Articles by Roxanne Moore Saucier


DNA, vital records on program for MGS annual meeting in September

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on June 26, 2015, at 10:27 a.m.
Family Ties June 29 When a new friend said she was looking to learn more about DNA in genealogical research, I was pleased to say that Maine Genealogical Society was including the topic more often in programming at its annual meeting in Brewer. Just three days later, the MGS newsletter …

Franco-American Center offers great library, publication

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on June 18, 2015, at 7:58 p.m.
Cloutier, Pelletier, Petitpas, Plourde, Michaud, Landry — I can’t remember all the French surnames that came up during the June 16 gathering at the Franco-American Center at the University of Maine’s Crossland Hall, but I’ll never forget how amazed I was at how much Franco heritage these women and men …

Free program on French-Canadian and Acadian Genealogical Research at UMaine

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on June 12, 2015, at 8:14 a.m.
Bonjour from Lisa Desjardins Michaud at the Franco-American Centre at the University of Maine in Orono. The Franco-American Centre invites you to attend a workshop given by Roxanne Moore Saucier on the topic of “French-Canadian and Acadian Genealogical Research”. Roxanne Moore Saucier of Bangor is a retired editor and reporter …

Smith, Johnson, Williams still top surname list in U.S.; Hispanic names making gains

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on June 05, 2015, at 9:04 a.m.
My Moore family lived in this country first in the Maine town of York, then spent a generation in Mount Vernon before moving to Parkman and eventually Abbot. Those ancestors don’t seem to be connected to other Moore lines in Norridgewock, Mount Vernon, Ellsworth, Milo and early Abbot. So it …

Twin nephews still have genealogist aunt baffled

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on May 29, 2015, at 9:14 a.m.
Four isn’t too young to start learning about genealogy. After all, I was just 3 when my mother took me to see my 95-year-old great-great-grandmother, and I remember that a little bit — a memory that was reinforced over the years by the sight of the five-generation picture on the …

Website lists 207,000 U.S. war dead in military cemeteries abroad

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on May 22, 2015, at 10:03 a.m.
State Regent Sandy Swallow’s spring newsletter to Maine Daughters of the American Revolution included an item about a U.S. Military Cemetery in The Netherlands. Families living nearby have taken to heart the 8,301 American war dead buried there and decorate each grave on special days. The Netherlands American Cemetery is …

UMaine Haskell clan has Revolutionary ancestry

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on May 15, 2015, at 3:12 p.m.
Genealogy made the front page on May 11 in Judy Harrison’s BDN article on Johanna Haskell, who is the fifth generation in her family to graduate from the University of Maine. Edwin James Haskell, her great-great-grandfather, was one of six men in the first graduating class of what was then …

Summit Project stones honoring Maine heroes coming to Cole Museum

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on April 17, 2015, at 11:27 a.m.
BANGOR — Not everyone can climb Mount Katahdin, the best-known way to participate in The Summit Project. But on Friday, May 1, eighth-graders from Helen S. Dunn School in Greenbush will have the honor of escorting engraved stones in memory of 13 of Maine’s fallen heroes during a ceremony beginning …

1-page discharge paper outlines World War II service in Europe

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on April 17, 2015, at 8:40 a.m.
My sister would have made a great reporter. Within 15 minutes of meeting Albert Lockwood last week at an ice cream shop in Guilford, she had the World War II veteran telling her about demolitions work in Belgium and France some 70 years ago. “There aren’t many of us left,” …

Genealogy fair to cover libraries, Internet, DNA ancestry

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on April 10, 2015, at 12:58 a.m.
There’s nothing like a genealogy fair to get new family historians started, and to get more experienced ones out of a rut. A gathering on April 25 will combine talks from local speakers with videos from the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City to offer something for everyone. Best of …

81 million cousins? Where will we put them?

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on April 03, 2015, at 10:53 a.m.
Family Ties April 6 I’m not all that interested in the so-called world’s largest reunion being planned for June 6 in New York City. But I decided to look into it and actually “join” the supposed 81 million relatives that author A.J. Jacobs has been collecting for two reasons. Possibly …

Bangor’s Irish Flanagans — and a budding historian

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on March 26, 2015, at 11:42 p.m.
Even with my newly confirmed 11-percent Irish ancestry, St. Patrick’s Day snuck past me with no commemorative column on my part — until Tom Flanagan died. Bangor native Thomas Shea Flanagan, who died March 8, was not someone I knew well, but calls and correspondence with him had been part …

Groban’s Zimmermann ancestry topic on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on March 20, 2015, at 3:35 a.m.
It was wonderful to find “Who Do You Think You Are?” back on television this spring, moving from NBC to TLC at 10 p.m. on Sundays. Sponsored mainly by, the program also has had British editions and Canadian editions. The subject of Season 5, Episode 2, which broadcast on …

DAR members — from Special Forces to Civil Liberties

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on March 13, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.
American Spirit magazine has drawn such interest that the bimonthly publication by the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, is available at many bookstores and news stands. One excellent article in the March-April issue is “Charting Family History in the DAR Museum’s Quilts — Stitches in Time,” by Alden …

Genealogical research from Revolutionary War records to DNA

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on March 06, 2015, at 10:15 a.m.
An article in The Maine Genealogist, the quarterly journal of the Maine Genealogical Society, doesn’t need to involve a family of ours in order to be both interesting and very, very useful. Take, for example, Carole Gardner’s “Clark Drew of Maine and Vermont” in the February 2015 issue. Her theory …

Veteran apps for free Guide School due March 2

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Feb. 26, 2015, at 9:39 a.m.
BANGOR — Thirty Maine veterans will be chosen by application to take a free two-day Maine Guide class at Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor, with instruction provided by House in the Woods Military and Family Retreat, a sporting camp in Lee which provides an opportunity for healing and rejuvenation …

Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics available online

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Feb. 20, 2015, at 11:40 a.m.
When it comes to Canadian ancestry, I am neither well-traveled nor expert. I certainly have done more research on my husband’s Franco-American forebears in Quebec and early-early Nova Scotia — Acadia — than on my Steeves line, the German Stief family which came to Pennsylvania in the mid-1700s before joining …

About mitochondrial DNA and so-called ‘three-parent babies’

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Feb. 05, 2015, at 3:43 p.m.
Headlines on Feb. 3 announced Parliament’s approval of “three-parent babies” in the United Kingdom as a prevention of mitochondrial disease, which claims the lives of very young children born with the ailment, which causes loss of muscle tone, cardiac issues and other problems. To be accurate, the approval was voted …

No Viking royalty for Dickinson descendant

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Jan. 30, 2015, at 12:18 p.m.
When “Genealogy Roadshow” filmed an episode at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, people showed up to ask about their possible connections to a Loyalist, a Black Panther and Viking Royalty. Yes indeed, researchers told the first, the ancestor who served with the Patriots in the American Revolution before abandoning the …

State library to offer program on Scots genealogy

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Jan. 16, 2015, at 9:31 a.m.
While it may not be kilt weather here in Maine, it’s always the season for learning more about Scots ancestry. Join members of the Maine State Library Genealogy Club for a program on “Genealogy in Scotland — The Basics,” at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the library across from …
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