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Emily Schroeder

About Emily Schroeder

Greetings to everyone who’s into genealogy! I’m Emily Schroeder, and I’ve been at Maine State Library since 1980. My latest incarnation has transformed me into the genealogy specialist, which means I get to visit other libraries and do genealogy workshops, have classes onsite, teach adult ed., write newsletters, join genealogy groups, and generally try to keep myself “in the know”. I’m hoping that through this blog we can share ideas, review resources and databases, and maybe introduce something new to readers in the genealogy field. You can always e-mail me at:

2017 Maine Genealogy Fair!

Sorry I’ve been away from this blog for a while…I’ve been a bit stressed with the state shutdown, and trying to get other stuff done. Thankfully, we’re back in business, and we can still hold the 2017 Maine Genealogy Fair! It’s this coming Saturday at the State Library, Museum and Archives Building in Augusta, from […]

More Help Finding Veterans’ Burials in Maine!

Some of you were concerned that the WPA Cemetery Plans did not include veterans’ names, and I referred you to other resources, particularly your town clerks. I’ve stumbled onto yet another, very useful item: “Veterans Cemetery Records”, 11 rolls of microfilm arranged initially by county, then town and cemetery. The last couple of rolls are […]

Was Your Ancestor a Maine Alien in 1940?

Quite a question, I know! Given the paranoia of the times, Gov. Lewis O. Barrows ordered that every “alien” (adult of another nationality) in Maine be registered. The executive proclamation went into effect on June 14, 1940, citing such things as “subversive influences” , “un-American acts” and “threat of sabotage”, and the need to know […]

WPA Cemetery Plans Online!

As Memorial Day approaches, visions of cemeteries dance through our heads (or at least in mine, as I find more ancestors to bring flowers to…). Many Maine cemeteries have plans originally created courtesy of the Works Progress Administration, which reside at the Maine State Archives. Thanks to that staff and the folks who work on […] and Surnames

Ever seen those little teasers provided by, promising to tell you all about the meaning of your surname? Well, most of the information I found on my maiden name, Herrick, was interesting and potentially useful. Results show immigration and life expectancy, both of which include charts. The occupation link leads to a table from […]

Your Food Heritage!

We all have favorite recipes that families have shared and passed down through the generations. I have one that my great aunt Florence procured from the boarding home next door in Rockland, and I make it frequently: Angel Gingerbread. It’s easy, quick to make, and, best of all, it’s good. That’s the type of food […]

Looking for a Mariner?

If you’re trying to find information on a mariner with a Maine connection-ship, port, etc.-you’ve got to take a look at the Merchant Mariners Muster, provided by the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. It’s truly amazing! The staff has been searching through thousands of in-house documents-over 6,500 to date-and compiling records into a huge online […]