1792 Old German ChurchBetween 1740 and 1753, some 150 families and individuals, mainly from the Rhineland area of Germany, emigrated to the New World and ultimately landed in Broad Bay, Massachusetts - now Waldoboro, Lincoln County, Maine. It is these people who inspired the development of this association.

The photo is of the Old German Lutheran Church in Waldoboro, built in 1772.  Click on the image to get a larger view.


The OLD BROAD BAY FAMILY HISTORY ASSOCIATION was started in the summer of 1992. We began as a small group of people who were interested in learning more about our ancestors and how they came to be in Broad Bay. The effort was introduced by W. W. "Will" Whitaker in his newsletter "Old Broad Bay - Bund und Blat" that he started in January of 1992. He was attempting to document this unique event - the settling of Broad Bay - roughly 250 years after the fact.  To obtain back copies, contact the newsletter editor  listed below.  An index of back copies is being put together and will be posted on this site when complete

The first project of our group was to start a registry, the Broad Bay Family Registry, through which people could contact others interested in Waldoboro's history and early families. Its second project was to organize some family history activities to take place in conjunction with the August 1, 1993, annual Sunday afternoon service at the historic Old German Meeting House Church in Waldoboro, Maine, where many of our ancestors worshipped.  We continue to meet each year over the first weekend in August to exchange genealogical information, learn about local history, and plan work in the communities of the Broad Bay area that will perpetuate the memory of those Individuals who came to this place and prospered or perished.

We welcome all those who are interested in learning more about this group to write us and we will gladly try to answer any questions you might have.


OBBFHA annual meeting: Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Knox-Lincoln County Cooperative Extension, 377 Manktown Road, Waldoboro. More details to come in the summer newsletter or on this page.

Old German Church service

The annual service at the Old German Church takes place on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 3 PM. 



Annual membership runs from July 1st to June 30th.  Dues for individuals/families receiving the newsletter via e-mail are $10/15 per year. Dues for those requiring a hard copy newsletter are $15/20 per year. Checks should be made out to OBBFHA and mailed, along with the Membership form, to Old Broad Bay Family History Association, c/o Deirdre Putnam, 17 Bush Hill Road, Ipswich, MA 01938

Our newsletter "Old Broad Bay Family History Association Newsletter" is published quarterly.  We now have the following documents for the three sets of our newsletters.

Every name index to volumes 1-8 (new series) 2004-2011 OBBFHA Newsletter

Articles in the Old Broad Bay Family History Association Newsletter, 2000-2003

Articles in Old Broad Bay Bund und Blatt, 1992-1997

Paper back issues of newsletter now available.

New!  We are starting to put some older issues on-line.  Click here.




By Fred Snell.  Follow this link to download a pdf copy of a map of the Old German Protestant Cemetery on Bremen Road.  This map was in the possession of Lucille Walker and she gave it to someone to get copies made for our membership, but it got lost over the years.  I happened  to photograph it at one of our meetings several years ago and now, with the help of Photoshop, have been able to merge and clean up the three photos into one document.  Please note that this map shows lot owners only and many other people may be buried on each lot.  For example lot 8 is listed as Ephram White.  On that lot is Ephram and his wife, Bertha, but also her parents, Gorham and Elizabeth (Creamer) Achorn.  This is a large file, please be patient while it loads.



By David Putnam.  The Old Broad Bay Family History Association of Waldoboro annually presents the Jasper J. Stahl Award to a deserving individualPresentation on August 4 or group that has contributed to the discovery and preservation of the history and genealogy of Waldoboro.  We are happy to announce that this year's recipient is The Ladies Auxilliary of the German Protestant Society.  The Ladies Auxilliary is responsible for maintaining the Old German Meeting House in Waldoboro.  The Ladies Auxilliary also provides volunteers to maintain visiting hours for the public at the Meeting House, and they annually sponsor a German language religious service on the first Sunday in August.   The Old German Meeting House is a classic example of an 18th century Protestant meeting house and is the centerpiece of Waldoboro's historic legacy.   On behalf of the entire OBBFHA, I would like to congratulate the Ladies Auxilliary and express our admiration and gratitude for their excellent work.  Shown in the photo at the presentation on August 4, 2013 are Helen Shaw, OBBFHA Director; Becky Maxwell, President of the GPLA; and Dale Gunn, OBBFHA Director.

