Maine Fast Facts and Key Resources

Maine Fast Facts and Key Resources

Everything you need to know to start researching your Mainer ancestors.

 
? Statehood: 1820

? First federal census: 1790

? Statewide birth, death and marriage records begin: 1892

? Counties: 16

? Contact for vital records:

Maine Department of Human Services Office of Data Research and Vital Statistics

244 Water St.

Augusta, ME 04333

(207) 287-3181

<www.maine.gov/dhhs/bohodr/ovrpage.htm>

Web sites

? 1895 US Atlas and Maine County Maps

<www.livgenrni.com/1895/ME>

? Cyndi’s List Maine

<cyndislist.com/me.htm>

? Maine Archives and Museums

<mainemuseum.org>

? Maine Folklife Center

<www.maine.edu/folklife>

? Maine GenWeb Project

<rootsweb.com/~rnegenweb>

? Maine Memory Network

<www.mainernernory.net>

? Maine Newspaper Project

<www.maine.gov/sos/arc/newspapers/rnnphorne.htm>

? Maine State Archives Civil War Page

<www.state.me.us/sos/arc/archives/rnilitary/civilwar/civilwar.htm>

? Maine.gov Genealogy Resources

<www.maine.gov/portal/facts-history/genealogy.htm>

? Old Canada Road Historical Society

<rootsweb.com/-meocrhs>

? Selected Revolutionary War Records in ARC

<archives.gov/research/arc/topics/revolutionary-war.htML#pension>: Follow the directions for searching NARA’s Archival Research Catalog.

Resources

? The Dictionary of Maine Place-Names by Phillip R. Rutherford (Cumberland Press)

? Early Maine and New Hampshire Settlers CD (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

? The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists edited by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Erin Nevius (Family Tree Books)

? Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire by Sybil I. Noyes, Charles Thornton Libby and Walter Goodwin Davis (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

? Maine Genealogy: A Bibliographical Guide by John Eldridge Frost (Maine Historical Society)

? Maine Life at the Turn of the Century by Jack Barnes and Diane Barnes (Arcadia Publishing)

? Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623 to 1660 by Charles Henry Pope (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

? Vital Records from Maine Newspapers, 1785-1820 CD by David C. Young and Elizabeth Keene Young (Heritage Books)

Organizations and archives

? Acadian Heritage Society

159 E. Andover Road, Rumford, ME 04276, <acadianroots.com>

? Bowdoin College Special Collections and Archives

3000 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011, (207) 725-3288, <library.bowdoin.edu/arch>

? Kennebec Historical Society

61 Winthrop St., Augusta, ME 04332, (207) 622-7718, <www.kennebechistorical.org>

? Maine Historical Society

489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101, (207) 774-1822, <mainehistory.org>

? Maine State Archives

84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, (207) 287-5788, <www.maine.gov/sos/arc>

? Maine State Library

230 State St., Augusta, ME 04333, (207) 287-5600, <www.state.rne.us/msl>

? Massachusetts State Archives

220 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125, (617) 727-2816, <sec.state.rna.us/arc/arcgen/genidx.com>

? NARA Northeast Region-Boston

Frederick C. Murphy Federal Center, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02452, (781) 663-0130, <archives.gov/northeast/boston>

? Springvale Public Library

443 Main St., Springvale, ME 04083, (207) 324-4624, <www.springvalelibrary.org/genealogy.htm>

? University of Maine Raymond H. Fogler Library

5729 Fogler Library, Orono, ME 04469, (207) 581-1661, <www.library.umaine.edu>

Timeline

 

 
From the July 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine

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