6 days ago

Hold everyone to same standards

To the editor:

Why is it that in the U.S. military, all branches, service members not acting on their best behavior can be charged and prosecuted for conduct unbecoming all the while the people who control the military can act and do anything they want?

6 days ago

Passenger ship lists are useful

In the past I’ve debunked the claim that names were changed at Ellis Island.  You still hear this story but it never, ever happened.  Whatever name was on the passenger ship list was the name the passenger gave when they embarked.

2 weeks ago

Missing death notices

Recently I chanced upon what I call the Case of the Missing Death Certificate. In Maine it’s not unusual to be unable to find a death record prior to 1892. Town clerks usually recorded marriages, but death records were normally left to family Bibles and tombstones.

3 weeks ago

Henry Rolfe, early Aroostook potato farmer

There is no denying the importance of the potato as an agricultural crop to the economy of Aroostook County.  Did you know that Maine produces 4 percent of the national potato crop with Aroostook County producing 96 percent of that?  

1 month ago

The story of Presque Isle’s airport

In 1930, Presque Isle Merchants’ Association (which is now the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce) put together a subcommittee to explore establishing an air service. 

1 month ago

Consider offers carefully

Genealogy is a hobby, but for many of us it’s an obsession.  It’s a pursuit where you can spend as much or as little time and money as you like.