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Greenwood and the Legacy of Tambora

This is the third 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 advance and final retreat of the Laurentide ice sheet shaped the landscape of Greenwood, exposing and eroding ancient bedrock and depositing untold tons of sand, silt and gravel within its borders. But it was a…


Added by Chris Dunham on March 23, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments


.........A Genealogical and Geometric study 165 pgs, vbe bind (lays flat)

The material is intended to represent a genealogical account of the early settlers, who resided as head of household within the current town boundaries of Freeport, prior to founding plus 1 year (which gives the convenient data base of the first Census—the year 1790). Obviously, these people lived beyond 1790 and this research attempts to follow them to the end…


Added by Ed Coffin on March 15, 2016 at 10:33am — 3 Comments

The School on Alder River

This is the second 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.

This past week came the expected…


Added by Chris Dunham on March 11, 2016 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Viewing Maine Town Records on FamilySearch

FamilySearch has collection pages for town records from MassachusettsVermont and New Hampshire, but not from Maine. Nevertheless, images of the records from many Maine towns are in fact available on FamilySearch, if you know…


Added by Chris Dunham on March 7, 2016 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Genealogy Larsen Line


Added by Arthur N. Larsen on March 4, 2016 at 5:36am — No Comments

Searching for Timothy Burnham, born in New Hampshire.

I am trying to find where and when Timothy Burnham was born in N.H. and who his parents were. What I know so far is that he married in Winthrop, Maine Sarah Prescott on Aug 8, 1799. Sarah was also born in N.H. but migrated to Monmouth, Maine with her family.  They had two children, 1st a son, Nathan, born in Monmouth  July 23 1801 died in Corinth, Maine 14 Jan. 1838. and 2nd a daughter, Anna. I have no info on Anna. Thank you for any information.

Added by Joyce Howe on February 15, 2016 at 4:53pm — 5 Comments

A Failure of Tradition: The Forgotten First Settlers of Greenwood

This is the first 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.

A note appears in the town…


Added by Chris Dunham on February 2, 2016 at 2:00am — 6 Comments

Searching for Solomon I. Jordan from Cape Elizabeth , Cumberland, Maine

Trying to find if there was two  Solomon Jordan,s, one born in 1744 and another born in 1755?   Which one was a Veteran of the Rev. War?    And which one relocated to Trenton, Maine.    Thanks for any help to clear this up.

Added by John A. Heath on January 23, 2016 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Niskanens and Steins..

I will add a note about the Niskanens. I saw this online, but no one has added since 2013, so I am not sure this will be seen.

I am related to quite a few Niskanens through Julia Kuula Stein, who came to Maine in the early 1900's. Julia moved to New Hampshire after marrying my grandfather, John Elmer Stein. Her mother was Gustava Niskanen Kuula, who moved to Fithcburg, Mass around that time.

Brother of Gustava Niskanen is Johan Niskanen. Distant couisns are Matts Niskanen ,…


Added by Ellen Zinder on December 11, 2015 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Potter Genealogy

I am looking into my grandmother's family; Irene M. Potter Brown.  She married my grandfather Hector MacNeil Brown.  I believe her father's name was George B. Potter and mother was Blanch S. Kilgore.  I believe her brothers were Rufus L. Potter (1902-1937) and Lawrence Potter.  I am wondering if Robert Leon "Bob" Potter is related.  Rufus Potter married Margaret F. Gillman.  Irene M. Potter Brown lived in Gray, Cumberland, Maine. 

Added by hilary Anne brown Chinnery on December 1, 2015 at 2:35pm — 8 Comments

Chad Brown, Benjamin Brown, Hector MacNeil Brown, Ralph W. Brown - Brown family from RI to Maine

Greetings:  Am looking to follow lineage from Chad Brown of Rhode Island to Benjamin Brown - Surgeon who settled in Waldoboro, Maine.  Family names pops up in Waldoboro, Rockland, and in Camden, Maine.  Benjamin's son Hector MacNeil Brown married Deborah Haupt.  (father was John Haupt of Waldoboro, Maine) Their son Hector MacNeil Brown married Clara A. Grant.  Their son, Hector MacNeil Brown (third in line) married Nellie I. Blood.  Their son, Ralph W. Brown married Ethel D. Bartlett aka…


Added by hilary Anne brown Chinnery on November 10, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Stephens Mills Woodstock

We have a web site for our research of the Stephens Mills area of Woodstock. It is It will be an ongoing work in progress as we have new information and photos to add.We both hope that our journey in this research will be fun and interesting.

