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:
Feb. 3, 2018 - History of the Shakers

Leonard L. Brooks of the Shaker Museum in New Gloucester will speak to us about the history of the Shakers.


Other upcoming events of interest
January 27, 2018 - Your Father Still Fears That New England Will Be Depopulated: Mainers and the Rush for California Gold
1:30 PM at the Wishcamper Center, Bedford St., USM Portland Campus.The first of the three-part Winter Lecture Series sponsored by Spirits Alive at Eastern Cemetery. Historian Jan Eakins draws on diaries and letters of 300 Mainers to tell why more than 2,000 headed west in 1849 and why thousands more followed.

February 4, 2018 - Scarborough Cemeteries
The Scarborough Historical Society monthly meeting for February will be at 2:00 pm at the Scarborough Public Library. After a short business meeting,Jan Makowski will talk about her years of research on local cemeteries. Beginning in the late 1980s and continuing through the 1990s, Jan located over 60 private cemeteries throughout Scarborough and another 17 cemeteries in neighboring towns that have Scarborough connections.

February 24, 2018 - The Strangling Angel in Casco Bay: Epidemic Diphtheria in Coastal Maine, 1735-1750
1:30 PM at the Wishcamper Center, Bedford St., USM Portland Campus. This talk by Nicholas E. Bonneau is generously sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council. In 1735, a new disease seized the northeast of North America. The mysterious throat distempers never achieved the notoriety of other diseases of the colonial era, but no single epidemic of the period proved more deadly to European settlers.

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.

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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