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Today we launched a new project at called the Land Record Project.  This effort is designed to put digitized images of land deeds, mortgage discharges and other related materials online for genealogists to make use of when conducting their research.

Land deeds offer a wealth of information and often "fill in the gaps" between other more widely used records, such as Federal Census.  Land deeds give us a glimps of when our ancestors moved to a new location, how long they stayed, where they were physically, and logically amongst neighbors.  In some cases we can learn about potential relationships between grantors and grantees.  While not considered the most "fun" type of research, because it can often be tedious and time consuming to find the right documents, for the most genealogists, the value of deeds is undeniable.

To see what we have started putting online, select Land Records from the Our Projects menu at the top of this page, or click on the following link:

 - Brian

Last Updated (Monday, 22 December 2008 12:29)


Welcome Class of 1951

Welcome to the latest addition to our UMaine Prism Seniors Index, The Class of 1951.  With the completion of this class, our index of the University of Maine Fogler Library's Yearbook Online Project, includes more than 12,000 names and with more than 40 years left to index, we expect to have well more than double that number by the time we are through.

If you're looking for a fun project that will keep you busy inside this winter, why not consider joining our group of volunteers to complete this indexing project?  All of the work can be done online, and with easy entry of the data, you will immediately see your work on the web (No waiting for us to upload excel spreadsheets or the like.)

For anyone interested, there is a brief tutorial available on how the project works at:

 If you want to join our merry band of volunteers, drop me an email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ?Subject=UMaine Senior Index Project'; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text96095 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //-->\n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and I'll help get you started as soon as you're ready.

 Anyone interested in checking out the Senior Index online can visit the Index Homepage:


Thanks for stopping by, and stay warm ;)

- Brian


Last Updated (Saturday, 20 December 2008 04:05)


New Letter added to Letter Collection

Our newest (and oldest) letter was recently added to  The letter is to an Edward MITCHELL of Waterville, Maine from his father.  A transcription is included below.  PLease not the use of [??] to indicate words I could not make out while reading the original.  If you want to view the original, go to the Our Projects and Letters Collection link at the top of the page, or click here:

We wrote you nearly a month [??] informing you that we have engaged a school for
you here to commence on the last day of this month - since then we have heard
nothing from you, and do not now know whether ort not you have received our
letter of when you are coming.
   Thanksgiving here will be on the 26th of this month - and we have thought you
would be here at that time.  You must write and let us know what your plans are.
We have had [??] from Helen and [??] Whitman - the babe is quite sickfeeble and
will not probably live long.  Victor Mitchell is dead - he died in the hospital
in N. York, was taken with a fever on his passage hime from Savanna with his
brother Josiah - His remains were carried to Freeport and buried Last Sunday -
Josiah came on with them and went back to N. York on Monday. Ezekiel has also
gone on to New York to take [??] with his brother for the benefit of his
   Your Grandpa Mitchell is now at Springfield and has been there even since I wrote
you last - Your Aunt Davis continues [??] sick - [??] Cushing and wife are going to
Boston to spend the winter and will leave here next week.
   I can think of nothing more to write - let us hear from you soon - and give our love
to all inquiring friends -

Your affectionate



Last Updated (Monday, 08 December 2008 04:50)