Bangor ancestry research day to feature Great Britain expert

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist
Posted Feb. 28, 2010, at 6:22 p.m.

George G. Morgan is an internationally known speaker with a popular specialty — researching your ancestry in Great Britain.

He was the featured speaker at the 2007 Maine Genealogical Society Conference, and definitely one who listeners hoped would return.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a whole day of talks by this author and researcher?

The Maine Genealogical Society will present just such a day, “Genealogical Research into England, Scotland and Wales” with George G. Morgan 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor.

Morgan’s topics will be:

— “A Brief Overview of the History of Britain.”

— “British Documents of Genealogical Value.”

— “Scottish Documents of Genealogical Value.”

— “Welsh Documents of Genealogical Value.”

— “Locating Anglican Parish Registers in England.”

— “Before and After 1858: English and Welsh Wills and Death Records.”

— “Locating and Ordering English BMDs,” meaning birth, marriage, death and divorce records. The process is also applicable to getting records from Wales and Scotland.

— “Review of an Extensive Bibliography and a List of Online Genealogical Sites,” with handouts to those attending.

The registration fee for the day, including buffet lunch, is $40 for Maine Genealogical Society members, $50 for nonmembers. Registration must be postmarked by April 3.

Make checks payable to Maine Genealogical Society and mail them in care of Celeste Hyer, 69 Loop Road, Otisfield, ME 04270-6456.

If you are not a member of MGS, you may join by printing the membership form at www.maineroots.org and sending the dues along with your registration for this workshop.

One year’s dues to MGS are $25 if you would like your quarterly journal mailed first class, or $20 if you want it mailed third class. By joining MGS, you become entitled to attend the George Morgan Day in Bangor for $40, rather than $50, buffet lunch included. You also can purchase special publications of MGS, such as the “Maine Families in 1790s” series, at a discount.

Morgan is the author of “The Official Guide to Ancestry.com,” “How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy,” “Your Family Reunion: How to Plan It, Organize It, and Enjoy It” and “The Genealogy Forum on America Online: The Official User’s Guide.”

He has given presentations throughout the United States, Canada and Great Britain — and on genealogical cruises.

While you’re here for the day of presentations, do take an extra day or two to visit some of our special genealogical resources:

— Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St. Genealogical resources in the Bangor Room, third floor, accessible by elevator from children’s department entrance. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. For more information, visit bpl.lib.me.us/.

— Fogler Library, University of Maine, off College Avenue, Orono. Go during late afternoon or evening to avoid parking issues. Census microfilm, old newspaper microfilm, Maine vital records microfilm 1892-1955 on first floor. Special Collections on third floor, open certain hours. For more information, visit library.maine.edu.

The book catalog for both these libraries, URSUS, may be found at ursus.maine.edu.

Using URSUS is a great way to find out which book is where, and what the catalog number is, so that you can find it more quickly when you’re at the library.

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

http://bangordailynews.com/2010/02/28/living/bangor-ancestry-research-day-to-feature-great-britain-expert/ printed on July 30, 2014