Maine County History and Listings

Maine County History and Listings

Our county-by-county listing of Maine has contact information and dates vital records for historic and modern-day counties.

Androscoggin
2 Turner St., Auburn, ME 04210
(207) 784-8390
http://www.maine.gov/local/androscoggin
Incorporated: March 18, 1854
Parent Counties: Cumberland, Oxford, Kennebec, Lincoln
Birth: unknown start, kept by City Clerk
Marriage: unknown, City Clerk
Divorce: 1854, Clerk/District Court
Death: unknown, City Clerk
Land: 1854, Registrar of Deeds
Probate and wills: 1854, Probate Court
Court: 1854, County Comm. Office
Notes: Androscoggin Historical Society has military records 1775-1785. Towns organized before 1800: Durham 1789, Greene 1788, Lewiston 1795, Lisbon 1799, Livermore 1795, Turner 1786.

Aroostook
County Courthouse, 144 Sweden St., Box 846, Caribou, ME 04736
(207) 532-7317
http://www.aroostook.me.us
Incorporated: March 16, 1839
Parent Counties: Washington, Penobscot
Birth: unknown start, kept by Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown, Town Clerks
Divorce: 1839, Clerk/District Court
Death: unknown, kept by Town Clerks
Land: 1839, Registrar of Deeds
Probate and Court: 1839, Probate Court

Cumberland
142 Federal St., Portland, ME 04101
(207) 871-8380
http://cumberlandcounty.org
Incorporated: May 28, 1760
Parent County: York
Birth: unknown start, kept by City/Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown, City/Town Clerks
Death: unknown, City/Town Clerks
Land: 1760, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1908, Registrar of Probate
Court: 1760, Court/County Commissioner
Notes: Towns organized before 1800: Bridgton 1794, Brunswick 1739, Cape Elizabeth 1765, Falmouth 1718, Freeport, 1789, Gorham 1764, Gray 1778, Harpswell 1758, New Gloucester 1774, North Yarmouth 1732, Otisfield 1798, Portland 1786, Scarborough 1658, Standish 1785, Windham 1762.

Franklin
140 Main St., Farmington, ME 04938
(207) 778-6614
http://www.maine.gov/local/franklin
Incorporated: March 20, 1838
Parent Counties: Kennebec, Oxford, Somerset
Birth: unknown start, kept by Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown, Town Clerks
Divorce: 1852, Clerk/District Ct.
Death: unknown, Town Clerks
Land: 1838, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1838, Probate Court
Notes: Towns organized before 1800: Farmington 1794, Jay 1795, New Sharon 1794.

Hancock
50 State St., Suite 7, Ellsworth, ME 04605
(207) 667-9542
http://www.co.hancock.me.us
Incorporated: Jun. 25, 1789
Parent County: Lincoln
Birth: unknown start, kept by Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown, Town Clerks
Divorce: unknown, Clerk/District Ct.
Death: unknown, Town Clerks
Land: 1791, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1791, Probate Court
Notes: Towns organized before 1800: Bar Harbor 1796; Penobscot 1787; Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Gouldsboro, Mount Desert, Sedgwick, Sullivan, Trenton 1789; Bucksport 1792; Castine 1796.

Kennebec
125 State St., Augusta, ME 04330
(207) 622-0971
http://www.kennebeccounty.org
Incorporated: Feb. 20 1799
Parent Counties: Lincoln, Cumberland
Birth: unknown start, kept by Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown, Town Clerks
Death: unknown, Town Clerks
Land: 1799, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1799 Probate Court
Notes: Towns organized before 1800: Hallowell, Vassalboro, Winslow, Winthrop 1771; Pittsdon 1779; Readfield 1791; Monmouth, Mount Vernon, Sidney 1792; Clinton, Fayette 1795; Belgrade, China 1796; Augusta 1797; Litchfield 1798; Wayne 1798.

Knox
62 Union St., Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 594-9379
http://knoxcounty.midcoast.com
Incorporated: March 9, 1860
Parent Counties: Lincoln, Waldo
Birth: unknown start, kept by Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown, Town Clerks
Divorce: unknown, Clerk/District Court
Death: unknown, Town Clerks
Probate: 1860 Probate Court
Court: 1860, Court/County Comm.
Land: 1860, Registrar of Deeds
Notes: Towns organized before 1800: Camden 1791, Cushing 1789, Thomaston 1777, Union 1786, Vinalhaven 1789, Warren 1776.

