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Greater Portland Chapter Meetings

The Greater Portland Genealogical Society meets at 1:00 on the first Saturday of every month at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 29 Ocean House Road in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. New members are always welcome. Come early as refreshments are served before the meeting at 12:30 and admission is free. A program is planned for each meeting.

2014 Upcoming Program Schedule

February 1 - Gadgets and Brick Walls
Members are asked to share any new gadgets or books they may have received for Christmas which will help with their genealogical research. Wfter sharing, we will take time to work in small groups to solve brick walls in our genealogical research.

March 1 - Antiques Road Show
Bring in a family heirloom along with its story, and we'll have Mike Gallant of Hometown Antiques on hand to tell you about the age, use and marketablilty of your item. He will not give an actual appraisal, but you're sure to learn something new about your family treasure.

Assessments will be limited to items belonging to members, but remember that dues are only $5.00 and anyone is welcome to join at the meeting.

June 7 - Navigating the Family Search Web Site
Judy Rietze will help us learn how to navigate the Family Search Web Site. This will be an interactive presentation where Judy will give us some pointers and then members will be able to ask specific questions. So visit the Web site at and bring your questions to the meeting!

Past programs

January 4 - Cancelled
Unfortunately, This meeting was cancelled because the parking lot had not been cleared. Our apologies.

Dec. 7, 2013 - Creating Maine Towns—The Process and the Records
Carol Prescott McCoy, Ph.D, presented a talk on the development of Maine towns. The District of Maine, part of Massachusetts until 1820, had a wild history marked by frequent warfare, the destruction of many early settlements, common land disputes, a challenging terrain and a harsh climate. Carol discussed how Maine towns typically developed, the role and responsibilities of proprietors and what they had to do to create a successful town, what town records were created, and where you might look for them.

Nov. 2, 2013 - The Mystery of Miss Pattee
Linda McCloon presented "The Mystery of Miss Pattee." Her very entertaining presentation detailed a family research project that traced a spinster’s trail from Maine’s Belgrade Lakes to the halls of Congress and one of the biggest frauds of the 19th century.”

Oct. 5, 2013 - Lineage Society Fair
This meeting featured information on a variety of lineage societies, such as the DAR, SARA, Mayflower, Métis, and family names such as Jordan, Libby, Leavitt and Reynolds. We had tables for each society and many people spoke about their groups. Handouts were also available for those interested in more information.

Sept. 7, 2013 - Tell Your Life Story
Maine writer, storyteller and personal historian, Eddie Adelman, presented a program designed to encourage us to document our own life stories before they're lost forever. The presentation featured a lively mixture of readings, music, instruction, inspiration and humor.

August 3, 2013 - House Island Field Trip
We had a beautiful day to take our field trip to House Island. After a lovely boat ride, we arrived at House Island and ate our lunch. We then hiked around the island and were given a tour and some history of Fort Scammel.

June 1, 2013 - Researching at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City
Nancy Mason, a GPCMGS member, talked to us about using the resources at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. She has traveled there every year for the past 12 years, and told us about her experiences and how best to use your time there. She has already booked her trip for 2014 (during the last week of April) and has reserved four extra rooms. If anyone is interested in making the trip next April, they can contact Nancy about using one of her extra reservations!

May 4, 2013 - Give Us Your Poor and Indigent
Thomas C. Bennett, Director of the Prince Memorial Library in Cumberland, Discussed the Cumberland Overseers of the Poor Archives Project. He has been the director of Prince Memorial Library in Cumberland, Maine since 1998.

April 6, 2013 - Divorce Records in Genealogical Research
Pam Eagleson presented a talk about using divorce records in your genealogical research. Divorce was alive and thriving throughout the nineteenth century. This lecture addressed the history of divorce in the United States.

March 2, 2013 - Mainer Forty-niners in the California Gold Rush
Jan Eakins gave us some general background on Mainers in the California gold rush. She also discussed some highlights of its effects on the greater Portland area and give some tips for researching genealogy during this period. Jan is writing a book on this topic which is an outgrowth of work she conducted for the National Park Service.

February 2, 2013 - Crafting a Book of Genealogy
Fred Boyle spoke on his experiences and surprises in writing and adding families to a book.

