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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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 —… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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 —… Read More
    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. Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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… Read More
    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. Read More
    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… Read More
    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. Read More
    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… Read More
    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. Read More