Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Insider: Maine Historical Society

This is the first in a series of articles on the local organizations and participants in the FGS conference. I'm looking forward to introducing the people and places that make New England a great place to tackle genealogical research. Let's start with the tippy top of the region--Maine.

It gets cold in northern New England in the winter, but no one is hibernating. Around since 1822, the Maine Historical Society is still collecting, preserving and educating anyone interested in the state’s history and genealogy both online and in their library.
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Take a virtual tour of their collections using the website http://www.mainehistory.org/ to search their online catalog and free genealogical resources or to join an online discussion group for networking with other genealogists.

Don’t hesitate to click on the link for the Maine Memory Network, http://www.mainememory.net/ . This virtual museum offers visitors a way to search a digitized database of photos and other materials in the collections of the seventy collaborating Maine Institutions. Since 2001, Kathy Amoroso has been the Outreach Consultant for this grant funded project. At FGS in Boston, you’ll have a chance to listen to Kathy and ask her questions about Maine research. Her talk, “Maine Historical Society: Resources In-house and Online,” provides an overview of the Society’s history and collections as well as tips on how to find your Mainers online and in the library.

Researchers can find plenty online but while you’re here for FGS why not venture north, explore their library and experience a beautiful Maine summer.

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