January 5, 2013 - Maine Labor Unions
Charles Scontras spoke to us about Maine Labor Unions. Mr. Scontras lives in Cape Elizabethand and has taught 36 years at the University of Maine in Orono.

December 1, 2012 - Malaga Island
Rachel Talbot Ross spoke on the horrible tales of Malaga Island which is located just of the coast at Phippsburg, ME. An exhibit on Malaga Island is currently on display at the Maine State Museum and will continue into the new year.

November 3, 2012
Several of our chapter members presented short talks on some very interesting topics. Speakers included Rowena Walton, Jerry Gower, Janice Gower, Roland Rhoades, Colleen Reed and Carol McCoy.

October 6, 2012
Peggy Konitzky, Site Manager for Castle Tucker and the Nickels-Sortwell House in Wiscasset, gave an informational & humorous talk about the people of these two homes, the architecture and especially the women who actively preserved them over the years.

September 1, 2012
Arlene Palmer Schwind, Curator of Victoria Mansion in Portland, spoke to us about the families of Ruggles Sylvester Morse of Leeds, Maine, and his wife Olive Ring Merrill of Durham, Maine. The Morses lived in New Orleans and built the Mansion in 1858-1860 as a summer home. The Higgins, Lothrop, and Keay families are among the Maine relatives of the Morses.

August 4, 2012

Gail Kill spoke to us on how us how to log searches to streamline analysis of the research problem and how to file so that any document can be retrieved in less than a minute. Organizing files is essential to quality research.

June 2, 2012

Deb Locke & Bill Norbert shared their experiences with DNA testing. Deb’s test was done though the National Geographic Genome Program and Bill was tested with Family Tree Maker. Deb had always believed her family came from Latvia & Russia but her Dad had said that he was born in Mass. His passport stated that he was from Russia & her DNA tests proved that once leaving Africa, the early families did indeed settle at the steps of Latvia & Russia. Bill’s DNA test showed his family coming from early Scotland & Ireland.

May 5, 2012

Kathy Amoroso , the director of digital projects at the Maine Historical Society, explained how to use the 1940 US census. This census was made available to the public for the first time on April 2, 2012. This census was taken on punch cards, so searching it is a little different from other censuses.

April 7, 2012

Ruth Bridges Ayers , author of Early Families of Newfield, Maine, told us about four murders which took place on a June night in Newfield. The brutal murders of Civil War veteran George W. Goodwin, his adopted son Scott, housekeeper Elsie Horne, and hired hand Fred Bertsch resulted in a man hunt through New Hampshire and into Massachusetts. The resulting trial of a former Newfield resident brought crowds of spectators to the York County Courthouse in Alfred.

March 3, 2012

Mike Connolly presented a talk on the Irish roots of America's most prolific filmmaker, John Ford, winner of six Oscars for Best Director, who was born in Cape Elizabeth and raised on Munjoy Hill. His talk was be illustrated with scenes of importance to Ford from his family's genealogical roots in Ireland and places of residence in Cape Elizabeth and Portland.

February 4, 2012

Marge Devine spoke about Benjamin Blackstone, her 4th great-grandfather.

Jaunuary 7, 2012

The January meeting was what we call a "Brick Wall" meeting. Several members spoke about their genealogical research and pointed out a spot where they are having trouble getting any further - a "Brick Wall". Other members offered suggestions of where they might find a clue to further their research.

December 3, 2011

Frank Millett Day revealed his methods and sources for discovering his ancestors’ past through newspaper articles. Frank took us on a journey through several generations of his family in the Kennebunk area and shared his research found in The Eastern Star (1878-1915), now the York County Coast Star.

November 5, 2011

Carol McCoy presented a talk illustrating how old tax records can provide valuable clues to our ancestors' lives. In the early days of America people were taxed on their property, to repair and build roads, to support the military, and to provide revenue for many reasons. Carol McCoy explained the types of tax records that may be available, where to look for them, and how they can help solve genealogy problems.

October 1, 2011

Our scheduled program by Dianne Bergstedt was cancelled shortly before the meeting, so Program Chair Deb Locke opened the meeting up to sharing information. Diane Brakeley shared what can be found by searching on She showed several items she has purchased relating to her family or her husband's family.

