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… Read More
    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 age 78, nor do I know what might… Read More
    Congratulations to the Maine communities that 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… Read More
    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. Read More
    You may remember me writing or saying that I’ve cut back on buying genealogy books, or even that I’ve given certain volumes to libraries or made plans to do so because my sons really can’t read my mind about what to save, what to donate and where. Read More
    I could spend all my genealogy time just looking at United States Census records, and really, that’s not a bad use of researching energy. Take one family and follow them up through the census records every 10 years, as far as you can, keeping in mind… Read More
    I was fascinated by Wayne Reilly’s Sept. 1 historical column in the BDN about newspaper coverage of World War I a century ago and its effects on local communities and people, including Bangor folk who were in Europe when war broke out. The name… Read More
    Do you have ancestors who may be buried in the Skowhegan area? Then you may be pleased to learn that listings for Skowhegan’s cemeteries are now available online at Click on “Government,” then click on “Town Clerk-Treasurer” when the drop-down menu appears. When that drop-down… Read More
    The week before Arabelle Georgette Saucier was born in Minnesota, the thought popped into my head that she would start out holding her head up so she could see what was going on. And so she did, studying her daddy for all she was worth. As… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More