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 The February meeting of the Pejepscot Genealogical Society (PGS) will be held  in the Morrell Meeting Room of the Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Maine on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 2pm.

The group will welcome representatives from both the Curtis Memorial and Bowdoin College libraries to discuss local history and genealogy resources available at these institutions.

From published genealogies to town histories and vital records – old newspapers, special collections and access to the top research sites online, Brunswick’s local libraries hold a treasure trove of information for the family history researcher. The holdings of Bowdoin College include much on Maine and New England’s early history as well as an area of Special Collections. The Curtis Library has local genealogies, newspapers, and free access to some online research sites. Join us as we become reacquainted with some of these resources, and learn for the first time of others.

Everyone is invited to join to the group beginning with a brief social period before and after the speaker. A business meeting will follow. For more information contact Brian Bouchard, Program Coordinator at (207)798-2144.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 28 January 2014 12:18)

 
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The December meeting of the Pejepscot Genealogical Society (PGS) will be held in the Morrell Meeting Room of the Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Maine on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 2pm.

The guest speaker will be Helen Shaw, MA, CG(sm), President of the Maine Genealogical Society(MGS)  and legislative liason for MGS and the Maine Old Cemetery Association (MOCA).  Shaw is an expert on census and cemetery research and works tirelessly to keep Maine records accessible for research and preserving Maine’s cemeteries.

Most genealogists will spend a significant portion of their research time either in cemeteries or trying to locate the cemeteries in which their family members were laid to rest. What do you do when there is no death certificate, no obituary, no burial record? What you know about your deceased family members can help you narrow your search for a cemetery. What you know about the cemetery in which family members are buried can tell you a great deal about them and their social and ethnic background. People are buried in a particular cemetery for a reason. Discovering the reason will lead to a better understanding of your relatives.

Everyone is invited to join to the group beginning with a brief social period before and after the speaker. A business meeting will follow.  For more information contact Brian Bouchard, Program Coordinator at (207)841-4812.

 
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The November meeting of the Pejepscot Genealogical Society (PGS) will be held in the Morrell Meeting Room of the Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Maine on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 2pm.

The guest speaker will be Nathan R. Lipfert, Senior Curator of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine who will discuss the Merchant Mariners Muster project currently underway at the museum.

Archivists at Maine Maritime Museum have been working for the past 20 months to create a unique resource – a database of mariners aboard ships. Beginning with 45 never-cataloged collections of manuscripts at the Museum’s library and a major Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources, project staff and volunteers have organized and cataloged all 45 collections and used information from their documents to build a database of all the sailors documented therein. This database will be accessible on the Museum’s website, and will be searchable by sailor’s name, vessel’s name, voyage, and document. Senior Curator Nathan Lipfert will describe the past, present, and future of this never-ending project. Mariners, especially of deepwater vessels, leave behind few documents and can be very hard to study, as both scholars and genealogists know, and this project is designed to change that. Lipfert will talk about some oddities of being employed as a seaman and some of the things that have been learned along the way, as well as the nitty-gritty of creating and using the database.

Nathan R. Lipfert has worked at Maine Maritime Museum since 1971 in various curatorial capacities and is currently serving as Senior Curator. He was educated at Hofstra University and Vermont College of Norwich University, and at the National Archives Institute of the National Archives, among other places. He has curated dozens of exhibits, large and small, for Maine Maritime Museum, and has written many articles, papers, lectures, finding aids, book reviews, and a few books. Most recently (2012), he has co-authored and edited Maine & The Sea: 50 Years of Collecting at Maine Maritime Museum. He is an archivist, has served as an Elder hostel faculty member and runs an annual maritime history symposium. He has wide experience in rowing and sailing small craft, and has sailed a number of large sailing vessels. He is the recipient of MMM’s 2011 Mariner of the Year Award.

 

Everyone is invited to join to the group beginning with a brief social period before and after the speaker. A business meeting will follow.  For more information contact Brian Bouchard, Program Coordinator at (207)841-4812.

 
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The September meeting of the Pejepscot Genealogical Society (PGS) will be held in the Morrell Meeting Room of the Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Maine on Sunday, September 8 at 2PM.

The guest speaker will be Brian Bouchard, PGS member and Vice President and Webmaster of the Maine Genealogical Society.

Newspapers have been around for hundreds of years and contain a plethora of information about our ancestors, but have historically been an underutilized source in genealogical research. In this discussion we will dispel the myth, "My ancestors weren’t newsworthy," and explain how ordinary events in the lives of all our ancestors became local news. Utilizing actual newspaper articles from the past 250 years, participants will be challenged to think about how they can utilize this same type of information in their own research. Also discussed will be search techniques and some common subscription based and FREE web sites that participants may begin using right away for rounding out their own family histories.

Brian Bouchard is a Brunswick native who has been exploring his own family history for nearly 20 years. He has spoken to a number of audiences on a variety of topics related to how to do genealogical research. He is the former President of the Pejepscot Genealogy Society and is the current Vice President and Webmaster for the Maine Genealogical Society, also serving on this group’s Conference committee.

Join us as we learn about this important tool in researching our family history and stay afterwards for a short social time, followed by a business meeting.

Last Updated (Sunday, 08 September 2013 09:39)

 
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