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Maine Genealogical Society Annual Conference

The Maine Genealogical Society Annual Conference will be held on Saturday,
September 20 at the Wyndham Portland Airport Hotel in South Portland,
Maine.    You are invited to join us for this exciting conference
featuring nine workshops,  a national keynote speaker, vendors &
exhibitors and the return of the Research Room - very popular during last
year's conference.

The theme of this year's conference is Linking to Your Family's History
and will feature Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, a nationally acclaimed
genealogical lecturer and author of several books, including Trace Your
Roots with DNA and Honoring Our Ancestors.    Megan serves as Chief Family
Historian and North American spokesperson for and is also
co-founder of Roots Television, a popular online channel of genealogy and
history-oriented programming.

Workshop topics include:
Session One - concurrent
Trace Your Roots with DNA
Mapping Your Ancestors Electronically
A Conversation About LD 1084 - An Act to Provide Adult Adoptees Access to
their Original Birth Certificates

Session Two - concurrent
Beyond Y-DNA: Your Genetic Genealogy Options
Marketing Your Ancestors with Message Boards and Mailing Lists
The Maine-Canada-Ireland Connections: Seeking Rogers's Roots

Session Three - concurrent
Reserve Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones
Legacy Software: Insider Tips and Tricks
Preservation of Modern Imaging Systems

Please be sure to register early for this great conference.  
Registrations postmarked by August 31 are $40 for MGS members and $55 for
non-members.    Registrations postmarked September 1 or after are $75.  
Be sure to register early and share this information with fellow
researchers who might be interested in attending.   

On Saturday, September 20, the registration table will begin at 8am and
the vendors, exhibitors and research room will be open as well.    The
conference welcome, awards and announcements begin at 9am, the keynote
address by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak will begin at 9:15am and workshops
will follow.   There will be a luncheon buffet ($25) and the MGS Annual
Meeting in the afternoon.    The conference will end at 4:45pm.

For more information on this conference such as a full description of each
workshop, description of the workshop speakers, full conference schedule,
conference brochure and registration form, please visit our website at

Hope to see you there!

Last Updated (Thursday, 28 August 2008 05:30)


UMaine Prism Senior Index Project

Prism Senior Portrait Index

The University of Maine's Fogler Library, in partnership with is excited to announce the launch of the Prism
Senior Portrait Index project.

This project builds on the digital conversion work of the Fogler Library staff who have been promoting the University of Maine's yearbook online from the years 1895 through 1997.  The project was a collaboration between Fogler Library and the University of Maine Alumni Association.  While an extremely valuable resource for researchers, it was acknowledged that a searchable index would  additionally be a useful tool for people accessing this collection.

With the help of volunteers from the University of Maine and, the project aims to create a searchable database of more than 100 years worth of graduating senior classes at the  University. Both groups are actively seeking volunteers to help in this endeavor.

The tools needed to help with the project are a web browser, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and the ability to pay attention to details.  If you have an internet connection, and would like to help, the project would love to have you.

Anyone interested in helping with the Prism Senior Portrait Index project should contact Brian Bouchard ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for more information.

To browse the yearbooks that are currently online, you can visit the project on the Fogler Library's web site at:

To search the Senior Portrait Index on, select  "UMaine Prism Seniors Index" under the "Our Projects" menu option.



Last Updated (Thursday, 14 August 2008 19:49)


Norlands Living History Center - Annual Meeting


Monday, August 18, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Washburn Memorial Library

Washburn Norlands Living History Center
290 Norlands Road, Livermore, ME

The public and members of the foundation are cordially invited to the Annual Meeting
of the Washburn Norlands Foundation.  

As you may know, we had a devastating fire in late April 2008, which destroyed the
barn and farmhouse.  Remarkably, the mansion, kitchen and the collections within
these buildings were saved, though damaged.  Members and the community are invited
to bring photos and memories of the Norlands barn, farmhouse and living history
programs to the Annual Meeting to share with the Rebuild Norlands team.   Bring your
hopes and wishes for Norlands' future!

Come and hear about our activities throughout 2007/08 and our plans for the future,
including the renewal of educational program for children and families and the
reconstruction and restoration of Norlands' historic buildings and collections.  We
will announce the recipient of Norlands' first Thelma Swain Award for Youth
Leadership in Fundraising, in honor of the late Thelma Swain, a lifetime member and
friend of the Norlands.  

Our mission is to preserve the heritage and traditions of rural life in Maine's past,
to celebrate the achievements of Livermore's Washburn family, and
to use living history methods to make values, activities, and issues
of the past relevant to present and future generations.


For more information please visit or contact

Kathleen Beauregard, Executive Director at 207-778-1195 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated (Tuesday, 12 August 2008 17:02)