Any of the four talks Laura Prescott will give at the Maine Genealogical Society’s 2013 Family History Conference on Sept. 21 in Brewer would make a fine keynote presentation.

A professional genealogist with special expertise in New England research, including several years working at New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, Prescott is sure to be a tremendous draw for MGS’ annual meeting in Brewer.

Her keynote talk at 9 a.m. will be “How the Internet Makes Us Sloppy Genealogists.” This presentation will help us avoid error-strewn paths and review ways to counter the lure of quick results. No matter how many decades we have been researching our family, it remains so tempting to accept as fact any newly discovered bit of information, proven or otherwise.

Also scheduled for Sept. 21 are “breakout sessions,” times when genealogists may choose from two talks scheduled at the same time.

At 10:45 a.m., attendees may choose “Timelines: Placing Your Heritage in Historical Perspective” with Laura Prescott; or “Divorce Records in Genealogical Research” with Pamela Eagleson, certified genealogist.

At 2:15 p.m., choose “Finding Your Military Ancestors on Fold 3” with Laura Prescott; or “Digging for Gold in Early Maine Town Records” with Carol McCoy.

At 3:30 p.m., choose “Treasures within the Ivory Tower: Finding Family in Academic Archives” with Laura Prescott; or “Improving Your Use of FamilySearch” with Judy Reitze.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and vendors and exhibits will open then, as well. Lunch is at noon, and the MGS annual meeting is at 1:30 p.m.

If you send in your registration early — meaning that it is received by Aug. 23 — you will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate from LL Bean.

Registration for the meeting is $40 for MGS members, $50 for nonmembers. Add $15 for luncheon. Mail check payable in U.S. funds to Maine Genealogical Society, c/o Celeste Hyer, 69 Loop Road, Otisfield, ME 04270-6456. Please include which breakout sessions you want to attend.

If you are not an MGS member, but want to join for 2013 in order to receive the discount to attend the meeting, send the $40 plus $25 for membership (plus the cost of lunch if you want that).

Membership in MGS brings you four issues of The Maine Genealogist, four issues of the quarterly newsletter, discount registration at MGS meetings and discount on purchasing MGS special publications such as vital records books and “Maine Families in 1790” volumes.

Vendors at MGS meetings include MGS itself, so those looking to purchase special publications will appreciate the opportunity to save on shipping. Other vendors will include booksellers, historical societies and lineage organizations.

MGS meetings are also a great way to meet other people who are researching some of the same names and places that are of interest to you.

For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email

Roxanne Moore Saucier

Family Ties columnist