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The History Of The Irish In Portland, Maine

The January meeting of the Pejepscot Genealogical Society (PGS) will be held in the Morrell Meeting Room of the Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Maine on Sunday, January 11, 2014 at 2pm. The guest speaker will be Matthew Jude Barker discussing the history of the Irish in Portland.

The Irish have influenced the city of Portland since it was first established in the seventeenth century. Today's vibrant Catholic community owes its origins to Irish immigrants in Portland's earliest days, when beloved leaders like Father Ffrench provided solace to souls far from home. The church helped them adapt and adapted along with them, affecting the city in many ways. Portland's Irish faced discrimination, especially in the years before the Civil War, when anti-Irish sentiment surged and burnings and violence erupted, like the June 1855 Rum Riot. Despite this, many Portland Irish took up arms for the United States in the Civil War, and their participation in this conflict helped them become assimilated. Join local expert Matthew Jude Barker as he explores the triumphs and challenges of the Irish of Portland before the twentieth century.

Matthew Jude Barker is the president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Portland, Maine. He is the editor of The Shamrock Connection, an Irish history newsletter, and a contributor to Portland magazine, Galway Roots journal and Discover Maine. He was a reference assistant at Maine Historical Society and is the writer and compiler ofThe Maine Irish Heritage Trail.

There will be a very limited number of copies of his book available for purchase and signing for those who are interested.

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) 729-4098.

Last Updated (Thursday, 08 January 2015 13:20)

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Our scheduled speaker had a family emergency this week and, while everyone appears to be all right, has regrettably had to postpone his lecture on self publishing until a later date.

We have been able to shift some things around and keep our meeting as scheduled. The new topic will be DNA Testing in Genealogy presented by Nancy Milliken Mason. Nancy has been doing genealogy research for more than 30 years and has spoken at various venues across the State about DNA testing and how it can help you confirm (or refute) your previous traditional research results.

From her web site:
Genealogical DNA testing can help you discover the origins of your paternal and maternal lines. It can help find relatives with whom you share a common ancestor. These new relatives may be able to help you break down your ‘brick walls’. It can prove or disprove a genealogical problem. This testing can help find unknown family lines in cases of adoption or other separations from biological lines. It does this by comparing your results against other individuals' test results. It is a great tool for genealogical research. Please join us on Sunday, 11/9 at 2 pm at the Curtis Memorial Library for a peak into the world of genetic genealogy and how you an add this tool to your research
REMINDER: This month's meeting will be in the 1904 Building section of the library. As you enter the library through the main doors, go up the stairs and enter the brick portion of the library on the left side.

Last Updated (Sunday, 09 November 2014 16:26)

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September is here and that means things are kicking off for the Pejepscot Genealogical Society again. After a brief sumemr hiatus, we will gather on Sunday, Sept. 14, in the Morrell Meeting Room of the Brunswick Curtis Memorial Library at 2:00 pm. Our speaker will be PGS Program Chair, Brian Bouchard, who will prepare us for "Save Your Photos Day" (a day designated to occur on September 27) by discussing tips and techniques for saving and organizing our digital photos!

Gone are the days of buying a new roll of film before your trip or special event, or taking the finished roll to get developed somewhere. Even digital cameras are giving way to the new smart phones. But what happens to those photos once they are on your camera or smart phone? Join us as we discuss ways to transfer your old print photographs and other media to digital images. "How should I organize my images?" "What happens if my computer crashes?" "How can I find the one photo I want in the mess of directories I've created?" We'll answer these questions and more as we learn about programs and techniques for getting the most from your digital library.

Following Brian's presentation, we will take a short break to enjoy refreshments and then gather for a business meeting to meet the new officers and discuss upcoming events. Also, Treasurer Sheri Bishop will be collecting the 2014-2015 Annual Dues of $5 before and after the meeting.  For more information, call PGS President John Webster at 833-5430 or Program Chair Brian Bouchard at 729-4098 .

See you there!!

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Les Filles du Roi


The May meeting of the Pejepscot Genealogical Society (PGS) will be held

in the Morrell Meeting Room of the Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Maine

on Sunday, May 4, 2013 at 2pm.


The guest speaker will be Juliana L’Heureux of Topsham. L’Heureux is a freelance writer who has been writing stories about Franco-American heritage and culture for the Portland Press Herald since 1988.  Her Franco-American blog is now a weekly addition to the www.pressherald.com the paper’s online presence. 


Les Filles du Roi (The King’s Daughters) were a group of women who immigrated to Canada between 1663 and 1673 as part of a program sponsored by the French King, Louis XIV. In order to promote permanent settlement in the area known as New France, the French government actively sought out these young women and the king sponsored their passage to the area in hopes of encouraging male immigrants to settle and start their own families in the New World.  Come hear the unique story of Les Filles du Roi and how they helped shape New France.


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.

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