Added by Belinda Hagar on October 14, 2015 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Captain Samuel Stephens (Stevens)

Have been doing research for Captain Samuel Stephens of Woodstock. He was noted for his brick mills at what was Stephens Mills or Woodstock corner. I have been trying to discover what he was a captain of. My sister and I have been doing research on this and other who lived in the Captain Samuel Stephens homestead as we did. We are putting together what we can find to preserve the history of this area where we grew up. We are working on a web site to be able to share with others what we have…


Added by Belinda Hagar on October 9, 2015 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Gatchell Cemetery: Brunswick's Most Famous Forgotten Burial Ground

The October meeting of the Pejepscot Genealogical Society (PGS) will be held in the Morrell Meeting Room of the Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Maine on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 2pm.

Our guest speaker will be Brian Bouchard, former president of PGS and current vice president of the Maine Genealogical Society. Mr. Bouchard will discuss the history around those early Brunswick settlers interred in what he calls…


Added by Brian Bouchard on October 8, 2015 at 10:26am — No Comments

Smiths and Bakers of Litchfield

I've been trolling the new Wills and Probate records resource at Ancestry. Very useful!

I write a blog about what I find for my family history. If you are a Smith cousin, you might be interested in this:

Matters of Life and Death

Added by Christine Fitzgerald on September 13, 2015 at 11:25am — No Comments

Boulier, LaFrance families

My name is Sherry Torres.  I am the granddaughter of Melvina and Cecil Boulier of Fort Fairfield Maine. I am looking for relatives and genealogy information and would love to hear from family. I have just seen several notices from my 2nd cousin Jodi Ann Creel, granddaughter of Edward James Boulier who was my uncle and brother to my mother Marian (nickname Kitty). I also read a note from a Larry Morgan Boulier,  who's grandfather is my grandfather's brother. I am very excited to learn more…


Added by Sherry Torres on August 19, 2015 at 10:59pm — No Comments

Samuel Prosser


      Shelley Tegart

      Benjamin F. Prosser Born 1805 New Brunswick

      Married  12 June 1832 Wakefield Carleton County New Brunswick

      Elizabeth Shaw   Born 1810 Wakefield Carleton County New Brunswick

      Samuel  Prosser  Born 1848 Brighton Carleton County New Brunswick

      Samuel is the only one listed in the 1851 Census(Taken in 1852) and

      There are no Prossers Listed in the 1850 Census for Maine.USA.



Added by Glendon James Hovey on August 11, 2015 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Pauper Records in the 1800s

I am transcribing the VRs of Mount Vernon, Maine, and have recently discovered many pauper records from the 1840-1870 era. This has led to much curiosity about how paupers were treated during this period. It looks like people bid at the town meeting to keep paupers in their homes. However, the curious part is that it looks like they were bidding to take care of their own parents or other relatives. Another curious aspect is that sometimes they were paid in shillings - why would this happen…


Added by Sally Furber Nelson on July 25, 2015 at 1:33pm — 6 Comments


I found my birth mothers first marriage certificate, and from that I was able to locate her first husband.  I contacted him and was directed to his and my mothers daughter.  She talked to me and contacted my mother.  My mother accpeted contact and from there I was able to find out the name of my father.  I still have work to do but I am at a point I never thought I would be as someone that was adopted.  

Added by Robert Kevin Reid on July 21, 2015 at 10:58am — 3 Comments

Woodbury Davis

Hello, I am researching my great great grandfather, Woodbury Davis. NOT the famous one, although born around the same time. Birth around 1813 to 1815, married my gg grandmother Hannah Snow b.1830 in South Thomaston, in 1849, Rockland. His occupation was listed as ship's carpenter, but after marriage they moved to Waldo. Found the family in 1860 census in Thorndike, farming. My great grandmother Cora was born 1859. Does anyone know where he came from, who his family was?

Added by Jean D. Paradis on July 1, 2015 at 4:07pm — 2 Comments

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