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February offers a bounty of genealogy programs

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February may be the shortest month, but it offers a variety of programs to aid your genealogical research.

At the request of the Brewer Historical Society, I’ll be giving a brand-new talk this week on “Legends of Mount Hope Cemetery.”

Do join us at the Machias Savings Bank on Wilson Street in Brewer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11. The program is free, all are welcome, and refreshments will be served.

You’ve heard the old saying that there will be “something for everyone,” and I hope the talk will provide that.

Some of what I know about the cemetery, which has a major birthday coming up in April, is information I learned by taking a cemetery tour through the Bangor Museum and Center for History.

Topics will include military monuments in the cemetery, a legend I thought was true but wasn’t, gangster Al Brady, surveyor Park Holland and the most prominent Daughters of the American Revolution member buried at Mount Hope.

I’ll talk about a couple of my notable cousins buried there, including Vice President Hannibal Hamlin, and show those attending how to figure out cousins “removed,” for example.

In addition, I’ll share information about what Mount Hope officials have done to the website at www.mthopebgr,com in order to make it easier to find someone buried at the cemetery.

Speaking of programs, start looking for a family photo you’d like to share during “Showcase Your Ancestors,” a program hosted by the Penobscot County Genealogical Society at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Lecture Hall at Bangor Public Library. is open to the public.

The meeting is open to all and is free. The Lecture Hall is on the third floor, accessible by elevator inside the righthand door of the library at 145 Harlow St., Bangor. For information, call 947-8336, ext. 103, or email

The Bangor Family History Center at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold its next public class at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at 639 Grandview Ave. on the corner of Essex Street.

The center will show Ron Tanner’s talk from the Rootstech conference, “FamilySearch Family Tree: What’s New and What’s Next.” Tanner will discuss the features that have been added to since the last RootsTech and how to use them.

All are welcome and the program is free. You may be interested to know that FamilySearch FamilyTree now offers a pedigree chart showing the pictures that have been posted for your ancestors.
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