My newest issue of Weirs and Woods, the quarterly of the Washington County Genealogical Society, was certainly a labor of love. Though editor Val Atwood was slowed down by a broken arm that is improving, she still produced a wonderful, info-packed issue.

Always one to give other groups and individuals credit, she has put on the front page information about the good works of the Alexander-Crawford Historical Society.

A-HCS not only issues its own newsletter, but has a Web site. Go to and click on History. It is a very nice site with a selected timeline at the end, which I’m sure will be helpful to those with roots in the area.

The Washington County Genealogical Society Inc. will hold its first meeting of the season at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Peavey Memorial Library, Eastport.

Genealogy groups involve everyone from beginners to researchers who have been doing genealogy for decades, so these meetings are a great place to make connections and learn.

Organized in 1992, WCGS has as its purpose to collect, exchange and preserve documents and information, and to promote and encourage interest and scholarship in genealogy and family history in Washington County.

Membership is open to anyone interested in learning more about family genealogy and history, especially in Washington County and neighboring Charlotte County, New Brunswick. The group meets March to November, with the exception of July and August. Dues are $10 per year, sent to WCGS, care of Christine Small, P.O. Box 28, East Machias, ME 04630.

Members receive “Weirs & Woods,” which features free queries, information and the exchange of genealogical material. For information, call president Frances Raye at 853-6630.

Join the Alexander-Crawford Historical Society by sending $10 to A-CHS in care of editor John Dudley, 216 Pokey Road, Alexander, 04694. For information, call 454-7476.

Mark these dates in your calendar:

— Fifth annual Margaretta Days Festival, Saturday, June 13, sponsored by the Machias Historical Society to commemorate the 234th anniversary of the first naval battle of the American Revolution, which was fought on June 12, 1775, in Machias Bay. Ideas for making the festival bigger and better may be submitted to Charlene Holmes, 255-3433, or Val Atwood, 255-4432,

— Calais Genealogy Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, Unobskey School, Main Street, Calais. Val Atwood, Frances Raye and Sharon Howland will be among the presenters. To reserve a vendor table, contact Sharon Howland, 96 Charlesbank Way Apt. B, Waltham, ME 02453-2509;


“Your Colonial Ancestor’s Calendar May Not be the One You Are Using” will be the program at the meeting of the Penobscot County Genealogy Society at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the Lecture Hall on the third floor of Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street.

Jack Battick, a retired history professor from the University of Maine, will explain the calendar change that took place in the 1700s and how to deal with it in our family trees.

Jack, who is a busy fellow in organizations such as Wassebec Genealogical Society and the Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society, is knowledgeable in so many subjects, from the influenza epidemic of 1917-1918 to Maine seafarers, and it is wonderful that he gives programs on such a variety of topics.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Speaking of Dover-Foxcroft, that’s “Dovah” to those who grew up or live in the area, I do enjoy The Shiretown Conserver, the quarterly newsletter of the Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society.

Jack Battick writes frequently for the Conserver, which is well-edited by Nancy Battick. But the spring issue’s feature is by Ted Grant, Part I of “Foxcroft’s Freeland Holmes & His Connection to the Washburn Family and 2 U.S. Presidents.”

The article starts out, “Dr. Holmes didn’t have to die.”

So, of course you have to keep reading. I always find the Washburn family fascinating, and the story includes the Civil War, a nightshirt and the future of the cereal industry!

Join the Dover-Foxcroft Historical Society by sending $10 to DFHS, 874 West Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. The group has a Web site at

And it goes without saying, such societies welcome renewals, gifts, ideas, info and photos.

Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or e-mail queries to


Roxanne Moore Saucier

Family Ties columnist