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Genealogy groups set meetings, times to network

Roxanne Moore Saucier
By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

The Penobscot Expedition will be the topic of the next meeting of the Penobscot County Genealogical Society at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, in the Lecture Hall at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St.

Sandra Burke will give the program. An elevator to the third floor is available inside the children’s entrance on the right.


The Maine Genealogical Society will hold its annual meeting and program on Saturday, Sept. 22, in Brewer. Last year’s meeting drew more than 130 genealogists to the annual meeting to hear the program, network and meet vendors. Ted Steele will be the primary speaker.


The Maine Old Cemetery Association will meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at the American Legion Hall on Route 201 in Skowhegan. Registration is $3.


A slide talk featuring old photographs of Brooks and nearby communities will illustrate the area’s past, spur memories and generate historical input from the audience, according to Kevin Johnson, photo archivist at Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport.

Johnson will present “Greetings From Brooks: Selections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Collection,” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Harvest Home Grange Hall on Route 7 in Brooks.

Consisting of tens of thousands of old photos of Maine and other New England states, the Eastern Illustrating Collection is the centerpiece of Penobscot Marine Museum’s extensive photography archives. Eastern Illustrating was a Belfast-based postcard publisher that documented thousands of small-town scenes during the first half of the 20th century. Most of the images are on glass plate negatives, and many are 75-100 years old.

“Presentations like this generate valuable oral history from audience members,” said Johnson. “The photos get people talking about their memories, which we encourage, and this makes a town’s past really come alive.” Johnson added that information gathered in such talks is often added to the museum’s archives, enhancing a town’s permanent historical record.

“Greetings From Brooks” is sponsored by the Brooks Historical Society. Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call Betty Littlefield at 722-3633.

All these activities offer a great opportunity for genies to learn more about Maine resources and meet researchers who know a lot about where the really useful items are.

For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties. Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email familyti@bangordailynews.com.

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