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If you are a Lowell or a Lowell cousin, you may be interested in some photos that have turned up. Names mentioned include Lowell, Newell, Cumming and others. The families involved lived around Auburn and Lewiston. I have written a blogpost about it.

The guy who found these would love to return…


Added by Christine Fitzgerald on December 1, 2016 at 8:15am — No Comments

Maine Civil War Enlistment Papers, 1862-1865

The latest collection of Maine Civil War records at FamilySearch features indexed images of enlistment papers, acquired from the Maine State Archives. Not every enlistee is included, but many thousands are.

From the Library…


Added by Chris Dunham on October 22, 2016 at 3:30am — 1 Comment


I am a descendent of the Verrill's of Patch Mountain.  I am trying to piece together their geneology.  My grandmother was Ruby Verrill Rogers and she passed away in August 1934 when my mother and her twin were born.  One twin lived with the uncle and grandfather, George and Charles while the other (my Mom) went to live with an unrelated person (Celia Davis) in Lovell.

Would love any information on the Verrills.

Added by Wendy Williams on September 13, 2016 at 1:41pm — 3 Comments

Bryant Family Of Appleton/Hope

We have hit the proverbial brick wall. I am hoping that maybe I can get some suggestions or if anyone has any documents or notes that may help.

What we know is William Bryant along with his father and we thing two brothers, settled in Appleton (though I believe it was…


Added by Kristen Bryant on September 9, 2016 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

War of 1812 Pension Application Files

The campaign to digitize 180,000 War of 1812 pension files has reached its fundraising goal. About two-thirds of the total are already online and free to view at Fold3. I counted 359 pension application files for Maine soldiers, with many more still to come.

The first applications were based on disability or death of a soldier. Beginning in…


Added by Chris Dunham on September 3, 2016 at 12:43am — No Comments

Genealogy Neophyte Can Use LOTS of Help

Hello everyone, I am new to this genealogy searching and seem to spend more time spinning my wheels than getting any traction.  I have made marginal progress in some areas and have hit a wall in others.

At this point I am trying to get more information on my father's (Howard Fletcher West) side of the family. I have learned that my Grandfather was Charles Howard West (12/1/1891 - 11/21/1970 I think) he was a baker in Augusta Maine.  He and my grandmother (Ethel May Fletcher of…


Added by Barry Michael "Mike" West on August 31, 2016 at 4:57pm — 6 Comments

Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications, 1835-1838

In 1835, the Maine Legislature passed a "Resolve in favor of certain Officers and Soldiers of the Revolutionary War, and the widows of the deceased Officers and Soldiers," granting 200 acres of land to those who had served three years while residents of Massachusetts or the District of Maine. The land would be taken from the "Indian Purchase" in Penobscot County and from…


Added by Chris Dunham on August 26, 2016 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Finding Maine County Marriage Returns

In Maine we don't usually go to the county courthouse to find vital records. In this and other New England states, birth, death and marriage records have been kept by towns and cities since colonial days. Municipal clerks in Maine were sometimes expected to return copies of these records to the state, but only in 1892 did this become standard practice. There is, though, one important set of vital records that may be found at Maine courthouses.…


Added by Chris Dunham on August 20, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Hubbard History Blog by William Dahlmer Hubbard

Hubbard History Blog

The history of the Hubbard Family from St.Savoirs, Isle of Jersey, England to the present with special emphasis on its' beginnings in America in 1690.


Added by William D. Hubbard on August 18, 2016 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Legend of Isaac Patch's Gold

This is the sixth in a series of posts I am writing in celebration of the bicentennial of my hometown of Greenwood in Oxford County, incorporated February 2, 1816.

The most entertaining parts of a town's history are often its legends, for which the best evidence is hearsay. The historian is obliged to relate these legends as such, but also to seek out any possible…


Added by Chris Dunham on August 12, 2016 at 5:00am — No Comments

New Challenge

Hi, Randy Seaver over at GeneaMusings posted this challenge in April and I just now got around to trying it. Try it. It's actually fun.
The Great Grand Challenge

Added by Christine Fitzgerald on August 1, 2016 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Maine Family Bible needed for Ackley, Holmes, or Pettegrew 1810-1820

Looking for descendants-Ackley family 1810-1818 Maine: Machias-Cutler-Whiting. Need Family Bible for Ackleys, Holmes, Pettegrew families for that period.  Looking for a daughter Temperance Ackley born 1811-1818, possibly born 1815.  Need her parents names.  Please do not send me info from Ancestry. A Family Bible or Will is my only hope.  

Added by Jeanette Berry Heath on July 7, 2016 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Looking for Members of the Clements and/or Spreng family

I am looking for members of the Spreng and/or Clements family that lived in/near Ellsworth/Bangor, Maine.  My grandfather's name was George William Spring, Sr. and was married to Barbara Clements (Spreng).  They spent the last of their years in Bangor, Maine but did live for a short time in Ellsworth.  If anyone has any information on this family please let me know.  My email address is: .  Thanks,  Mildred Carr

Added by Mildred Carr on June 30, 2016 at 1:03pm — No Comments

A Maine post -Litchfield, Maine

I write a family blog and just posted something about Litchfield. If you have ancestors from that part of Maine, you might want to take a look.

Added by Christine Fitzgerald on June 6, 2016 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Greenwood in the Civil War

This is the fifth in a series of posts I am writing in celebration of the bicentennial of my hometown of Greenwood in Oxford County, incorporated February 2, 1816.

For tips on finding records of Maine Civil War soldiers, see this…


Added by Chris Dunham on May 29, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Finding Records of Maine Civil War Soldiers

In recent years FamilySearch has added two essential Maine Civil War resources to its website: the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Card Index, 1861-1865, and a collection of images of enlistment and muster rolls for Maine regiments. The former has been indexed and may be searched here. The latter can only be browsed. By using the first resource as a finding aid for the second, one can locate and view images of…


Added by Chris Dunham on May 29, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Betsey Young


I am looking for the family of my 3rd great grandmother,  Betsy Young Wilson. She was born around 1800, married Edmund Wilson as his 3rd wife in 1819 in Boothbay, bore 7 children, and died around 1840. One source states she is from Newcastle, another from Bristol. These sources also state that her sister Mary married her oldest stepson, Ira Wilson. I found some Youngs who were in Bristol around that time, several brothers who might be her father, but have only seen children…


Added by Jean D. Paradis on May 18, 2016 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Grievances and Remonstrances: The Struggle to Keep Greenwood Whole

This is the fourth in a series of posts I am writing in celebration of the bicentennial of my hometown of Greenwood in Oxford County, incorporated February 2, 1816.

Greenwood began as Township Number Four — fourth in a line of five townships laid out by surveyor Samuel Titcomb of Hallowell between November 1787 and April 1788. Constrained by the boundaries of existing…


Added by Chris Dunham on May 7, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments


Hi everyone! I've been doing my genealogy for many years and have heard rumors that there's Native American in my family. I have searched and searched but found nothing at all. My grandmother was Susie Emma (Tibbetts) Fitts and she honestly looked full blooded Native American, but I have no idea which side it could have been on, if it was on the Tibbetts or her mothers side (she was Etta Kelley Seavey) I've traced both/all lines back to England and I can't find any names that remotely sound…


Added by Amanda Fitts on April 22, 2016 at 5:39pm — No Comments

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