (490-5709)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Genealogy Group to meet in Greenville

Roxanne Moore Saucier reported in her Family Ties column in Monday's Bangor Daily News that a new genealogical group will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in the carriage house by the Moosehead Historical Society on Pritham Avenue in Greenville.

Candy Russell will share some resources that are available through the historical society.

To quote Roxanne, "Here's hoping Saturday's meeting will draw lots of interest so that more can be done to preserve the heritage of the Greenville area."

To read her complete column, visit:

Monday, February 15, 2010

Get Ready for the New “Who Do You Think You Are?” Television Series

Stock up on the popcorn and get ready for the new NBC hit show “Who Do You Think You Are?” The family history-focused series will lead seven celebrities on a heart-warming journey back in time as they discover more about the ancestors who came before them. Lisa Kudrow, who executive produced the show will be featured in the episodes, along with Sarah Jessica Parker, Spike Lee, Matthew Broderick, Susan Sarandon, Emmitt Smith, and Brooke Shields. is a partner with NBC on the show

The idea for “Who Do You Think You Are?” originated from a show that has been phenomenally successful in the UK for several years. Since the show aired in 2004, the UK has seen a surge of interest in family history, and we hope and expect the same reaction from “Who Do You Think You Are?” in the United States.

Typically, celebrities play the role of someone else, however in this show they play no one but themselves. Because of this, “Who Do You Think You Are?” really shows the human side of these individuals, who experience a myriad of emotions as they learn their family history. Viewers can’t help but feel inspired and intrigued as they watch the episodes. Naturally, the show will lead viewers to begin thinking about and asking questions around their own family history.

What is wonderful about the show is that, with the celebrity appeal, the genuine emotion they experience, and the family storytelling nature of the show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” is perfectly poised to appeal to the masses – not just professional genealogists or family history experts.

Tune into NBC Fridays 8/7c beginning March 5. For more information about the show, go to:

The potential is great! You and your friends have an important role in making “Who Do You Think You Are?” the next biggest family history phenomenon since Roots! Please help spread the news!

Lou Szucs, Vice-President of Community Relations

Query - Toothaker in Deer Isle

Our Treasurer Richard Spinney is looking for a little assistance. He writes...

On May 14, 1962, Margaret I. Gregory of Rockland wrote Eleanor Toothaker of Dixmont: ". . . I have seen at the office of the Town Clerk of Deer Isle the record of the death of a child, Mary of William I. Toothaker, who died there Sept. 26, 1799, which would indicate William Toothaker, son of Ebenezer born in 1742 was at some time a resident of Deer Isle . . . " Although I have looked in the Deer Isle VR, I cannot find this information. Seek a citation for this information about Mary's death.

Richard Spinney

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sleuthing Session at Pejepscot

Pejepscot Genealogy Society will meet on Sunday, February 14, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in the Morrell Meeting Room of the Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick.

Bring your questions, challenges and lap tops to a problem assistance meeting designed to provide suggestions and direction to aid in your sleuthing.

Come early for a social time and to exchange ideas and discoveries.

For more information, call (207) 833-7371.

Roxanne discusses Sarah Palin's Ancestry

The ever-popular Roxanne Moore Saucier, Family Ties columnist for the Bangor Daily News, will be the guest speaker at the February meeting of the Penobscot County Genealogical Society. She will be discussing Sarah Palin's Ancestry -- From Maine to Alaska.

The group will meet on February 17, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of the Bangor Public Library. You don't have to be a member to of the society to attend. Refreshments will be available.

Upcoming meetings:
March 17, 2010 - Dr. Janet TeBrake will discuss early Irish settlers in Bangor
April 21, 2010 - Dana Lippitt, Curator of the Bangor Museum and Center for History