Our Mission

The Maine Genealogical Society (MGS) is a non-profit charitable and educational organization. It was founded in 1976 to collect, exchange, preserve, and publish genealogical records, related documents, and information; and to promote and encourage interest and scholarship in genealogy and family history of the State of Maine.


Our Conferences

Maine Genealogical Society has steadily gained a reputation for the quality of its annual Fall Conference, striving to bring national speakers to the state for our members to hear.

In addition, we have developed a Spring Workshop format dedicated to exploring one topic in more depth than a conference permits.

Upcoming Events (watch upcoming announcements for more details):

2015 Southern Maine Genealogical Conference
Sponsored by the Greater Portland Chapter of MGS
Saturday May 30, 2015, Portland, ME
featuring Keynote speaker Margaret Dube, CG.

MGS Genealogical Society Fair
Saturday. July 11, 2015, Cultural Building, Augusta, ME (Home of the State Library, Archives and Museum)
Free admission. Visit with genealogical and historical societies from around the State

2015 Maine Genealogical Society and Annual Meeting
Saturday, September 19, 2015, Brewer, ME
Keynote speaker: Michael Strauss, AG 

2016 Maine Genealogical Society and Annual Meeting
Saturday September 17, 2016 
Keynote Speaker: Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL


Our Publications

Maine Genealogical Society is very proud of our highly-acclaimed publications.  These include a combination of scholarly articles in our quarterly journal, to sketches of individuals living in Maine at the time of the first Federal census, to transcriptions of early town records.



 Statewide Chapters

We are pleased to be associated with nine chapters located around the state.

These chapters meet frequently and provide a more localized focus on area resources. 

For a more complete genealogical experience, explore our chapter pages and join one near you.


 Your membership includes our quarterly journal, The Maine Genealogist, our quarterly newsletter, option to post queries on our online query board, and members only pricing on our special publications, conferences and workshops.  Membership in the Society includes standard mailing for Society publications.

Click here to join or renew.

Accessing Vital Records

 Click Here for a detailed explanation about Maine's Vital Records laws.