Maine Historical Society



Regional Genealogy Events

Regional Chapters of the Maine Genealogical Society - meetings:  May 1, 2019 – December 31, 2021

Aroostook County Genealogical Society - Meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. Location: Caribou Public Library, 30 High Street, Caribou, ME, in the Archival Room. There are no meetings in July and December. See for more information.

Greater Portland Genealogical Society - Meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Location: South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, South Portland.

Hancock County Genealogical Society -

The Midcoast Genealogy Group - Meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the temporary home of the Rockport Public Library on Route 1 in Rockport.

Pejepscot Genealogy Society - Meets on the second Sunday of each month, September through June, except in May, when we meet on the first Sunday. All meetings are at 2pm at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick.

Penobscot County Genealogical Society - Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm. Unless otherwise posted, meetings are held at the Bangor Public Library. The meetings are free, open to the public and consist of announcements, followed by a featured speaker. Occasionally, they have open research evenings which gives everyone an opportunity to ask questions or discuss any research problems they may be encountering.

Wawenoc Genealogical Society -

Sandy River Valley Chapter (SRVC) of the Maine Genealogical Society (MGS) -Meets the first Saturday of the month (except July and August, unless otherwise noted) at 10:00 am at Farmington Public Library.

Taconnett Falls Chapter of MGS - Programs and Business Meetings are on the third Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm.

Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society -

Wassebec Genealogical Society -

DNA Interest Group (DIG):  May 11, 2019 – March 10, 2020

Second Saturday of each month - DNA Interest Group (DIG)
meets at the Gray Public Library, 5 Hancock Street, Gray, Maine from 10am to noon.

Scarborough Public Library Genealogy Group meeting:  May 27, 2019 – March 1, 2020

Fourth Monday of each month - Scarborough Public Library Genealogy Group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Scarborough Public Library. Call library to confirm.

Boston Bus Trip 2019:  June 20, 2019

Join Maine Historical Society & Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society on Thursday, June 20 for a trip to Boston! There are two options for the trip: New England Historic and Genealogical Society or a special Freedom Trail Tour.

7:30am - Bus Departs Portland: Park & Ride on Marginal Way (across from World Gym and Port City Flooring). Bus returns at approximately 7:00pm.

Option 1: The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)
NEHGS provides access to 200,000 genealogical and historical volumes, over one million manuscripts, census records, vital records, deeds, probate and military records—plus the latest digital and print resources. The bus will drop-off at the door of the Society. The Boston Public Library, Trinity Church, Newbury Street, the Hancock Building and shops and T stops are all within easy walking distance.

+ Arrive NEHGS: 10:00am (drop-off at door)
+ Lunch: On your own at one of the many fine eateries near Copley Square, or bring your own and eat in the NEHGS lunchroom.
+ Depart NEHGS: 4:30pm (From Copley Square, near Trinity Church)

Option 2: Freedom Trail:Special Tour of the Old South Meeting House and Boston Tea Party Ships
The tour will start at Boston Common and proceed to Old South Meeting House with a special architectural tour—including special access to the balcony level (*stairs required*).
The tour will proceed to the Boston Tea Party Ships for lunch and a tour. Time allowing, the bus will take the group to the Faneuil Hall area to end the day.

**This is a Historic WALKING Tour and will require walking including city/brick sidewalks, stairs, etc.—please plan accordingly.**

+ Lunch: Included with Old South/Tea Party Ship ticket.
Sandwiches, tea samples & cookies will be set up in Abigail's Tea Room at 12:30. Side items—chips, soup etc.—can be purchased separately.

Option 3: Purchase a Bus Ticket to Enjoy a Day On Your Own in Boston! Drop-Off and Pick-Up are the same as for the New England Historic Genealogical Society. **You are responsible for being at Trinity Church at 4:30 pm.**

For more information, contact Tiffany Link,, 207-772-1822 ext. 230.

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Unraveling Your Roots: A DNA and Genealogy Weekend:  September 13, 2019


The Maine Genealogical Society, in partnership with the Maine Historical Society, presents a two day DNA themed research weekend in Portland, Maine including:

Saturday Conference and Annual Meeting
-Two National Keynote Speakers
-Friday 1/2 day workshop for intermediate DNA family researchers (limited spots available – additional fee)
-Maine Historical Society & Maine Irish Heritage Center open to ALL Conference Attendees on Friday
-Friday Shuttle between Hotel, Irish Heritage Center and Maine Historical Society
-Friday night opening reception

Sessions include:

-A Roadmap to Solving Genealogical Problems with Autosomal DNA, Part 1 (Patricia Hobbs)
-DNA Company Testing Tools (Karen Stanbury)
-DNA in Native American Research – An Intermediate Discussion (Nancy Lecompte)
-A Roadmap to Solving Genealogical Problems with Autosomal DNA, Part 2 (Patricia Hobbs)
-Common Mistakes with DNA (Karen Stanbary)
-Overlooked X Chromosome Matches (Helen Shaw)

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Ongoing Lectures and events at NEHGS

The New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston has weekly lectures and special planned trips and seminars. Go to for a listing.