Genealogy Opportunities

ALL ARE WELCOME                                                        







Thursday Evenings, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 5:00-6:30 OR
Wed. Mornings, July 31, Aug 7, 14, 21; 9:30-11:00
Beginning Genealogy Series – Course Size is Limited
A”First Look” at Family History Research
Designed for REAL beginners, this 4-session course 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.
The next offerings of this 4-week course will be in November – early December.

To signup for a Beginner Course, email Kathleen with (a)  your name; (b) which course e.g. August evenings, July – Aug. daytimes; Nov-Dec evenings, Nov-Dec daytimes, (c) your phone number.  

Wednesday, June 12th, 12:00-1:00, Porter Meeting Room, 1st floor
Webinar:  Finding your Female Ancestors

Wednesday Genealogy Roundtable Discussions, 3:30-4:30, 2nd floor Carpenter Room
No sign-up needed for these free times of sharing experiences and resources. These are topic based gatherings – see below:
July 10 – Reading Old Writing – bring a sample to share or decipher
July 17 – Stories of WWI – share about a person, search, or document
July 24 – Jewish Ancestry – share resources, successes, questions
July 31 – County Courthouse – focus on probate records
Aug 7 –   Stories of DNA – share stories of matches and connecting
Aug 14 – Wills – getting to the core of the information
Aug 21 – FTM – for Family Tree Maker software users to share tips, questions
Sept 4 –  Online Alternatives to
Sept 11 – Heroes – story sharing about a hero in your family

Tuesday, July 16th, 11:00-12:00
Lydia Keene’s Journey on Shipboard as revealed by her diary and logbook
presented by her granddaughter, Joan Gregoire, in Skidompha’s 1st floor Porter Meeting Hall

Wednesday, August 28th, 3:30-4:30      POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
Admiral John Merry – his life and adventures
presented by researcher, Darby Langdon, in Skidompha’s 1st floor Porter Meeting Hall

Wednesday, August 28th, 3:30-4:30
A special surprise presentation on an aspect of local history

Wednesday, September 18th, 3:45-4:45
Scanning Basics
presented by staff genealogist, Kathleen Maclachlan, in the 2nd floor Carpenter Room

Upcoming Events – Dates To Be Announced Soon!
Probate Record workshop
Small-group workshops for Family Tree Maker users
Abstracting Wills small group workshop
Case Study ~ How to Resolve & Record Conflicting Information small group workshop
After your Ancestry Subscription Ends

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.  Kathleen Maclachlan will not be at the library on Thursdays June 20 & June 27.  Skidompha Library will be closed on Thursday, July 4 to celebrate Independence Day!