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Roxanne Moore Saucier

‘So long’ from a grateful family history columnist

By Roxanne Saucier on Jan. 30, 2016, at 2:07 p.m.
My heart is full as I write this last Family Ties.
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Roxanne Moore Saucier

Writing up your own obituary is time well spent

By Roxanne Saucier on Jan. 23, 2016, at 2:20 p.m.
Writing one’s obit may strike some people as arrogant. I don’t see it that way.
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Long chart lists 19th century Mormon’s 4 wives, 42 children

By Roxanne Saucier on Jan. 15, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
The vertical chart listing the family of Edmund Lovell Ellsworth, “captain of the first handcart company,” is more than 5½ feet long. The term handcart company refers to the group that migrated from Iowa City to Utah in 1856. Compiled some years ago by descendant John Orval Ellsworth of Salt …
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‘Modern Family’ star grateful to black pioneer ancestor

By Roxanne Saucier on Jan. 08, 2016, at 4:17 p.m.
A bit of truth and a lot of trimmings. That’s how we view most family stories — unless they’re ours. The popular family history program “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” on PBS made a great start to its new season on Jan. 5 by looking at family …
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April workshop to feature blogger on DNA genealogy

By Roxanne Saucier on Jan. 07, 2016, at 1:52 p.m.
I wasn’t familiar with the name Blaine Bettinger, but I expect to know a lot more about him by April 23, which is the date when he will give the keynote address and three other talks plus take part in a question-and-answer panel during the Maine Genealogical Society’s spring workshop …
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DNA test suggests Franco-American husband is British, Spanish

By Roxanne Saucier on Dec. 26, 2015, at 2:13 p.m.
Family Ties: So what’s the deal? Was the test just defective? There are other explanations.
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Cherokees, Sioux may find Maine ancestors under Christmas tree

By Roxanne Saucier on Dec. 20, 2015, at 2:55 p.m.
Dr. Edward Rackleff died in Arkansas, leaving numerous descendants, among them members of Cherokee and Sioux tribes. One of his Caucasian children was even adopted by the Cherokee Nation as an adult.
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Published, church records a good source for extra info on our forebears

By Roxanne Saucier on Dec. 12, 2015, at 2:09 p.m.
I do love it when published records include information about someone’s “someplace else.”
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On veterans who are 90 — and 80

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Dec. 05, 2015, at 1:30 p.m.
Interview your dad or your mom or your uncle or your neighbor or your classmate. I promise you that doing so will establish a connection that will survive, that will outlast the actual experience.
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Online database of vital records helps sort out Bulls

By Roxanne Saucier on Nov. 27, 2015, at 10:24 a.m.
Yes, I’m fond of books, but I certainly appreciate a database that is available to me by computer.
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Thanksgiving thoughts of Pilgrims, Penobscots

By Roxanne Saucier on Nov. 21, 2015, at 2:05 p.m.
Thanksgiving remains a special day for me in terms of my family and our heritage, the sacrifices of those who came to a “new” country and became part of its fabric and also gratitude to the Native Americans who were so generous to the Pilgrims.
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Three Maine sailors, one wide Pacific Ocean

By Roxanne Saucier on Nov. 14, 2015, at 12:52 p.m.
Family Ties: Look up a ship, a plane, a helicopter, a half-track, a military unit, a division, a battle, a base, a fort. Who knows what you may learn — and perhaps you’ll meet someone you never thought you would.
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National Archives offers military databases online

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Nov. 07, 2015, at 1:48 p.m.
Family Ties: With Veterans Day coming up Wednesday, I have been interested in what the National Archives has online for databases.
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Tuberculosis among diseases of the past that haven’t disappeared

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Oct. 30, 2015, at 2:23 p.m.
It is 130 years since consumption took the life of my great-great-great-grandmother, Roxanna Briggs Bennett, in Abbot, some three years before the tuberculosis bacillus was identified. Consumption was certainly no effort to find a gentle description for this wasting disease, which was believed to eat away the lungs of those …
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City directory information augments census, vital records

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Oct. 23, 2015, at 1:22 p.m.
City directories and vital records can augment and clarify decennial census data.
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Lost in a hurricane: ‘They that go down to the sea in ships’

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Oct. 11, 2015, at 1:32 p.m.
“The sea washed over them and they were gone … We shall not forget them.”
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Not all French descendants in Gulf area were deported Acadians

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Oct. 02, 2015, at 2:38 p.m.
New Englander that I am, married to a man whose ancestors seem to be exclusively Franco-American — French-Canadians from Quebec and Acadians from what is now Nova Scotia — I wouldn’t normally be drawn to a book with “Mississippi” in the title. But of course, it turns out I’m quite …
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Maine speaker on DNA testing in genealogy gives compelling program

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Sept. 27, 2015, at 7:14 a.m.
So far, I’ve taken just one DNA genealogy test — the saliva test that uses autosomal results from genetic material on nonsex genes. Simply put, my result estimated my ethnicity as 74 percent British, 11 percent Irish and 10 percent Western Europe (German and French, I’m guessing.) I call this …
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2,100 books give boost to UMaine Franco-American Centre

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Sept. 18, 2015, at 2:15 p.m.
My husband’s great-grandmother was Marie Anne (Corbin), the first wife of Antoine Saucier of Fort Kent. Her uncle Guillaume Corbin married Lucie Ringuette in 1843, which I point out only to illustrate what a small world it is. The small world at the Franco-American Centre — located just across the …
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Paintings yield clues to Scottish ancestry

By Roxanne Saucier, special to the BDN on Sept. 12, 2015, at 1:56 p.m.
Another possible clue to Ga’s Scottish ancestry, from yet another painting …