Genealogy Opportunities

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Wednesday, August 22nd, 12:30-2:00
Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor; Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief,
Doctor, baker, fine shoe-maker; Wise man, madman, taxman, please….
Resources for Researching your Ancestors’
Occupations ~ presented by Kathleen Maclachlan




Wednesday, September 5th, 12:30-2:00
ring the “M” in Skidompha
The Story of the Merry Family Collection
This presentation by researcher Darby Langdon is filled with stories of seafaring adventures, conflict, and intrigue as she relates her journey of discovery using the documents of Damariscotta’s late 19th and early 20th century Merry family and other source material.





Wednesday, September 26th, 12:30-2:00
Traveling Back to our Ancestors’ Neighborhoods
Genealogist Kathleen Maclachlan will recount the details of researching and planning to visit four areas in Ireland and Scotland where her ancestors and her husband’s ancestors lived and the surprises which the trip held.  She hopes that others will be encouraged by this talk, can glean some helpful hints, and enjoy the adventure vicariously.


Thursday, October 11th, 5:00-6:30
Webinar by a New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Genealogist

A one-hour presentation (topic TBA soon!) including time for discussion among participants

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.

Wednesday, September 12 and Wednesday, October 10  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.
Sept 12 –  3 appointments open
Oct 10   – 4 appointments 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.