Events

Our Upcoming Meetings

October 2, 2021

TBD

Cape Elizabeth Casino by Cheryl Harmon postponed

We are working on a program for this meeting. Stay tuned . . .

You can join the meeting on your computer, or on your mobile device (ipad, android, etc.,) at 1 PM. The Zoom link will be sent to all Chapter members a few days before the meeting. If you are not currently a member, please consider joining. (You can join with this link.) If you would like to attend the Zoom meeting as a visitor/guest, please email gpcmgs@gmail.com (do not reply to this post), and I'll send the ID and password a day or two before the meeting.

Past Programs


Sept. 11, 2021 - Putting the Genes in Genealogy:Why DNA provides insights into our past

Stephen Pelsue treated us to a Zoom presentation. Nearly everyone doing genealogy research has heard about DNA testing for genealogy, and most of us have done at least one DNA “ancestry” test. He examined the various tests and analysis methods that are being used to hunt down our lost relatives. By looking at some of the basic science behind DNA testing, he provided us with a better understanding of how it can be used in genealogical research.


June 5, 2021 - Genealogy Websites and "Using a Genealogical Process"

Brother Albert led a discussion regarding the websites that he uses. He will provide the slides to Don to distribute to members. Brother Albert had many websites that most of us had never heard of.

Don Taylor presented a talk regarding “Using A Genealogical Process”. This was very informative.


May 1, 2021 - Organizing your stuff

Rob Roy spoke about an online software “The Next Generation of Genealogy Site building”. Building a website to share your family genealogy with other members of your family. Also, Kerry Porter led a discussion on “Genealogy Do-Overs”.


April 3, 2021 - Organizing your stuff

Pam Beveridge reported on her work “bringing heirlooms to light: i.e. letters, diaries, documents, Bibles, autograph albums, and photographs, particularly of hardscrabble folks who might otherwise have left little record” that she documents in her blog “Heirlooms Reunited”. Also, Diane Holden demonstrated how she organizes all of her genealogical photos and memorabilia.


March 6, 2021 - Let's visit Sweden - Lois Knight and Carol Hanley

Lois Knight spoke about Sweden and Carol Hanley told us about what's going on with the Stockholm Historical Society Museum in Stockholm, Maine. This meeting was held via Zoom.


Feb. 6, 2021 - What have you been up to? - Don Taylor, Diane Brakeley and Margaret Perkins

Don Taylor spoke about his photography project giving access to photographs by Ethel Wright. Diane Brakeley spoke about a book she made about her husband's family's Brakeley Canning Company. Margaret Perkins spoke about tracking down all the people who attended a wedding in her family in 1927. This meeting was held via Zoom.


June 6, 2020 - Occupations: Sources and Discoveries - by Deb Locke

Finding occupation information develops a more complete profile of who your ancestors were and their life-time journeys. We’ll take a quick look at some of the most common sources and then discover more unique sources and records pertaining to specialized professions. This meeting was held via Zoom.


February 1, 2020 - Love Story - by Margaret Perkins

To celebrate the month where Valentine's Day falls, we shared love stories from our ancestors.


January 4, 2020 - How to start your genealogy research - by Don Taylor

Don Taylor offered his presentation of “Getting To Know You”, Ancestors Through Genealogy, A Family History process. This was a great help to those getting started with genealogy, and offered new tips to everyone currently working on their families.


November 2, 2019 - Tell us about an important document you've discovered.

Members spoke about a document they had discovered that helped them break down a brick wall or unlocked a door in their research.


October 5, 2019 - Tell us about the most intriguing person you've discovered

Each attendee spent a few minutes telling us about the most interesting, intriguing or unusual person they had found in their genealogical research. After a short break for refreshments, we watched a 45-minute vieo on the Early Families of New England Study Project by Alicia Crane Williams.

September 7, 2019 - Navigating Wills And Probate Records on Ancestry

We watched a video titled, "Navigating Wills And Probate Records on Ancestry" with Anne Gillespie Mitchell. This video presented the basics. We then worked together after the video.

June 1, 2019 - When you hit a Brick Wall, Develop Foundational Thinking

This meeting featured a video from the "Ancestry Academy" by J. Marke Lowe titled, “When you hit a Brick Wall, Develop Foundational Thinking”

May 4, 2019 - What records exist and where do I find them?

This meeting featured a video by the Barefoot Genealogist, Crista Cowen, on “What records exist and where do I find them?”

April 6, 2019 - What you don't know about Ancestry

This meeting featured a video from RootsTech 2019 by the Barefoot Genealogist, Crista Cowen, on “What you don’t know about Ancestry.”

March 2, 2019 - A "How-To" Helping Round Table

February 2, 2019 - A "How-To" Helping Round Table

January 5, 2019 - 12th Volunteer Regiment of Maine during the Civil War

Debra Ann Gorneault is currently writing a book on the role of the little-known 12th Volunteer Regiment of Maine during the Civil War. She shared her extensive knowledge about the soldiers she now calls "her boys." Her digital presentation, photographs and books all presented a fascinating account of a forgotten but valuable regiment.

December 1, 2018 - Holiday Party