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Roxanne Moore Saucier

Reader gives columnist nudge about e-books

By Roxanne Saucier on Nov. 29, 2014, at 9:34 a.m.
I bought the long-sought “Biographical Review of Somerset, Piscataquis, Hancock and Aroostook Counties,” published in 1898, thrilled to have the volume with the one page on my great-great-grandfather, Sumner Robinson Bennett, also known in Abbot at S.R. Bennett. It’s a heavy book, and I am proud to have it in …

Florence Nicolar Shay was a woman ahead of her time

By Roxanne Saucier on Nov. 26, 2014, at 7:32 a.m.
Actress Sally Field was interested to learn on a recent episode of “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” that she is a descendant of William Bradford, certainly one of the most prominent of the Pilgrims who landed in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620. Like many people …
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Book of Fort Kent area memories to benefit historical society

By Roxanne Saucier on Nov. 16, 2014, at 10:51 a.m.
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 can guess how excited …

Death certificates worth adding to family history

By Roxanne Saucier on Nov. 02, 2014, at 12:51 p.m.
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 have been available to …

Book on Sangerville’s bicentennial is a keeper

By Roxanne Saucier on Oct. 19, 2014, at 11:26 a.m.
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 Melvin, who lived on …
Roxanne Moore Saucier

Tennis star Billie Jean King had Scots ancestors in Lewiston

By Roxanne Saucier on Oct. 05, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
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. Tennis star Billie Jean …
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‘Finding Your Roots’ unveils Stephen King’s Civil War ancestor

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Sept. 28, 2014, at 9:39 a.m.
The large family of Enoch and Delilah Bowden included six sons who fought in the Civil War. The 1850 Census indicates that Enoch was born in North Carolina, and Delilah in Tennessee, so one might assume that the Bowden brothers were Confederates. Not so. All six fought for the Union, …
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Mammoth tome includes notables from five Maine counties

By Roxanne Saucier on Sept. 21, 2014, at 12:04 p.m.
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. Well, mostly. But …

Oh, the fun of US Census records

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Sept. 14, 2014, at 2:01 p.m.
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 that 1940 was the …

Newspaper index at Bangor Public Library a treasure

By Roxanne Saucier on Sept. 08, 2014, at 7:58 a.m.
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 Carl Holden jumped out at me, …
Roxanne Moore Saucier has US Marine Muster Rolls for 1798-1958

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Aug. 31, 2014, at 10:18 a.m.
When my grandson Aidan Wilcox Saucier was born six years ago in the great state of Minnesota, it was all I could do to wait three weeks to meet him, to look into that cute little face in person. Here we are in late summer 2014, and I am nearly …

Winslow yard sale to benefit genealogical library

By barbara gunvaldsen on Aug. 25, 2014, at 11:02 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Taconnett Falls Genealogical Library, 10 Lithgow Street, Winslow, Maine For more information: 207-453-9768 Taconnett Falls Genealogical Library 10 Lithgow Street Winslow, Maine Saturday, September 20 8:00 to 1:00 Books–Ephemera–Furniture–Treasures This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news …

Genealogy Classes – free

By barbara gunvaldsen on Aug. 25, 2014, at 11 a.m.
WINSLOW, Maine — “Climbing Your Family Tree” free classes to help you understand the procedures, locate traditional and Internet sources of information and learn the basic skills to ensure that your quest is successful. Pre-registration is necessary because class size is limited. For further information or to enroll, please contact …
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World Acadian Congress features smaller reunions, too

By Roxanne Saucier on Aug. 17, 2014, at 1:55 p.m.
Do you wish you had gone to the World Acadian Congress in northern Maine and parts of Quebec and New Brunswick? The event is still going strong, with dozens of activities scheduled from now through Sunday, Aug. 24, and everyone is welcome. You can check out the activities online at …
Charles Loring and Effie Etta (Estes) and Charles Loring Dickey in 1931 at their 50th anniversary reunion.

Dickey centennial family tribute reunion

on Aug. 11, 2014, at 3:45 p.m.
CLINTON, Maine — The descendants of Charles Loring and Effie Etta (Estes) Dickey of Clinton and Canaan, who were the parents of 22 children, are planning a family gathering for Saturday, Aug. 23, in the Fellowship Hall of the Brown Memorial United Methodist Church in Clinton. Charles and Effie were married on Aug. 18, …

Gilchrest-Robinson family reunion at St. George

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 11, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
ST. GEORGE, Maine — The Gilchrest-Robinson Reunion and Potluck Picnic will be held at noon on Sunday, Aug. 17, at St. George Grange No. 421, located on Wiley’s Corner Road in St. George. If you are a Merriam, Barter, Snow, Hocking, Morse, Wiley, Watts, Kinney, Lowell, Fuller, Tripp, Gilchrest, Polky, Stone, Thomas, Grace, …
Kalloch family reunion in 2013

147th Kalloch Family Reunion in St. George

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 11, 2014, at 3:07 p.m.
ST. GEORGE, Maine — The 147th Kalloch Family Reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, at St. George Grange in St. George. Bring a sandwich and something to share; drinks provided.  Registration and genealogy at 9 a.m. ; business meeting, 11 a.m.; lunch, noon; afternoon program, 1:30 p.m. For information, call 596-5502. This post was contributed …
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Genealogy group publishes book on 1790 Upper Saint John Valley families

By Roxanne Saucier on Aug. 09, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
Just in time for the 2014 World Acadian Congress comes “The Families of the Upper Saint John Valley in 1790,” a wonderful book that documents 68 families on both sides of the river. What a terrific project for the Aroostook County Genealogical Society, which published the fully indexed 240-page book. …
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What online research can do — and not do — for genealogical problems

By Roxanne Saucier on Aug. 03, 2014, at 5:57 a.m.
As certified genealogist Dr. Thomas Jones would put it, “Can a complex research problem be solved solely online?” I’m quite excited that Jones will give the keynote address on this topic during the Maine Genealogical Society Conference at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Jeff’s Catering on Littlefield Way in …
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Franco-American fun to welcome all to World Acadian Congress

By Roxanne Saucier on July 27, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
The World Acadian Congress is set to bloom with the theme “Acadia of the World. A New Acadia!” Aug. 8-24 all over northern Maine, Quebec and parts of New Brunswick. Acadians are the French immigrants who settled in the 1600s in what we know as Nova Scotia, then were deported …