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Roxanne Moore Saucier

Swedish descendants honor Monson slate miners of long ago

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on July 25, 2015, at 12:20 p.m.
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 $2,200 to …
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Roxanne Moore Saucier

Old books, new reprints a boon for genealogists

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on July 19, 2015, at 7:20 a.m.
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 copy of Amasa Loring’s …
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Roxanne Moore Saucier

The stones may be gone, but Old Cemetery group remembers

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, Special to the BDN on July 12, 2015, at 12:42 p.m.
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 from the …
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Roxanne Moore Saucier

Woolwich’s newest book of vital records to help genealogists

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on July 05, 2015, at 12:56 p.m.
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 Genealogical Society has done …

DNA, vital records on program for Maine Genealogical Society meeting

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on June 27, 2015, at 12:19 p.m.
When a new friend said she was looking to learn more about DNA in genealogical research, I was pleased to say that Maine Genealogical Society will be including the topic more often in programming at its annual meeting in Brewer. Just three days later, the Maine Genealogical Society newsletter sent …
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Free program on French-Canadian and Acadian Genealogical Research at UMaine

By Roxanne Saucier on June 12, 2015, at 4:01 p.m.
From Lisa Desjardins Michaud: “Bonjour from Lisa Desjardins Michaud at the Franco-American Centre at the University of Maine in Orono. The Franco-American Centre invites you to attend a workshop given by Roxanne Moore Saucier on the topic of “French-Canadian and Acadian Genealogical Research. Saucier of Bangor is a retired editor and …
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Roxanne Moore Saucier

Same top surnames hold strong, but Hispanic names making gains

By Roxanne Saucier on June 06, 2015, at 2:48 p.m.
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. So it …
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Roxanne Moore Saucier

Twin nephews still baffle genealogist aunt

By Roxanne Saucier on May 31, 2015, at 9:54 a.m.
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 on the …
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Roxanne Moore Saucier

207,000 US war dead buried in military cemeteries abroad

By Roxanne Saucier on May 22, 2015, at 2:35 p.m.
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 Netherlands American Cemetery is …
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Roxanne Moore Saucier

UMaine Haskell clan has Revolutionary ancestry

By Roxanne Saucier on May 17, 2015, at 5:57 a.m.
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 of what …
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People gather for a memorial service for Maine Army National Guard Staff Sgt. David Veverka on May 6 near Nutting Hall on the University of Maine campus in Orono. Veverka was killed in an attack in Iraq on May 6, 2006. He was a wildlife biology major at the university.

69 Mainers honored in Summit Project displays, hikes

By Roxanne Saucier, special to the BDN on May 09, 2015, at 3:21 p.m.
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. Veverka also is one …

2nd Southern Maine Genealogy Conference

By Paul Doucette on May 04, 2015, at 8:08 a.m.
Saturday, May 30, 2015 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Keeley’s Banquet Center, 178 Warren Ave., Portland, Maine For more information: 207-899-9640; gpcmgs.org Find you Family History at the 2nd Southern Maine Genealogy Conference Did your ancestors settle along the Maine Coast at the turn of the early 20th Century? …
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Actor and director Ben Affleck poses on the red carpet as he arrives to the 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala in Palm Springs, California, in this Jan. 5, 2013, file photo.

Ben Affleck shouldn’t have tried to hide slave-owning ancestors

By Roxanne Saucier, special to the BDN on May 01, 2015, at 3:31 p.m.
If you were invited to have your genealogy traced on a television show such as “Who Do You Think You Are?” or “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr,” would you do it? Would your “yes, of course” quickly be given, or would you take a minute to think …
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Census records can help locate family homestead

By Roxanne Saucier on April 26, 2015, at 11:51 a.m.
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 child? How about your …
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Roxanne Moore Saucier

One-page discharge paper outlines World War II service in Europe

By Roxanne Saucier on April 19, 2015, at 10:51 a.m.
My sister, Maureen Moore Taylor, would have made a great reporter. Within 15 minutes of meeting Albert Lockwood last week at an ice cream shop in Guilford, she had the World War II veteran telling her about demolitions work in Belgium and France some 70 years ago. “There aren’t many …
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Roxanne Moore Saucier

Genealogy fair to cover libraries, Internet, DNA ancestry

By Roxanne Saucier on April 10, 2015, at 12:15 p.m.
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. Best of …
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Roxanne Moore Saucier

81 million cousins? Where will we put them?

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on April 05, 2015, at 12:02 p.m.
I’m not all that interested in the world’s largest reunion being planned for June 6 in New York City. But there were two reasons I decided to look into it and actually “join” the supposed 81 million relatives that author A.J. Jacobs has been collecting. Possibly some of our Family …
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Bangor’s Irish Flanagans and a budding historian

By Roxanne Saucier on March 29, 2015, at 9:50 a.m.
Even with my newly confirmed 11 percent Irish ancestry, St. Patrick’s Day snuck past me with no commemorative column on my part — until Tom Flanagan died. Bangor native Thomas Shea Flanagan, who died March 8, was not someone I knew well, but calls and correspondence with him had been …
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Roxanne Moore Saucier

Josh Groban’s Zimmermann ancestry topic on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

By Roxanne Saucier on March 22, 2015, at 3:07 p.m.
It was wonderful to find “Who Do You Think You Are?” back on television this spring, moving from NBC to TLC at 10 p.m. on Sundays. Sponsored mainly by Ancestry.com, the program also has had British editions and Canadian editions. The subject of Season 5, Episode 2, which broadcast on …
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Roxanne Moore Saucier

DAR members: Special forces to civil liberties

By Roxanne Saucier on March 15, 2015, at 2:02 p.m.
American Spirit magazine has drawn such interest that the bimonthly publication by the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, or DAR, is available at many bookstores and newsstands. One excellent article in the March-April issue is “Charting Family History in the DAR Museum’s Quilts — Stitches in Time,” by …
 
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