I have been passionate about local history (Readfield, Maine) since I can remember. I come by this honestly through my mother's genes - this side of my family has lived in Readfield for 10 consecutive generations.
I have spent time - as much as allowed - on research since I was in my twenties, but as a working mother my time was limited. So, I continually had a hankering for more time to "dive in" full force. Now I am retired so I finally have the time I always yearned for, but it still does not seem like enough sometimes!
I have never been satisfied to gather just the names and dates. I enjoy weaving life stories as much as possible. When people I research have interesting stories to tell I end up writing 10-20 pages about them alone. Those and some other publications specific to Readfield can be viewed and purchased at www.readfieldmaine.blogspot.com
Be sure to check that out - one may be your ancestor!
One of my dreams has always been to see that a history of Readfield gets done - there has never been a comprehensive history published. After giving it a lot of thought I decided the best approach is to research the early families who settled in Readfield. After all - the people are the town! I also made the decision to NOT wait until it is all done and publish a book, but to utilize the internet instead. This way, not only will the info I gather get out there immediately - but other family researchers who have additional info or corrections will be able to contact me. As a result, this work in progress has other benefits - there is no OMG I wish I had that info when I published my work! Using this avenue I can edit and add to it whenever it is needed / identified. www.readfield1791.blogspot.com
To augment my research and to instill / pass on what I have learned to others, I started Readfield History Walks. To see more about those visit my web site: www.readfieldhistorywalks.blogspot.com
I hope you enjoy some of the work I have done. Perhaps you were even able to solve a mystery re one of your ancestors, your home or something in your neighborhood. I would love to hear about that if you have.