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About the Snow Index

Introduction

The Snow Index is the result of ten years of research, reading and compiling notes from the Brunswick Telegraph (1850-1903) and the Brunswick Record (1903-1960).  While researching and writing three books: Old Sagadahoc (a history of the Sagadahoc County Courthouse in Bath, Maine);  A History of Birch Island, Casco Bay, Maine; and The Snows of Casco Bay (a history of the Snow family from 1225 to the present), I decided to index the newspapers as I used them for my research.  In addition, I read the extant copies of all the Brunswick and Bath newspapers up to 1960.

This index includes the Brunswick Telegraph for 1850-1903.  I incorporated my own research with that of  Mr. John Goff, who wrote a chronological index primarily centered on the architectural history of Brunswick, Maine.  I input all of this on a database of more than 30,000 entries.

The Snow Index to the Brunswick Record 1903-1960 comes from my research.  I created a database of over 1,000,000 entries.  All obituaries (cc. 11,000), marriages (over 10,000), reunions (cc.200), anniversaries (cc.200) are recorded.  In addition, all pictures and anyone/anything in those pictures have been indexed (over 36,000).

Names are entered by first, middle, last and maiden names fields.  Important historical events, articles, and biographies are also included (over 5,000).  With this index one should be able to immediately find what is being researched.

Many thanks go to the Brunswick Library and its Library Director, Stephen Podgajny, Bowdoin College Library and its Librarian Sherrie S. Bergman, and the Times-Record and its President and publisher, Douglas M. Niven for their sponsorship of the project to get the Index on the Internet.  In addition, many thanks should be given to Brian Damien, for his tireless work to transfer the index into a format for its use as an internet-ready research tool.

I hope this index, in some small way, will bring the past of Brunswick and its environs closer to the present and ease the burden of researchers from the tedium of scanning many pages in order to find specific information.  My work will be well worth it if the Index is useful and brings satisfaction to those who use it now and in the future.

Richard F. Snow

About the author:

Richard F. Snow was born in Brunswick, Maine, attended local schools and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1961. Receiving a Masters Degree in Political Science from Florida State University in 1966, he then taught high school history and government for 36 years before retiring in 1999. He also taught for 15 years as an adjunct professor of Government at the University of Maine and New Hampshire College. Residing in Topsham, Maine he has served in public office and been a local historian.


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