Others then offered suggestions for beginners who were in attendance. Paul Doucette answered some questions regarding and he suggested Google Books as a good source. Janice Gower commented that by obtaining a Portland Public Library card (residents of York & Cumberland Counties can obtain one free of charge) you also gain free access to Heritage Quest. Other sites that were suggested were Fold (formerly Footnote),, and DeadFred.

September 3, 2011

Dana Edgecomb spoke about the existing records for Maine (and New England) Quaker meetings, where to find Quaker records and how the Quaker doctrine effects genealogical research. A published genealogist, Dana has been researching his family ancestry for 16 years. He has traced many lines back to the immigrant ancestor and some to medieval times.

August 6, 2011

Trish Severance Mason spoke about her book, The Seaside House.

Her talk followed her Gooch Family through the generations into the 21st century. From pre-colonial Maine, the family purchased an inn-keeping business that continues today and is operated by a member of the current generation of Gooches. Through perseverance, back-breaking work, bravery and sometimes luck, the family beat the odds and held on to their land for centuries.

June 4, 2011

We had the perfect sunny day to meet at 10am at Eastern Cemetery in Portland. Docents and board members from the non-profit group, Spirits Alive , gave instruction on transcribing gravestones so that the information on the deteriorating stones is preserved. We learned to use a mirror to better read the engravings. William Jordan’s Eastern Cemetery book was availble to purchase as well as gravestone jewelry by Della Mano Designs and Spirits Alive tote bags. We learned to use a mirror to better read the engravings.Then, at 1pm (after snacks) we were led on a fascinating guided tour through the cemetery.

May 7, 2011

Steve Bunker, author and historian gave a presentation on Maine's participation in the Civil War. Steve first heard about the Civil War from his grandmother who shared her memories and tales about family members of that era.

April 2, 2011

Sophia Mendoza spoke about Henry Knox the man, and the Henry Knox Museum and their collections. Sophia is the Education Coordinator at Montpelier: The General Henry Knox Museum in Thomaston, ME.

March 5, 2011

Will Haskell lead a search technique and strategy session for on-line searches. Using his computer and projector members discussed various Web sites.

February 5, 2011

Members presented stories based on family artifacts or heirlooms.

December 4, 2010

Kimberly A. MacIsaac gave a presentation on The Fifth Regiment Maine Volunteer Infantry. Their experiences in the Civil War are typical of Maine soldiers who served in that conflict. Her powerpoint presentation showed how the social, economic, and political conditions in Maine helped to shape the state’s and, in particular, the Fifth Maine soldiers’ response to the war and its aftermath.

November 6, 2010

Will Haskell presented a talk on Google Earth and its uses in genealogy. Will is the GPCMGS secretary and a civil engineer with eighteen years of experience. Google Earth is free software that allows you to “fly” anywhere on the earth and visualize what that place looks like today and in the past. This powerful tool provides opportunities to visualize where your ancestors lived, their migration routes and patterns, compare current and historic photographs, overlay historic maps over current maps and locate cemeteries and churches. He provided a basic overview and introduction of the software and touched on several of the useful tools for genealogy.

To see his handout for the presentation, click here.

October 2, 2010

Carol P. McCoy, Ph.D. and past president of GPCMGS, presented "The Origins of Mary Drummond, Oldest Native Negro in New Bedford, Mass." This enlightening case illustrated how a creative approach and extensive search can uncover the parentage of a person of color born early in the 19th century. Carol explained how she used vital records, censuses, deeds, directories, newspapers, probate and cemetery records, and online resources to discover evidence to un-puzzle a genealogical mystery.

September 4, 2010

Fred Boyle, a former certified genealogist, spoke on his upcoming book, Waterborough, Maine: The Influences of Brentwood, NH and Berwick, ME on the Early Settlement of the Town. Boyle is a resident of Springvale and a native of Massachusetts. In retirement he has developed a second career as a genealogist, personally publishing a number of "Early Families" books on Sanford, Shapleigh, Acton and most recently (2006) Alfred.

August 7, 2010

Ruth Bridges Ayer, author of Families of Newfield, Maine, spoke about her experiences while digging into the records of folks who lived in Newfield, Maine, which resulted in many interesting stories - most of them printable.

