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Castine talk to cover old Maine newspapers

By Roxanne Saucier on Feb. 28, 2015, at 1:55 p.m.
March is a great month to dig into local historical and genealogical research, according to staff at Wilson Museum in Castine. Inspired by March holidays such as Genealogy Day, Descendants’ Day, Celebrate Your Name Week, Irish-American Heritage Month and Women’s History Month, the museum will open the Hutchins Education Center …
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Have Canadian roots? Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics available online

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Feb. 22, 2015, at 8:33 a.m.
When it comes to Canadian ancestry, I am neither well-traveled nor an expert. I certainly have done more research on my husband’s Franco-American forebears in Quebec and early-early Nova Scotia — Acadia — than on my Steeves line, the German Stief family that came to Pennsylvania in the mid-1700s before …
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Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics available online

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Feb. 20, 2015, at 11:40 a.m.
When it comes to Canadian ancestry, I am neither well-traveled nor expert. I certainly have done more research on my husband’s Franco-American forebears in Quebec and early-early Nova Scotia — Acadia — than on my Steeves line, the German Stief family which came to Pennsylvania in the mid-1700s before joining …
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Bangor library moves genealogy collection to second floor

By Roxanne Saucier on Feb. 15, 2015, at 10:41 a.m.
Spread the word. Bangor Public Library’s local history, genealogy and special collections room has moved downstairs to the second floor of the library. The collection is sharing the room with the reference department, but once renovations allow reference to move to its own new location — where circulation is — …
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The maternal line and ‘3-parent babies’

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Feb. 08, 2015, at 10:18 a.m.
Headlines on Feb. 3 announced the British Parliament’s approval of “ three-parent babies” in the United Kingdom as a prevention of mitochondrial disease, which claims the lives of very young children born with the ailment, which causes loss of muscle tone, cardiac issues and other problems. To be accurate, the …
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Genealogy TV shows help the curious find far-flung family ties

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Feb. 01, 2015, at 11:57 a.m.
When “Genealogy Roadshow” filmed an episode at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, people showed up to ask about their possible connections to a Loyalist, a Black Panther and Viking royalty. Yes, indeed, researchers told the first, the ancestor who served with the patriots in the American Revolution before abandoning the …
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Support of local residents for Acadian Congress was priceless

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Jan. 25, 2015, at 12:17 p.m.
World Acadian Congress 2014 spent two years recruiting families to hold more than 120 reunions during a two-week period last August in northern Maine, northwest New Brunswick and the Temiscouata region of Quebec. The effort was wonderfully inclusive, with publicity making it plain that family gatherings did not have to …
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State library offers program on Scots genealogy

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Jan. 18, 2015, at 9:08 a.m.
It may not be kilt weather here in Maine, but it’s always the season for learning more about Scots ancestry. Join members of the Maine State Library Genealogy Club for a program called “Genealogy in Scotland — The Basics,” at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the library across from …
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New Hampshire ancestor served during War of 1812

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Jan. 11, 2015, at 7:47 a.m.
More genealogical records are being added all the time to online websites such as Ancestry.com and the LDS Church-sponsored site, familysearch.com. Familysearch.com is a free site, and Ancestry.com, while a subscription database, can be used for free at public libraries in Maine that have online access. In relating my search …
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Henry True Hildreth of New Hampshire and Greenville still elusive

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Jan. 04, 2015, at 1:49 p.m.
Here we go — a brand-new year, maybe the year we’ll break down one or more of the “brick walls,” as we call those seemingly impenetrable mysteries that pop up here and there, and there, in our family tree. It would be understandable if I were confounded by the ancestry …
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The truth about my Bangor cousins

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Dec. 27, 2014, at 1:59 p.m.
You know how I love to give my program on “Let’s Figure Out Those Cousins,” often beginning with a poster that documents in a simple way how I am a fourth cousin, twice removed from prominent artist Waldo Peirce. Leave it to my pal and former BDN colleague Wayne Reilly …

Save those genealogical dates, and then — Let It Go

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, Special to the BDN on Dec. 21, 2014, at 11:54 a.m.
The Maine Genealogical Society is going to bring you something new, exciting and free in the New Year. The MGS Genealogy Fair is set for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at the Maine State Library, Maine State Archives and Maine State Museum Atrium in Augusta. All three …
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A Mainer’s DNA report: a cup of British ancestry, a sprig of shamrocks

By Roxanne Saucier on Dec. 14, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
Ninety-nine dollars’ worth of DNA research has certainly taken genealogy far beyond the recording of pilgrims and patriots. These days we all want to know about our ethnicity — not only our national origins but our cultural heritage. It’s time to take note when a worldwide cosmetics company refers to …
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1890 census records for Waterville gets reprinted as new 284-page book

By Roxanne Saucier on Dec. 07, 2014, at 1:21 p.m.
You may know that 99 percent of the 1890 U.S. Census was destroyed by fire years ago, leaving an unfortunate gap between the 1880 and 1900 censuses. Some communities have put together a kind of “substitute census” using other local records, but in Waterville, there remains a copy of the …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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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