When the TLC program “Who Do You Think You Are?” approached actress Ginnifer Goodwin about tracing her ancestry, she said yes with enthusiasm. As the mom of a 1-year-old, “it was super important for me to give him his story,” she said on the July 26 episode. Read More
    In Piscataquis County, Monson is well-known as the home of many Swedish and Finn settlers of a century and more ago, largely as workers in the town’s slate quarries. I learned from recent newsletters of the Monson Historical Society that Swedish descendants from Piscataquis County and beyond raised… Read More
    It can be great fun to go browsing for old books, whether you’re seeking a genealogy-packed volume to augment your research or a dusty tome that tugs at your heart with just a few pages pertaining to your family. I confess to having purchased an old… Read More
    I was still in high school when the Maine Old Cemetery Association was founded in 1968.I like using the MOCA Inscription Project books organized by county, then by town, which are on the shelves at Maine State Library in Augusta. I’m always interested to see who transcribed information… Read More
    It was the old vital records books of Gloucester, Mass., which gave me dozens of Bennett, Wharff, Lane, Millett and Riggs ancestors to help fill in my pedigree charts. Such books for dozens of Massachusetts towns published births, marriages and deaths up to 1850. The Maine… Read More
    Cloutier, Pelletier, Petitpas, Plourde, Michaud, Landry — I can’t remember all the French surnames that came up during the June 16 gathering at the Franco-American Center at the University of Maine’s Crossland Hall, but I’ll never forget how amazed I was at how much Franco heritage these women… Read More
    Four isn’t too young to start learning about genealogy. After all, I was just 3 when my mother took me to see my 95-year-old great-great-grandmother, and I remember that a little bit — a memory that was reinforced over the years by the sight of the five-generation picture… Read More
    Genealogy made the front page on May 11 in Judy Harrison’s BDN article on Johanna Haskell, who is the fifth generation in her family to graduate from the University of Maine. Edwin James Haskell, her great-great-grandfather, was one of six men in the first graduating class of what… Read More
    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. Read More
    Family Ties April 6 I’m not all that interested in the so-called world’s largest reunion being planned for June 6 in New York City. But I decided to look into it and actually “join” the supposed 81 million relatives that author A.J. Jacobs has been collecting… 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 with… Read More
    American Spirit magazine has drawn such interest that the bimonthly publication by the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, is available at many bookstores and news stands. One excellent article in the March-April issue is “Charting Family History in the DAR Museum’s Quilts — Stitches… Read More