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, August and December 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. Bring you laptop or other device as we are planning many "how-to" sessions!

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.

Needed - a Chapter Vice President!

Our nominating committee has found a Chapter President to be presented for election in January, 2020. We are still looking for A Vice President, so please let us know if you are interested.

Our chapter has taken a new direction. Our meetings are focused on "how-to"s for genealogists of all levels. Some meetings will have a short presentation with the rest of the meeting being hands-on learning and research. So bring laptops, tablets, iPhones or pen and paper and join the fun. There will be plenty of people, so plan to ask questions and help others.

We are looking for two members to step up and "host" each meeting. One will provide refreshments and one will oversee the actual meeting. Each will recieve $25 to cover their expenses. For the member who oversees the meeting, you do not have to offer a presentation, though you are welcome to talk about your area of expertise if you like. You may also arrange for a speaker (we can offer a $50 honorarium to an outside speaker) Your job is to greet people, oversee the meeting and help newcomers. You can play an online video, offer a brick wall session, or just let us all work and help each other. If you would like to host a meeting, let Diane Brakeley know and she'll add you to the calendar.

Our next meeting:

NOTE: No meeting in December, 2019 as this is such a busy time of year for many of our members. Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

January 4, 2020 - A panel discussion on starting out in genealogy - as we start a New Year!

A panel discussion on how to start out in your genealogy research. All questions are welcome.

Other upcoming events of interest
Nov. 4, 7:00 pm - Katherine Rhoda presents vintage zithers at Cape Elizabeth Community Center, 345 Ocean House Road
Katherine Rhoda, musician, music historian, and "one-person folk festival", will talk about (and play) the zither! She will also explore other fretless instruments at her presentation for the monthly meeting of the Cape Elizabth Historical Preservation Society. Free and open to the public.

Sunday Nov. 11, 2:00 - 3:30 pm Forget Me Not: A Brief History of Mourning Jewelry
Join us for an exciting joint event of the Northeast New England Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies and the Manchester Historical Museum! A presentation by Sarah Nehama, artist and collector of antique mourning and sentimental jewelry. Place: Manchester Historical Museum, 10 Union Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Cost: $10

April 26 - May 3, 2020 - trip to Salt Lake City
Nancy Mason is organizing a group trip to the Family History Library in SLC †April 26 - May 3, 2020.†
The main cost of the trip is airfare, and that will be organized individually. The nightly room rate for a †Deluxe Double Queen room is†$106.00 single/double† and $113.00 triple/quad. These rooms are big and have an extra sink outside the bathroom. All the rooms have refrigerator and microwave.†A Standard Single Queen room is $96.00 single/double, they donít have the second sink. They have transportation to grocery store, and there is a restaurant in the hotel. There is also tax on room rates.

You may contact Nancy Mason directly for more information.

Second Saturday of each month - DNA Interest Group (DIG)
meets at the Gray Public Library, 5 Hancock Street, Gray, Maine from 10am to noon.

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

Fourth Monday of each month - Scarborough Public Library Genealogy Group
meets from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Scarborough Public Library.
Please Note: They will NOT be meeting in July and August

This site was last updated on November 3, 2019. If problems, contact Webmaster Diane Brakeley.