Lincoln
County Courthouse, High St., Box 249, Wiscasset, ME 04578
(207) 882-6311
http://co.lincoln.me.us
Incorporated: Jun. 21, 1760
Parent County: York
Marriage: unknown start, kept by Clerk of Courts
Land: 1761, Registrar/Deeds
Probate: 1769, Probate Court
Court: 1761, Court/County Comm.
Notes: Supreme Judicial Court has military discharge records 1866-1890. Towns organized before 1800: Alna 1794, Boothbay 1764, Bristol 1765, Dresden 1794, Newcastle 1753, Nobleboro 1788, Waldoboro 1773, Wiscasset 1760.

Oxford
26 Western Ave., Box 179, South Paris, ME 04281
(207) 743-6359
http://www.oxfordcounty.org
Incorporated: March 4, 1805
Parent Counties: York, Cumberland
Birth: unknown start, kept by Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown, Town Clerks
Divorce: 1930, Clerk/District Ct.
Death: unknown, Town Clerks
Probate: 1805, Probate Court
Land: 1805, Registrar of Deeds
Notes: Towns organized before 1800: Bethel 1796, Buckfield 1793, Buxton 1762, Fryeburg 1777, Hartford 1798, Hebron 1792, Norway 1797, Paris 1793, Sumner 1798, Waterford 1797.

Penobscot
97 Hammond St., Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 942-8535
http://www.maine.gov/local/Penobscot
Incorporated: Feb. 15, 1816
Parent County: Hancock
Divorce: start in 1900, kept by Clerk/District Court
Land: 1814, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1816, Probate Court
Naturalization: 1821, Clerk of Courts
Notes: Towns before 1800: Hampden 1794, Orrington 1788.

Piscataquis
159 E. Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426
(207) 564-2161
http://www.maine.gov/local/piscataquis
Incorporated: March 23, 1838
Parent County: Penobscot, Somerset
Birth: unknown start, kept by Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown, Town Clerks
Divorce: unknown, Clerk/District Court
Death: unknown, Town Clerks
Land: 1838, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1838, Probate Court
Court: 1838, Clerk/District Court

Sagadahoc
752 High, Box 246, Bath, ME 04530
(207) 443-9332
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mesagada
Incorporated: Apr. 4, 1854
Parent County: Lincoln
Birth: unknown start, kept by Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown, Town Clerks
Divorce: unknown, Clerk/District Court
Death: unknown, Town Clerks
Land: 1826, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1854, Probate Court
Notes: Towns before 1800: Bath 1781, Bowdoin 1788, Bowdoinham 1762, Georgetown 1716, Topsham 1764, Woolwich 1759.

Somerset
41 Court St., Skowhegan, ME 04976
(207) 474-9861
http://www.somersetcounty-me.org/index.htm
Incorporated: March 1, 1809
Parent County: Kennebec
Probate: start in 1830, kept by Probate Court
Land: 1804, Registrar of Deeds
Notes: Towns organized before 1800: Canaan 1788, Cornville 1798, Fairfield 1788, Norridgewock 1788, Starks 1795.

Waldo
39-B Spring St., Belfast, ME 04915
(207) 338-3282
http://www.waldocountyme.gov
Incorporated: Feb. 7, 1827
Parent County: Hancock
Birth: unknown start, kept by City/Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown, City/Town Clerks
Divorce: 1828, Clerk/District Court
Death: unknown, City/Town Clerks
Land: 1789, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1827, Probate Court
Notes: Towns organized before 1800: Belfast 1773, Frankfort 1789, Northport 1796, Prospect 1794.

Washington
Box 297, 85 Court Street, Machias, ME 04654
(207) 255-3127
http://www.washingtoncountymaine.com
Incorporated: Jun. 25, 1789
Parent County: Lincoln
Birth and Marriage: unknown start, kept by Town Clerks
Death: unknown, Town Clerks
Divorce: unknown, Clerk of Courts
Land: 1784, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1785, Probate Court
Notes: Towns organized before 1800: Addison 1797, Columbia 1796, Eastport 1798, Harrington 1797, Machias 1784, Steuben 1795.

York
45 Kennebunk Rd., Alfred, ME 04002
(207) 324-1571
http://www.yorkcountyme.gov
Incorporated: Nov. 20, 1652
Parent County: Original county
Birth and Marriage: unknown start, Town Clerks
Divorce: unknown,Clerk/District Court
Death: unknown, Town Clerks
Land: 1642, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1689, Probate Court
Notes: Established in 1652 as Yorkshire County; renamed in 1668. Towns organized before 1800: Berwick 1713, Biddeford 1718, Cornish 1794, Hollis 1798, Kennebunkport 1653, Kittery 1652, Lebanon 1767, Limington 1792, Lyman 1778, Newfield 1794, Parsonfield 1785, Saco 1762, Sanford 1768, Shapleigh 1785, Waterboro 1787, Wells 1653, York 1652.


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