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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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Roxanne Moore Saucier

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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Roxanne Moore Saucier

Genealogical research from Revolutionary War records to DNA

By Roxanne Saucier, Special to the BDN on March 08, 2015, at 12:02 p.m.
An article in “The Maine Genealogist,” the quarterly journal of the Maine Genealogical Society, doesn’t need to involve a family of ours in order to be both interesting and very, very useful. Take, for example, Carole Gardner’s “Clark Drew of Maine and Vermont” in the February 2015 issue. Her theory …
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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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Roxanne Moore Saucier

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 …

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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Roxanne Moore Saucier

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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Roxanne Moore Saucier

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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Roxanne Moore Saucier

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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Roxanne Moore Saucier

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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Roxanne Moore Saucier

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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Roxanne Moore Saucier

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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