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Family Ties adds genealogy resources to BDN website

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

In 1984, writing Family Ties got my toe in the door at the Bangor Daily News, and my heart and soul soon followed. For the last few years, I’ve been thinking about putting some genealogy resources on the BDN website to go along with current and past Family Ties columns, and I’m thrilled to say we’ve started doing just that.

Check out our new project at http://bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties/, and click on Genealogy Resources.

The page includes some things we’ve never published before, such as five pages of information I compiled on Franco-American resources.

Other offerings include Family and Bible Records such as Cummings-Bennett of Greenville, Bennett-Briggs of Guilford and Fitz-Nichols-Giddings of Corinth and Danville.

BDN Librarian Charlie Campo and I put together the dates for the World War II Town Pages in the Bangor Daily News, 1942-1944.

You also might like to have the list of names of the 245 Mainers who were killed or MIA during the Korean War, which I copied from the Maine Korean War Memorial at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor.

Some of the information comes from handouts I have used over the years during genealogy talks. Other resources are based on what I use frequently, or have written about from time to time.

I also plan to add resources to the website as time permits, so do keep checking the site — and send the link to people and organizations that might be interested.

Readers of Family Ties have supported this column since it first started in 1984; during the 10 years that Connee Jellison wrote it, and again since I restarted it in 1999. The page on the website, like the column, is a way for the BDN to share resources I’ve learned about over the years.

Thanks for reading Family Ties, and I hope you enjoy http://bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties/ as it grows.


Maine educators for kindergarten to grade 12 and pre-service have a special opportunity to learn about Maine Indians. The fifth annual “Teach the Teachers” series will be hosted by the Penobscot Nation’s Cultural & Historic Preservation Department on four select days in October on Indian Island:

• Monday, Oct. 3.

• Tuesday, Oct. 11.

• Wednesday, Oct. 19.

• Thursday, Oct. 27.

The workshops are designed to assist Maine educators with incorporating Maine Indian history and culture into their classrooms, to identify historically accurate and culturally appropriate classroom resources, and to help foster a continuing relationship between Maine educators and the Penobscot Cultural and Historic Preservation Department.

This year, instructors will be looking at subject matter on all grade levels, including a presentation on “Tribal Sovereignty” by Dr. Darren Ranco.

Since 2005, Maine educators in kindergarten through grade 12 have been required by Maine law to include Maine Indian history and culture in their classrooms.

The Maine Indian History and Culture Law, commonly referred to by its 2002 legislative document number, LD 291, was presented as a bill to the 122nd legislature by former Penobscot tribal Rep. Donna Loring, who recognized a need for Mainers to become better educated about the indigenous people of the state. Loring states that “with knowledge, comes understanding, and with understanding, comes respect.”

The Penobscot Nation Cultural and Historic Preservation Department has been at the forefront since the bill’s inception, providing educational resources, curriculum, classroom presentations and teacher professional development workshops.

The workshop fee is $35, including lunch and a copy of the DVD “Penobscot: A People and Their River.” Preregistration is required as space is limited. To register, visit penobscotculture.com. For more information, call 817-7472.


Bill and Jane Macomber of Blanchard are a couple of busy members of the Maine Old Cemetery Association. In fact, Jane is the president of MOCA. The couple have presentations scheduled this week in Hope and in Bangor.

First they will speak 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, for the Hope Historical Society at the Hope Historical House in Hope Corner on Camden Road, next to the new Hope Fire Station on Route 105.

Bill will give the lead presentation, speaking on the care and restoration of headstones. He has always been interested in taking care of the family plots and in the early 2000s started cleaning, repairing and resetting older stones. One of his treasured pastimes is visiting cemeteries in smaller communities to see unusual shapes or markings of stones. He is a member of both MOCA and the Association for Gravestone Studies.

Jane will speak about the Maine Old Cemetery Association and its work. Refreshments will be served. After the meeting, the Macombers will visit Hope’s old cemeteries. All are welcome.

Bill and Jane Macomber also will visit with the Penobscot County Genealogical Society at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Lecture Hall on the third floor of Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St. Bill will give a talk on cemetery research and gravestone preservation. All are welcome.

Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; or email queries to familyti@bangordailynews.com.

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