June 24, 2018
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Websites offer information on Maine Jewry

Roxanne Moore Saucier
By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

Cindy Potter Taylor emailed to recommend using Google to search “Documenting Maine Jewry,” so I did.

The website specific to Maine can be found at davidkrut.com/pj/index.php. This includes an index to burials. For full access to the database, you must be a registered user.

I have applied to be a registered user and will let you know what I find. You may access Portland oral histories on the site without becoming a registered user.

Another of the websites offered was the American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives, at ajhsboston.org/2011/03/15/documenting-maine-jewry.

These include both institutional collections and personal collections. In the introduction to the collection for Leo Levine of Massachusetts, I find he was born Leizers Levins in Latvia and worked as a war correspondent in Europe until World War II broke out. He came to the United States in 1941.

Locally, an interesting history of Congregation Beth Israel in Bangor was published some years ago.

The Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the Emergency Management Room at 28 Center St., Machias.

The Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society is dedicated to historical preservation and genealogical research in Washington County. By working together historical societies, genealogists and researchers can pool their limited resources, collaborate on larger scale projects, and promote each other’s work.

Members receive a quarterly newsletter, Weirs & Woods, which features free queries, information and the exchange of genealogical material, in addition to news from the affiliating Washington County historical societies.

Membership in the society is open to anyone interested in learning more about their family genealogy and/or the history of Washington County and neighboring Charlotte County, New Brunswick.

Officers are: President Betsy Fitzgerald of Bucks Harbor, Vice President Celeste Sherman of Machiasport, Secretary Valdine Atwood of Machias, and Treasurer Carole Sprague of Marshfield.

Dues for individual members are $10 per calendar year and should be made payable to Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society and sent in care of Carole Sprague, 301 Ridge Road, Marshfield 04654.

Are you interested in purchasing copies of old family or town histories? Keep in mind that New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston does reprints of some 10,000 old books.

To see what is available, visit www.americanancestors.org/store.

I’ve been watching and enjoying “Who Do You Think You Are?” at 8 p.m. Fridays on NBC. On March 30, actor Rita Wilson will travel to Bulgaria to learn about her father, who was an “enemy of the state” and had a second family. Episodes you may have missed can be viewed by looking up the title of the show on Google.

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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