The Genealogy Collection at the Internet Archive

Tuesday’s Tips

Internet Archive LogoI know I’ve mentioned the Internet Archive many times. I think they are amazing, and I thank them so much for their efforts and work. Besides the 125+ Scarborough Historical Society books that I’ve uploaded, the Internet Archive and their Wayback Machine provide a historical archive of the Internet, they have many additional resources.

One feature I knew about, but I had never used, is their Genealogy Collection. It provides a shortcut to many collections such as those from the Allen County Public Library and “Reclaim the Records.”  A search of the Genealogy Collection for “Scarborough, Maine” yielded three items. I knew about the two Scarborough Town Reports posted by the Allen County Public Library. However, the third was The ancestry of Charity Haley, 1775-1800 : wife of Major Nicholas Davis of Limington, Maine. In it, there was a chapter, “Edgecomb, of Scarborough and Biddeford.” The chapter begins with Nicholas Edgecomb arriving at Richmond’s Island about 1638. If you have Edgecomb ancestors, you definitely will want to read the 16 pages of information.

Besides my SHS uploads, I donate financially occasionally to help fund this extraordinary resource.  I hope you will consider donating here.

By the way, my thanks to Roberta Estes for her blog, DNAeXplained. Her post reminded me about the Genealogy Collection. I highly recommend following her blog-It’s a good one.

Deciphering Foreign Language Records & the Appleton Public Library

Appleton Public Library LogoI just watched an excellent presentation hosted by the Appleton Public Library, “Tips and Tricks for Deciphering Foreign Language Records” by Katherine Schober. It probably had the best tips and tricks for translating from other languages I’ve ever seen.

Katherine provided important websites to use to help you with the translation and also gave simple, straight-forward methods to use. I will definitely give her suggestions a chance when I next translate & transcribe a document. There were even some excellent techniques I’ll use the next time I transcribe English documents, such as WordMine.Info. Her presentation should be available on-line for another three weeks or so. Check it out.

I learned of the Appleton Public Library when I was researching my wife’s Darling line. I also my that my grandmother played at Fischer’s Appleton in 1924. Preregistration for their Zoom presentations is required. Sadly, their March talk conflicts with the GPC-MGS Chapter meeting, but you should receive a link to watch it after its live presentation if you register. Their next talk is “Virtual Find Your Ancestors: World War II Genealogy.” I can definitely improve my skills in WW II Genealogy.

– Don Taylor

Don’s Genealogy News – 10 January 2021

Photo Friday

I analyzed five more packets of negatives from the Ethel Wight Studio Collection. See Part 11 – Curtis, Davis (2), Derosier, & Dexter.

    • Mary Derosier (1914-1994)
    • Donald Davis (1907-1972)
    • Four children of Hartley A. & Mary T. Davis of Portland, Maine.
    • Child of Max & Evelyn (Stein) Davis – Photo circa 1936
    • Barbara, Ruth,  & Walter Curtis and Stanley Dexter – c. 1935

Brown Research

Began researching my Blackhurst ancestors. (Montran-Barber-Blackhurst. Learned that my 4th great aunt, Mary Blackhurst immigrated to Deseret (Utah) in 1852. She and her sister, Lydia, both married William Haladay. Can’t tell yet if they were “sister wives” yet or serial wives.  More research underway. I hope to write mini-bios for my 2nd great grandmother, Sarah Blackhurst, siblings.

Howell Research

Received some communications from a cousin of my wife. She transcribed the probate record for my wife’s fifth great grandfather, William Price. It will be interesting to see if the will provides any new information regarding that line — Howell-Hobbs-Long-Bryan-Price. I’ll be posting a “guest blog” about it in the coming days.

Scarborough Historical Society

I posted a great article about early high schools in Scarborough by Linda McLoon.  The first high school was actually two schools, one in Dunstan and one in Oak Hill in 1877. Read all about it in “A High School Comes to Scarborough.”

The Ancestor Hunt has added the Scarborough Historical Society photos to their listing of Maine Free Searchable Photo Collections.  Scarborough images available through Digital Maine were already identified.  There are dozens of links to other record locations in Maine. Check it out!


RootsTech – February 25 to 27 – FREE Registration.

New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) – Virtual conference – April and May 2021. E-Zine at

Don’s Genealogy News – 3 January 2021

Scarborough Historical Society

  • Added book: Grandfather Tales of Scarborough by Augustus Freedom Moulton. Uploaded to  Digital MaineInternet Archive because it came out of copyright on January 1st. (See Blogs Below.)

Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society

Had a great meeting yesterday, via Zoom, of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society. I was elected Chapter President. Next month (February 6th) we will be doing a three-person panel and will discuss various genealogical techniques and resources. More to come in future weeks.

Don Taylor Genealogy Blog

Other Blogs

The Legal Genealogist has a great article about Welcome to 1925!In it she describes some copyright history and why 1925 books are now out of copyright.

Roberta Estes, in her blog “DNAeXplained” has a great article about Y-DNA — “Y-DNA Resources and Repository.” Not only does she provide general information, but she also provides links to step-by-step actions to using your Y-DNA and a plethora of links to DNA educational articles. If you want to know more about Y-DNA, this is the article to read.


