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 memorializes my dad, Gayland… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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 Maine State Library shelves in Augusta. I’m always interested to see who transcribed information… Read More
    It was the old vital records books of Gloucester, Massachusetts, that 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… Read More
    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. Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    Genealogy made the front page on May 11 in Judy Harrison’s Bangor Daily News 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… Read More
    A brief ceremony was held last week at the memorial stone for Staff Sgt. David M. Veverka not far from Nutting Hall on the University of Maine campus in Orono. Veverka, a UMaine student, was just 25 when he was killed May 6, 2006, in Iraq. Read More
    Individuals and families are so mobile these days, many of us may feel we don’t have a homestead, a place with roots that holds fast to our roots no matter where life may take us. Do you know where each of your parents lived as a… Read More
    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. Read More