The Genealogy Room houses the library's collection of local and state resources. It includes town histories, family genealogies, vital statistics, and a genealogical reference section. It also houses "The Independent Reporter" and "The Somerset Reporter" newspapers for the years 1897-1987, which are available on microfilm.
A computer with scanner is available for patron usage. The room also contains a small table with four chairs, which is a great place to do some studying.
We appreciate and welcome contributions to our collection. The collection itself does not circulate, but a photocopier is available for twenty-five cents per black and white page (library staff will make the decision on whether an item can be photocopied or not).
We also have digital resources available for those on the hunt for their family history. The first, Ancestry (Library Edition), can be accessed from anywhere within the library, either on one of our computers adjacent to the genealogy room, or from your own device. As long as you are logged onto the library's wifi network, it should automatically allow you into the AncestryLibrary site. The second is a similar program called MyHeritage, which can be accessed for free from anywhere in Maine, including your own home, and offers many of the same type of resources as the more well-known Ancestry.com
The Genealogy Room is normally open during regular library hours. It is closed occasionally for special meetings or classes. Please feel free to come research your family history, local history or just browse.
Since we are sometimes closed due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances; please call the library to see if we're open, especially If you are traveling from out of town.
Questions? Please use this handy contact form. We'll get back to you as soon as we can.