Old Broad Bay Family History Association


Waldoboro 250th Anniversary The Old Broad Bay Family History Association is proud to announce that we were very involved in the 250th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town of Waldoboro. The two-day celebration took place on June 17th and 18th.

OBBFHA has donated $1000 dollars to sponsor the opening ceremony at the Old German Meeting House. Additionally, we have donated $500 dollars to be a Gold Star Sponsor of the celebration, and another $500 dollars to the Waldoboro Historical Society Capital Improvement Fund.

After the opening ceremony where David Putnam was one of several speakers, He was at the Waldoboro Historical Society manning a OBBFHA informational table. Some good exchanges of information took place at the table.

  •      On Saturday, Archeologist Harbour Mitchell also was manning an informational table for the Waldoboro Origins Project with David at the historical society.

  •      On Sunday, David did double duty manning Harbour's table while Harbour did two archeological dig events in town.

    Maine State Archives

  • OBBFHA Annual Meeting - The Old Broad Bay Family History Association Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, August 5th 2023, at the Safe Harbor Community Chapel, 50 Mill Street, Waldoboro. The meeting commenced at 9:00 AM. After our usual meet-and-greet, we took care of any outstanding business, and then welcomed our guest speaker Ms. Heather Moran of the Maine State Archives.

    Ms. Moran gave us an overview of the state archives with special emphasis on collections relevant to genealogical research. Snacks, lunch, and dessert were served. A $5 dollar donation was accepted at the door. Details of the 2024 Annual Meeting will be announced in the Spring.

    1792 Old German Church

    Old German Meeting House and Burial Grounds
    The Ladies Auxiliary of the German Protestant Society opened the Old German Meeting House for their annual church service at 3:00 PM on August 6th 2023. They held a reception after the service, and everyone was welcome to attend.

    The photo is of the German Church (Waldoboro Meeting House), built in 1772.  Click on the image to get a larger view.

    Front of Waldoboro Historical Society
    Sign of Waldoboro Historical Society

    The Waldoboro Historical Society
    Mission Statement: The Waldoborough Historical Society collects and preserves the history and historical artifacts of Waldoboro, maintains a facility in which to celebrate and study the history, and promotes the education of its citizens in that history so that present and future generations may build upon.

    Located at 1164 Main Street, Waldoboro, the Historical Society and Museum is a must see when visiting the area. It is also a good place to visit after the OBBFHA Annual Meeting. They have genealogical files on the various families of Waldoboro. Contact Jean Lawrence for further information on these files. - jeanlaw(at)roadrunner.com Visit their FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/waldoborohistory/


    The Board of Directors of The Old Broad Bay Family History Association are proud to announce their decision to donate $1000 dollars to sponsor the opening ceremony of the 250th anniversary celebration of the incorporation of the Town of Waldoboro, formerly Broad Bay. The opening ceremony will be held at 9:00 AM at the Old German Meeting House on Saturday, June 17, 2023. David Putnam, President of the OBBFHA, will be one of the invited speakers at the opening ceremony. The board has also decided to donate $500 dollars to the Waldoboro Historical Society Building Fund in honor of the town's 250th anniversary. Finally, the OBBFHA will be sponsoring an informational table and exhibit at the Waldoboro Historical Society about the Waldoboro Origins Project, an archeological project being conducted by Archeologist Harbour Mitchell. The exhibit will be open on June 17 and 18, 2023. We hope to see all of you there!

    Webpage Update

    On our Publications page is a brand new Every name index to 1992-2021 Bund und Blatt and OBBFHA Newsletters. More issues will be indexed in the future. Also we have added a list of articles in the New Series of newsletters from 2004-2021.

    Camden Herald Online Archives, 1870-2020 - The Camden Public Library, with the assistance of funding from private donors and the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, has successfully digitized 150 years of the Camden Herald Archives. Go to the EXPLORE, LINKS tab to access this database or click here: https://www.librarycamden.org/walsh-history-center/search-camden-herald-archives/

    We have added new sections under the Explore tab on our webpage called Historic Documents & Photos. For our first document, David Putnam has transcribed the UNITED STATES DIRECT TAX LIST OF 1798, WALDOBOROUGH from The Genealogical Advertiser, Volumes III and IV, Lucy Hall Greenlaw, Palala Publishing. Please send any contributions to David - DPutnam925(at)msn.com

    We now have the ability to post photos submitted by members. There is also a place for a brief genealogy of some of the people in the photos. There is a folder for photos where the name is known and they are listed alphabetically by last name, first name, married name, and name of contributor.

    There is a second folder with photos where the names are unknown and they show only the name of the contributor and image number. If anyone knows the names on any of these, please contact Fred Snell, webmaster. His email is fredsnell(at)gmail.com. Also if you have photos to submit, please contact Fred.

    This is a good reminder to all of us who have boxes of old photos, please write the names and dates on them so future generation will know who these handsome people are.