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Greater Portland CHapter MGS Meeting Feb. 7

Program begins at 1 pm.  Our program guest this month is author Beth DeWolfe of Alfred Maine, University of New England Professor telling us about the incredible story The Murder of Mary Bean.  A story of historical value in that it concerns all the many young women who left the safety of their homes in New England and other areas to work in the textile mills.  Meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome. 

Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 129 Ocean House Rd. (Rt. #77) in Cape Elizabeth , Maine
Contact: For More InformationContact Linda Aaskov - 207-490-5709

Last Updated (Monday, 26 January 2009 06:58)

 

January 1st Offers A New Beginning To Many Maine Natives

Adoptees across the State will have the chance at a new beginning on January 2nd, one day after a new law goes into effect, allowing adults who were placed for adoption in Maine to have access to their original birth records.  The law was championed by former State Sen. Paula Benoit R-Phippsburg who is herself adopted.

Benoit and others will be waiting at the doors of the records office on Friday when it will be first open after the New Year holiday, looking for birth certificates which will include their birth mother's name and in some cases the father's name, although often this is not the case.

Understanding your family history is important to many people as it gives us a sense of who we are, where we belong, and where we came from as a family. For adoptees, there is also the added benefits of potentially learning new information about family medical history and connecting with close relatives they may never have met otherwise.  Of course, parents who gave their children up for adoption can also fill out a "contact preference" form which will let adoptees know if they want to be contacted or not.  Don Lemieux, director of the Maine Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics encourages anyone who has placed a child up for adoption to fill out such a form, which also allows them to release medical history.

For more information on this new law, visit the Kennebec Journal Online at:
http://kennebecjournal.mainetoday.com/news/local/5755916.html

Last Updated (Sunday, 28 December 2008 18:05)

 

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Last Updated (Saturday, 27 December 2008 06:42)