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State library offers program on Scots genealogy

Michael C. York | BDN
Michael C. York | BDN
Roxanne Moore Saucier

It may not be kilt weather here in Maine, but it’s always the season for learning more about Scots ancestry. Join members of the Maine State Library Genealogy Club for a program called “Genealogy in Scotland — The Basics,” at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the library across from the State House in Augusta.

The presenter will be B.J. Jamieson, a Maine State Library librarian who is enrolled in a course in genealogical studies through the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

What a great opportunity. Jamieson has a master’s degree in library science from Clarion University in Pennsylvania.

Good for the Maine State Library for offering this class and for sponsoring the genealogy club. The Internet has become the focus for many genealogical researchers, but this demonstrates that libraries are still working to provide priceless resources and opportunities for family and local historians.

As the press release for this class points out, Maine State Library has the largest genealogical collection in the state. And, I can tell you that it is very user-friendly.

For more information about the genealogy club, contact Maine State Library genealogist Emily Schroeder at

I should point out, Emily is a member of the board of directors for the Maine Genealogical Society and often hosts board meetings at the library. She tells us Maine has a greater percentage of people with Scots ancestry than any other state.

I should add, the Maine State Library card catalog is available online at

It is often the oldest child who becomes the family historian for logistical reasons, but it can be any family member who shows the passion for remembering and preserving the stories that sometimes memories for an entire community and beyond.

In Bangor’s Baldacci family, it was youngest son, Joe, a member of the City Council, who was recalling stories of his colorful dad, the late Bob Baldacci, on a social media website last week.

Some of those stories were familiar to those of us who are longtime readers of the Bangor Daily News, which often reported Bob’s words and actions during his years as one of the city’s political figures.

In fact, it was Cheryl Olsen Lorenz, a BDN lifestyle editor for many years, who commented Joe should write a book about his memorable family. Because his resources for such a project would include several siblings — among them former city councilors John and Gerard Baldacci — such an effort sounds like a great idea.

All those in favor kindly signify? Opposed? It’s a vote.

“Organizing Your Genealogical Research” is the program Phil Getchell will present at the meeting of the Penobscot County Genealogical Society.

The talk will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Relief Society Room of the Bangor Family History Center at 639 Grandview Ave., on the corner of Grandview Avenue and Essex Street in Bangor.

All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Elizabeth Stevens at Bangor Public Library at 947-8336 ext. 103 or email

For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email

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