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 and August 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 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!

In the meantime, our chapter will take a new direction. For now, 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:

November 2, 2019 - Tell us about an important document you've discovered!

Please come prepared to spend a few minutes telling us about a document you discovered that helped you break down a brick wall or unlocked a door in your research. Bring your laptop or other device so we can to work together afterwards! A wi-fi connection will be available.

Other upcoming events of interest
Oct. 17-19 & 24-26, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Oct. 20 and 27, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
- Walk Among the Shadows
at Eastern Cemetery
This year's theme is "The Spirits of 1820; 200 Years of Maine Statehood." In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Maine Statehood, seven spirits, many of whom were Portlanders, will return to the cemetery to tell of the perils and promises of Maine Statehood, against the background of the Missouri Compromise, Abolition, and Women's Rights.

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

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.


This site was last updated on October 6, 2019. If problems, contact Webmaster Diane Brakeley.