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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.”
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Sept. 05, 2015, at 2:52 p.m.
Family Ties: More than the cloche hats and drop-waist dresses clued me in to the fact that the little photo album covered the late 1920s and early 1930s.
By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Aug. 29, 2015, at 3:44 p.m.
“This band is carrying on a great tradition,” Bruz West said during Maine’s commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on Aug. 15 at Cole Land Transportation Museum. At 94, the Bangor native who lives in Winthrop was entitled to praise the Bangor Band as …
By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Aug. 22, 2015, at 2:53 p.m.
Genealogy is not just a bunch of names, dates and places. I know that in my gut, especially when I read a family history story such as the one Julia Bayly wrote for the front page of the Bangor Daily News on Thursday, Aug. 20. I hope you will read …
By Roxanne Saucier, special to the BDN on Aug. 08, 2015, at 9:56 a.m.
As the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, I think it’s wonderful that more towns and historical societies have put up memorials that include the names of World War II veterans — monuments such as the one in Abbot that memorializes my dad, Gayland Moore Jr., …
By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on Aug. 01, 2015, at 1:39 p.m.
When the TLC program “Who Do You Think You Are?” approached actress Ginnifer Goodwin about tracing her ancestry, she said yes with enthusiasm. As the mom of a 1-year-old, “it was super important for me to give him his story,” she said on the July 26 episode. Goodwin knew that …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …