URSUS Web site handy for genealogical resources

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist
Posted Jan. 03, 2010, at 9:04 p.m.

Somerset County celebrated its bicentennial in 2009. So I thought I’d ask URSUS, located at http://ursus.maine.edu, what kinds of resources on Somerset County are available at the University of Maine campus libraries, Bangor Public Library, Maine State Library and Maine Historical Society.

Here’s a book I’ve never looked at, but it sounds interesting:

· “Somerset County in the World War,” by Florence Waugh Danforth, 1920, available in the Bangor Room at Bangor Public Library; Special Collections at University of Maine Fogler Library, Orono; Maine State Library, Augusta; and University of Maine at Farmington.

Other resources I found were:

· “Poole and Yeaton’s Somerset County Business Directory,” 1892-1893, Special Collections at UM Fogler Library, Orono.

· “Somerset County cemeteries located on Maine township road maps,” 1983, chiefly charts and maps, includes index, Maine State Library.

· “Somerset County, Maine business and personal directory,” by Strout Service Inc., 1929, 464 pages, Special Collections at UM Fogler Library, Orono.

· “Somerset County senators and representatives in the 88th Legislature,” 1937, Maine State Library safe.

· “Somerset: the art of Somerset County,” 28 pages, catalog of an exhibition at the L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, Maine, May 21-Oct. 15, 2001, Maine State Library.

Here’s one of my favorites, because its “leading citizens” include my great-great-grandfather Sumner R. Bennett of Abbot, Piscataquis County:

· “Biographical Review, Volume XXIX: containing the life sketches of leading citizens of Somerset, Piscataquis, Hancock, Washington, and Aroostook Counties, Maine,” 1898, Bangor Public Library, Maine State Library, Special Collections at University of Maine Fogler Library, University of Maine at Farmington.

Similar books are:

· Biographical review: containing life sketches of leading citizens of Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo counties, Maine,” 1897, Bangor Public Library, Special Collections at University of Maine Fogler Library, Maine State Library, University of Maine at Farmington, University of Maine at Fort Kent.

· “Biographical review; this volume contains biographical sketches of leading citizens of Oxford and Franklin counties, Maine,” 1897, Bangor Public Library, Special Collections at University of Maine Fogler Library, Maine State Library, University of Maine at Farmington.

· “Biographical review; this volume contains biographical sketches of leading citizens of York County,” 1896, Bangor Public Library, Special Collections at University of Maine Fogler Library, Maine State Library.

· “Biographical review; this volume contains biographical sketches of leading citizens of Cumberland County, Maine,” 1896, Bangor Public Library, Special Collections at University of Maine Fogler Library, University of Maine at Farmington, Maine State Library, University of Southern Maine at Gorham.

· “Biographical review … Containing life sketches of leading citizens of Middlesex County, Massachusetts,” 1898, University of Maine Fogler Library, in the stacks.

· “The first century of the history of Springfield (Mass.); the official records from 1636 to 1736, with an historical review and biographical mention of the founders,” by Henry M. Burt, two volumes, 1898-1899, Bangor Public Library, Maine State Library.

· “Biographical sketches and review [microform]: first Presbyterian church in Toronto and Knox Church, 1820-1890,” by Henry M. Parsons, 1890, on microfiche at University of Maine Fogler Library.

A couple of things to keep in mind.

Bangor Public Library keeps many of its New England resources in the Bangor Room on the third floor, which is accessible by elevator inside the entrance to the Children’s Department.

Fogler Library at the University of Maine in Orono keeps its Maine books in Special Collections on the third floor, which is open certain hours.

Fogler’s books on other states and Canada, for the most part, are in the stacks, and thus available for use whenever the library is open.

Fogler’s voice message for library hours can be reached at 581-1664. For more specific information, such as hours for Special Collections, go to the library section of the University of Maine Web site.

Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or e-mail queries to familyti@bangordailynews.net.

http://bangordailynews.com/2010/01/03/living/ursus-web-site-handy-for-genealogical-resources/ printed on September 18, 2014