I had always wanted to travel to Salt Lake City to attend RootsTech. This year the largest Genealogy is both FREE and it is Online. No excuse for missing this one. I’ve registered and expect to be busy February 25 to 27 with RootsTech.  Be sure to register NOW and get it on your calendar.

New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) will be virtual this year and will be in April and May 2021. For the latest info, see their E-Zine at

Family History Fanatics will be having “A Winter of DNA eConference” on 30 January 2021. “Early Bird” price  $19.99 until January 22nd then $24.99. There are four presentations, “DNA & Law Enforcement,” “GEDmatch Basics,” “Tracing Ancestral Lines in the 1700s Using DNA,” and “A Guide to Chromosome Browsers & DNA Segment Data.” This will be followed by a “Genealogy Unscripted” panel discussion. You will be able to replay any of the sessions until Feb 26th. To Register see:


Do you use Google Calendar to manage your activities as I do?  Actually, my calendar is my home page when I open Google. Anyway, if you are interested in Webinars and would like to know what is going on, I highly recommend Genea Webinars. At the bottom of their calendar, there is a “Plus Google Calendar” add-in. Adding it adds Genea Webinars to your Google Calendar. There are typically 2 to 5 webinars available daily (Mon-Fri). Once it is added to your Calendar, you can turn it on or off as you wish. So, I’m looking for something to fulfill my weekly one-hour genealogy education goal, I can easily pick something from the list of presentations to watch.

Don Taylor Genealogy – 2020 Year in Review

The primary purpose of my blog is to help me understand my genealogical findings. It is like a diary or journal that helps me to focus on what I know. It helps me to stay focused not to become distracted. As time has passed, it has become more and more a vehicle for me to share some of what I’ve learned and what I am working on. I think both are important. I would like to remind readers that I do accept guest submissions. If you would like to write something, particularly of interest to readers in my six primary topics (Brown, Darling, Howell, and Roberts lines as well DNA discoveries or understanding and Donna Montran’s vaudeville career), I’ll be happy to consider your submission as a guest post.

What I do.

  1. I am the Historian and the “genealogy & technology guy” for the Scarborough Historical Society. As the “technology guy,” I manage their web page and regularly post to their website. Before Covid, I also recorded monthly presentations and edited them for uploading to You Tube. 
  2. I lead a genealogy group at the Scarborough Public Library. We meet on the 4th Monday of the month. Learn more about it on the SPL-GG Facebook Page.
  3. I am a past president and regularly participate with the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society,
  4. I attend meetings of the DNA Special Interest Group for the Maine Genealogical Society (Gray, ME).
  5. I also attend the South Portland Library Genealogy Group.

I am so looking forward to the elimination of Covid-19 protocols so that all these groups can return to normal meetings. I really miss the people.

I must mention, I am not selling genealogical services. (I gave that up.) I do, however,  participate in an affiliate program. I am phasing that feature out of my postings.  We’ll see how that goes over the coming year.

2020 Website Statistics.

I wrote 137 posts during the year, up from 122 in 2019.  My goal was to post, at a minimum, once every three days, so I made my goal.

The number of page views stayed virtually the same between 2018, 2019, and 2020, and the number of visitors and subscribers.

I currently have 524 followers/subscribers – up from 460 at the beginning of the year. Besides direct subscribers, other individuals follow my blog via Facebook, Twitter, and Google. If you do not subscribe to, please do so.

Referrals to my site are as I would expect; Google is, by far, the most significant referrer. Bing is a distant 2nd and third was Facebook. My old Blogspot site still referred individuals 24 times, so I guess I still can’t delete it.

My Top Five Postings for 2020

My number one post during 2020 has been #1 for five years in a row. “Why I’ll never do business with MyHeritage Again.” I guess people love reading rants.

My number 2 article was My Top Ten Free Genealogy Websites – Part 1. I think that article’s success and several of my other articles “website” articles have convinced me to do more of that type of essay.

Dropping to number 3 last year was the 2017 “OMG – Another Half-Sibling,” which spoke about learning of a half-sibling here-to-fore unknown for my mother—quite the surprise for my mother and my half-aunt, Barbara.

Staying at number 4 was my “Surname Saturday” article about the Howell surname. I am surprised that none of my other “Surname Saturday” articles have made it into the top 10. (“Swayze” did make it to number 11.)

Sliding into 5th place is another of those “Top Genealogy Websites” articles, this time “Top Fee-Based” websites.

Next Year – 2021

I’m going to focus more next year on my activities. Being part of several societies, genealogy groups, I think I want to write a bit more about issues that arise through them. Also, some of my genealogical research is overlapping with other organizations and activities. For example, I was doing some research for my nephew, Paul, and learned he has family lines in Scarborough during the 1700s. That brings my genealogy research and my Historical Society activities together. I’m excited about that type of thin. Likewise, I expect to do more presentations, even if through Zoom. Those should provide some new and interesting postings.

I started a new project for “Photo Friday” to identify individuals who had pictures taken in the 1930s at the Ethel Wight Studio in Portland, Maine. I try to determine exactly who it is in the photo (name, child of Parents, birth and death dates) and then post the image to a profile for the person on Family Search or share the photo with others who know the family via Ancestry.  There are over 800 photo packets in the collection and I am trying to analyze about five packets each week. I truly love receiving a “Wow, thank you for the picture of my (relative) that I’ve never seen before” message. It makes the work worthwhile.

Have a happy, safe, and healthy new year.