Genealogy Opportunities

ALL ARE WELCOME                                                       





Wednesday, December 5th, 12:30-2:00
Gifts and Gadgets for the Genealogist, plus a potluck lunch
Wondering what’s new in the world of scanners, photobooks, archival storage, voice recorders, software, cloud storage, databases, and apps?  Novice and experienced genealogists, family and friends, computer-savvy folks and paper file lovers are all welcome to attend, share knowledge of what’s new in the genealogy world, and share tasty treats, both savory and sweet.


Tuesday, January 8th, 10:00-11:30
Thursday, January 10th, 5:00-6:30 

Intro to Beginning Genealogy  
A 90-minute “First Look” at Family History Research
Designed for REAL beginners, this 90-minute class will help participants know the basics of best practices for genealogy, giving a solid foundation for future research. Staff genealogist Kathleen Maclachlan will also recommend books and other resources for beginners and will provide handouts. To sign up for either class and get your pre-class
“homework,” email Kathleen Maclachlan.

Beginner Series Offered 
Those who have completed the Intro class and wish to continue learning will have the option of signing up for a 3-class Beginner Series:
Daytime Tuesdays: January 22nd, February 5th, February 19th – all 10:00-11:30 am
Evening Thursdays:  January 24th, February 7th, February 21st – all 5:00-6:30 pm 



Wednesday, January 16th, 12:30-2:00
Why Genealogy Software?  Plus Software Demonstrations
An introduction to the benefits of using software for your genealogy record-keeping plus the opportunity to see various genealogical software programs demonstrated.  This program will be held in the library’s 1st floor Porter Meeting Hall, led by staff genealogist Kathleen Maclachlan



Tuesday, January 22nd, 12:00-1:30
HATS & Mor
e!  What did your Ancestors Wear on their Heads?
Plain or fancy, furry or feathery, practical or whimsical – – hats have been popular for generations and hat styles can help us date photos!  And knowing the era of a photo might help to identify who was wearing that topper!  Participants are encouraged to bring photos of hat-wearing people and to bring actual examples of hats for the group to enjoy.  This gathering will take place in the 2nd floor Genealogy Section.



Wednesday, January 30th, 12:30-2:00
Citing Sources – How to use your Software Options
Frustrated with entering source information into your software program?  Want help in navigating the eccentricities of those entry fields offered?  Need encouragement to keep up this best practice of genealogical research?  This small group format should help!  Group size is limited; please email Kathleen Maclachlan to sign up and include the name of the software you are using.


Wednesday, February 13 by appointment
One-on-One Free Consultations with Kathleen Maclachlan
Get help developing a research plan, attacking a “brick wall,” practicing your online search techniques, dealing with facts that don’t match, finding new sources to explore, or discussing your own special genealogy questions.  Email Kathleen Maclachlan for a one hour appointment.  Preference will be given to those who have not had an appointment in the previous three months.
Feb 13th – 3 appointments open
(please note that there will be no private consultations offered in December or January)


Tuesday, February 19th, 12:00-1:30
Using Newspapers in Genealogical Research
Finding  your ancestor’s name or photo in a newspaper can be a thrill, offering a deep sense of connection.  News articles can also provide a wealth of new information by naming relatives, towns of residence or birth, years of immigration, and the stories that flesh out the material found in other documents.  Today’s talk will include tips on how to find elusive newspapers, online and onsite, plus how to “massage” some newspaper search engine’s search fields for best results.  This discussion will be held in the library’s 2nd floor Genealogy Section.

Thursday, February 21st, 12:30-2:00
Historical Newspapers & an Update on our Digitizing Project
An enormous & exciting project is underway! Local newspapers, mostly the Lincoln County News, but also some smaller newspapers, are being digitized to make the precious information contained available. Come hear about the project. Maine’s Fort Fairfield area newspaper site will be used as an example of how “ours” will look and function. Presentation in 1st floor Porter Meeting Hall at Skidompha Library.

The genealogy section is available to researchers during all library hours; please remember to sign in and sign out at the section kiosk.  Please place all books, etc on red cart when finished.
Our staff genealogy specialist, Kathleen Maclachlan, is here Thursdays from 9 – 5 to assist visitors in researching local history and local family history as well as to help folks use the free (world version) subscription, suggest strategies for genealogy research in the US and beyond, and increase awareness of the many fine institutions in Maine and beyond who have collections which augment those at the library. Thursdays are “drop-in” days and no guaranteed private instruction is offered on these days when multiple researchers are likely to be using the genealogy area.  Please note that the staff genealogist will be on vacation Thursday, Dec. 27th.