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Our members are doing many wonderful things with genealogy. Below is a list of some of our members, with links to a brief description of something they are currently working on, or have accomplished. Just click on a name to learn more!

Linda R. (Zeaman) Aaskov
Diane Dellamano Brakeley
Pam Eagleson
Janice Gower
Jerry Gower
William Cabot Haskell
Lois Wardwell Knight
Carol McCoy
Roland E Rhoades IV
Nancy Vachon


Linda R. (Zeaman) Aaskov, 2012 GPCMGS Secretary
I was born in Waterville, Maine the oldest of three children, moved to the West End of Portland at the age of nine. My home was where the Reiche School is now located. I graduated Portland High School & married my high school sweetheart.
I had a curious mind, often asking my Grandparents who this person was and who were they related to. I always visited several cemeteries with my Grandparents and read the headstones with great interest. My Grandparents are no longer living so I have carried on the family tradition of caring for the cemeteries in Fairfield and Clinton where family members are buried. In doing my family research I found that my maiden name is actually spelled ZEMAN, but within the family there are several variations of the name all claiming they are correct. My research lines are Zeman,Decker, Crockett, Tucker, Worcester, Carroll, Patience, Boston (Baston), Aaskov, Campbell and Milligan. As past Genealogical Chair of the Mount Desert Island DAR Chapter I copied numerous cemeteries throughout the state and they are printed and bound and are in the Augusta State Library, Bangor Public Library and I believe the Maine Historical Society. I submitted a family sketch to the first 1790 project and hope to submit some/one for the next volume out.
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Diane Dellamano Brakeley, GPCMGS Webmaster
I was born in Portland, Maine, but all of my grandparentís were born outside of the US, so my research focuses on Italy and Nova Scotia.
Italy is my favorite. Last summer, a relative visited me from Dervio, Italy (Lake Como). He had found me through my Dellamano Web site. When he returned to Italy, he was able to locate an engraving of a hand in a wall that I had only read about. The wall is located near where my grandfather was born, and is now in someoneís private lemon garden. Dellamano means ďof the handĒ in Italian, and this hand, engraved in a 10th century wall, is believed to be an early record of my family and their coat of arms. I doubt that I could have ever found it on my own! Donít you love genealogy?
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Pam Stone Eagleson, CGSM
Genealogy is my passion and I feel fortunate to be able to follow it wherever it takes me. I teach, lecture and write and enjoy mentoring beginning genealogists. Dividing my time between personal research focusing on the mid-Atlantic, mid-West and Germany; and client work in New England, I utilize the resources of several Maine, New England and national repositories.
I have contributed to the Maine Families in 1790 series and participate on a limited scale in the Cumberland County Deed Indexing Project. I regularly attend local and national conferences and institutes (NIGR, IGHR, SLIG) and also serve on the Board of the Association of Professional Genealogists representing the Northeast. I contribute articles to different genealogical publications (my article The Art, Trade and Mystery of a Mariner: Captain William Greenway of Philadelphia, Mariner and Patriot won the 2004 NGS Family History Writing Contest) and am now working on a compiled genealogy of the descendants of Thomas Stone (d. 1791) of Prince William County Virginia. I also co-administrator of the Stone Surname DNA project. For more information on my personal genealogy and projects check out my website
home.roadrunner.com/~peagleson.
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Janice Gower
I am a Maine native with ancestors in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Nova Scotia, Canada and England.
In 1995 I compiled and self printed a small genealogy titled Tallman Bradbury Lowell 1805-1870 And His Descendants. He is on my motherís side of the family. Sure would have it better documented if doing it again.
I am a member of the Maine Genealogical Society. I served as MGS secretary for 6 years and am now serving as one of the directors.
I have written many sketches for the Maine Families in 1790 series and am working on more. I also have had a bible record and a few little fillers on ear marks and deeds printed in The Maine Genealogist.
I have submitted gravestone photos and transcriptions for
gravestones. earlymaine.org gravestone photo project and findagrave. Along with my husband Jerry, I have cleaned, repaired and reset many gravestones in various cemeteries in Maine.
Jerry and I have also given a few genealogical presentations to various MGS chapters and the Oxford LDS c hurch including those on census research, deeds and how to do a Maine Families in 1790 sketch. I have exhibited my genealogical notebooks and Woolwich material at the Taconnett Genealogical Fairs and helped with "How to write a Maine Family in 1790 Sketch" workshops at Taconnett.
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Jerry Gower
Jerry Gower devotes much of his genealogical research to the Maine Families in 1790 project of the Maine Genealogical Society, to which he has contributed over 130 family sketches. He has additionally authored several problem solving articles for the Maine Genealogist since 2000. In 2007 Jerry was appointed as one of the four contributing editors of The Maine Genealogist.
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William Cabot Haskell, 2012 GPCMGS Vice-President
I was born in Portland, Maine and grew up in New Gloucester, Maine. My 5th great grandfather, Jacob Haskell, was born on 27 Oct 1718 in Gloucester, Massachusetts and moved to New Gloucester, Maine sometime in the mid-1700ís. I have yet to find Jacobís death date, but have evidence that he was still living in New Gloucester around 1778. Two more generations also lived in New Gloucester (Eliphalet and Amos) and both are buried in the Lower Village Cemetery.
