Please join us at our next meeting!

The Greater Portland Genealogical Society meets at 1:00 on the first Saturday of every month. at the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ at 301 Cottage Road, South Portland (across from Mount Pleasant Cemetery).
Our meetings are open to the public and new members are always welcome. Come early as refreshments are served before the meeting at 12:30. Admission is free, though a $3 donation is requested. A program is planned for each meeting.



Will Haskell intruduced us to deed platting at our January 7, 2017 meeting. Thank you, Will!



A new volunteer opportunity

The Maine State Archives and Maine State Library have launched a project in which volunteers transcribe the text from high-quality images of historic documents.
Click here for more information!




Our next meeting:
Oct. 7, 2017 - Stories to tell

with Meghan Vigeant

Other upcoming events of interest
July 5 through October 15 - Walking Tours of Historic Eastern Cemetery
every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am and every Thursday at 5:30pm. Tours cover the cemeteryís history, prominent historical figures, and early gravestone art. $10 adults, $5 students & seniors (65+), under 12 free.

October 13 - Book Talk: Portland's Historic Eastern Cemetery
Author and cemetery guide Ron RomanoIn will discuss his new book, which tells the fascinating tale of this historic landscape, illuminating Portlandís history through the stories of those laid to rest. Join us for a discussion of this deep history, followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase in the MHS Museum Store. Free & open to the public!

October 14 - Post Mortem Mourning Practices
presented by Libby Bischof, Associate Professor of history at USM. 1:30 in Shuttleworth Hall at Maine Historical Society on Congree Street. Explore cultural grieving practices and see exhibit of mourning atifacts and memnto mori collections. $10 or $5 for MHS members.

October 19-29 - Walk Among the Shadows
presented by Spirits Alive at Eastern Cemetery.Five ghostly storytellers will materialize in the cemetery with stories of the supernatural. Phantom ships, sea monsters, black dogs, and unquiet ghosts! Meet at gate at 224 Congress Street. October 19-21 & 26-28 6:30-7:30pm and Sundays, October 22 & 29 5:30 - 6:30pm. Suggested Donation: $10 - Adults, $5 - 12 & under

Third Wed. of each month - Genealogy Club
from 1 to 3 p.m. at the South Portland Library.

Second Saturday of each month - DNA Interest Group (DIG)
meets at the Gray Public Library.


Help us reunite photos with their families!

Announcing a joint venture with the Portland Camera Club.
They have recently discovered over 820 photographs taken about 60 to 85 years ago. These are professional studio portraits by Ethel Wight, a well-known local photographer of the time.

Click here to learn more and possibly find professional photos of your relatives!

To the right is a sample photo from this collection. This portrait was paid for by
Mrs. Alice Johnson Lamar of 278 Veranda Street in Portland, Maine.



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