Fort Fairfield Newspapers Online

— Submitted by Leslie G. Poole, Rockland, ME I’ve been to the Fort Fairfield Library several times and agonized about perusing their old newspapers. They are so fragile and “crackly.” But now, thanks to librarian Jennifer Gaenzle, newspapers are now online to browse from the comfort of your own home, which, if you’re like me, […]

Researching Very Early British Nationals

Found while preparing a display on census records… British Aliens in the United States during the War of 1812 by Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc. 1979 Once war was declared, British subjects were now enemy aliens. They were given notice to report to the marshal of the state or territory. They had to report the people […]

Tips for Researching Irish Records

When doing Irish research you need to understand the territorial boundaries before you start. Province = the largest area in Irish records. Originally there were 8 counties in each of the 4 provinces. In 1922 Ireland was divided into 6 counties in Northern Ireland and 26 in the Republic of Ireland. County = the 32 […]

They Spelled It How?

Recently a friend and I walked through a cemetery in Wallagrass where many of her relatives are buried. Labbe is a family name and probably one of the simplest French names to spell. By the time we were done there were 4 different spellings, 3 of which we’d never seen before, Labbe, Labbee, Labby and […]

Genealogy Records

by Frances Heales There are three sorts of documents that are helpful in genealogy: Church records, Official Records and Family Records. My interest in family history was sparked by finding very informal record: a card in my paternal grandparents’ home. It wished’ cousin Janey and Jim a Happy Christmas from Janey and Arthur’. I knew […]

The Aroostook County Civil War Enlistments Book

(Fair project for 2015) by Linda Zapatka The book is to establish as many as possible men that enlisted from Aroostook County Towns. Would like to locate the men in the 1860 Census, where they were before enlistment and if they made it back, where they were in the 1870 Census, after that would like […]

Census Tips Continued…

1860 They asked for property value. Who knows how accurate that is! They probably didn’t like the tax man then either. 1870 They asked if parents were of foreign birth. If a person was born or married within the year, the month was given. 1880 First census to ask each person where their parents were […]

Census Tips…

1790 Especially in the earlier censuses look at who the neighbors are. You may find other relatives. People probably didn’t travel very far to find a spouse. Only the head of the household was named though. 1800 The census breaks down the family into more age groups. Sometimes the list was put in alphabetical order […]

Old Newspapers in Houlton, ME

When you live in area that was once part of the wilderness, finding records can be a challenge! When an area is first being settled, there is no town and no one required to records the settlement records. This was true of the Caribou area. Caribou early town records are mainly marriage records and few […]