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Genealogy talks, workshops abound this month

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

Jeff Brown has been working at the Maine State Archives in Augusta almost as long as I’ve been doing genealogy. He is surely one of the most knowledgeable people about our archives anywhere.

So you can see why members of the Penobscot County Genealogical Society are so excited to hear he’s coming to their next meeting to give a public talk. I certainly hope to go.

Join us at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the lecture hall on the third floor of Bangor Public Library. There is an elevator available just inside the door to the entrance to the Children’s Department on the right side of the building at 145 Harlow St.

This is our opportunity to find out how to make the best use of our time at the archives, which is located in the same building as the Maine State Library, right next to the Capitol in Augusta.

This is certainly a busy month for genealogy. The Maine Old Cemetery Association will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Newfield Historical Society in York County. The co-host is Willowbrook, the 19th century village in Newfield. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m., with a $3 fee.

Topics at 9:40 a.m. will be “Newfield and Newfield’s William Durgin,” with Ruth Bridges Ayers; “Old Newfield Village Cemetery Improvement Project,” with Shirley Moriarty; and “Introduction to Willowbrook” with Amelia Chamberlain.

The business meeting is at 10:30 a.m., and lunch at Willowbrook’s Sandwich Shop at 11:30 a.m. More programs will be offered at 12:30 p.m., with a tour of cemeteries at 1:30 p.m.

MOCA has a nice little newsletter. Join MOCA for $5 for one year, $20 for five years or $100 life membership. Send check to MOCA, PO Box 641, Augusta, ME 04332-0641. The Web site is www.rootsweb.com/~memoca/moca.htm.

On the same day, Saturday, Sept. 26, the Maine Genealogical Society will offer a wonderful selection of workshops during its annual meeting 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. at the Bangor Civic Center. Nationally known speakers Marcia Melnyk and Joe Anderson will be accompanied by a variety of great genealogists giving talks.

I expect one of the most popular talks to be “Unearthing Genealogical Treasures at the University of Maine’s Fogler Library” with Melvin Johnson at 2:30 p.m. Another will be the panel discussion on “Breaking Through Brick Walls.”

The cost for the day is $40 for MGS members, $50 for nonmembers. Lunch is $20.

For details, read the Aug. 24 Family Ties on the Bangor Daily News Web site, www.bangordailynews.com, under Lifestyle.

The Washington County Genealogical Society will hold its first meeting of the 2009 fall season 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Peavey Memorial Library in Eastport.

Membership is open to anyone interested in learning more about their family genealogy and history, especially in Washington County and neighboring Charlotte County, New Brunswick. Dues are $10 per year, newsletter included. For information contact president Frances Raye, 853-6630; secretary Valdine Atwood, 255-4432; or treasurer Christine Small, 255-4446.

Send queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, PO Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or e-mail familyti@bangordailynews.net.

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