Maine: Penobscot County Genealogical Society
Penobscot County Genealogical Society
c/o Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow Street
Bangor ME 04401
Our Mission & Purpose:
- To promote and to encourage interest in genealogy and family history;
- To assist fellow family researchers;
- To collect and exchange genealogical information; and
To assist the Bangor Public Library and other area non-profit organizations to preserve and to make available genealogical and historical information for family researchers.
History of Penobscot County Genealogical Society
The Penobscot County Genealogical Society was founded in October, 2002, by Dale Mower of Bangor, Maine. Dale had been involved in genealogy for only a couple years at the time, but after attending a couple conferences sponsored by the Maine Genealogical Society, he felt that establishing a network of fellow researchers in Penobscot County could prove very beneficial both from an educational standpoint and a social aspect. Dale received advice and support for his idea from Phil Getchell, instructor of the Introduction to Genealogy course for Bangor Adult Ed; Nancy Battick, Past-President of Wassebec Genealogical Society in nearby Dover-Foxcroft; and Roxanne Moore Saucier, Family Ties columnist for the Bangor Daily News.
On October 23, 2004, an exploratory organizational meeting was held at the Bangor Public Library. With approximately 35 interested individuals in attendance. It was agreed that there was a need for a local genealogical group in the Bangor area. The attendees decided about the name of the organization and the frequency of meetings, as well as elected it's inaugural slate of officers.
Dale Mower was elected as the first president. He remembers thinking that if 10 people showed up for that organizational meeting, it would be a success. He was overwhelmed with the interest and assistance he received in making the group a reality.
Shortly after its organization, PCGS joined force with the Maine Genealogical Society as a chapter of that Society.
PCGS is still evolving. The organization grew over it's first couple of years to a membership in excess of 160. In addition to its monthly meetings, the Society also published a monthly newsletter. As the third year began, the newsletter was changed to a quarterly publication, an attempt to still provide beneficial information to the members but with decreased time burden. We are still making other adjustments to make sure that we are meeting the needs and expectations of our members and others doing research in Penobscot County.
The one constant is our commitment to help family researchers connect with their roots in Penobscot County.
- PCGS holds regular monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Unless other posted, meetings are held at the Bangor Public Library. The meetings are free, open to the public and consist of announcements, followed by our featured speaker. Occasionally, we have open research evenings which gives everyone an opportunity to ask questions or discuss any research problems they may be encountering.
- The PCGS newsletter, "Penobscot Roots & Connections," is published quarterly. It includes items of general interest, research tips, membership updates, queries, meeting news and more. Members are encouraged to send material of interest to the editor for publication.
- Be a part of a network of family researchers.