Articles by Roxanne Moore Saucier

 
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‘So long’ from a grateful family history columnist

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Jan. 29, 2016, at 4:07 p.m.
My heart is full as I write this last Family Ties. I am so grateful to the Bangor Daily News and its readers for encouraging and supporting this column, which has run for nearly 30 of the last 32 years. I remember that first column as if it were yesterday, …
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‘So long’ from a grateful family history columnist

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Jan. 29, 2016, at 3:57 p.m.
My heart is full as I write this last Family Ties. I am so grateful to the Bangor Daily News and its readers for encouraging and supporting this column, which has run for nearly 30 of the last 32 years. I remember that first column as if it were yesterday, …
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5½-foot chart lists 19th-century Mormon’s 4 wives, 42 children

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Jan. 15, 2016, at 8:58 a.m.
The vertical chart listing the family of Edmund Lovell Ellsworth, “captain of the first hand-cart company” is more than 5½ feet long. The term hand-cart company refers to the group that migrated from Iowa City to Utah in 1856. Compiled some years ago by descendant John Orval Ellsworth of Salt …
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‘Modern Family’ star grateful to black pioneer ancestor

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Jan. 07, 2016, at 10:25 a.m.
A bit of truth and a lot of trimmings. That’s how we view most family stories — unless they’re ours. The popular family history program “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” on PBS made a great start to its new season on Jan. 5 by looking at family …
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April workshop to feature blogger on DNA genealogy

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Dec. 31, 2015, at 2:16 p.m.
I wasn’t familiar with the name Blaine Bettinger, but I expect to know a lot more about him by April 23, which is the date when he will give the keynote address and three other talks plus take part in a question-and-answer panel during the Maine Genealogical Society’s spring workshop …
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Published records and church records a good source for extra information on our forebears

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Dec. 10, 2015, at 11:21 p.m.
I don’t know the name Horace Frisbie, but the “Vital Records of Bangor, Maine: Volume 2: Death Records” tells us that he died in Bangor at age 31 on Aug. 20, 1831. Compiled by Michelle B. Thomas for a 2003 publication by Picton Press, the listing also includes an important …
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On our veterans who are 90 — and 80 “

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Dec. 04, 2015, at 11:12 a.m.
“Pearl Harbor. The Arizona, you could still see. And the Oklahoma had been raised and painted with this yellow paint that they used. But it had no superstructure. The deck was completely flat. Taken out to West Loch and left at anchor. They junked it. Of course the Arizona was …
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Online database of vital records in New Brunswick newspapers helps sort out Bulls

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Nov. 25, 2015, at 1:27 p.m.
Many is the time I’ve pored over the individual volumes of “New Brunswick Vital Statistics from Newspapers” at Bangor Public Library, the University of Maine’s Fogler Library or Maine State Library in Augusta. The series was published by the New Brunswick Genealogical Society. Yes, I’m fond of books, but I …
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Thanksgiving thoughts of Pilgrims and Penobscots

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Nov. 20, 2015, at 10:10 a.m.
After church and then lunch on a recent Sunday in Augusta, Memere and Pepere were treated to a serenade of “Chipmunk Christmas” by Alvin, Simon and Theodore — I mean Andrew, 9; Dylan, 6; and Emilee Anne, 4. Since then, those angelic faces have floated in my mind as I’ve …
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TB among diseases of the past that haven’t disappeared

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Oct. 30, 2015, at 1:01 p.m.
It is 130 years since consumption took the life of my great-great-great-grandmother, Roxanna Briggs Bennett, in Abbot, some three years before the tuberculosis bacillus was identified. Consumption was certainly no effort to find a gentle description for this wasting disease, which was believed to eat away the lungs of those …
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City directory information augments census, vital records

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Oct. 23, 2015, at 9:16 a.m.
A lot can change in the 10 years between census enumerations. How has the family grown? Who is employed where, and which youngsters are still “at school?” Many Bangor residents in 1900 had Irish roots, but there were those with Franco-American ancestry, as well. Millman Joseph Mutty was born in …
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DNA testing may glean new ancestors, cousins; confirm the ones we have — and want to keep.

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Oct. 14, 2015, at 8:56 p.m.
On Sept. 28, we shared information on AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA and 23andme, three organizations which offer DNA testing for ethnic and cousin-finding purposes, shall we say. Maine speaker Nancy Milliken Mason shared her experiences using this new tool at the Maine Genealogical Society meeting, with some surprising results. Mason …
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Lost in a hurricane — ‘They that go down to the sea in ships’

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Oct. 09, 2015, at 12:12 p.m.
As I write this, the Coast Guard has called off the search for survivors of the El Faro, a cargo ship which was lost at sea on Oct. 1 during Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas. Among the 33 crew members are five Maine Maritime Academy graduates: Capt. Michael Davidson of …
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Not all French descendants in Gulf area were deported Acadians

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Oct. 02, 2015, at 11:39 a.m.
New Englander that I am, married to a man whose ancestors seem to be exclusively Franco-American — French-Canadians from Quebec and Acadians from what is now Nova Scotia — I wouldn’t normally be drawn to a book with “Mississippi” in the title. But of course, it turns out I’m quite …
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Maine speaker on DNA testing in genealogy gives compelling program

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Sept. 24, 2015, at 8:26 a.m.
So far, I’ve taken just one DNA genealogy test — the saliva test that uses autosomal results from genetic material on non-sex genes. Simply put, my Ancestry DNA result estimated my ethnicity as 74 percent British, 11 percent Irish and 10 percent Western Europe (German and French, I’m guessing.) I …
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2,100 books give boost to UMaine Franco-American Centre

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Sept. 18, 2015, at 10:44 a.m.
My husband’s great-grandmother was Marie Anne (Corbin), the first wife of Antoine Saucier of Fort Kent. Her uncle Guillaume Corbin married Lucie Ringuette in 1843, which I point out only to illustrate what a small world it is. The small world at the Franco-American Centre — located just across the …
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Paintings may yield clues to Scots ancestry

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Sept. 10, 2015, at 10:57 p.m.
Aha. Another possible clue to Ga’s Scots ancestry, from yet another painting. When I began my search for the Scots ancestors of my great-great-grandmother, Mary Alice (Cummings) Bennett Lord, the painter from Greenville, who lived 1859-1954, the year was about 1977. Clue 1 was the painting of the storm-tossed seas …
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Old photo album a visit down memory lane

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Sept. 03, 2015, at 10:54 a.m.
More than the cloche hats and drop-waist dresses clued me in to the fact that the little photo album covered the late 1920s and early 1930s. The inside cover bore the name Stanley Steeves, my grandfather, who appeared in many of the pictures with my grandmother, Edith (Roberts) Steeves, a …
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94-year-old World War II veteran traced through census records, UMaine yearbook online

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Aug. 28, 2015, at 12:14 p.m.
“This band is carrying on a great tradition,” Bruz West said during Maine’s commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on Aug. 15 at Cole Land Transportation Museum. At 94, the Bangor native who lives in Winthrop was entitled to praise the Bangor Band as …
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Quickly planned Cote reunion yields 80 cousins, pocketful of memories

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Aug. 20, 2015, at 1:04 p.m.
Genealogy is not just a bunch of names and dates and places. I know that in my gut, especially when I read a family history story such as the one Julia Bayly wrote for the front page of the Bangor Daily News on Thursday, Aug. 20. I hope you will …