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[ME] Genealogy sessions designed for rookies

Genealogy sessions designed for rookies
Monday, July 04, 2005 - Bangor Daily News
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Just starting out in genealogy? Still think of yourself as a beginner when it comes to family trees? Then get on the Acorn Track.

We're talking about a series of four presentations scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8, at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield during "Roots to Success," the genealogy conference of the Maine Genealogy Society.

The four workshops, in order, are: "Where Do You Begin? Planting Your Family Tree," "Records: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "Electronic Researching: Surfing the Web," and "Organizing Your Genealogical Research and a Few Final Thoughts," led by Dale Mower of Bangor, a vice president of MGS and president of the Penobscot County Genealogical Society.

You may attend all four Acorn Track presentations, or choose the ones you want. Other choices for the various time slots are:

9:30 a.m.

. "Searching for Native American Roots in New England," with Nancy Lecompte, director of research for NE-DO-BA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to researching and assisting others in recovering and understanding the Native American history of Maine.

. "New Approaches to Genealogy Using Genetics and DNA," with Dr. Thomas Roderick, geneticist and past president of MGS.

. "Digitizing the Past: The Application of Digital Photography and Scanning in Genealogy Today," with Teresa Myers, owner of Myers Conservation Service.

. "Scrapbooking: Creating a Heritage Album," with Carolyn Murphy.

10:45 a.m.

. "Treasures in the Town Vault: Accessing Municipal Records," with Kathleen Montejo, Lewiston city clerk.

. "Medical Genetics and Family History," with Dr. Thomas Roderick.

. "Great-Grandpa in Your Pocket: A Look at Technology to Take with You When Researching Away from Home," with Dick Eastman, assistant director for technology at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

. "How to Keep Your Past in the Present and Still Save It for the Future: Archival Techniques," with Teresa Myers.

1:30 p.m.

. "French Genealogy in Aroostook County," with Dennis Prue, president of the Aroostook County Genealogical Society.

. "3-Ms: Morbidity and Mortality in Maine," with Dr. Jack Battick, historian and retired history professor.

. "A Review of Genealogical Software: Part 1," with Dick Eastman.

. "Applying to Lineage Societies such as the DAR, SAR and Mayflower," with Roxanne Moore Saucier, Family Ties columnist.

2:45 p.m.

. "Doing Your Genealogical Research in New Brunswick," with Jane Bushey Fogg, who is researching a book to be published by the Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society.

. "Gravestones and Cemetery Research," with Nancy Porter.

. "A Review of Genealogical Software: Part 2," with Dick Eastman.

. "Brick Walls and Broken Branches: A Roundtable Discussion of Research Roadblocks."

Counting the Acorn Track, that gives you a total of five choices for each time slot.

Also scheduled are: registration, 8-8:45 a.m.; opening session, 8:45 a.m.; lunch, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.; MGS annual meeting, 1-1:30 p.m.; "Genealogy Spotlight: Maine Memory Network," 4-4:15 p.m.; Door prizes and closing, 4:15-4:45 p.m.

Lunch, hosted by the Fairfield Historical Society, is chicken salad or vegetarian sandwich, dessert and drink, for $6.

As usual, there will be vendors with genealogy books and other items available.

The fee for preregistration by Sept. 24 is $10 for Maine Genealogical Society members, or $15 for nonmembers. You'll notice the fee is much less than it has been in awhile; organizers really wanted to make the day accessible to as many people as possible, especially beginners. Those who wait to register at the door will pay $20.

You may preregister by sending a check with your fee, and the price of lunch if you plan to eat there, to Maine Genealogical Society, c/o Janice Gower, 9 Ox View Lane, Raymond 04071.

Also, please indicate which sessions you plan to attend to help organizers get things ready. You may print off a registration form at

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