Genealogy Programs

ALL ARE WELCOME                                                        




While the Library is Closed 

  • Staff genealogist, Kathleen Maclachlan, will be checking email on Mondays and Thursdays and is happy to respond to your genealogy questions via email.
  • Get timely Genealogy updates, photos, and humor by liking and following our genealogy facebook page:  Skidompha Library Genealogy.  
  • Enjoy these Two Lists of Online Resources:

Free Online Research Sites

Family Search

You set up an account, but it is free. Has some, but not all, of the same records as Ancestry, and also has some unique records. Highly recommended for researching documents. Trees placed on this site are not private and may contain unsourced information.  Search > Records

The Ancestor Hunt 

The Ancestor Hunt – this site contains newspaper links to many free digital newspaper sites in every US State and Canadian Province, plus a small amount of information on Australian, Caribbean, and Europe.

Ancestry Library Edition and My Heritage via Digital Maine – NOW AVAILABLE FROM HOME!

The Digital Maine Library provides every resident of Maine with access to online resources that include a collection of full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference. It also provides students, business people, public library patrons, and higher education students and educators the ability to use online learning tools.  This is also your portal for accessing NOW FROM YOUR OWN HOME Ancestry Library edition and  My Heritage, genealogical databases, free for those in Maine/  Search > Genealogy    Choose Ancestry Library or My Heritage and enjoy your family history research!

Online Learning – These sites have some free, some paid webinars.

Family Tree Webinars

From the makers of Legacy genealogy software, offering 7 live webinars each on a specific date and time, through April 15 (sign up required) and 18 pre-recorded webinars to watch anytime.  For pre-recorded webinars, go to the link shown above, then click on Webinar Library on the toolbar

I have heard Mags Gaulden speak, so would recommend her April 1 “Forensic Genealogy, DNA, and Adoption.”  Based on the topic and my own experience, I also recommend “Mistrust Transcriptions: And Here’s Why  I plan to watch “The General Land Office Website—A Genealogical Gem”

American Ancestors Online Classes

This site is part of the New England Historic Genealogical Society; their next free (sign up required) webinar is March 19 “Mayflower Resources on American” [Note that is a subscription-based site, so the webinar is free, but the site is not.]

Future Learn Genealogy Course

Six week free introductory course from the University of Strathclyde’s continuing education program started last week, but you can catch up!

Family Search Research Wiki

This site has nearly 100,000 articles to guide you to websites, research strategies, records & resources! You set up a free account at and then can use the above Wiki site directly with this link or from the main page: Search > Research Wiki. Keyword search by location, record type, etc.

Cyndi’s List

This is an extensive list which guides you to other sites with records & resources.  Over 20 years, genealogist Cyndi Ingle has created a “card catalog” to the vast amount of genealogical resources available online. It is categorized and cross-referenced for easier use. Cyndi was to be the speaker at the Maine Genealogical Society’s Spring Conference, but like most gatherings, that has had to be cancelled.


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.