What would your genie like to find under the Christmas tree? Try one of these.
“Hermon, Maine, Then and Now,” the very fine 500-page history written by Mary Gaudreau, Rosanne Gray and the late Berniece Heath, is still available, Rosanne tells me.
Photographs, reminiscences, military listings for the Civil War through the Gulf War are included, as well as topics such as the railroad, schools, early families and businesses.
Each copy is $65 plus $3.25 tax, and $9 for mailing and insurance, sent to Rosanne Gray, 21 Stage Road, Hermon, ME 04401. To save mailing costs, call Gray at 848-3862 and arrange to pick up your copy.
The Ste-Agathe Historical Society has many items available for gift-giving to relatives, friends and yourself! They include:
• “Le Centenaire de St. Agatha Maine.” $25.
• “History of Ste. Agathe Parish 1889-1989.” $10.
• “Ste. Agathe Cemetery Records 1889-1999.” $10.
• “Ste-Agathe Cemetery Records Part II 1990-2006.” $10.
• “Marriages of Ste. Agathe 1889-1999.” $10.
• “Immigrants in a Frontier Community … Madawaska 1785-1850,” by Beatrice Craig. $10.
• “Les Chanteurs Acadiens en Chansons,” CD 1. $20.
• “Les Chanteurs Acadiens Originals et Traditionals,” CD 2. $20.
• “Heritage Sites of the St. John Valley,” by Louise M. Martin. $5.
• Ste. Agathe Historical Society 2009 Calendar. $10.
To order by mail, include $4.05 for mailing for first item, $1 for each additional item. Send check to Ste. Agathe Historical Society, P.O. Box 237, St. Agatha, ME 04772.
A lifetime membership in the historical society, including a very nice newsletter, is $40.
Here’s a nifty gift for the youngster in your life, and it won’t cost a penny. The Penobscot County Genealogical Society will sponsor a Genealogy for Kids Day at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, in the Story Room at Bangor Public Library.
Children ages 8 to 14 are invited to learn about the exciting hobby of genealogy. Sandwiches will be served thanks to Fairmount Market, and prizes will be awarded.
Guest instructors are Dale Mower and Phil Getchell. Register at the Children’s Desk or call 947-8337, ext. 110.
The Monson Historical Society sends out a fun newsletter. Ninety-nine years ago, on Dec. 6, “and Lake Hebron is still open from the Narrows to Indian Point. The boys and girls have enjoyed coasting on the many hills around town this last week, but the warm weather of Saturday and Sunday has brought the use of wheels again.”
Join the society for $8 a year, sent to Monson Historical Society, c/o Estella Bennett, P.O. Box 173, Guilford, ME 04443. You also may order:
ä Monson Historical Society 2009 calendar; $6, plus $2 postage.
ä Carlson Williams’ DVD, 30 minutes, with many photos from the society’s glass plate collection of photos; $15, plus $2.50 postage.
ä Kari Williams note cards featuring glass plate photos, eight designs per box; $8, plus $2 postage.
ä DVD taken from 8 mm film of Monson Days during late 1940s, 15 minutes, set to music; $8, plus $2 postage.
The society has a Web page at the town’s Web site, www.monsonmaine.org
Membership to the Maine Old Cemetery Association is $5 a year, $20 for five years, $100 for a life membership, sent to MOCA, P.O. Box 641, Augusta, ME 04332. Newsletter is included.
This month, if you purchase a gift membership for five years or more, MOCA will send the recipient a Christmas card marked “Don’t open until Dec. 25.”
You also may order Mark Cheetham’s new book, “Maine Cemetery Trampers’ Companion,” for $20 plus $5 shipping and handling, sent to MOCA at the above address. Proceeds benefit MOCA.
The Penobscot County Genealogy Society will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, in the Lecture Hall, Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St.
All are welcome to attend this “open research” night with experienced researchers on hand to help you find what you need in the Bangor Room. Refreshments will be served.
Surely your family genealogist would appreciate a gift certificate to an old bookstore — that is, a store for old books. Look up the Maine Antiquarian Booksellers Association online to get an idea of what booksellers in your area have to offer.
Keep in mind that new books on genealogy and local history are being published all the time. For those focusing on Maine, check out Picton Press at www.pictonpress.com.
Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or e-mail queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.