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Outhouses topic of talk at conference

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

The truth is that I can’t even guess at what treasures might be gleaned from Dick Eastman’s keynote address during the Maine Genealogical Society Family History Conference on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Point Lookout in Northport.

Eastman’s talk will be “Maine Outhouses I Have Known and Loved.”

Now there’s a title.

You may know Eastman from his popular Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter at

His June 22 entry is “Is Your Genealogy Database Insane?” The focus is some of the typographical or other easy errors we make entering data, with the result appearing that a pair of ancestors managed to get married before they were born, for example.

Eastman also will give a talk during all three breakout sessions during the conference.

Here is the schedule:

8-9 a.m. Registration.

9-10:30 a.m. Welcome, awards presentation, keynote address by Eastman.

10:45-11:45 a.m. Session 1 choices:

• “Wikis for Genealogists,” Eastman.

• “Researching Your World War II Ancestor,” Jack Battick, retired history professor, University of Maine.

• “Preserving Your Digital Photographs,” David Mishkin.

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch by Ducktrap Deli.

1-1:30 p.m. Vendor time and networking.

1:30-2:15 p.m. Maine Genealogical Society annual meeting.

2:15-3:15 p.m. Session 2 choices:

• “Conservation: Keeping Up with Technology,” Eastman.

• “Full Fathom Five: A Daughter’s Search,” Mary Lee Fowler.

• “Tips on Interpreting Town Clerk’s Handwriting,” Marlene Groves.

3:30-4:30 p.m. Session 3 choices:

• “The Organized Genealogist,” Eastman.

• “Treasures in Your Town Vault,” Kathy Montejo.

• “Researching Your Swedish Ancestors,” Kay Sheldon.

The registration fee is $40 for MGS members, $50 for nonmembers.

If you’re not a member, consider joining MGS for $20 and sending in your membership form at the same time as your registration. (Forms are available at Get the two for $60.

You not only save $10 on the conference fee, but also receive the MGS quarterlies, The Maine Genealogist and the newsletter for the year. In addition, you will be entitled to discounts on certain special publications that are joint projects of MGS and Picton Press, such as the “Maine Families in 1790” books.

To reserve the luncheon catered by Ducktrap Deli, include $20.

Send your check in U.S. funds to Maine Genealogical Society, c/o Celeste Hyer, 69 Loop Road, Otisfield, ME 04270-6456.

To help plan space requirements, indicate which breakout sessions you plan to attend.

MGS has a well-deserved reputation for inviting top-notch keynote speakers, not to mention experienced genealogists with lots to share during the breakout sessions.

Point Lookout is off Route 1 in Northport, which is north of Lincolnville and Camden, two of the towns where “Peyton Place” was filmed.

What a beautiful time of year to hold a conference there.


The annual Herring-Lander Reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, at the camps of Robert and William Lander on Juanita Lane at Piper Pond in Abbot.

Any descendants of Robert Herring, one of the original settlers of Guilford, or Oscar Judson Lander are invited to bring a covered dish or dessert to share at the noon meal. Grills will be available and a short business meeting will be held afterward.

The group collects dues of $5 per family to be donated to a scholarship chosen at the meeting. New this year, all attending are encouraged bring a small item to be auctioned after the business meeting for the scholarship donation.

Also, please bring a brief list of family members to contact for future reunions, and invite descendants who may not have participated recently to attend.

For further information, contact Roderick Lander at or 876-4204.


I have mentioned more than once how I cherish the Harold Walden interview done by Linda Hubbard McBrierty and published in Bill Sawtell’s “Glimpses of Greenville.”

Walden knew well many of my older relatives, including some who lived and died before I was born.

So, if someone asks you to talk about your family history for an interview, I hope you’ll say yes.

FAMLI, Franco-American Moosehead Lake Identity, has begun gathering oral histories of those who hold memories of Franco-American heritage in the area.

The Moosehead Historical Society and the Franco-American Center at the University of Maine are sponsors of FAMLI and Moosehead Roots, the new genealogical group which meets bimonthly in Greenville.

The Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society continues its work in interviewing some of its older residents.

Many historical societies and other organizations are working to find oral histories.

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

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