Upcoming genealogy programming

Join B.J. , the genealogy reference specialist at the Maine State Library, at these events around Maine; contact each library for more information.

Thursday, December 19, 6 p.m.:
Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth
Getting Started with Genealogy

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 (time to be announced):
Mexico Public Library
Getting Started with Genealogy

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, noon:
Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth
Maine State Library Genealogy Resources

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 6:30 p.m.:
Norway Memorial Library, Norway
Getting Started with DNA and Genetic Genealogy

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 1 to 4  p.m.:
Albert C. Brown Library, China
Three hour workshop on researching your family

Fall presentation schedule

As part of my job at the state library, I give presentations around the state on genealogy and related topics. Upcoming programming schedule:

Tuesday, September 17, noon: Portland public library

Thursday, September 19, 3 p.m.: Treat Memorial Library, Livermore Falls

Tuesday, September 24, 12:30 to 4: Libby Library, Old Orchard Beach ~ longer program on tracing an ancestor through his/her whole life

Wednesday, October 2: Fogg library, Eliot ~ on DNA

Tuesday, October 8, 3:30 p.m.: Carver library, Searsport ~ on getting started and Maine State Library resources

Wednesday, October 16, 1 p.m.: South Portland library

Thursday, October 24, 6 p.m.: Baxter library, Gorham ~ on DNA

Wednesday, October 30, 6 p.m.: Windham library

Tuesday, November 5, evening: South Berwick

Thursday, November 7, 6 p.m.: Pittsfield ~ on preserving your own history

Contact me or the host library for more details.

At the library #52ancestors

I’m writing this at the library. In fact, I write frequently at the library, given that I work in one.

I turned my love of libraries and my obsession about genealogy into my career. In my mid-40s, I was at a crossroads. Both my parents had died, so I had inherited a bit of money, and I’d had a series of jobs that I liked but that weren’t anything wonderful.

I decided that my mid-life crisis was going to be going to library school and moving to Maine, both of which I’ve now done.

When I announced to my friends on Facebook that I was going to library school, the response was about equally divided between ‘perfect for you‘ and ‘aren’t you already a librarian?

So now I get to spend every {work} day in the library and I get to help lots of other people find their ancestors. It’s a pretty good life 😉