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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.


Our annual meeting was  held on Saturday, August 6, 2016.  After a brief business meeting, our featured speaker was be Ms. Cheryl Patten of the Maine Old Cemetery Association.  She spoke about the work that her group does to preserve old cemeteries in Maine.  She also offed some tips on the correct methods for cleaning and preserving old headstones.  Refreshments and lunch were provided.  There was time for questions and the exchange of genealogical information.  After lunch the President of the Waldoboro Historical Society, Ms. Jean Lawrence,  led a tour of the Waldoboro village and some historic sites.  The 2017 Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday August 5.  Watch this space for details in the spring.

Old German Church Service    

The German Lutheran Society and Women's Auxiliary hosts their annual church service at the Old German Meeting House on the first Sunday in August.  The service is held in the afternoon and there is an informal reception held after the service.   This service is the perfect follow up to our annual meeting on the previous day.  The German Meeting House and burial ground are not to be missed.  The hostesses will be happy to answer any questions you might have. 

The Waldoborough Historical Society

We urge all of you who visit Waldoboro to take in the many new and restored exhibits at the Historical Society.  Please visit their website for current hours of operation.


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.



Every year we award an individual or group with a financial award and certificate of appreciation to salute their efforts to preserve the history and genealogy of Waldoboro.  During some years we have used the funds for the award to support some project in the community that is consistent with our mission.  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 for the Stahl Fund.  Donations can be mailed to the Treasurer, Ms. Deirdre Putnam, at 17 Bush Hill Road, Ipswich, MA 01938.



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.


This map, known as the Robinson Map, shows property lines that track with today's property lines as seen on Google Maps if you go to fairly high magnifaction.  These pdf map files will open in new windows.

    Listing of Owners
    Top of Map
    Details at bottom



by Maine Genealogical Society (1884- ); Maine. Probate Court (Lincoln County); Patterson, William D. (William Davis) Published 1895

THE TOWN REGISTER: Waldoboro, Nobleboro and Jefferson, 1906

by Mitchell, H. E. (Harry Edward), 1877- comp; Daggett, F. E., joint comp; Sawyer, George A. joint comp; Lawton, P. I., joint comp.


On September 28, 2011, a new law regulating access to vital records took 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

Newsletter Editor - Pat Kriso

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

Director - Jean Lawrence
P.O. Box 364
Waldoboro, ME 04572

Director - Barbara Rogers
157 Scotland Rd
Newbury, MA 01951
barb157(at) 978-462-4234

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

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