I’ve written a lot about my hometown of Abbot, where my dad grew up — as did many of his forebears.
My other hometown, also in Piscataquis County, is Sangerville, where we lived until I was 12.
I was so pleased to be asked by my dear friend Diana Rees Bowley of the Sangerville Historical Society — and of the Bangor Daily News — to speak to the historical society at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at the Sangerville Town Hall.
The topic will be “Piscataquis County Genealogy,” though a good bit of what I have to share will apply to other parts of Maine, too.
I’ll talk a little about my Sangerville ancestry, including great-grandparents Harry and Thressa (Given) Steeves, who brought their family to Sangerville from Saint John, New Brunswick, in 1911.
Do you know which one of my great-grandparents was related to the Wilsons of Sangerville?
I will display the Lovina Leighton Moore quilt, the top of which was handmade in 1893. Lovina and Jotham Moore lived in Parkman, but they did have at least a couple of Sangerville connections, one them through Glen and Vonnie Austin.
And I’ll have handouts on genealogy resources.
Hope to see you there. I’m looking forward to it.
The Penobscot County Genealogical Society will hold a members-only barbecue on Wednesday, June 17, at the Hampden Historical Society.
Details are in the PCGS newsletter and on the Web site.
The July meeting will be on July 15 at Brewer Public Library. All are welcome to attend that meeting. Stay tuned for details.
A meeting of the Washington County Genealogical Society will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Mayhew Library in Addison.
Those attending will have an opportunity to view pages from the “John Bucknam Ledger 1769-1792” which has recently been copied through a digitization process.
John Bucknam was an early settler of what is now Columbia Falls.
The Ledger is a unique treasure trove of information about the early settlers of the area, and in many cases is the only record of persons and events of those early settlers.
Organized in 1992, the Washington County Genealogical Society has as its purpose to collect, exchange and preserve related documents and information, and to promote and encourage interest and scholarship in genealogy and family history in Washington County.
Membership in the WCGS is open to anyone interested in learning more about their family genealogy and history, especially in Washington County and neighboring Charlotte Co., New Brunswick.
The group meets on the third Saturday of the month from April to November.
Dues are $10 per year and can be paid by sending a check made payable to WCGS, c/o Christine Small, PO Box 28, East Machias, ME 04654.
Members receive a quarterly newsletter, Weirs & Woods, which features free queries, information and the exchange of genealogical material.
For further information, contact president Frances Raye at 853-6630, or secretary Valdine Atwood at 255-4432.
Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or e-mail queries to email@example.com.