Historical Trivia, January 2019

“Dirt Poor” “Threshold” The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, “Dirt poor.” The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more […]

This Old Tree, January 2019

The Mystery of Charles Tray and Catherine Bishop, part 2 In my last column in Nov. 2018 I had found Charles Tray Family in Old Town, Maine per 1870 Census. I then found the family in Waterville, Maine in 1880 census. The family makeup in 1880 was Charles age 39, Catherine age 46 and four […]

President’s Message, January 2019

Greetings, I hope that our members and guests have had a good holiday season. This is the start of a New Year, and time for new goals and projects of a genealogical nature. During this cold and dark time of year now is a good time to start planning for what each one of us […]

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 […]