June 5, 2010

Phyllis Legare, CG presented tips, techniques and tools for breaking down brick walls. Her presentation detailed a six-step research methodology, based on Val Greenwood’s process documented in his book “The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy”, which provides the framework for discovering information about your family or a specific individual.

May 1, 2010

Author Kate Kennedy shared stories of remarkable Maine women from her book More Than Petticoats, about thirteen strong and determined women who broke through social, cultural, or political barriers. Through their passions for art, exploration, literature, politics, music and nature, these women made contributions to society that still resonate today.

April 3, 2010

Bob Greene presented a talk called Meaty Bones. Vital records research uncovers names, dates and places. But that's only the skeleton of our ancestors. Newspapers can put meat on those bones, and it's becoming easier than ever to look at our past.

March 6, 2010

Sandy Oliver, food historian, shared with us her knowledge of early New England food. How We Ate: Early American Fare, explained how we became baked bean, brown bread, pumpkin pie eating and cider drinking Yankees when we left England preferring pease porridge, roast beef and beer.

February 6, 2010

Patricia Corey, co-author with Melville Corey of Settlement of Black Point “Owascoago” 1605-1800, spoke. Owascoag or "Place of Much Grass" was the Indian name for Scarborough. The settlement was also called Black Poynt by the English. Owascoag is the story of Black Poynt told in the settler's own words. Patricia found diaries, letters, depositions, court records, and other interesting material, giving a first hand account of life from 1636 to the 1750's.

January 2, 2010

Sticky Wickets - Cancelled due to storm

December 5, 2009

Matthew Barker spoke on Irish Maine history. 15 percent of Maine's 1.3 million residents claim Irish ancestry, according to the 2000 Census. Matthew Barker is an author from the Maine Historical Society.

November 7, 2009

Bruce Tucker expanded on his recent talk regarding Scottish prisoners of war delivered to New England in the 1650’s. Bruce explained how the same “entrepreneurs” delivered cargos of stolen Irish children and kidnapped West Africans to the New World.

October 3, 2009

This was a Sticky Wickets meeting. Those attending were divided into four groups. Each group met in a different room and had a one hour discussion aimed at helping each other get past brick walls or difficulties in their research.

September 5, 2009

Former Maine State Senator Paula Benoit of Phippsburg, Maine spoke about legislation she sponsored over a year ago, which became law in January 2009 allowing adoptees rights to their original birth records in this state.

August 1, 2009

Photos of our 30th Anniversary celebration on August 1, 2009, taken by Linda Aaskov and Carol McCoy.

We celebrated our 30th anniversary from 10am to 3pm, with a luncheon, classes, software demonstrations, member presentations, a research library and even a give away table. Everyone agreed it was a wonderful event!

June 6, 2009

Dr. Carol P. McCoy presented a talk on deeds. Deeds are a valuable research tool especially when early probate records have been destroyed as in Cumberland County Maine. Her talk highlighted some gems found in deeds and clarified ways to use deeds effectively to discover family relationships, locations, and other key information.
May 2, 2009

Kathy Amoroso gave us an update on the reopening of the Historical Society and what is new on Memory Network. She presented us on a visual tour of the newly renovated biulding.
April 4, 2009

Norman Beaupre, Ph.D gave this month’s program on the “French-American Connection”. Mr. Beaupre, born in Maine and educated bilingually, is a graduate of St. Francis College (now the University of New England).

March 7, 2009

Mary Lee Dunn, author of Ballykilcline Rising/From Famine Ireland to Immigrant America (University of Massachusetts Press, July 2008) was our guest speaker. Her book takes you through the historic famine time in Ireland and a years-long rent strike in Ballykilcline, Roscommon, to the evicted emigrants’ arrival in New York City in 1847/48. Dunn identified a cluster of the town’s evictees in Rutland, Vt. as the marble industry boomed there.

February 7, 2009

Author Beth DeWolfe, spoke to us about her most recent book "The Murder of Mary Bean", set in the 1850's, when the woolen mills in New England were hiring young girls from all over NE & Canada. Many of you may have ancestors who could have been one of these girls.

January 3, 2009

Leonard W. Cummings Sr., spoke to us about the history and restoration of the Abyssinian Meeting House in Portland. This is the 3rd oldest African American Meeting House in America. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006 and the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom in 2007.

