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American Ancestors – free database for genealogists at Curtis

Friday, June 26th, 2015

American-Ancestors-SymbolIf you are new to genealogy and have started researching ancestors who lived in New England, don’t forget that Curtis Library has purchased a subscription to for its library patrons.  The following describes the database:

It provides family historians access to more than 400 million records spanning the U.S. and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American records, and the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines. Special strengths include English, New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia materials.

You can use this database for free at Curtis Library.  Simply log on to the library’s website ( anywhere inside the library .  Click on the “Research” tab at the top of the page, then click on the “Genealogy” box.  There is a box with a link on the right side of the Genealogy page or you can click on the link on the left side that says “New England Historic Genealogical Society”.

Happy research!



Thursday, June 25th, 2015

summer-readingOne World, Many Stories: Adult Summer Reading Challenge

We urge you to travel the world through books.

To start your reading journey, pick up passport in the Collaboratory to log your reading.

Read an adult book, ebook or listen to an unabridged audio book for each of five different regions by August 30 to be entered into a drawing for great prizes!

We have provided lists of suggested fiction, mysteries, memoirs and travel writing for each region.

The Challenge: Read a book from five of these regions:

– Russia & Eastern Europe
– India & South Asia
– Japan & China
– UK & Western Europe
– Africa
– Australia & South Pacific
– Central & South America

Downloading Books To E-Readers / Tablets – Thursday June 25 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Dedicated E-readers

MID7047_ereaderDo you have a simple dedicated e-reader and have questions about the process of checking out and downloading library e-books to it?

Come to a session June 25, 1:30 PM during which we’ll review how to request a book from Maine’s e-book library, and load it to your device.

Location: 2nd Floor Seminar Room (near the Reference Desk)

App Devices

If you have a device that loads apps, please come to our July 9, 6:30 PM session devoted to using the Overdrive app instead.

Location: 2nd Floor Seminar Room (near the Reference Desk)

Curtis Tech Wizards are Standing By…

If you can’t make either of those days, or have other questions about your device, you can visit one of the Tech Wizards on Thursday mornings (10-12) at the reference desk or make an appointment for a different day by e-mailing ( or by calling the reference desk (725- 5242 x510).

Russian Tea Party – Friday, June 12, 1:00 PM

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

tea Stop by the Collaboratory to take a quick trip to Russia for a cup of tea and a sweet Russian treat.

Adult Services Librarian Carol Lestock Lord will talk about her travels to this vast land, demonstrate how to write your name using the Cyrillic alphabet, and comment on the differences between American and Russian approaches to a cup of tea.

Book Donations Update

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Due to the opening soon Twice-Told Tales Book Store, the Library will no longer accept book donations after Saturday, June 13.

Beginning July 6, please bring your book donations to the Twice-Told Tales Bookstore:

Opening July 6, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Hours: M–F 10-4, Sat. 9-1

Location: 11 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME

11 Pleasant Street

Click for Map

NOTE: Please enter through the building’s main entrance on Pleasant Street.

Thank you!

Contact by e-mail at:

Automobile re-registration-by-mail notices will no longer be mailed

Friday, June 5th, 2015

fat boysEffective July 1st, 2015 the Town of Brunswick will discontinue mailing automobile re-registration-by-mail notices.

If requested, the Tax Office will continue to process re-registrations with materials received through the mail.
Please call the Tax Office to request details on the materials required and the amount due.

As an alternative, citizens may re-register vehicles online at InforME, through the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles:

InforME also offers an email reminder service.

Please call the Tax Office at 725-6657 for assistance, or visit the Town of Brunswick/Finance Department website for more information:…/fi…/motor-vehicle-registration/

May 2015 Collaboratory Theme – Every Picture Tells a Story

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

In collaboration with the Pejepscot Historical Society


Early Photographic Processes

Take a funny historical photo

Take a funny historical photo

StoryCorps Listening Station - personal recollections about working in the Cabot Mill

StoryCorps Listening Station – personal recollections about working in the Cabot Mill


Tell your own story about these photos

>>>Curtis Collaboratory homepage

The National Archives as a Genealogy Resource

Friday, May 15th, 2015

250px-US_National_Archives_BuildingI taught a genealogy class last week at People Plus in Brunswick.  One of the participants asked me about what the National Archives provided in terms of genealogy resources.  I had no idea so I decided to do a bit of research.

