Joe Anderson has chosen a wonderful topic for his keynote speech to the Southern Maine Genealogy Conference on Saturday, May 31, at Keeley’s Banquet Center, 178 Warren Ave. in Portland. The title is “Documenting Grandma’s Stories: Turning Gossip into Genealogical Fact.”

Anderson, who is editor of the Maine Genealogist, the journal of the Maine Genealogical Society, also is a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists. Serious genealogists know that there are only 50 society fellows at one time, and they are elected for life.

In addition, Anderson compiles and edits the “Maine Families in 1790” series for MSG, a project that is so well-respected that genealogical societies in New Hampshire and Vermont have started publishing volumes for their states.

Registration for the conference starts at 8:30 a.m., with Anderson’s keynote at 9:15 a.m. The rest of the day, participants may choose from three workshops for each time slot.

At 10:45 a.m., the topics are “Beginning Genealogy” with Sue Hawes; “What If I Can’t Find Them in the Census?” with Carol McCoy; and “Curating Grandma’s Trunk: Investigating and Evaluating Family Artifacts” with Pam Eagleson.

At 1 p.m., choose from “No Name, Changed Names, Two Names, Same Names: Case Studies in Genealogical Problem Solving” with Joe Anderson; “Panel on Library Sources” throughout the state; and “The Irish of Portland, Maine, A History of Forest City Hibernians,” with Matt Barker.

At 2:30 p.m., the topics are “DNA Testing and Genealogical Research” with Nancy Mason; “Genealogical Resources at the Brown Library of the Maine Historical Society” with Jamie Rice; and “Swedish Ancestry” with Kay Sheldon.

The registration fee of $50 includes snacks and lunch. Mail check to Greater Portland Chapter MGS, c/o Malinda McKinney, 20 Phil Hunt Road, Windsor, Windham, ME 04062. Registration must be postmarked no later than Friday, May 23.

Or you may register by credit card or PayPal at

The Greater Portland Chapter and Pejepscot Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society are sponsoring the first Southern Maine Genealogy Conference, and this is a great selection of talks for those interested in Maine genealogy. There also will be vendors with a variety of products and information available.

You also will be interested to know that Joe Anderson — Joseph C. Anderson II — has compiled and-or edited several books of records, including these, according to, the website cataloguing resources at Bangor Public Library, Maine State Library and the campuses of the University of Maine. If you check URSUS online, each entry will tell you which libraries have the resource you want to find.

— ”Early Records of Minot, Maine.”

— “Index to the Maine Seine and the Maine Genealogist.”

— “Marriage Returns of York County, Maine Prior to 1892.”

— “Records of the First Church and Second Church of Berwick, Maine.”

— “Vital Records of Berwick, South Berwick and North Berwick, Mai9ne to the Year 1892.”

— “Vital Records of Brunswick, Maine, 1740-1860, and the Forsaith Book of Brunswick Family Records.”

— “Vital Records of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.”

— “Vital Records of Kittery, Maine to the year 1892.”

— “York County, Maine Will Abstracts 1801-1858.”

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Roxanne Moore Saucier

Family Ties columnist