Genealogy Opportunities

ALL ARE WELCOME                                                       
2018 SCHEDULE BELOW                                         





Wednesday, October 31st, 1:30-3:00
ns in My Closet
Join researcher Susan Handel in Porter Meeting Hall at Skidompha Library as she takes us along on her research journey and uncovers several surprises! Titled “Skeletons in My Closet” Susan’s carefully prepared presentation includes the stories of four ancestors. Please join Susan and contemplate the question that researchers must consider before delving into family history: “Do you really want to know?”

Wednesday, November 14th, 12:30-2:00
A Tale of Two Artifacts
Charles Dickens wrote a Tale of Two Cities.  But who will write A Tale of Two Artifacts?  You will!  In this genealogy workshop, participants will be guided through the process of writing the stories of a pair of their own family heirlooms in order to preserve  the information for future generations.  Prior to attending the workshop, attendees will need to choose two family heirlooms, such as a piece of jewelry,  cutlery, china, baby bonnet, flag, pair of gloves, photo, watch, lamp, letter, handmade or hand carved item, membership card, calling card, or toy and gather all known facts about the item and its owner(s).  During the workshop, participants will receive guidance on writing the full stories of the two items they’ve chosen as well as further suggestions for more research into the history of these family treasures.  Best of all, the group will encourage one another in preserving these important family stories.

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.

Wed, November 7 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.
Nov 7th – 1 appointment open

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.