Genealogy Opportunities

ALL ARE WELCOME                                                        





Wednesday, May 1 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.

May 1st -All appointments are now filled (as of 28 March)


Thursday Evenings, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 5:00-6:30
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. To sign up for this course and get your pre-class “homework,” email Kathleen Maclachlan.



Wednesday, May 8th , 3:30-4:30
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. Location: 1st floor, Skidompha Library.



Wednesday, May 22nd, 3:30 – 4:30 
U.S. Special Census Non-Population Schedules Workshop
Flesh out the story of your ancestors’ lives by gleaning information from other census data collected in some decades – agricultural, manufacturing/industrial, enumerating  people who were deaf/mute, mortality, plus the 1880 census of the dependent, homeless children, blind, insane, indigent, and others.


Upcoming Events – Dates To Be Announced Soon!

Probate Record workshop
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 have different hours at the library on Thursday, April 18th, leaving promptly at 3:30.