Please join us at our next meeting!

The Greater Portland Genealogical Society meets at 1:00 on the first Saturday of every month except July 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.



Some of our members who attended the June 2018 meeting. Dr. Carol P. McCoy, President of the Maine Genealogy Society (front row in bright green and blue shirt) spoke on the advantages of being a member of MGS and the benefits that they provide.


Our next meeting:
August 4, 2018 - Share a Story
by members
Members should bring in an item or event to talk about. We'll have a "show and tell."

Other upcoming events of interest
July 1 - Oct. 14, 2018 - Walking tours of Historic Eastern Cemetery
Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and every Thursday at 5:30 pm. Walking tour of historic Eastern Cemetery led by trained volunteers covers the cemetery’s history, historical figures, and early gravestone art. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students and over 65, kids under 12 free. Meet at gate at 224 Congress St.

July 21, 2018 1 - 5 pm - Open house at Eastern Cemetery
Eastern Cemetery is 350 years old this year! To celebrate, they are offering a free open house. Historian Herb Adams will lead a tour at 2 pm celebrating our own poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, stopping at the graves of Longfellow’s remarkable relatives and giving nsights into famous events and significant sites in Portland’s history. 224 Congress Street, Portland.

August 11, 2018 3 - 7 pm - Open house at Eastern Cemetery
To celebrate the anniversary of Captain Lemuel Moody’s 1846 burial at Eastern Cemetery, we’re partnering with Greater Portland Landmarks to present this special event. At 5:30 there will be a talk and tour at the Portland Observatory (138 Congress Street), which Moody designed and had built to better manage the Portland waterfront. At 6:30 there will be a reading of Moody’s obituary at his tomb in Eastern Cemetery. The reading will be done by John York, the 4th great-grandson of Moody.

September 15, 2018 9 am - 1 pm - Open house at Eastern Cemetery
Peaks Island stonecutter Matt Barnes of Yankee Slate Cutting will demonstrate the art of carving slate gravestones by hand, using methods of the 1700s. Learn how some of our oldest gravestones were made

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, 5 Hancock Street, Gray, Maine from 10am to noon.

Fourth Monday of each month - Scarborough Public Library Genealogy Group
meets from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Scarborough Public Library.


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!



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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