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‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ to share family trees

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

I thoroughly enjoyed last year’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” series hosted by Lisa Kudrow on Friday nights on NBC.

Kudrow was among those whose genealogy was traced on the series’ first season.

Matthew Broderick, who starred in the Civil War movie “Glory,” visited the gravesite of an ancestor who was killed in the Civil War, a forebear he didn’t even know he had.

His wife, Sarah Jessica Parker, learned about her descent from a woman accused of being a witch in Salem, Mass.

I’m most interested to see what pops up in the family histories of this year’s group of celebrities.

Tune in at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, on WLBZ-TV Channel 2 for the next season of “Who Do You Think You Are?” This year we’ll learn about the family history of:

  • Gwyneth Paltrow, actress daughter of Blythe Danner and the late Bruce Paltrow
  • Tim McGraw, musician son of baseball player Tug McGraw
  • Rosie O’Donnell
  • Steve Buscemi
  • Kim Cattrall
  • Lionel Richie
  • Vanessa Williams
  • Ashley Judd

The show is adapted from an award-winning British documentary series. is a partner of NBC and Shed Media U.S. in association with Is or Isn’t Entertainment for the series.


Bangor Public Library and the University of Maine’s Fogler Library are working on a project to digitize BPL’s more than 800 World War II posters and make copies available for sale.

This may be the largest collection of World War II posters in the country, according to library director Barbara McDade.

Forty of the posters were mounted for an exhibition at one point. McDade, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Joyce Rumery, dean of libraries at the University of Maine, later went down to the BPL basement to see the posters, finding that getting them out one at a time was a cumbersome process.

Back at the University of Maine, Rumery discussed the posters with Eugene P. Daigle, manager of network services at UMaine’s Fogler Library.

It was Daigle who suggested that the collection be digitized as a joint project of the two libraries. Further, he and wife Barbara said they would pay for the digitizing so that those who weren’t part of the World War II generation could see them. His dad served in the Korean War, and Barbara’s dad in World War II, and the Daigles both have service.

The images are being produced by James Daigle Photography of Bangor and Fogler Library will serve as the Web host of the digital collection.

The first 40 posters have been copied — see them at

Funds raised by the sale of the poster copies starting later this year will be invested into the restoration of the original posters, McDade said. Those interested in donating to the poster-restoration project may call McDade at 947-8336.

I am constantly amazed at the new and wonderful projects being undertaken by our Bangor Public Library and our University of Maine Fogler Library, which also happen to be two of the best genealogical repositories in the state.

And what a wonderful gift from the Daigles to fund the digitization.


There will be more than snow and ice on “Bill Greene’s Maine” this weekend on WLBZ-TV Channel 2.

Greene has done an interview about Gov. Alonzo Garcelon with lifelong genealogist Danny D. Smith of Litchfield. It will be broadcast at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15.

As you may know, Garcelon was our first Franco-American governor, a fact that has come up frequently since the November election of Waterville Mayor Paul LePage, who took office as governor on Jan. 5.

LePage has French-Canadian roots, whereas Garcelon was a Huguenot, a French Protestant.


What might you see at the next meeting of the Wassebec Genealogical Society?

Wassebec has scheduled one of its special meetings for members and guests to share an item from their family and its significance to them.

In the past this program has included a letter from the Gold Rush in California; a mirror that dated back to 1832 with the names of generations who had owned it; and boardinghouse records kept by a member’s great-grandmother.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, in the conference room at Mayo Regional Hospital on Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft.

For information, contact Estella Bennett evenings at 876-3073.


Matthew Heintz, the “Northwoods Balladeer,” is in residence as the caretaker at the Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum in Orrington.

Heintz will speak on story songs and on basket making at the meeting of the Brewer Historical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, at First United Methodist Church, Main Street, Brewer.

All are welcome. Everyone is invited to join or renew membership, helping the society offer these types of programs and continue preservation of Brewer’s unique history.

For more information about this BHS program, contact Robert Schmick, 843-5550, or, or visit


Everyone interested in Washington County history and genealogy is urged to attend the reorganization meeting of the Washington County Genealogical Society at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, in the Conference Room of the Washington County Emergency Management Agency at 28 Center St., Machias. Snow date is Jan. 22.

Send queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, PO Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or e-mail

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