Historical Trivia, March 2019

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence. — […]

Archival Notes, March 2019

Archival Tour Report On February 12, 2019, twelve persons attended a tour of the Caribou Public Library Archives which includes the Aroostook County Genealogical Society Library. It was not a high turnout, but judging from the interaction, attention and questions asked it was a successful event. The attendees were members and spouses of the Caribou […]

President’s Message, March 2019

Greetings, I hope as we (hopefully) reach the beginning of the end of winter, we have started to think and plan for interesting genealogical adventures for the coming year. One of things that may be useful to do is revisit families or records you have not looked at in a while. With new material added […]

Archival Notes, January 2019

A few more requests for genealogical and/or historical help have come our way. Dennis and I have answered queries, always within a few days. It is disheartening that we do not get so much as a thank-you and even when I request acknowledgement from them upon receiving the information, I get no response. Heads up […]

Micro film at UMPI

Vital Records, (Births, Marriages, Death): Pre 1892, 1892-1907, 1908-1922, 1923-1936, and 1937-1955 Aroostook Republican: May 11, 1887-Dec. 26, 1929 Star Herald (North Star, Sunrise, Democrat, Pioneer, Beacon, County Times): Dec 1, 1857-Dec 11, 1860, Aug 5, 1863-1892, 1892-1914, 1915-1932, 1933-1949, and 1950-2016

Historical Trivia, January 2019

“Dirt Poor” “Threshold” The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, “Dirt poor.” The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more […]

This Old Tree, January 2019

The Mystery of Charles Tray and Catherine Bishop, part 2 In my last column in Nov. 2018 I had found Charles Tray Family in Old Town, Maine per 1870 Census. I then found the family in Waterville, Maine in 1880 census. The family makeup in 1880 was Charles age 39, Catherine age 46 and four […]