Family History & Genealogy Research

Maine Genealogical Society

Carol P. McCoy, Ph.D., former president of the Maine Genealogical Society (MGS) in 2019, was a MGS Board member for several years as well as former president of the Greater Portland Chapter of MGS.

MGS is very active group with almost 900 members. In addition to conferences and workshops, we have published over 80 special publications since our inception in 1976.

The MGS Fall Conference and Annual Meeting was held on Saturday 22 September 2018. We had a great lineup of speakers, including Dr. McCoy, who gave a talk on town records.

To learn more about MGS please visit our web site: Please be patient with the MGS website--it has many features, but is rather slow.

You can use to read useful articles, purchase our publications, including the various Vital Records of Maine towns, and our famous series, Maine Families in 1790  edited by Joseph C. Anderson, II.

Below is my former officer biography on the Maine Genealogical Society site.

Carol P. McCoy at NERGC 2017President – Carol Prescott McCoy, Ph.D., current president of MGS, is a genealogist, family historian, and educator based in Brunswick, Maine. Her company,, founded in 2002, conducts research, and provides lectures and workshops. She specializes in New England, New York, and West Virginia. She grew up in Bronxville, New York, and received her A.B. from Connecticut College and her Ph.D. in psychology from Rutgers University, and studied psychoanalysis in NYC. Carol moved from NYC to Falmouth, Maine in 1991. She was inspired to become a family historian because several members of her family were spell-binding storytellers and terrific photographers. Carol enjoys the beautiful Maine scenery, the bounty of great friends, the NY Yankees, gardening, music, and the company of her cat, Mr. Spice Pie.

Carol served as an MGS Director from 2015-2017 and as president of MGS Greater Portland Chapter (2008-9.) She just finished transcribing the Vital Records of Durham, Maine in June 2018. You can buy it at Prior to her genealogy career, she worked as a college instructor and as a management development consultant and coach for Chase Manhattan Bank, UNUM, and McCoy Training and Development Resources, a one-person company. She has published books and articles on management training. eMail.


  • Survey of the Maine Historical Society Research Library(.pdf file) Originally written as an assignment for the National Genealogical Society, this article provides an overview of genealogical materials available there.

  • Falmouth Marriages (.pdf file) Ever wonder what marriage records exist at a local town office. Here is a summary of the marriage records in Falmouth, Maine. They begin in 1733 and go to the present day.

Historical Documents


Contact Us

Carol P. McCoy, Ph.D
71 Willow Grove Road
Brunswick, Maine 04011


Our Mission

Every family is unique.
Dr. McCoy's mission is to help people discover:

  • Where did I come from?
  • Who are my kin?
  • What makes my family special?

In so doing they will gain a deeper understanding of their family stories, connect with kin, and create a family treasure to share.