Here is where I started.  On the first page of the Resources for Genealogists you can find a nice PowerPoint tutorial for beginning genealogists.  It walks you through what is available at the National Archives.  You can download the presentation here, assuming you have PowerPoint on your computer – National Archives beginning-research.

The website also has an interesting list of resources available to be searched online, most of which will be very helpful to genealogists.  You can find the list by scrolling down to the bottom of this page.  Included here are POW lists from WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War; passenger lists into the Port of New York from 1846-1851, including the “Famine Irish data files”; and Japanese-American Internee File, 1942-1946.

Finally, there is a useful page about how to care for your personal family archives.  You can see that information here.  I was particularly interested in this because I have huge quantities of old photographs that I’m trying to figure out how to preserve.

Happy research and I definitely recommend spending a bit of time researching the National Archives website!

Frank Goodyear on The History of Photography – Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 PM

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Since photography’s introduction in 1839, every generation has re-invented the medium.

Join Frank Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, as he discusses the different processes and materials that early photographers employed.


April 2015 Collaboratory Theme – Poetry in Bloom

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Poetry in Bloom

To help your inner poet break free, we came up with some light and lively ways to explore poetry in the Collaboratory, including:




>>>Curtis Collaboratory homepage

How do I read Digital Magazines Through Flipster From Outside the Library?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

flipster logoFlipster is a free digital magazine service provided by the Curtis Library.

Click this link and then type in the number on the back of your Curtis Library card:

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>>> Read Your Favorite Magazines Through Flipster

>>> Curtis Downloads Page

Curtis Friends Outdoor Clean Up – Saturday, 5/2 9:30 – 12

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Join Curtis Friends, volunteers, staff and board members as we ready the gardens and yards for the coming season!

Volunteers can expect to be raking, bagging, planting and weeding!

Lunch to follow provided by the Curtis Friends.


New Irish Genealogy Resource

Friday, May 1st, 2015

diocese2Are you studying Irish genealogy as part of tracing your family history? If so, you’ll be interested in the following information.

The National Library of Ireland ( has announced that its Roman Catholic parish registers collection will go online, available for free, as of July 8, 2015.  You can read more information about this on the Irish Genealogy News website.

These records, which are considered the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 census, consist primarily of baptism and marriage records and date from the 1740s to the 1880s.

ie--dublinIrish genealogy research can be intimidating because the majority of relevant records were destroyed during the Irish Civil War in 1922 when the Public Record Office of Ireland, a major repository of records, was hit by a shell which exploded and destroyed almost all of the records.

However, more and more Irish genealogy resources are being digitized and going online.  So, if Irish genealogy is on your to-do list, keep an eye out for this new resource and others to come. Happy research!

How to Download Magazines to Your Tablet Through Flipster

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Flipster-logoFlipster is a free digital magazine service provided by the Curtis Library.

1. Start by downloading the Flipster app to your tablet.

NOTE: The Flipster app is currently available for iPads and Android tablets.

2. After downloading the app, open your tablet’s web browser.

Type into the web address box.

3. On the Curtis Downloads page, click the “Flipster Magazines” icon.

Flipster icon

4. Browse or search for the magazine you wish to download and read on your tablet.


5. Tap Read This Issue.


You can then either read the magazine within your tablet’s web browser or open it with the Flipster app (which will download it to your device).

>>> Read Your Favorite Magazines Through Flipster

>>> Curtis Downloads Page

How to Download Additional Magazines To Your Tablet Through Flipster

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

As outlined in a previous Flipster tips blog post, you can download popular magazines to your iPad or Android tablet by first clicking the Flipster Magazines icon on the Curtis Library Downloads page:

Flipster Magazines logo

You can then download any magazine you wish to your device.

But to download additional magazines, you’ll need to go back to your web browser.

You cannot download magazines from within the Flipster app itself.

TIP: Bookmark the Curtis Downloads page in your tablet’s web browser.


>>> Read Your Favorite Magazines Through Flipster

>>> Curtis Downloads Page