The Maine Register state yearbook and legislative manual (black books) can be a good source. They contain info on all the towns and plantations etc. starting in the 1800s. You can find the postmaster, town selectmen, school committee members, clergy, you name it. You can find out when the town came into being, name changes […]

Gleanings from the NEHGS e-newsletter… Family Search will stop distribution of microfilm as of 1 Sept. 2017. The technology is becoming obsolete and they should be done digitizing the rest of their microfilms by 2020. Reminder…the NEHGS is digitizing the sacramental records of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston from 1789-1900. That’s baptism, marriage, deaths, […]

I recently heard the last 30 seconds of an NPR broadcast about the Internet Archives at I then goggled “internet archives” and you should see what’s there! It’s a nonprofit with over 284 billion web pages doing this. There are Maine genealogy books, city directories, census records and you name it. Pick a state; […]

Gleanings from the Maine History

Gleanings from the Maine History vol.51 winter 2016-17 article on poorhouses and town farms… and census records and town reports and other knowledge I’ve picked up over the years…… You may find inhabitants of the poorhouse or town farm listed in the census or town reports. They were sometimes listed as in-mates in the census. […]

R.I.P. for those who speak English means rest in peace. For French speakers it is repose(r) paix. It’s what we say as our translation of the Latin requiescat in pace. This translates as may he/she lay in peace. Requiescant is plural. This comes from Isaiah 57:2… Those who walk uprightly enters peace; they find rest […]

If you go to the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs web site you will find the National Cemetery Administration page. They have a list of headstone and marker inscription abbreviations. This is for branch of service, war service and awards.  Abbrev for ranks for Air Force, Army, Army Air Corps/Forces, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant […]

— Gleaned from the BDN Another good reason for doing your family tree is so that when you’re reading the newspaper and look at ‘Today In History’ you’ll know what your ancestors were doing. On this date (Dec.13th) in 1621 the first furs were sent back to England aboard the ship Fortune. This was done […]

When I started my DAR research many years ago I wanted to join on the ancestor a cousin used. The DAR now needs double proofs and things were less strict for proof in the 1890s so I would need to beef up the records. I didn’t have the skill sets at the time. It was […]

In October I went to Virginia on family business. While there I stopped for an hour at The Library of Virginia (Archives) in Richmond. I did the same 5 years ago for the same friend. I was really excited with what I found was available. Some of what they have on microfilm is available through […]

Back in the 1800s and even later many towns and counties and others published biographical histories. Obviously many people submitted their family histories as they knew them. I suspect they used family lore etc. and not much in the way of facts. These books are referred to as “mug books”. Take what you read with […]