Calendar of Events

    • 04 Feb 2018
    • 18 Mar 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • City Council chambers, second floor, Augusta City Center, 16 Cony St.


    “Bring Out Your Dead! The Art of Researching Maine & New England Ancestry" 

    Fort Western Living History Museum

    Augusta, ME   

    A special lecture series is set for 2 p.m. every Sunday in February and March.

    Jay Robbins, place-based historian and former president of Maine Genealogical Society, will kick off the series on Sunday, Feb. 4, by examining strategies and sources for the successful recovery of historical details about people, place and property.

    Samuel Howes, archivist, Maine State Archives, will speak on Sunday, Feb. 11, about the genealogical resources of the archive and how to get into back doors with non-indexed material.

    On Sunday, Feb. 18, Cheryl Willis Patten, of the Maine Old Cemetery Association, will kick off Session I by exploring some of the genealogical treasures that can be found in Maine cemeteries; while Richard Bridges, title attorney of Augusta, will address the use of probate and deed records in genealogy research in Session 2.

    The lecture series will continue Sunday, Feb. 25, with Nancy Milliken Mason, DNA research consultant, who will explain how DNA testing can provide clues to a family tree.

    On Sunday, March 4, Carol P. McCoy, Ph.D., president of the Maine Genealogical Society, will demonstrate how to find ancestors in town records: hog reeves, fish cullers, tithing men and more.

    Dana Murch will demonstrate his genealogical success story on Sunday, March 11, by showing how he researched, wrote and published his recently completed book “From Water to War – A Murch Family History” (2017).

    The lecture series will conclude on Sunday, March 18, with Paul Lessard who will show how his family lineage is connected to Fort Western.

    In case of inclement weather, Sunday, March 25, will be reserved as a snow date.

    All lectures are free and open to the public; however, a recommended donation of $5 would be accepted for nonmembers.


    • 10 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Gray Public Library, 5 Hancock Street, Gray, mE

    GPS:  43.884455, -70.326329

    Agenda TBD.

    MOCA members with possible interest in serving on the MOCA Board of Directors are invited to attend.  No registration/RSVP.

    • 19 May 2018
    • Waterboro, Maine

    Details available in spring 2018.

    • 28 Jul 2018
    • Strong, ME

    Details available early summer, 2018.

    • 15 Sep 2018
    • TBD

    Details to be determined.

    • 29 Sep 2018
    • Bingham, ME

    Host: Old Canada Road Historical Society

    Details available early fall 2018.

Past events

27 Jan 2018 *Mainers and the Rush for California Gold
30 Sep 2017 Fall 2017 Program & Member Meeting
17 Sep 2017 Tolman Cemetery Dedication
16 Sep 2017 MOCA Board Meeting - Fall 2017
08 Sep 2017 Ridge Association Cemetery Preservation Workshop
11 Aug 2017 *Southside Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
01 Aug 2017 *Ron Romano: Hidden Meanings
29 Jul 2017 Summer 2017 Program & Member Meeting
08 Jul 2017 *Stonington "Gone but not Forgotten" Cemeteries Tour
08 Jul 2017 *2017 Maine Genealogy Fair
07 Jul 2017 *Bloomfield Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
02 Jul 2017 *Civil War Walking Tour
29 Jun 2017 *North Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
27 May 2017 *World War I Guided World War Walking Tour
13 May 2017 Spring 2017 Program & Member Meeting
25 Mar 2017 *Winter Lecture Series: Early Portland’s Off-Peninsula Life Style and Architecture
18 Mar 2017 MOCA Board Meeting - Spring 2017
25 Feb 2017 *Winter Lecture Series: Hail the Conquering Heroes Come: Lafayette Visits Portland and Commodore Preble on the Shores of Tripoli
28 Jan 2017 *Winter Lecture Series: Material Culture and Early “Makers” in 19th Century Portland
23 Oct 2016 Maine Charitable Mechanics Association Walking Tour*
16 Oct 2016 Civil War Walking Tour*
15 Oct 2016 Tate House Ghosts Come Alive at Stroudwater Cemetery*
15 Oct 2016 AGS New England Chapters: Fall Meeting*
08 Oct 2016 Wreck of the Otraska Walking Tour*
24 Sep 2016 Fall 2016 Program & Member Meeting
20 Aug 2016 Bowdoinham Cemetery Tours*
20 Aug 2016 Tour of Old Fields Burying Ground*
20 Aug 2016 Opening and Dedication of Lexington/Highland History House*
20 Aug 2016 Stone Conservation Days*
19 Aug 2016 Cemetery Preservation Workshop: Wilton
12 Aug 2016 Cemetery Preservation Workshop: Industry
06 Aug 2016 Summer 2016 Program & Member Meeting
30 Jul 2016 Stone Conservation Days*
04 Jun 2016 Spirits Alive - Stone Conservation Day*
21 May 2016 * Third Annual Southern Maine Genealogy Conference
15 May 2016 * AGS Spring 2016 Meeting
14 May 2016 Spring 2016 Program & Member Meeting
24 Apr 2016 * Grand Trunk Cemetery Spring Cleanup Day
26 Mar 2016 *Spirits Alive Winter Lecture Series
19 Mar 2016 MOCA Board Meeting - Spring 2016
27 Feb 2016 *Spirits Alive Winter Lecture Series
30 Jan 2016 *Spirits Alive Winter Lecture Series
07 Nov 2015 Civil War Gravestone Dedication*
22 Oct 2015 Walk Among the Shadows*
17 Oct 2015 Stroll Among the Spirits*
26 Sep 2015 Fall 2015 Program
19 Sep 2015 2015 Annual Family History Conference* Maine Genealogical Society
29 Aug 2015 Cleaning/Leaning Workshop
22 Aug 2015 MOCA Board Meeting - Summer 2015
25 Jul 2015 Summer 2015 Program
11 Jul 2015 MGS Genealogical Society Fair*
23 Jun 2015 Association for Gravestone Studies* 2015 Annual Conference
30 May 2015 Our Honored Dead*
30 May 2015 Southern Maine Genealogy Conference*
23 May 2015 Cleaning/Leaning Workshop
16 May 2015 Spring 2015 Program
28 Mar 2015 Spirits Alive* Winter 2015 Lecture Series
28 Mar 2015 MOCA Board Meeting - Spring 2015
28 Feb 2015 Spirits Alive* Winter 2015 Lecture Series
31 Jan 2015 Spirits Alive* Winter 2015 Lecture Series
27 Sep 2014 Fall 2014 Program
26 Jul 2014 Summer 2014 Program
02 Jun 2014 Conservator Workshop: Day 4
01 Jun 2014 Conservator Workshop: Day 3
31 May 2014 Conservator Workshop: Day 2
30 May 2014 Conservator Workshop: Day 1
17 May 2014 Spring 2014 Meeting

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