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Looking for the Genealogy and Local History collections? They have moved!

As part of our efforts to update our use of the different spaces in the Library, we have moved the Genealogy & Local History collections to a new (or old, depending on how you look at it) space in the original 1904 building. The collections are now located in the room behind the Periodicals & Newspapers Room (the door on the right as you come up the stairs from the lobby). The room has a fresh coat of paint and staff from the Bowdoin Museums were kind enough to re-hang our maritime art after the painting was completed. We’ve added some stools to utilize the counter at the Pleasant Street windows as well, for extra seating.

The Times Record microfilms are still located up on the 2nd floor, so stop by the Help Desk if you need to use the film reader. Films for 1850 through 1979 are now digitized and available here:

By |July 6th, 2021|Categories: Genealogy Blog|

You are the first to know…

 We have some great news for local historians and genealogists!  Thanks to the generosity of the Alfred M. Senter Fund and an anonymous library donor, Curtis Library has started digitizing its collection of microfilms of the Times Record (in earlier versions called The Brunswick Record and The Brunswick Telegraph).  The newspaper is now digitized from 1853 through 1964.  We will soon be starting phase 2 of the project to continue digitizing up through 1977.

You can access the new database at:  You will know you are in the right place because it will say “Welcome to our community history archive”.

The database is free and accessible to all.  You can do a detailed search or browse by title or year.  The database will show you those “hits” that have the most iterations of your search terms (just keep in mind that the hits are not provided based on date like many databases).  When you find a hit that looks right, click on it and it will take you to the actual newspaper page.

The “Resources” tab at the top of the page is a great place to go for more information or call us at the library.

Thank you to the financial support from our donors that has made this project a possibility for our community!


By |September 14th, 2020|Categories: Genealogy Blog| still available at home for free

I wanted to ensure that our local genealogists know that they can still access from home for free through Sept. 30 at least and possibly longer.

You need to access the link by going to and clicking on the “Research” tab on the far right side of the page.

  • Click on “Digital Maine Library”.
  • You will see an alphabetical list of the resources available, including two versions of – one for schools and one for public libraries.
  • Click on the public library version of
  • That should take you right to

Ancestry will reevaluate at the end of September as to whether they will extend at home use for library patrons so check back then.  Happy research!

By |July 30th, 2020|Categories: Genealogy Blog|
Digitized Brunswick Times Record

Below are links to some genealogy resources – please note that HeritageQuest requires a Portland Public Library card. Curtis Library has a card and can use it to get you access when you are in the library. Access to American Ancestors is through Curtis Library’s subscription and can only be used from inside the library.

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