June 19, 2018
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Newsletters offer genealogical tips

Roxanne Moore Saucier
By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

The fall 2011 issue of Weirs & Woods, the newsletter of the Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society, had a wonderful article, “Copy Historical Documents with Your Camera!” by John Boles and Connie Ross.

Boles and Ross recommend setting the ISO of a camera at 800 to allow the use of available light. In addition, photographing the document avoids excessive handling of fragile items.

Another wonderful feature of Weirs & Woods was “Civil War Soldier,” written by Marilynn James Van Hise about Almon Henry Bridges, who was born in Charlotte in 1835.

Weirs & Woods is a privilege that comes with membership in the society. Join WCH&GS for $10 a year, sent to WCH&GS, c/o Carole Sprague, 301 Ridge Road, Marshfield, ME 04654.

Not all newsletters are produced by historical societies. I have for many years enjoyed the Stetson Public Library Newsletter, which also includes news of the Stetson Historical Society.

The monument for the town’s Revolutionary War ancestor, Oliver Hartwell, has been reset and a plaque has been added to the memorial in Clark Hill Cemetery.

The newsletter also includes another article on town history by Charles Leighton.


With February being Black History Month, I thought I’d ask URSUS, located at http://ursus.maine.edu, what there are for resources on African American history at Bangor Public Library, Maine State Library and the University of Maine campuses. It turns out there are many, many resources. Among them are:

• “Forgotten Patriots: African American and American Indian Patriots in the Revolutionary War,” available at Bangor Public Library and Maine State Library in Augusta.

• “Major Documents in African American History: Exploring the Essential Primary Sources,” four volumes, University of Maine Fogler Library, Orono.

• “The African American Experience: Black History and Culture in Speeches, Lectures, Editorials, Songs and Essays,” Bangor Public Library and Maine State Library.

• “African American Soldiers in the Civil War.”

• “African American World War II in the Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine,” Maine State Library.


The Wassebec Genealogy Chapter will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the conference room at Mayo Regional Hospital on Main Street, Route 15, Dover-Foxcroft.

After a short business meeting, Nancy Battick will present a program concerning her Lithuanian research. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Estella Bennett at 876-3073.

Friday will bring another episode of the popular genealogy series, “Who Do You Think You Are?” Tune in to NBC at 8 p.m. to learn about the family history of country singer Reba McEntire.

For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties. Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402 or email familyti@bangordailynews.com.

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