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Family History Conference to highlight ‘uncommon research tools’

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

Now here’s a topic for genealogists everywhere: “Uncommon Research Tools That Can Lead to Uncommonly Good Results.”

That will be Mel Wolfgang’s keynote address during the Maine Genealogical Society’s 2011 Family History Conference on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Spectacular Event Center in Bangor.

Wolfgang, who is the founder of Jonathan Sheppard Books, also will speak at 10:45 a.m. on “Beyond the Basics: Tips and Techniques for Using Newspapers,” and at 2:15 p.m. on “More than Almhouses and Cold Charity: Exploring Family History in the Records of Public and Private Assistance in New England.”

Each breakout session offers two choices of topic. Also available at 10:45 a.m. will be “More Than Wills: Using Probate Records in Genealogical Records” with Susan Almy, register of probate in Penobscot County.

The second choice at 2:15 p.m. is “The Role of Women in the Civil War” with Lynda Sudlow, author of “A Vast Army of Women: Maine’s Uncounted Forces in the American Civil War.”

Topics at 3:30 p.m. are “Using Social Media in Genealogical Research” with Brian Bouchard, a professional in information technology; and “Often Overlooked: What the Census Tells You Beyond Name and Age,” with Helen Shaw, certified genealogist.

For more information, visit the conference website at

Those attending must preregister by Sept. 10. Registration is $40 for MGS members, $50 for others. Add $15 for the luncheon. Send registration, including your choices for the breakout sessions, to Maine Genealogical Society, ℅ Celeste Hyer, 69 Loop Road, Otisfield, ME 04270-6456.

To join MGS for this year, entitling you to attend the conference for $40, receive The Maine Genealogist journals and the quarterly newsletter and purchase MGS vital records books and other publications at a discount, send $20 to MGS, PO Box 221, Farmington, ME 04938.

Beginning with 2012, MGS dues will be $25, which is still a tremendous bargain.


The Abbot Historical Society is planning a “Patriots of Abbot” program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Abbot Town Hall, by the village cemetery on Route 15.

A variety of speakers from teenagers to senior citizens will give brief profiles of their Abbot patriots from several wars.

“We hope to bring our Abbot ancestors and relatives alive with their stories, some anecdotes and perhaps some memorabilia and photos,” said Carolyn Amos. “Our town has always had many volunteers when the need arose ever since 1838, and many of our families can help us remember many of those volunteers.”

I’ll be there to speak about my dad, the late Gayland Moore Jr., subject of the Family Ties column I wrote about Navy muster rolls on June 13. (My uncle, Carroll W. Moore, served in the Army Air Corps in World War II, and uncle Roderick M. Moore was in the Air Force during the Korean War.)

Abbot is halfway to its fundraising goal for the new Honor Roll with all Abbot patriots’ names on it, Amos said.

“The stone has been ordered and now we need to pay for the installation and landscaping,”  he said.

Raffle tickets will be available on a special quilt.

For information, call Carolyn Amos at 876-3041.


The descendants of Henry and Mary Jane (Ross) Curtis of Carmel and Plymouth will hold the Curtis Family Reunion at noon Saturday, July 16, at St. Gabriel’s Church Hall, 235 South Main St., Winterport. The alcohol-free event will include a potluck luncheon. For information, contact George or Margie Morse at 223-5642.

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