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June 23 - Ellsworth, Maine

Nancy Milliken Mason, founder of Maine’s first DNA Interest Group in 2014, will speak about the value of genetic testing and its applications at the Eastern Maine DNA Interest Group’s monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Ellsworth Public Library.

Mason is project administrator for the Maine Genealogical Project on Family Tree DNA, which connects people with a Maine heritage to common ancestors. She’s also a speaker for the International Society of Genetic Genealogy. She’s given talks about genealogy and DNA across Maine and New England as well as in Salt Lake City and Scotland.

Started last January, the Eastern Maine DNA Interest Group meets at 10 a.m. every fourth Saturday at the library. Members counsel people interested in taking a DNA test and also help them interpret their results. Everyone is welcome to come to a meeting. There are no membership fees.

The Ellsworth Public Library is located at 20 State St. in Ellsworth. For more info, call 667-6363.

July 1-Oct 14, 2018 - Portland, Maine

Walking Tours of Historic Eastern Cemetery

Eastern Cemetery is celebrating 350 years since its founding in 1668! Walking tours of this historic cemetery will start July 1 and continue each Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11 am and each Thursday at 5:30 pm through October 14. These tours, which last about 50 minutes, are led by trained volunteers, who cover the cemetery’s history, prominent historical figures, and early gravestone art.

Ticket info: $10 adults, $5 students and seniors (65+), kids under 12 are free. Tickets are available at the gate at 224 Congress Street on the day/time of the tour, or anytime in advance on the Spirits Alive website or at EventBrite. Off-schedule private tours are also available through the website, at no extra charge. All funds raised go to Spirits Alive to help us maintain the Eastern Cemetery grounds. Visit for more information.

July 21, 1 to 5 pm - Portland, Maine

Open house at Eastern Cemetery, celebrating Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Eastern Cemetery is 350 years old this year and we are celebrating with a free open house. Historian Herb Adams will lead a free tour at 2 pm celebrating Portland's poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, stopping at the graves of Longfellow’s remarkable relatives and giving insights into famous events and significant sites in Portland’s history. Enjoy a tour at any time during the open house or watch our conservationists at work cleaning and repairing gravestones.

224 Congress Street, sponsored by Spirits Alive at Eastern Cemetery

August 4, 2018 - Monthly meeting of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society

No program is currently planned for this meeting, so we'll be having a "brick wall" session, where we break up into small groups and help each other with difficult genealogical problems.

We meet at 1:00 on the first Saturday of every month at the First Congregational Church at 301 Cottage Road (Meeting House Hill), South Portland. Our meetings are open to the public and new members are always welcome. Come early as refreshments are served at 12:30. Admission is free, though donations are requested.

August 12, 3 to 7 pm - Portland, Maine

Open house at Eastern Cemetery, celebrating Captain Lemuel Moody and his Portland Observatory

Eastern Cemetery is 350 years old this year and we are celebrating with a free open house.

Join us to celebrate the anniversary of Captain Lemuel Moody’s 1846 burial at Eastern Cemetery. Spirits Alive is partnering with Greater Portland Landmarks to present this special event. At 5:30 there will be a talk and tour at the Portland Observatory (138 Congress Street), which Moody designed and had built to better manage the Portland waterfront. This will be followed at 6:30 by a reading of Moody’s obituary at his tomb in Eastern Cemetery. The reading will be done by John York, the 4th great-grandson of Moody.

Join us at 224 Congress Street for our open house between 3 and 7 pm. At 5:00 we'll walk up to the Observatory for a free tour and then return to Eastern Cemetery for the reading at 6:30. Enjoy a free tour of Eastern Cemetery at any time during the open house or watch our conservationists at work cleaning and repairing gravestones.

August 14 through 17 - Brunswick, Maine - Maine Ulster Scots Project’s 1718-2018 Scots-Irish Reunion at Bowdoin College

Since 2006, we have led the effort to examine the Scots-Irish Identity in Maine from its earliest arrival to present day. Using archaeology, genealogy and classical research methods, we are working hard to uncover the consecutive migrations to Maine from the North of Ireland and examine their significance. This is story that is largely untold and it is the story of our neighbors, and the common people who continue to quietly build Maine.


Our mission is to promote awareness of Maine’s Scots-Irish heritage and to gather, save, and share the stories of Maine’s Scotch-Irish families.

For details, see our web site at and at in the Archaeology & Education section.

September 15, 9 am to 1 pm - Portland, Maine

Open house at Eastern Cemetery featuring hand carving of slate gravestones.

Eastern Cemetery is 350 years old this year and we are celebrating with a free open house on Saturday, September 15, from 9 am to 1 pm.

Peaks Island stonecutter Matt Barnes of Yankee Slate Cutting will be there, demonstrating the art of carving slate gravestones by hand, using methods of the 1700s. Learn how some of our oldest gravestones were made.

Enjoy a free tour at any time during the open house or watch our conservationists at work cleaning and repairing gravestones.

This Calendar is sponsored by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

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