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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 and the LDS Church-sponsored site, is a free site, and, while a subscription database, can be used for free at public libraries in Maine that have online access. In relating my search …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …
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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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‘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 …
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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 …
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