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Genealogy at the Maine State Library
Welcome to the first issue of the Maine State Library's new Genealogy newsletter!  The intent of this newsletter is to highlight the genealogical research materials in our collection, new titles recently added to the collection, as well as older titles which you may have missed.

The frequency of this newsletter will be irregular, for the time being.  New newsletters will be created and sent out as new titles are added to the collection.

Upcoming Classes/Events
Did you know that we provide beginning and intermediate genealogy classes here at the Maine State Library?  We do!  Check our website for upcoming classes.
Genealogy How-To's.
The following titles are for those of you who are just beginning to research your family tree and need some guidance in how to get started, those who feel they need a refresher course, and may even be helpful to those of you who are experienced researchers.  These are the same titles from the bibliography handed out in our beginning genealogy class.

Genealogy for the first time : research your family history - Laura Best
Publisher: Sterling Pub. Co.
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/1/2003
ISBN: 9781402701092
ISBN-10: 1402701098
Call Number: 929.1 B561g 2003
This book explains the very basics:  what genealogy is, where to begin, what to look for and possible sources of information.  Included are many photographic examples of what these sources will look like.  It also provides assistance on how to record, organize and store the information once you've found it.

The sleuth book for genealogists : strategies for more successful family history research - Emily Anne Croom
Publisher: Betterway Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 3/1/2000
ISBN: 9781558705326
ISBN-10: 1558705325
Call Number: 929.1 C948s 2000
Comparing genealogical research to the work of famous literary sleuths, the author outlines methods for solving frustrating research problems by developing a plan, documenting evidence, and examining clues in the records.

The genealogy handbook : the complete guide to tracing your family tree - Ellen Galford
Publisher: Reader's Digest
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 5/1/2001
ISBN: 9780762103089
ISBN-10: 0762103086
Call Number: 929.1 G155g 2001
Presents a variety of tools and techniques for finding lost relatives, explaining how to use such resources as public archives and the World Wide Web, and providing special guidelines for ethnic searches.

How to do everything with your genealogy - George G. Morgan
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Osborne
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 3/1/2004
ISBN: 9780072231700
ISBN-10: 007223170X
Call Number: 929.1 M848h 2004
Morgan's book will help you:  select the family tree format perfect for your family; show you how to cite the data you find; provide tips on locating vital records and other resources; show you how to use libraries and archives to retrieve information; introduce you to resources available on the Internet; help you plan a successful genealogical research trip; choose the right software to augment your research; help you to share with your family all the wonderful information that you find.

Secrets of Tracing Your Ancestors - W. Daniel Quillen
Publisher: Pocket Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 4/1/2003
ISBN: 9781892975881
ISBN-10: 1892975882
Call Number: 929.1 Q6 2003
This book will provide you with all the necessary skills to join in one of the most popular hobbies in America -- genealogical research.  It covers all the basics in how to find, record and maintain the records of your family.

Genealogy 101 : how to trace your family's history and heritage - Barbara Renick
Publisher: Rutledge Hill Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 4/1/2003
ISBN: 9781401600198
ISBN-10: 1401600190
Call Number: 929.1 R413g 2003
The author states that she wrote this book for three types of beginners:  those who have never done any genealogy, those who have tried but quickly discovered that they needed help, and those who have tried the Internet but need help in establishing the accuracy of what they found and don't quite know what to do next.  Not just for beginners though, this book will provide tips for researchers at any level.

Reading early American handwriting - Kip Sperry
Publisher: Genealogical Pub. Co.
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 5/1/1998
ISBN: 9780806308463
ISBN-10: 080630846X
Call Number: 929 S751r 1998
Ask anyone who has ever done any genealogical research and she/he will tell you that one of the inherent difficulties is in deciphering the handwriting used in early records.  Sperry's book is meant to teach researchers how to read this sometimes near-unintelligible script and ease their research.

A sourcebook for genealogical research : resources alphabetically by type and location - Foster Stockwell
Publisher: McFarland & Co.
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 5/1/2004
ISBN: 9780786417827
ISBN-10: 078641782X
Call Number: 929.1072 S866s 2004
This resource is an alphabetical, dictionary-style listing of sources of genealogical information.  Sources such as adoption records, mortality schedules and pedigree charts.  Each entry defines the source, how to use it and what type of information it can provide.

