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. Bring you laptop or other device as we plan to have many "how-to" sessions in 2019!



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 President and Vice President!

At our 2019 annual elections, we were unable to find a President or Vice President for our group. If you are interested in filling either position, please contact the Web Master or any other member or come to the next meeting and tell us in person!

We have decided that in the meantime, our chapter will take a new direction. For the indefinite future, our meetings will be focusing on "how-to"s for genealogists of all levels. Some meetings may have a short "How-to" 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.

If you have knowledge in a particular field of research you'd like to share, please let Diane Brakeley know and she'll add you to the calendar. We're hoping to have different members take "responsibility" for each meeting. No presentation is necessary - we can simply enjoy a brick wall session. If you feel like it, a presentation of 10-20 minutes on your area of expertise would be great. Then plan to stick around while we all practice what we've learned.


Our next meeting:
February 2, 2019 - A "How-to" Helping Round-Table -

Our newest member has been doing genealogy for two weeks! So, bring your device (computer, tablet, paper and pencil, whatever) and we'll see how we can help her and each other. A wi-fi connection will be available.

Other upcoming events of interest
Jan. 26 - Digging up the War of 1812
A talk by Herb Adams. The first of the three-part Winter Lecture Series sponsored by Spirita Alive at Eastern Cemetery. Held at 1:30 in Glickman Library 103 at the Cohen Center in the Osher Map Library. next to Wishcamper Center. Use Wishcamper parking lot.

April 3-6 - New England Regional Genealogical Conference
It's not too early to begin planning for the biennial New England Regional Genealogical Conference to be held April 3 6, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.

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.


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!




This site was last updated on January 5, 2018. If problems, contact Webmaster Diane Brakeley.