President’s Message, February 2018

Greetings, Hopefully, you have been able to spend quality time working on projects. It is a better bug to have the van the flu that is going around. These are some of the symptoms of the genealogy bug… planning your vacation around visits to libraries, archives, historical societies, town offices, cemeteries, courthouses, and the registry of […]

Historical Trivia “Big Wig”

As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October). Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldn’t wash the wigs, so to clean them they would […]

Fort Fairfield Newspapers Online

— Submitted by Leslie G. Poole, Rockland, ME I’ve been to the Fort Fairfield Library several times and agonized about perusing their old newspapers. They are so fragile and “crackly.” But now, thanks to librarian Jennifer Gaenzle, newspapers are now online to browse from the comfort of your own home, which, if you’re like me, […]

This Old Tree, January 2018

Looking at the Living Relatives And Where to Find Them This is the start of a new year for genealogical research. I am suggesting that the readers of this column take stock and review their family tree(s). We (you) may be able to update/add information, as there are more new resources online. Review the individual […]

President’s Message, January 2018

Greetings, Hopefully you’re having a good start to the New Year. For those who are from this neck of the woods…I hope you have thawed out! I recently read an article relating how a man had always hired people to work on different aspects of his genealogy. He usually felt disappointed because there was no […]

This Old Tree, November 2017

Your Family’s Vital Records and where to find them. There are many sources that are available for doing research. The problem stems from either not knowing where to find the records or they are not accessible to non-professional Genealogists. The old advice “start with what you know” is where to begin. Record the information you […]

President’s Message, December 2017

I hope that you find the newsletter informative. We’d appreciate any ideas for possible improvement. We’ve had many interesting presentations this year and hope to have more in the coming year. We’ve made good progress in the Archives and it’s an ongoing process. Hopefully you have a productive winter of correlating all the information you […]

Archival Notes, October 2017

Allen reports that he and Linda have completed all the work assembling the books and indexing the last of the obituaries. Great job accomplished by them. We extend our thanks. Recent donations of books, papers, microfilm and CD’s include: Evergreen Cemetery, Nancy Bubar; Cochran Cemetery, Brenda; Thibodeau Reunion Genealogy Book,Gendreau Reunion Genealogy Book, and 1st […]

This Old Tree, October 2017

Did You Really Read the Records? This month’s column is about reading early records carefully. One can be overjoyed to find proof of your ancestor’s vital records that you recorded the primary information without noting the secondary information that may be found in the records. My example is the marriage record for Denis Hal(y)e with […]

President’s Message, October 2017

Greetings, Hopefully you had a fruitful summer. Now you get to spend the winter putting all your research together and making a list so you can do it all again next year. Definitely it is a never ending hobby and/or obsession. There could be worse addictions. My grandfather in WWI embarked from Hoboken to Europe. […]