December 6, 2008

Judy Faust, presented a showing of her short documentary based on her mother's family history which tells how an Austrian church offered friendship to a group of Jewish Holocaust survivors in 1995. The short film spans the years 1899-1995 and shows the impact of WWI, WWII, the Great Depression, and anti-Semitism on her family history. Most of the documentary covers an extraordinary week of events in 1995.

November 1, 2008

David L. Richards, the author of Poland Spring - A Tale of the Gilded Age 1860-1900spoke about the history of Poland Spring Hotel. He is the Assistant Director of the Northwood University Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan, ME. He earned his Ph.D in history at the University of New Hampshire. This is David's first book.

October 4, 2008

David Soule of the Irish Heritage Center in Portland will spoke about the center and resources available there. More information can be found at their Web site,

September 7, 2008

Lynda L. Sudlow, author of A Vast Army of Women: Maine’s Uncounted Forces in the American Civil War (Thomas Publications, 2000), spoke about the role women played in the Civil War. She has researched the role of Maine women during the Civil War for more than ten years.

August 2, 2008

Susie R. Bock, Head of Special Collections, University of Southern Maine Libraries, presented a talk on Genealogical Resources in the University of Southern Maine's Special Collections. Susie received her undergraduate degree from Bates College and earned a Masters in Library Science and a Masters in History, both from Columbia University.
June 7, 2008

A talk by Linda Aaskov. We generally assume the Shakers were/are a celibate group. . . then how could we have Shaker ancestors? Linda explained, using several actual examples. Linda has studied the Shakers for 35 + years, and is current curator of the Alfred Shaker Museum.
May 3, 2008

The President of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, Dr. Carol McCoy, presented sound strategies for seeking your ancestors in New England. She offered tips and tactics for locating your ancestors with New England roots.
April 5, 2008

Pam Stone Eagleson, CG, a professional genealogist and member of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, presented Grandma's Obituary Box. She explored the use of obituaries in genealogical research and their role in American culture and history. Obituaries are a basic genealogical research tool, an aid in documenting ancestors.

March 8, 2008

Bruce Tucker presented the topic of Scottish prisoners who were brought to America in the 1650s. They came to the Eliot/Kittery/Berwick area in the mid 1600s as indentured servants. These early Scottish settlers included names such as Bean, Grant, MacBean, Kay, MacKay, Ferguson, Sinclair, Maxwell, McIntyre & Junkins. Bruce Tucker is an Alfred, Maine resident, researcher, history buff, President of the Alfred Historical Society, and contributor to the book by Gerald Talbot and H.H. Price, Maine’s Visable Black History.

February 2, 2008

This meeting was cancelled due to the memorial service for the Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

January 5, 2008

Howard Faulkner presented the topic: Town/City Clerks and Genealogy. He explained the types of records that are typically held by municipalities which are of interest to genealogists and family historians and how best to obtain that information. Several case examples were given from Howard's own experience. For more information, please see his January 2008 Tip of the Month.

December 1, 2007

Bob Greene presented a closer look at the African Americans from Maine who participated in the Civil War.

November 3, 2007

Howard Maynard Faulkner moderated a panel discussion on Cemeteries. Brenda Caldwell, presented two topics directly related to cemeteries: The role of the Town Clerk in managing town cemetery records, and Preparing a database of cemetery records. Roland Rhoades, experienced genealogist, spoke about the Maine Old Cemeteries Assn. (MOCA).

October 6, 2007

Ernest DeRaps gave a slide presentation and talk on his experience living in and caring for a lighthouse.

September 8, 2007

Deborah E. Roberge presented an illustrated and very well attended talk on "What Maine men endured at Andersonville, GA". Deborah is the editor and publisher of The Pine Cone and Tassel , a genealogy newsletter about Maine family history now in its fifth year, with a list of subscribers from all over the United States. She's been researching her own family for over 30 years and is a member of MGS.

August 4, 2007

John F. Battick presented a talk on the challenges and rewards of researching in small historical societies. Mr. Battick is a retired member of the History Department at UMO. He holds a Ph.D. from Boston University. His major field of research and writing for the latter part of his tenure was/is the social and economic history of seafaring communities with emphasis on the Maine coast.

