This Old Tree, November 2018

The mystery of Charles Trade and Katrina Bishop The facts as they appear are straight forward. There is a marriage record in Old Town, Maine for Charles Trade, 33, son of Peter and Mary Trade marrying Katrina Bishop 36, a widow on 30th of April 1870. From the census entry taken on 10th of June […]

Archival Notes, November 2018

On a recent trip downstate, I stopped to visit a lady that I meant on my summer bus trip to Cape Cod. She works at the Brewer Public Library. When visiting there she showed me their Historical Room. They primarily collect Brewer materials but did have some other Maine and New England publications. Very nicely […]

President’s Message, November 2018

How do you like early winter?! Hopefully, you got all sorts of genealogical stuff done this summer which is now waiting on your desk to keep you busy all winter. As a follow-up, my 3rd grader, grand-niece read two of my grandfather’s WWI letters. She was able to read at least 90% of what she […]

This Old Tree, October 2018

This time the topic is making use of a valuable resource that is often overlooked: namely, the University of Maine at Orono Campus‘s Fogler Library. The third weekend in September, Spike Savage and I went to the Maine State Genealogical Society meeting. We went down on Friday the day before for several reasons including driving […]

Archival Notes, September 2018

We have had quite a bit of activity in the archives this summer. We have seen researchers from Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts as well as Southern Maine. Requests have come in from other areas, and we have tried to provide an answer to everyone, sometimes just giving suggestions where we think they should look. On August […]

Historical Trivia, September 2018

‘Mind your ‘P’s and ‘Q’s’ At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized containers. A bar maid’s job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in ‘pints’ and who was drinking in ‘quarts,’ hence […]

President’s Message, September 2018

Greetings Genealogy Junkies! Hope your summer research and travels are fruitful. I was pleased the other day when my grand niece told me that when she goes back to school for third grade that she would be learning cursive. I told her I was so happy. I told her that we could read my grandfather’s […]

This Old Tree, September 2018

August is reminding us that the summer is coming to an end. Meaning that for me it is time to look over all my different lines and see what is missing. I was looking for information for one family out of York, Maine. I reviewed the early families in the York, Maine. I had little […]

This Old Tree, June 2018

Helping Others Can Have Unexpected Benefits This is Part Two on the Search to Break a Brick Wall Orlan Smith, of our local genealogy group, was given a possible hint as to who his Second-great grandfather’s parents might be by Karen from the museum on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick. Like I said in last month’s […]

Archival Notes, June 2018

Summer is finally here! I hope you are getting out to do research. Our ACGS group continues to get requests for help from away. Some persons contact us through our website, Facebook, our private e-mails and in calls to local libraries who refer them to us. Ann, Dennis, Allen and I have collaborated to answer […]