Genealogy Programs

Adult Summer Reading Genealogy Programs 2022

Genealogy Special Research Help & Information Collection For Adults

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Skidompha Library | 2nd Floor Genealogy Section

Each month, Skidompha Genealogy volunteers will offer two thematic events. In the first event, participants will receive help searching for their ancestors using Skidompha’s genealogy resources. In the second event, participants will be invited to share their own stories to help grow the library’s collection and improve future research for all library patrons.

Thursday, Jun. 16: Seafaring Ancestors – Research Help

Thursday, Jun. 30: Seafaring Ancestors – Share Your Stories

Thursday, Jul. 14: Naval/Military Ancestors – Research Help

Thursday, Jul. 28: Naval/Military Ancestors – Share Your Stories

Thursday, Aug. 4: Landlubbers/MidCoast Maine – Research Help

Thursday, Aug. 18: Landlubbers/MidCoast Maine – Share Your Stories


Ongoing Genealogy Offerings:

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!  Other wonderful links of note from this site:  Maine Memory Network and Digital Maine Repository.

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

Future Learn Genealogy Course

Six-week free introductory course from the University of Strathclyde’s continuing education program is available now!

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 that guides you to other sites with records & resources.  Over 20 years, genealogist Cyndi Ingle has created a “card catalog” for 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 canceled.

A Genealogist’s Guide to Tracing People from Our Past

This new suggestion comes from a family who found our Skidompha “other online resources” page and got busy researching their own family history online and via phone interviews. They’ve recommended this site as a good addition to our resources list, saying “it’s loaded with information from beginners tips, a wide variety of documentation tips, and preservation tips.”

New York City History: Ellis Island

We are grateful for this new addition to our list which came as a suggestion from someone who has used this pandemic time to begin their family history journey.  The page includes some background history on Ellis Island and then compiles a list of wonderful links regarding Ellis Island and other topics related to immigration history.  This page was created by a lawyer.  Including this link to his New York City History: Ellis Island page and its links do not constitute a recommendation of any sort by Skidompha Library or staff, past, present, or future, about this law firm or its partners and employees.  Also, be aware that not all immigrants came through Ellis Island; many came earlier than it opened and may have come through the earlier immigration and processing center, Castle Garden in New York, which operated 1 August 1855 – 31 December 1891.