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Philatelic Genealogy website, database worth a look

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

A Civil War scene takes up the left side of an 1863 envelope from Washington, D.C., addressed to Miss Esther A. Packard of Kenduskeag.

It makes you want to look up Esther and see what she was like that someone should send her this stunning piece of mail.

Such items are now being shared on the Philatelic Genealogy website and database at

Four of the envelopes are shown in James R. Miller’s “Philatelic Genealogy: Civil War Envelopes Sent to Maine,” an article in the August 2010 issue of The Maine Genealogist, quarterly of the Maine Genealogical Society.

The four shown were sent to Mrs. Gilson Mendall in Canton Mills, E.C. Tibbetts in East Exeter, John Sheahan Esq. in Dennysville and Miss Lydia A. Drew in Brunswick.

Other articles in this issue include “Mr. Joseph Day of China, Maine and Mrs. Lydia Nichols of Monmouth, Maine,” by Kathleen M. Kirby; “Artemas Moody Bible Record” contributed by Leslie D. Sanders; “The Maxwell Family of Scotch Hill, Ogunquit, and Wells, Maine (continued),” by Priscilla Eaton; “Samuel Gould (1698-c1779) of Amesbury, Massachusetts, and Berwick, Maine: Addendum,” by Robert R. King; and “Portland, Maine, Marriage Intentions, Volume 4, 1814-1837 (continued),” copied by Joseph C. Anderson II.

To subscribe to The Maine Genealogist and the MGS quarterly newsletter, join MGS by sending $20 to Maine Genealogical Society, PO Box 221, Farmington 04938. Add $5 for first-class mailing of society publications.

Membership is $29 for Canadian residents, $34 outside the U.S. and Canada, first-class postage included.


Some blogs are full of clutter, but genealogists think highly of Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter at

Eastman will give a keynote address and workshops during breakout sessions at the annual meeting of the Maine Genealogical Society on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Point Lookout in Northport.

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” by Eastman; “Researching Your World War II Ancestor” by Jack Battick, retired history professor, University of Maine; “Preserving Your Digital Photographs” by 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” by Eastman; “Full Fathom Five: A Daughter’s Search” by Mary Lee Fowler; “Tips on Interpreting Town Clerk’s Handwriting” by Marlene Groves.

• 3:30-4:30 p.m. session 3 choices: “The Organized Genealogist” by Eastman; “Treasures in Your Town Vault” by Kathy Montejo; “Researching Your Swedish Ancestors” by 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.

Save $10 on the conference fee, receive the MGS quarterlies, The Maine Genealogist and the newsletter for the year. In addition, you will be entitled to discounts on 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 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 and experienced genealogists with lots to share.

Point Lookout is off Route 1 in Northport, which is north of Lincolnville and Camden. What a beautiful time of year to hold a conference there.


Historian Louis Steves will give a program on the Oakes Family at the meeting of the Wassebec Genealogy Chapter at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, in the conference room at Mayo Regional Hospital on Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft.

Refreshments will be served. Members and nonmembers are welcome to attend this interesting presentation. For information, contact the Bennetts at 876-3073 evenings.

On Saturday, Sept. 11, Wassebec Genealogy Chapter will host a workshop with genealogist Nina Brawn from 9 a.m. to noon at the Thompson Free Library on Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft.

Brawn, who writes a column for the Piscataquis Observer, will offer tips and information on how to organize your data, photos and other snatches of paper we all seem to collect in various notebooks and folders.

The workshop is open to beginners as well as more-experienced researchers. For information, contact the Bennetts at 876-3073 evenings.

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

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