Articles by Roxanne Moore Saucier


Monuments, World War II Memorial registry, BDN pages honor those who served

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Aug. 07, 2015, at 12:01 p.m.
As the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, I think it’s wonderful that more towns and historical societies have put up memorials that include the names of World War II veterans — monuments such as the one in Abbot that memorialize both my dad, Gayland Moore …

Actress accepts difficult ancestry with mercy

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on July 31, 2015, at 11:28 a.m.
When the TLC program “Who Do You Think You Are?” approached actress Ginnifer Goodwin about tracing her ancestry, she said yes with enthusiasm. As the mom of a 1-year-old, “it was super important for me to give him his story,” she said on the July 26 episode. Goodwin knew that …

Swedish descendants honor Monson slate miners of long ago

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on July 23, 2015, at 1:49 p.m.
In Piscataquis County, Monson is well-known as the home of many Swedish and Finn settlers of a century and more ago, largely as workers in the town’s slate quarries. I learned from recent newsletters of the Monson Historical Society that Swedish descendants from Piscataquis County and beyond raised $2,200 to …

Old books, new reprints a boon for genealogists

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on July 15, 2015, at 12:56 p.m.
It can be great fun to go browsing for old books, whether you’re seeking a genealogy-packed volume to augment your research or a dusty tome that tugs at your heart with just a few pages pertaining to your family. I confess to having purchased an old copy of Loring’s “History …

The gravestones may be gone, but Old Cemetery group remembers

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on July 10, 2015, at 10:36 a.m.
I was still in high school when the Maine Old Cemetery Association was founded in 1968.I like using the MOCA Inscription Project books organized by county, then by town, which are on the shelves at Maine State Library in Augusta. I’m always interested to see who transcribed information from the …

Woolwich newest book of vital records to help genealogists

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on July 03, 2015, at 10 a.m.
It was the old vital records books of Gloucester, Mass., which gave me dozens of Bennett, Wharff, Lane, Millett and Riggs ancestors to help fill in my pedigree charts. Such books for dozens of Massachusetts towns published births, marriages and deaths up to 1850. The Maine Genealogical Society has done …

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 …