WHILE THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
- Staff genealogist, Kathleen Maclachlan, will be checking email email@example.com 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.
Free Online Research Sites
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 – 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.
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!
These non-newspaper scans are from our onsite collection and have been OCR indexed for ease of searching. New digital collections are being added all the time, so check back frequently to see what’s new! These archives are free to use and accessible to the public. Digitized materials are available here. Note: The date fields are not functional in this portion of our archives.
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”
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 Ancestors.org” [Note that americanancestors.org is a subscription-based site, so the webinar is free, but the site is not.]
Six week free introductory course from the University of Strathclyde’s continuing education program started last week, but you can catch up!
This site has nearly 100,000 articles to guide you to websites, research strategies, records & resources! You set up a free account at www.familysearch.org 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.
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.
Ancestry Library – PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS LINK IS ONLY FOR IN-LIBRARY USE AND WILL NOT FUNCTION FROM YOUR HOME. sEE ABOVE LINK VIA DIGITAL MAINE
Good news! All library visitors can access the library version of ancestry (World Edition) on our computers or on your own laptop or tablet. Our computers have an icon which will take you directly to the site. On your own laptop or tablet just connect to our Wifi “Skidompha Wireless” (see a librarian for the password) and then use the link shown above.