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BDN follows sailor throughout World War II

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on June 22, 2014, at 10:43 a.m.
My dad, Gayland Moore Jr., would have turned 90 this month. Suffice it to say, I wasn’t around to know him on his 20th birthday, but I know what he was doing — serving as a motor machinist’s mate on a 157-foot Landing Craft Infantry somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. …

DNA links Hubbard families of Maine, Wisconsin, North Carolina

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on June 15, 2014, at 1:03 p.m.
Understanding the use of DNA research in genealogy and explaining it are two very different things. Fortunate we are, then, to have Edward G. Hubbard’s fine nine-page article in the May 2014 issue of The Maine Genealogist using a Maine family to illustrate how DNA can be used to “support …

Margaretta Days one of many Down East history treats

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on June 08, 2014, at 12:13 p.m.
Lucky indeed is the person who has ancestry tracing back to the Machias area. Resources Down East and those who know about them are plentiful. And what better introduction to the area than the opportunity to attend the 10th annual Margaretta Days Festival, “Celebrating the American Revolution Down East,” 10 …

Seven libraries have Maine vital records 1892-1955

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on June 03, 2014, at 12:45 p.m.
Genealogists of long standing remember well when obtaining birth, marriage and death records was a one-at-a-time thing. Accumulating the records needed to join a lineage society, for example, could get quite expensive as well as time-consuming. But 10 years ago, the Maine State Archives decided to make a whole group …
During a special ceremony at the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor, museum founder and World War II veteran Galen Cole (right) thanks the approximately 50 combat veterans who traveled to the museum to receive maple walking sticks with markings to indicate their service in 2010.

Honoring the sacrifice of Maine veterans

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on May 24, 2014, at 6:19 a.m.
I consider myself lucky to live within visiting distance of my dad’s grave for Memorial Day. A few days beforehand, my mother and I take flowers to his grave — mine are always red and blue to go with the flags that marks his and other graves of U.S. veterans. …

Bangor events to honor Civil War’s 1st Maine Heavy Artillery

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on May 18, 2014, at 9:26 a.m.
Saturday, May 24, will offer wonderful opportunities to learn more about, and honor the Mainers who served in, the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery in the Civil War. More than 600 soldiers of the 900-member regiment fell during the charge against part of a Confederate unit on June 18, 1864, at …
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No lab test needed to tell columnist risk for heart disease

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on May 11, 2014, at 1:09 p.m.
Last week, I wrote about the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool that the National Cancer Institute has placed online at As it happens, I was able to give Dr. Kimberly Lieber a copy of that Family Ties column since we had a date for surgery that day. I was …

Risk test for breast cancer asks about ‘first-degree relatives’

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on May 04, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
What’s a first-degree relative, anyway? A woman doesn’t have to commit the answer to memory in order to use the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool that the National Cancer Institute has placed online at For purposes of the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool, first-degree relatives include your mother, your …
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Grandma’s stories — turning gossip into genealogical fact

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on April 27, 2014, at 6:55 a.m.
Joe Anderson has chosen a wonderful topic for his keynote speech to the Southern Maine Genealogy Conference on Saturday, May 31, at Keeley’s Banquet Center, 178 Warren Ave. in Portland. The title is “Documenting Grandma’s Stories: Turning Gossip into Genealogical Fact.” Anderson, who is editor of the Maine Genealogist, the …

Meditating On Pleasure

on April 20, 2014, at 9:13 p.m.
I have been meditating on the idea of pleasure as of late. As a mother it often feels as if pleasure escapes me because I erroneously believed that in order to experience its sweet bliss that I must first have the time to plan it and then the time to …

Don’t let your ‘cloud’ take the place of real pictures

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on April 20, 2014, at 5:42 a.m.
Since my children are in their 30s, it’s been awhile since I had in my possession those packets of school portraits that allow parents to divvy up the 5-by-7s and wallet photos to send to family and friends. So I was quite excited to receive in the mail a manila …
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Cemetery group offers summer meetings, gravestone workshop

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on April 13, 2014, at 9:08 a.m.
It only takes a bit of sunshine and a warm breeze to lure us to head out to cemeteries, hoping to find an informative gravestone or grouping of markers that will allow us to make sense of the names and dates we’ve been busily compiling over the winter. Whenever you …

Misleading marriage intentions for Gouldsboro woman

on April 06, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
We know that marriage intentions of years gone by are not proof that a couple were married, and yet, too often, we don’t follow through with plans to actually dig up that proof. Glenn D. Nasman, a mechanical engineer who has written several articles for The Maine Genealogist, the quarterly …
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Sauciers to hold reunion on Aug. 10 in Wallagrass

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on March 30, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
The Saucier Family was not Acadian, in that immigrant ancestor Louis Saucier settled in Quebec about 1666 rather than taking up residence with the Acadians in what is now Nova Scotia. Louis was born in 1625 or so, it seems, in St. Eustache, Paris, France, to Charles Saucier and Charlotte …

The Six Scariest Words A Child Can Say

on March 25, 2014, at 5:55 a.m.
CRASH! I stood up from the couch, tilted my head just enough to hear into the depths of kid*palooza and then held my breath when I heard my son holler I can do it by myself! I can do it by myself. There was a sweet time when those were …

Google makes me sick

on March 24, 2014, at 5:43 a.m.
I looked in the mirror and saw that the whites of my eyes looked yellow. Yellow. Like a jaundiced baby kind of yellow. Funny, I thought, they were not yellow yesterday. Did my liver fail in the last 12 hours? Huh…I should Google that. The overwhelming response from Google was …

Military history, past and present, shows it’s a small world

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on March 23, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
Injured by rifle grenade in Belgium on Feb. 13, 1916, Maj. Warren Herbert Belyea, second in command of the 26th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, returned to battle on March 9, 1916. Eleven days later, he was “mortally wounded by a high-explosive shell at Watsonville” in the Battle of Kimmel Hill …

Sunday Brunch: Fast and Fancy

on March 23, 2014, at 7:31 a.m.
  Every week I muster up some strength to put out a spread for my small brood of men. It is never terribly time consuming or expensive and is always made while simultaneously corralling children and answering the phone. Motherhood never takes a break, after all. Because I want to …

Sleeping In

on March 22, 2014, at 7:48 a.m.
I miss sleeping in. I threaten to do it at least twice a week. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, I tell everyone, I will not get up before 9:00 am for anything. Unless there is a fire or someone is bleeding. Every weekend morning the children pounce on our bed …

100 Things To Do In Maine With Kids

on March 21, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.
     Take a selfie with Paul Bunyan      Eat a lobster      Crab fishing      Skip rocks      Bon fire      Visit the DeLorme Map Store to see the giant rotating globe in Yarmouth      Potato sack race      Swim in the ocean      Charter a sailboat (some are inexpensive!) …
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