President's Message

Brief on-point messages from the president.


President’s Message, June 2014

The Aroostook County Genealogy Society is about to undertake a busy and hopefully, a successful couple of months.

First, let me digress since I have not submitted anything since the first of the year.

I would like to thank Heather Feuerhelm for her excellent presentation on computer do’s and don’ts for computer dummy’s, like me, as well as the very informative laminated computer keyboard shortcut handout. I have been slowly incorporating some of the shortcuts into my everyday tasks and find that if used consistently, it becomes much easier.

Next, the presentation by Linda Zapatka and Gail Hagelstein for the proposed display and interaction with the public was well done and thought out in April. Gail’s drawings on the display board was typical of a teacher, but made it much clearer for all to understand and voice an opinion. Linda and Gail have taken on a major change in the normal venue that the ACGS has had at the Northern Maine Fair and done an excellent job. But they are going to need much assistance from other members prior to and setting up at the Fair. This will be further discussed at our June meeting.

Recently, Phyllis Brown of Woodland and her daughter, Wendy Jo Brown of Perham donated to our group a 2 volume set of Genealogy books titled: King’s Daughters and Founding Mothers: the Filles du Roi, 1663-1673. This should help some of our members doing research for these years of having to travel long distances to obtain this information. I have yet to see the books but have no doubt that some of our members could utilize them in their research today.

As of this writing, the 1790 book is at the publishers. It is 240 pages in length, printed on both sides. It is on the inhabitants of the Madawaska Settlement area of Maine/New Brunswick in 1790. The book includes three generation which begins with the head of the household as of 1790, and spouse, with the parents of both listed and any children the head of household and spouse had with all the pertinent dates, locations and sources. It is expected that the finished copy will be available by the end of July, in time for the Acadian Congress in the Madawaska area. There will be a limited number available.

To our members: bring a friend, neighbor or relative to YOUR ACGS meeting at 6:30 pm on Monday, June 23rd and introduce them to the toughest detective work known to man.

“Spike” Savage