My grandmother, Grace Ware (Holbrook) Haskell compiled the genealogies for the Haskell and Holbrook lines and I am in the process of entering her data into The Master Genealogist and documenting sources. My maternal line needs some attention and I hope to get to that soon. Some of the surnames that I am researching on my paternal line include: Haskell, Owen, Johnson, Woodman, Merrill, McIntire, Holbrook, Goodhue, Cabot, Brooks, Knowlton and Nourse. Surnames on my maternal line include: Ackerman, Pearson, McKenzie and Adams.
One of my favorite artifacts that was passed down is a cross-stitch sampler created by my 4th cousin Charlotte Bennett Haskell in 1830
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Lois Wardwell Knight, 2013 GPCMGS Secretary
I grew up in Stockholm, Maine, graduating from Caribou High School. My motherís family is from Sweden. My motherís father (Morfar) immigrated in 1903 when he was 6 years old to New Sweden, Maine. There was the Maine Swedish Colony there (an older brother & sister were there) Ė started in 1871 when W.W. Thomas, who was from Portland, Maine and was the Swedish wartime consul for President Lincoln, persuaded 51 strong, healthy Swedish people to emigrate to Amerika.
Iíve always been interested in genealogy, hearing stories of Great-Uncle Cy Wardwell from my Dad. I started researching my motherís side as she had been contacted by a man in Sweden who was doing research on the town of Berg, Smaland, Sweden where my grand-father was from. My sister, Carol & I were able to take Mom to Sweden in July 2007 to meet her 3rd cousins, whom she had been corresponding with for 10 years. Since then, the cousinís family have been here twice (2008 & 2012). My husband and I were able to go back in 2010.
The Swedish families that I have been researching in the families of Sven Nilsson Rask (Quist family); Magnus & Svenborg Abrahamson; Johan Klingman; and Anders & Ingrid Ek. I belong to the Swedish Ancestors Research Association which is based in Massachusetts.
I have also started doing research on my husbandís family. The Knight family that was from the Hollis/Buxton area and the Burgess family from Sandwich, Mass.
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Carol Prescott McCoy, Ph. D., 2088-2009 President
Carol Prescott McCoy, Ph.D., past-president of the Greater Portland Chapter of the MGS, has her own genealogical research firm, Find-Your-Roots based in Yarmouth, Maine. She helps people to find their ancestors and also gives talks and workshops on genealogy. She is currently leading the Greater Portland MGS Chapter's project to index the early deeds of Cumberland County Maine. She will be giving talks on how to research using deeds and also using the census, strategies for researching New England Ancestors, and a case study on The Maine-Canada-Ireland Connection: Finding Rogers' Roots. For her schedule or to seek her assistance, please visit
www.find-your-roots.com or call her at 207-847-3271.
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Roland E. Rhoades IV, UCG, 2010-2011 President
I'm a native Mainer, born in Gardiner, and most of my ancestors have been in Maine for many generations, which has made tracing my tree much easier. I also have some foreigners coming from Quebec, New Brunswick, and Sweden, and even NH and MA. I currently live in Gorham with wife Cyndy and two cats.
I was always interested in my family history and began my actual researching in 1980, spending a week at a time with my grandmother Boudway/Rhoades in Farmingdale and spending all day at the State Archives and Library. I'm proud of my UCG title, Un-Certified Genealogist (like everyone else). I have run into many brick walls, but also solved many of them years later. I have occasionally written articles for genealogy newsletters. One of my problem lines was my LEAVITT line in Cambridge Maine, so I joined and later became President of the National Assn of Leavitt Families 2005-2009, and became their Genealogist in 2009. I collect everything Leavitt and offer free help with Leavitt families anywhere.
Likewise collecting many FRENCH families finally tracing back to Edward French of Salisbury, I became a co-founder and President of the French Family Assn in the 1980s. I've been an MGS member since 1984 and was a founding member of the York Co Genealogy Society in 1986, along with chapter member Linda Aaskov. I also volunteer with MOCA, compiling all the Cambridge cemeteries and posting on my website with photos, along with others scattered across the state, and am transcribing the Cambridge town records. I am also compiling every-name genealogies of my other main families on my website, including STINNEFORD of Wells and northward, MORGRAGE/MORGRIDGE of Kittery and northward, RHOADES, FLAGG of Northport/Belmont area, SAFFORD of Dexter, BOARDWAY of Orono, and others. I have also traced back to five Mayflower passengers.
The photo is of me hugging my newly discovered gggg-grandmother in 2009, Sarah Carter Walls Wilkins 1782-1858 in Cambridge. Her re-marriage made her go undiscovered without in-depth research.
My website is
www.RolandRhoades.com.
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Nancy Vachon
My Great-Great-Grandfather Samuel Paine Blake (Dec. 31, 1803 - Sept. 10, 1882)
Samuel Paine Blake was a Methodist Minister in Maine. He traveled through out the state and all nine of his children were born in various towns during his career. Some of the towns he ministered in were; Bath, Industry, Nobleboro, Skowhegan, Fairfield, Corinna, Dresden, and Rumford. He was one of the first (if not the first) minister on Chebeague Island and his wife Sarah W. Mc Donald from Bath (1805-1865) died when they lived there. He kept a short diary/log while on Chebeague which I donated to the Chebeague Island Historical Society. In his later years Samuel lived in North Yarmouth with his daughter Elizabeth Dunn and her family. Samuel, Sarah and some of their children, including Elizabeth are buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in North Yarmouth. His tombstone reads:
"Faithful minister for fifty years of the gospel"

Also, I have done a lot of research on Torrey Street where I live in Portland, across from Cheverus High School. It is a very short dead end with mostly Cape Cod style homes build post WW II. I have researched many of the deeds and most of the people who have lived on this street. I wrote about the history of Cape Cod style homes and mass developments s uch as Levittown,NY for my masters degree. I have lots of obits as well as pictures of their grave stones. If anyone is interested in any of the people who lived on Torrey St. or the deeds, please contact me.
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