Donations to the Jasper J. Stahl Fund will be gratefully accepted. Checks should be made out to the "Old Broad Bay Family History Association" with a note in the memo section designating it to the Stahl Fund. Donations can be mailed to the Treasurer, Deirdre Putnam, 17 Bush Hill Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938-1620. 


These materials were picked up from the Waldoboro Historical Society on 28 July 2010.

If anyone knows who created some of this or where it came from, they can e-mail Helen Shaw at Helen writes “In posting it to the website, I hope someone will recognize the material and/or the notebooks holding the material.”

OBITUARIES [13 notebooks total] Nine large white notebooks of obituaries apparently all from The Portland Press Herald covering 1997 - 1998 for the most part. The obituaries are one per page and have surnames noted in the upper right corner. Each page is in a plastic sleeve. Two large white notebooks of obituaries which appear to cover 2000-2004 and also be from The Portland Press Herald. Two (non-archival) scrapbooks of newspaper clippings. Dated (1997 for the most part), but rarely attributed to a particular newspaper. [one maroon with gold trim; one navy with gold trim] QUERIES [3 notebooks, plus part of another; one navy; two dark blue] Clippings from The Portland Press Herald dating in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

VITAL RECORDS [two sky blue notebooks] Transcribed vital records from the town clerks’ reports: alphabetical by first letter of the surname Waldoboro, 1888-1944 Bristol, 1907-1916 Nobleboro, 1914-1947

GROSS - HATCH FAMILY [four notebooks; two sky blue; one blue with a butterfly on the cover; one white with a family chart on the cover] Appears to be a project Randy was compiling with details on individuals on separate forms. Also one black notebook full of blank forms

OLD BROAD BAY FAMILY HISTORY PROJECT [two notebooks; one red & one brown] Pedigree sheets for members’ Waldoboro lines

OLD BROAD BAY FAMILY HISTORY ASSOCIATION [one thin black notebook with "The First" on the cover] photocopies of checks & other financial records

DER AHNENFORSCHER [one green notebook] The newsletter of a German genealogy group, 2003-2005

ULMER FAMILY [one black notebook with gold trim] Ulmer family data collected by Richard Castner and material on the family sent to him by Eleanor Sargent Beverage.

CORRESPONDENCE [one thin, medium blue, notebook] Randy’s correspondence about local genealogy

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL [one maroon scrapbook with gold trim] Includes queries & newspaper clippings on cemeteries & local history

JASPER STAHL [one orange, soft cover notebook] Thin notebook which appears to be photocopies of Stahl’s handwritten notes on the history of the German Protestant Society which became chapter XVI of his book. Also one broken notebook that had a variety of material in it. I took it apart & put things in the notebooks that had similar material. Also several large blank 9-generation pedigree forms (circular style). Material picked up from the Waldoboro Historical Society in October 2010   OBBFHA reunion files, 1993-2005 Miscellaneous treasurer files & correspondence with members (mostly early 2000s) Old Broad Bay family history project: Family history & pedigree sheets for members’ Waldoboro line blank forms Back issues of the newsletter (complete & partial)



On September 28, 2011, a new law regulating access to vital records takes effect in Maine. Original vital records in Maine may be accessed through three venues:

1. Vital Records Unit of the Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics (ODRVS)
2. Maine State Archives
3. Municipal offices [also: Lincoln County retains its early marriage records at the courthouse.]   

