Jay Robbins, Place-based Historian and former President of Maine Genealogical Society, will kick off the series on Sunday, February 4 by examining strategies and sources for the successful recovery of historical details about people, place and property. Samuel Howes, Archivist, Maine State Archives, will speak on Sunday, February 11 about the genealogical resources of Maine State Archives and how to get into “back doors” with non-indexed material. On Sunday, February 18 Cheryl Willis Patten, of Maine Old Cemetery Association (MOCA) will kick off “Session I” by exploring some of the genealogical treasures that can be found in Maine cemeteries, while Richard Bridges, Title Attorney of Augusta, will address the use of probate and deed records in genealogy research in “Session 2”.
The lecture series continues on Sunday, February 25 with Nancy Milliken Mason, DNA Research Consultant, who will explain how DNA testing can provide clues to our family tree. On Sunday, March 4 Carol P. McCoy, Ph.D., President Maine Genealogical Society, will show how you can find your ancestors in town records: Hog Reeves, Fish Cullers, Tithing Men and More! Dana Murch will demonstrate his genealogical success story on Sunday, March 11 by showing how he researched, wrote, and published his recently completed book From Water to War – A Murch Family History (2017). The lecture series concludes on Sunday, March 18 with Paul Lessard who will show how his family lineage is connected to Fort Western!
All lectures are free and open to the public; however, a recommended donation of $5.00 would be gratefully accepted for non-members. In case of inclement weather, Sunday, March 25 will be reserved as a “snow date”. Fort Western (1754) is a National Historic Landmark and living museum in Augusta, Maine and America's oldest surviving wooden French & Indian War era garrison in North America illuminating 300 years of Maine and New England History. For more information, please call 626-2385 or e-mail email@example.com.