GENEALOGY ROOM HOURS:

Monday and Wednesday 9:30 – 8 | Friday 9:30 – 6 | Saturday 9:30 – 5 | Sunday 12 – 4

The Genealogy Room is used for Tech Wizards, and is a space that can be used for meeting/study space on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please check with the Reference Desk staff if you want to do research on these days.

WHAT’S INSIDE:

  • Two public computers reserved for genealogists that provide free access to:
    • ancestry.com
    • americanancestors.com (the database of the New England Historic Genealogical Society)
    • heritagequest.com (genealogy research database available with Portland Public Library card which you can get for free if you live in Cumberland County- ask at the Curtis lending desk)
    • myheritage.com (genealogy research database)
    • Users can also use their own laptops at the library and access the above databases for free
  • Brunswick Town Directories from 1867 to 1985
  • The 1790 census for Brunswick Maine
  • Two FlipPal portable scanners that may be borrowed with a library card for three weeks
  • IRIScan portable scanner (for flat documents) that may be borrowed
  • Microfilms of the Brunswick Times Record newspaper (which went by multiple different names, depending on the year) from 1851 through the present
  • Microfilms of the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for the City of Brunswick
  • Microfilm reader with capacity to make copies of newspaper articles
  • An 8mm film to digital convertor
  • A slide to digital convertor
  • A Brunswick/Maine focused genealogy reference collection
    • Including a full collection of Maine Families in 1790, all volumes of The Great Migration Begins
  • A substantial collection of genealogy how-to books on multiple topics
  • Two volunteers, generally available most Fridays between 9:30 and noon, to provide support and guidance in genealogy research
  • American Ancestors magazine, Family Tree magazine, New England Historic Genealogical Society magazine, and The Maine Genealogist

CAN I SUBMIT A RESEARCH REQUEST ONLINE?

Yes! Our staff and volunteer research assistants are happy to assist with local history and genealogy requests, both in person and via phone, e-mail, and our website’s request form. We will conduct an initial 30 minute search for information free of charge. We will scan and email up to 5 pages for free. If additional research is necessary, the cost is $15 per hour, up to a limit of 4 hours. This fee includes reasonable photocopies (at a rate of $.10 per copy) and postage.