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.

Our next meeting:
April 7, 2018 - In Defense of the Seacoast

Elizabeth Blake Hotchkiss will present on current research by the Maine State Regent's Project for the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Other upcoming events of interest
March 24, 2018 - A Field of Ancient Graves: Celebrating 350 Years
1:30 PM at the Wishcamper Center, Bedford St., USM Portland Campus. A presentation by cemetery historian and author Ron Romano. Using photos, maps, and images of historic documents, Ron will guide us through the cemetery’s rich history, with a peek inside the City Tomb, an overview of the remote burial patches designated for minorities, and a look at how the landscape has changed over the past 350 years. From bank robbers and pirates to abolitionists and war heroes - with some gravestone symbolism sprinkled in - this presentation promises to be a most interesting hour.

June 14, 2018 - Bus trip to Boston
Join Maine Historical Society & Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society for a bus trip to Boston! There are two options for the trip: New England Historic and Genealogical Society or the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, MA. 7:30am - Bus Departs Portland: Park & Ride on Marginal Way (across from World Gym and Port City Flooring). Bus returns at approximately 7:00pm.
For more info and to register on-line, click here.
To download a mail-in registration sheet, click here.

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.

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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