June 2, 2007

Dale Mower presented Sarah's Journey - Retracing an Ancestor's Life with Military Pension Files, a program on the use of Military Pension files and how they can aid in family history research. Many of the documents that can be found in military pension files, available from the National Archives, contain useful information for the family historian, beyond just basic service information.

May 5, 2007

Mr. David Mishkin of the firm Just Black & White presented a program titled Enhancement and Restoration of Old Photographs. David is a local expert with a national reputation and it was a great honor to have him speak to our group

April 7, 2007

Jeffrey Brown, Archivist at the Maine State Archives, presented the topic "What's Downstairs at the Archives". A research road-trip to the Maine State Archives can be a fun and rewarding activity for any family researcher. Knowing what is available before you get to the destination guarantees that it won't be a wild goose chase; but having a clue to the hidden gems that may be in the less visited parts of the Archives will make it a true treasure hunt.
March 3, 2007

Kathy Moody spoke on Marvel! Maine's Virtual Library. MARVEL, a service of Maine Infonet, is an exciting website that brings many of the resources of your local library right to your home. All that is needed is a Portland Public Library card. More information on MARVEL can be found at or
February 3, 2007

A very informative panel discussion on "Back to Basics" was held. Howard Faulkner, Janice Gower, and Jackie Van der Camp made up the panel. Everyone present was also given a handout with useful information.
January 6, 2007
The Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society elected its 2007 slate of officers at this meeting. After the business meeting, Judy Plummer spoke about her new book entitled My Family History Book ~ If I can do it, so can you.
Dec. 2, 2006

Alan Hawkins spoke on Genealogical research with a focus on Native Americans. Mr. Hawkins, who is the Superintendent of Schools in Cape Elizabeth, has a great-great-great grandmother who was a Maine Indian born in the early 1800s.
Oct. 7, 2006

John F. Battick, a retired member of the History Department at UMO, gave a presentationon "Our Seafaring Ancestors". Mr. Battick holds a Ph.D. from Boston University.
May 6, 2006

Eva Holmes gave a very entertaining talk on her trip to Italy and Sicily, and connecting with her family there.
April 1, 2006

Ann Thomas gave a humorous speech on Parliamentary Law in Story Form, the perfect program for April Fools Day! After her talk, she answered our serious questions.
March 4, 2006

Carol McCoy spoke on "Creative ways to untangle your family roots."
February 4, 2006

Our guest speaker was Vrege Murray, State Vice Regent from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. Murray spoke on the topic of the DAR.
January 7, 2006

After the business meeting, which included the election of our 2006 officers, we held a sticky wicket session where members helped each other brainstorm approaches to the toughest road blocks in their research.
December 3, 2005

After the business meeting we enjoyed a presentation by Kathy Onos DiPhilippo, the Historian of the South Portland Historical Society. Ms DiPhilippo, who has recently published a new book; South Portland: A Nostalgic Look at Our Neighborhood Stores, discussed some of her research techniques and her passion for making history more interesting. For more information and to order her book, please visit .
November 5, 2005

The Chapter held it's November meeting on Nov. 5. The speaker was Scott Schul who spoke on taking a Family History Vacation. Scott is the Bishop of the LDS Church in Cape Elizabeth.
October 1, 2005

This was a working meeting. All that attended brought in extra pamphlets, papers, forms and other tools that are helpful in their pursuit of genealogy. By the end of the meeting we had assembled several resource guides to be used by members and guests at meetings.
September 10, 2005

Richard Bedford spoke on Town Genealogies. A self proclaimed Anglo Norman Celt Maniac, Mr Bedford has been involved in Genealogy for over 50 years.
July & August 2005

Just a reminder that we do not meet in July and August. Our regular meetings will resume on Sept. 10, 2005
June 4, 2005

This was a working meeting. We worked together to brainstorm some of our members' "sticky wickets".
May 7, 2005

The program for this meeting was presented by Stella Pryor. She told us about what is new at the Scottish Archives and other sources in Scotland as well as some new things she learned at the NERGC for Power Point presentations.
April 9, 2005

The program for this meeting was centered around our experiences at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference. Members who had attended the conference shared information from their favorite workshops.