FAIRFIELD – Anyone interested in genealogy is welcome to attend the Maine Genealogical Society fall conference, “Telling Their Stories,” on Sept. 6 at the Williamson Center on School Street.

There will be sessions for everyone from beginner to expert. Patricia Law Hatcher of Dallas, Texas, will make a presentation based on her book, “Producing a Quality Family History (ancestry).” She will also present sessions dealing with documentation and with adding context to the lives of ancestors.

Other sessions are devoted to learning about ways to gather and use information to help “tell their stories.”

There will be presentations that “tell their stories.” Dr. Jean Harkins, historian, uses the extensive diaries of two women of different social-economic backgrounds who lived at the same time in Western Maine to “tell their stories.”

Costumed storyteller Marian Novak “tells the story” of her relative, Charles Obourne Libby, from his early life in Maine, his Civil War service, his southern bride and the ups and downs of his life until his death in Oklahoma in 1917.

Dr. John Battick, historian and genealogist, will use a slide presentation to explain some of the difficulties in tracing genealogical information for seafaring families who lived under rather different constraints than land-bound families.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and vendors will be available. The conference fee is $30 at the door or, if prepaid by Aug. 23, $25 for the day (members $20, if prepaid). Fairfield Historical Society will provide lunch at $6 for those who preregister for the conference and lunch.

For more information visit the society Web sit at www.rootsweb.com/~megs/MaineGS.htm or [email protected] or contact Flossie Dere at [email protected] or by mail at Flossie Dere/MGS, P.O. Box 343, East Wilton, ME 04234



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