The Penobscot County Genealogical Society has an interesting meeting planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Lecture Hall on the third floor at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St.

Dana Murch of Belfast will discuss “Finding Mayflower Ancestries,” sure to be popular with Thanksgiving just a week away. Murch will tell the story of his discovery of multiple Mayflower connections. He also will talk about the process of applying to join the Mayflower Society.

A much-anticipated feature of the November meeting is the Nelligan Thanksgiving Turkey Raffle. Certificates for three turkeys will be available.

All are welcome to attend, and refreshments will be served.

The society has welcomed back Dale Mower as president, with much thanks to outgoing officers Janet Spencer, Annette Roberts and Phil Getchell.

Dave Flewelling is the new research coordinator, and a hospitality committee has been started. The program committee is busy working on topics and speakers.

In addition, Mower is working on a new website for the society at It’s a fresh new look, and Mower said he hopes it will be easier to navigate. The site search box will search not only the Web pages, but the newsletters, as well.

The membership year for PCGS runs Oct. 1-Sept. 30. Membership is $10 for an individual, $15 family, sent to Penobscot County Genealogical Society, c/o Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St., Bangor, ME 04401.

When the state of Kentucky was preparing to take the decennial U.S. census in late June 1860, the job description for enumerators probably included “does not embarrass easily.”

I do wonder what census-taker William May thought when he came to a certain part of Louisville, enumerated in Ward 1, page 196.

More than a dozen women, ages 18-38, are listed as having the occupation “prostitute.” Just in case anyone missed the point, May also wrote in the righthand margin of each of these households, “House of Ill Fame.”

The women were born in a variety of states, none of them Maine — in case you were wondering.

The Millinocket Historical Society 2014 calendar is now available. It contains vintage photos, including the 1940-1941 Stearns High School girls basketball team, Boddy’s Dairy from the 1920s, the Labor Day Parade of 1907, Leroy Dudley at the Chimney Pond gatehouse and more.

Calendars are $9 each, plus $3 for mailing. Send checks to Millinocket Historical Society, P.O. Box 11, Millinocket, ME 04462. Proceeds will go toward renovations of the new home for the museum.

The current museum is open 1-3 p.m. Thursdays in the Millinocket Municipal Building, or contact the curator at 723-5477 or

For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email

Roxanne Moore Saucier

Family Ties columnist