Who would like to have a copy of your family history? Bangor Public Library, for one example. We received an encouraging press release recently about the possibilities of sharing what you have through the library.

Have you kept papers and records that tell the story of your family? Do you have photographs, papers, ledgers, journals or other records that shed light on the history of our community? Do you know history doesn’t end in the 1800s? It is important to tell the story of the 20th century, too.

Bangor Public Library is accepting family history and images and records of Bangor to add to its collection for future generations.

These items will be carefully preserved and, with your permission, scanned into the library’s online archives and, perhaps, added to the Maine Memory Network.

This will make these papers, photographs and other records accessible to scholars, researchers or those curious about Bangor’s history. Many of the Bangor Public Library’s images are already on the Maine Memory Network. See the online historical collection available at the library’s Web site www.bpl.lib.me.us. Look for Spe-cial Collections and the link to the Maine Memory Network.

While cleaning out the attic or doing spring cleaning around the house, if you find photographs, journals, ledgers, letters or other images or documents about family, business or community, please consider giving them to the library or allowing the library to make digital copies of your photographs for future generations.

For more information call 947-8336, ext. 103.

One more thing: Library Director Barbara McDade is looking for books — lost library books.

Did you ever keep a library book so long that you were embarrassed to return it? I did. When I took it back, they graciously accepted it.

So take a look around your apartment or house and see if there’s a library book or other item pretending that it lives with you now. Return it to the library so that someone else can enjoy it.


Television is taking notice of genealogy, the country’s second-most popular hobby, runner-up to gardening.

Henry “Skip” Gates, a professor at Yale University, did a fine job hosting “African American Lives” on PBS television a year or so ago.

Now he’s hosting “Faces of America” on Wednesday evenings on PBS.

And beginning Friday, March 5, ABC will air “Who Do You Think You Are?” with Lisa Kudrow as host.

One of the topics will be Courteney Cox’s connections to the Salem Witch Trials.

People from all over the country come to Maine in the summer to trace their ancestry. Last summer I met a couple from Minnesota in the Bangor Room at Bangor Public Library.

You would think that the tourism industry would do something to promote treasures such as BPL, the University of Maine’s Fogler Library and Maine State Library.

Genealogists eat out, sleep in beds and go shopping.


I’ve long known that Helen A. Shaw of Rockport is quite a historian. Now she’s among the newest associates of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

After years of study and work in the field of family history and the successful completion of the BCG requirements, Shaw may use the service mark of Certified Genealogist — CG. With this designation, Shaw has shown competence in the general skill areas of research, evidence analysis, kinship determination and reporting.

Each BCG associate specializes in certain geographic and ethnic areas, or in certain phases of genealogical work.

Shaw owns the company Yesterday’s Research. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Shaw is vice president of the Maine Genealogical Society; vice president, secretary and newsletter editor for the Old Broad Bay Family History Association; and regent of Lady Knox Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

She completed the National Genealogical Society home study course. Her numerous genealogical publications include the book “The Family and Descendants of George Hall and Elizabeth Knight” in 1993.

Shaw has lectured and taught at local, state, regional and national conferences, and the Newberry Library and National Archives Great Lakes Region.

As part of the application process to BCG, Shaw submitted a case study drawn from her research resolving a challenging identity problem and compiled a narrative genealogy of three generations of a family.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists in Washington is an internationally recognized certification body, not a membership society.

To learn more about BCG and certification, see the society’s Web site at www.bcgcertification.org.

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


Roxanne Moore Saucier

Family Ties columnist