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Genealogy/Maine History Newsletter September 2009
Welcome to the new issue of the newsletter which highlights genealogy/Maine history titles recently added to the collection of the Maine State Library.

Remember, family history, genealogy reference, and vital statistics items may not be checked out.  Click on the "Check Library Catalog" link next to the annotation for the status of any title.

If an item may be borrowed and is already checked out, you may reserve/request it using the "Request" button in URSUS.

Maine Genealogical Society's 2009 Annual Conference, Bangor Civic Center

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Family History

Early Descendants of Henry Cobb of Barnstable, Massachusetts - Roser, Susan E.
Publisher: Stewart Publishing and Printing
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 2008
ISBN-13: 9780980904406
ISBN-10: 0980904404
Call Number: 929.2 C65r 2008
The Henry Cobb Family is the first volume in the projected Friends of the Pilgrims Series which will eventually include the families of John Barnes, John Churchill, Daniel Cole, James Cole, John Doane, John Faunce, John Holmes, Samuel Ryder and John Shaw.  All of these families settled not long after the Pilgrims arrived and were neighbors, intermarried and were friends -- thus the series name.
Maine History

From Stump to Ship: A 1930 Logging Film - Ames, Alfred
Publisher: Northeast Historic Film
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: [200?]
UPC: 9780000000002
ISBN-10: 0000000000
Call Number: 634.98 F931
From the Cover:  From Stump to Ship, filmed in 1930, survives as the best, most vivid and complete film record of the long log business.  People who know the business and those who see it here for the first time agree that this film brings to life the priceless heritage of generations ow woodsworkers and their families.  Remarkably detailed scenes, filmed year-round, are uniquely enhanced by the original script, written to be read with the silent footage in the 1930s.

Lost York County - Burr, Steven
Publisher: History Pr
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/20/2009
ISBN-13: 9781596295513
ISBN-10: 1596295511
Call Number: 984.1 cY63bu 2009
Lost York County presents rare photos of historic buildings of York County ME lost due to fire, development projects, neglect and weather.

Don't Fence Me In - Jepson, Brenda Nasberg
Publisher: Vking Video Productions
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: c2003
UPC: 0000000000000
Call Number: 940.5472 J54d 2003
From the cover:  During WWII four German POW's were captured and sent to Camp Houlton in Northern Maine.  Now, nearly sixty years later, they come back to share their experiences as POW's.

The Kennebec 
Publisher: Ursus Media Group
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 200?
UPC: 9780000000002
ISBN-10: 0000000000
Call Number: 333.9162 K34
From the cover:  In this video, we take a look at the river and hear from people who live, work and play along its shores and on its waters. 

Last Log Drive Down the Kennebec: Kennebec River Log Drives 1835-1976, the end of an era... - Young, Joan H.
Publisher: Northeast Historic Film
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: [2004]
UPC: 9780000000002
ISBN-10: 0000000000
Call Number: 634.98 L349 2004
From the Cover:  In this video produced by Maine PBS, Joan Young sets the stage for the last log drive down the Kennebec River in Maine.  Scott Paper Company's 1976 drive from Moosehead Lake to their Winslow mill is featured.  This video addresses the impact the end of the log drives will have on the community.  Concern for jobs, the environment, the tourist industry and highway safety are discussed.  Interviews with Scott officials, woods workers, river drivers and politicians, among others give voice to these improtant issues of the time.  (30 mins.  color, sound).
Genealogical Reference Resources

Google Your Family Tree: Unlock the Hidden Power of Google - Lynch, Daniel M.
Publisher:, Inc.
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 2008
ISBN-13: 9780982073711
ISBN-10: 0982073712
Call Number: 025.069291 L987g 2008
From the cover:  This book explains how to use the many powerful capabilities contained within Google to jumpstart a family history search -- and does so in simple, easy-to-understand language.
Town History

History of the Davistown Plantation - Davistown Museum
Publisher: Davistown Museum
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 200?
ISBN-13: 0000000000000
Call Number: 974.1 tM81da
A history of the Davistown Plantation, later known as the towns of Liberty and Montville, ME.

The Story of Houlton: 1807-2007 - Hammond, Richard
Publisher: Idea Factory
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: c2007
UPC: 0000000000000
Call Number: 974.1 tH83ha 2007
A visual history of Houlton, ME.

Bar Harbor's gilded century : opulence to ashes, 1850-1950 - Vandenbergh, Lydia Bodman
Publisher: Down East Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 06/01/2009
ISBN-13: 9780892727056
ISBN-10: 0892727055
Call Number: 974.1 tB25v 2009
From the cover:  More than 250 historic photographs, some never before published, tell the story of Bar Harbor from the 1850s, when the little community of farmers and fishermen was discovered by a few visiting landscape painters, through the decades of grand hotels and opulent summer mansions, to the Great Fire that swept away most reminders of the resort's gilded era.
Vital Records

Vital Records of Mercer, Maine - Groves, Marlene A.
Publisher: Picton Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 2009
ISBN-13: 9780897258630
Call Number: 974.1 vM554g 2009
From the introduction:  This is a verbatim transcription of all of the vital records for the town of Mercer prior to 1892.

Vital Records of Smithfield, Maine - Groves, Marlene A.
Publisher: Picton Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 2009
ISBN-13: 9780897258647
ISBN-10: 0897258649
Call Number: 974.1 vS66g 2009
Vital statistics of Smithfield, ME recorded prior to 1892.

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