Articles by Roxanne Moore Saucier


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 …

Henry T. Hildreth served from NH in War of 1812

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Jan. 08, 2015, at 6:35 p.m.
More genealogical records are being added all the time to online websites such as and the LDS Church-sponsored site, Familysearch is a free site, and, while a subscription database, can be used free at public libraries in Maine that have online access. In relating my search for …

Henry True Hildreth of New Hampshire and Greenville still elusive

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Dec. 29, 2014, at 9:28 a.m.
Here we go — a brand-new year, maybe the year we’ll break down one or more of the “brick walls,” as we call those seemingly impenetrable mysteries that pop up here and there, and there, in our family tree. It would be understandable if I were confounded by the ancestry …

The truth about my Bangor cousins

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Dec. 23, 2014, at 8:19 a.m.
You know how I love to give my program on “Let’s Figure Out Those Cousins,” often beginning with a poster that documents in a simple way how I am a fourth cousin, twice removed from prominent artist Waldo Peirce. Leave it to my pal and former BDN colleague Wayne Reilly …

Save those genealogical dates, and then — Let It Go

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Dec. 18, 2014, at 11:11 a.m.
The Maine Genealogical Society is going to bring you something new and exciting and FREE in the New Year. The MGS Genealogy Fair is set for 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at the Maine State Library, Maine State Archives and Maine State Museum Atrium in Augusta. All three locations …

A Mainer’s DNA report — a cup of British ancestry, a sprig of shamrocks

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Dec. 11, 2014, at 2:18 p.m.
Ninety-nine dollars’ worth of DNA research has certainly taken genealogy far beyond the recording of Pilgrims and Patriots. These days we all want to know about our ethnicity — not only our national origins, but our cultural heritage. It’s time to take note when a worldwide cosmetics company refers to …

1890 census records for Waterville an absolute gem

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Dec. 05, 2014, at 10:02 a.m.
You may know that 99 percent of the 1890 U.S. Census was destroyed by fire years ago, leaving an unfortunate gap between the 1880 and 1900 censuses. Some communities have put together a kind of “substitute census” using other local records, but in Waterville there remains a copy of the …

Reader gives columnist nudge about e-books

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Nov. 25, 2014, at 12 p.m.
So I bought the long-sought “Biographical Review of Somerset, Piscataquis, Hancock and Aroostook Counties,” published in 1898, thrilled to have the volume with the one page on my great-great-grandfather, Sumner Robinson Bennett, also known in Abbot at S.R. Bennett. It’s a heavy book, and I am proud to have it …

Book of Fort Kent area memories to benefit historical society

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Nov. 12, 2014, at 7:31 p.m.
It’s amazing how fascinated we can be by stories about those who came before us. Because I remember seeing my great-great-grandmother, Mary (Cummings) Bennett Lord, the Greenville-born artist who lived to be 95, any little bit of information about her is enthralling to me. And you can guess how excited …

Veterans Day Program set at Cole Museum

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Nov. 10, 2014, at 4:49 p.m.
BANGOR — Cole Land Transportation will hold its usual Veterans Day program at 1 p.m. Tuesday at 405 Perry Road. Activities will include area students reading their winning essays on “What I Learned About Freedom After Interviewing a Veteran.” After the program, the Bangor Band will present a patriotic concert. …

Death certificates worth adding to family history

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Oct. 31, 2014, at 10:11 a.m.
If death certificates state that my great-great-grandmother died of liver cancer in 1929, and my great-grandmother of stomach cancer in 1933, how accurate are those diagnoses? I’m guessing that Agnes Bray Eldridge didn’t have any exploratory surgery at 78, nor do I know what might have been available to Etta …

Which ancestor would you cook for?

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Oct. 23, 2014, at 6:31 p.m.
What a great pair of questions Skip Gates posed to Tom Coliccho, one of three chefs profiled in the Oct. 21 episode of “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” on MPBN. Which ancestor would you choose to cook for? What would you cook? Colicchio chose his grandfather, Francescantonio …

Sangerville Bicentennial book a keeper

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Oct. 17, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
Congratulations to the Maine communities which celebrated anniversaries this year, especially to my first hometown, Sangerville, which marked its bicentennial on June 14. I remember well the 150th anniversary of Sangerville, when I marched with the Junior Band during the Sesquicentennial Parade. Miss Sangerville was Ann Melvin, who lived on …

Tennis star Billie Jean King had Scots ancestors in Lewiston

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Oct. 03, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
If one of the athletes profiled on the Sept. 30 episode of “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” had ancestors who were immigrants listed in the 1860 Census of Lewiston, the assumption might be that they were Franco-Americans, possibly from Quebec. Of course not. Tennis star Billie Jean …

‘Finding Your Roots’ unveils Stephen King’s Civil War ancestor

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Sept. 26, 2014, at 1:49 a.m.
The large family of Enoch and Delilah Bowden included six sons who fought in the Civil War. The 1850 Census indicates that Enoch was born in North Carolina, and Delilah in Tennessee, so one might assume that the Bowden brothers were Confederates. Not so. All six fought for the Union, …