The source : a guidebook to American genealogy - edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs & Sandra Hargreaves Luebking
Publisher: Ancestry
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/30/2005
ISBN: 9781593312770
ISBN-10: 1593312776
Call Number: 929 S724 2006

Szucs' and Luebking's book categorizes and describes types of primary genealogical sources beautifully.  It is divided into 3 complimentary sections:  records by type of agency; ethnic or minority groups (particularly immigration); and urban and 20th century forms of research, with directories of heredity and lineage organizations.  The several appendices include the National Archives System, state archives, genealogical and historical societies, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT, addresses for vital records and even acronyms and abbreviations.

New Genealogy Books

In Search of Your German Roots : A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe - Baxter, Angus
Publisher: Genealogical Pub Co
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 1/9/2008
ISBN: 9780806317847
ISBN-10: 0806317841
Call Number: 929.1 B355i-g 2008
Baxter's book is a guide to resources to use in tracing your roots not only in Germany, but also in the other Germanic-speaking regions of Europe.  This edition has been updated to provide information on research using the Internet.

Index to U.S. invalid pension records, 1801-1815 - by Murtie June Clark
Publisher: Genealogical Pub. Co.
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 4/1/1991
ISBN: 9780806313047
ISBN-10: 0806313048
Call Number: 929.3 C594i 1991
This item is an index to Revolutionary War and Acts of Military Establishment, Invalid Pensioners Payments, March 1801 through September 1815, a cloth-bound payment ledger chronicling payments made to invalid soldiers who served in the Revolutionary War and frontier wars after 1783.

Genealogy online - Elizabeth Powell Crowe
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 1/25/2008
ISBN: 9780071499316
ISBN-10: 0071499318
Call Number: 025.069291 C953g 2008
Updated to include valuable new resources and sites, a revised guide to online ancestry research discusses a host of ancestry-related networks, Web sites, and online services and how they work, with helpful instruction in how to organize a search, where to begin, how to find specific types of genealogical information on the Web, how to use online tools effectively, and how to track, organize, analyze, and share research. Original. (Beginner).

Genealogy online for dummies - by Matthew L. Helm and April Leigh Helm
Publisher: Wiley Pub.
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 3/30/2008
ISBN: 9780470240571
ISBN-10: 0470240571
Call Number: 929.1028 H478g 2008
Offers advice on researching family history on the Web, including search strategies, data sharing, government records, genealogical software, and publishing the results on the Web.

The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants : To the American Colonies or the United States Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History. With a 2008 Addendum, Coda - Roberts, Gary Boyd
Publisher: Genealogical Pub Co
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/23/2008
ISBN: 9780806317861
ISBN-10: 0806317868
Call Number: 929.1 R644r-s 2008
From Bowker's Books in Print:  Roberts (New England Historic Genealogical Society) outlines the "best" royal descents (from the most recent king) of 600-plus immigrants to the American colonies or the United States, from the 17th century to the present, who were notable themselves or left descendants notable in American history. The immigrants fall into three categories: colonial notables; noted 19th- and 20th-century figures, or their wives, parents, or grandparents; and colonial immigrants who left sizable, often huge, progenies. The text includes a subject index and guide, alphabetized by title or surname, followed by the listings grouped into three sections: descendants of late medieval and early modern kings, high medieval kings, and early medieval kings. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Female Index to "Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England" by James Savage - Myers, Patty Barthell
Publisher: Genealogical Pub Co
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 1/19/2008
ISBN: 9780806317854
ISBN-10: 080631785X
Call Number: 929.374 F329 2008
This book indexes the female names from Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England.  Prior to this publication, male names were easily discovered by using the surname, but females were scattered, listed under father's names or those of sometimes multiple husbands.

Vital Records of Waldoboro, Maine - Groves, Marlene A.
Publisher: Picton Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 2008
ISBN: 9780897258319
ISBN-10: 0897258312
Call Number: 974.1 vW16g 2008
This is another one of publisher Picton Press's "green books,"  listing marriage, death and birth records for Waldoboro, Maine.
Exciting New Civil War Resource!
We at the Maine State Library are pleased to announce the recent acquisition of The American Civil War Research Database, an online, searchable database by Alexander Street Press.  This exciting new resource includes:
 The American Civil War Letters and Diaries  contains 2,009 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of diaries, letters and memoirs, indexed and searchable.
 The American Civil War Research Database  the definitive online resource for researching the individuals, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War.
  Images of the American Civil War  thousands of dramatic images from the fields of battle, politics, and general society.

This exciting new resource will be available from your home computer, as well as at the Library.  Contact a reference librarian at the Maine State Library for more information.

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