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BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot County Genealogical Society will host Dona Saucier presenting “Congres Mondial Acadien 2014 — World Acadian Congress 2014” at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in the Lecture Hall at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St., Bangor.

Seventeen days featuring more than 120 family reunions, 200 community events and numerous heritage projects will be held Aug. 8-24 across northern Maine and parts of New Brunswick and Quebec.

Dona Saucier of Frenchville grew up speaking both French and English and is one of the St. John Valley’s most charming assets, and not just because she is my niece.

One of the websites with information on the event can be found at

To keep up with information on the various family reunions, I like to visit The reunions are listed by surname and include the date and place for each reunion, plus contact information.

I checked out the listing for Corbin, since the earliest ancestor my husband can remember was his great-grandfather, Antoine Saucier, whose first wife was Marie-Anne Corbin, the daughter of Francois Xavier Corbin and Suzanne (Albert).

Francois was the son of Amable Corbin, who was the son of Louis Corbin, who was the son of Francois Corbin and Catherine (Veval) of Letunu, France.

The Corbin gathering will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Grand Isle, which is near Van Buren. Activities will include meals, music and Mass at a very special place in Grand Isle called Mizpah.

Acadian is the term that refers to Franco-American families which settled first in what is now Nova Scotia, families such as Theriault and Cyr.

Acadian Congress also will include reunions of French-Canadian families which came to Quebec as early as the 1600s. Some of the family reunions, such as the one for the Irish O’Leary family, are for people who may not have any French ancestry at all. So, World Acadian Congress should have something for everyone.

Hope to see you at Bangor Public Library on Saturday.

The Bangor Family History Center will offer another video session from RootsTech 2014 at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at 639 Grandview Ave., Bangor.

“Getting the Most Out of” will be presented by employee Crista Cowan. The RootsTech description for this class is: “Are you getting the most out of your subscription? During this hour we will cover the five major areas of the website and show you our favorite tools for advancing your family history research.”

Do bring pencil and paper to take notes. As usual, attendance at FHC classes is free. Those attending have free access to the Library Edition at the Bangor Family History Center. Parking is also free and plentiful.

Discover your roots at Bangor Family History Day. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold a free Family History Fair, open to all ages, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Connect with your family -– past, present and future — at this free event located at the Bangor LDS meetinghouse at the corner of Essex Street in Bangor.
The program will include a keynote session and four hours of classes with a choice from six classes each hour. Most of the classes will be videos downloaded from the RootsTech 2014 conference held in Salt Lake City in February. However, there will also be at least one live session for each class hour.

This unique opportunity to seek out your ancestors and build your family tree is provided by the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as FamilySearch. This nonprofit, volunteer-driven group is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people across the globe, members as well as non-members of the church, make use of the group’s records and services to discover and share their family history.
Come to the fair and satisfy your desire to learn more about your ancestors, categorize and organize members of your family tree, and share and chronicle stories from relatives. The computers at the Family History Center are very user-friendly.
So that organizers can plan for attendance, register for the fair at Enter your name and email address and respond to an email from to complete your registration. If you don’t get the email, check your junk/spam/trash folders and/or add that email address to your contact list – at least until your registration is complete.

For questions, contact Judyth B. Reitze, director of the Bangor Maine Family History Center, at or 447-5849.

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