To download the article, go to:


Note: To reduce spam, I have replaced the @ by (at) in the email addresses

President - David Putnam
17 Bush Hill Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
DPutnam925(at) 978-356-2525

Vice President - Ruth Riopell
11 Marlboro Ave. Augusta, ME 04330
ruth.riopell(at) 207-213-4015

Treasurer - Deirdre Putnam
17 Bush Hill Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
dhurleyputnam(at) 978-356-2525

Director & Newsletter Editor - Helen Shaw
77 Pascal Ave., Rockport, ME 04856
hashaw(at) - obbeditor(at) 207-236-2468

Director - June Hussiere
6 Woodlawn Circle, Randolph, ME 04346
JEHussiere(at)  (207) 582-7036

Director - Dale Gunn
94 Washington St. Hudson, MA 01749
dcgunn(at) 978-562-8531

Web Master - Fred Snell
7 Mercury Circle, Andover, MA 01810-2410
FredSnell(at) 978-686-3647


The following are the names of the early German settlers who settled Old Broad Bay, Waldoboro, Maine.  We hope to eventually provide links to people researching these families.  To have your name added to this list, please send e-mail to Fred Snell.

Air, Antoni (Anton), Bauzer, Beckler, Benner, Birchenbeul, Bornemann, Bornhelmet, Brotmann (Broadman), Burkhardt (Burkett), Carlow/Carlo, Castner (Kastner), David, Deis (Dice), Demuth, Dickendorff (Duckendorff, Dockendorff), Dochtermann (Tochtermann), Duerfiinger (Doertier), Dohlheim (Dolheim), Edell, Eichorn (Achorn), Eisele (Eisley, Isley), Ekele (Eugley), Feller (Feyler), Feilhauer, Genthner, Getsinger, Gross, Hamburg (Haburg), Hahn, Handel, Haupt (Hopp), Haus, Heibner / Huebner (Heavener), Heidenheim, Heller (Heyler, Hyler), Hein, Heisler, Heyer, Hilt, Hoch, Hoffses, Hoizapfel, Horn, Icholar, Jung, Keizer (Keiser, Kizer), Kuntzel Kinzel), Klein (Cline), Klaus (Claus), Koehler (Kaler), Kammerer (Comery), Kraus, Kramer (Creamer), Kroehn, Kroller, Kubler, Kuhn (Cone), Labe, Lachenauer (Lagenauer), Lang (Long), Losch (Lash), Lauer (Lawry, Lowry), Lehr, Leissner, Lebenzoeller (Levensaler), Leicht (Light), Ludwig, Martin, Matchloffe, Mellen, Menck (Mink, Mank), Muller (Miller), Neuhaus (Newhouse), Neubert (Newbert),

Orph (Orff), Oberlach (Overlock), Pracht (Prock), Reisser (Razor), Ried (Reed, Reid), Rehfuss (Refuse), Reisaus, Reitter, Roemele (Remily), Roth (Rode, Rhodes), Rottner (Rotner, Rodner), Rinner, Rominger, Sargers (Sargus), Schaffer, Schenck, Schmidt (Smith), Schneider (Snyder, Snider), Schonemann, Schumacher (Shoemaker), Schurtz, Schwartz (Black), Schweier, Siechrist (Sechrist), Seiders (Sider), Schumann (Shuman), Seythlinger (Sidelinger), Seitensberger (Sidensparker), Seitz (Sides), Seller (Slier), Schmaus (Smouse), Schaudeal (Snowdeal), Soelle (Cilley), Stahl (Stall, Stole), Stein, Stilke (Stilkey), Stoerer (Storer), Steudle (Studley), Suchfort (Sukeforth), Toziner, Treupel (Drible), Uhlmann, Ulmer, Umbehend (Umberhine), Vogler (Fogler), Wegner (Wagner), Walch (Walck), Wallizer (Wallis, Wallace), Walder (Walter), Waltz (Woltz), Weber (Weaver), Weller (Willard), Wellman, Welt, Weyl, Werner (Warner), Winchenbach (Wincapaw, Wink), Wohlfahrt, Wolsgrover, Ziegler (Zickler, Zugler, Sucheler), Zuberbuhler.

Other Non-German Waldoboro Surnames:  Brookings, Bullen, Cleaves, Delano, Dow, Flanders, Hatch, Huse, Kennedy, Oliver, Page, Pitcher, Schott, Simmons, Somes

Links to other Maine and Lincoln County sources 


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