Maine Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  





U.S.—Maine

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Goal 1: Learn about Maine research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your Maine ancestors.

Summary
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  1. Learn about basic Maine research strategies.
    FS—Basic Maine Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for Maine research on Ancestry.
    AC—Maine Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Maine research.
    AC—Maine State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the Maine Record Finder to decide on records to search.
    FS—Maine Record Selection Table



Goal 2: Learn about Maine archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Maine archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about Maine archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Maine Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: Maine Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the Maine state archives.
  3. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for Maine.
  4. Explore the Digital Maine site.
  5. Explore the Maine Memory Network.
  6. Explore the Maine State Archives collections.
  7. Explore the Books We Own site for Maine genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  8. Search for free online books on Maine research on the FamilySearch site.
  9. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B. Learn about Maine city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about Maine city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Maine Directories
  2. Explore Maine city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore Maine city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore Maine historical directories by county.
  6. Explore additional links for Maine city directories on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 3: Learn about Maine vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Maine vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Maine vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Maine Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: Maine Vital Records
  2. Search for online Maine vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  3. Explore Maine birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  4. Explore Maine birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  5. Get help with adoption topics on the Maine Adoptees / Birth Parents Facebook page.
  6. Explore additional links for Maine vital records on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore additional links for Maine birth records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Maine marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Learn how to find Maine marriage records with FamilySearch.
  2. Explore links for Maine marriage records.
  3. Explore additional links for Maine marriage records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  4. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for Maine death records.
  5. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for Maine obituaries.
  6. Find additional resources for Maine obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore Maine death records, indexes, and obituaries.
  8. Explore additional links for Maine death records on the LDSGenealogy site.

C. Explore Maine census and voter records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Maine censuses in this article.
    FS—Maine Census
  2. Learn about Maine census records.
    Census Records for Maine
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for Maine state and county census records.
  4. Explore additional links for Maine census records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Maine census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  6. Learn about Maine voting registers in this article.
    FS—Maine Voting Registers


Goal 4: Learn about Maine church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Maine church records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Maine church records in this article.
    FS—Maine Church Records
  2. Learn about Maine church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Maine Church Records
  3. Explore additional links for Maine church records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Maine cemetery records.

Summary
  1. Explore Maine cemetery records in this article.
    FS—Maine Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for Maine cemetery records.
  3. Search for Maine cemetery records online.
  4. Explore Maine cemetery records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  6. Explore additional links for Maine cemetery records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  7. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  8. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  9. See additional cemetery resources on the Maine Linkpendium site.



Goal 5: Learn about Maine emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about Maine emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about Maine emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Maine Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Maine migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Maine Migration
  3. Explore additional links for Maine immigration records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 6: Learn about Maine military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Maine military records.

Summary
  1. Get an introduction to Maine military records.
    Maine Military Records
  2. Learn about Maine military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Maine Military Records
  3. Explore Maine military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  4. Explore Maine military records on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore additional links for Maine military records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  6. Explore Maine military resources on Cyndi's List.


Goal 7: Learn about Maine probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Maine probate, land and court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Maine probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Maine Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: Maine Probate Records
  2. Learn about Maine land and property records.
    FS—Maine Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about Maine land records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Maine Land Records
  4. Explore additional links for Maine probate records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for Maine land records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Learn about Maine court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Maine court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Maine Court Records
  2. Learn about Maine court records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Maine Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about Maine maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Maine maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Maine maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Maine Maps
  2. Learn about Maine maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Maine Maps
  3. Learn about Maine gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Maine Gazetteers

B. Explore Maine maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Maine maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Maine.
  3. Explore historical Maine maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Maine maps.




Goal 9: Learn about Maine newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Maine newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Maine newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Maine Newspapers
  2. Learn about Maine newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: Maine Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore Maine newspapers.

Summary
  1. Search for Maine historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Maine newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Maine newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Maine newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore Maine newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional Maine newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore additional links for Maine newspapers and obituaries on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Maine research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  5. Explore links in LDSGenealogy.com.


Goal 11: Search records from Maine.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or Maine County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for Maine.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the Maine Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your Maine research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Maine Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Maine Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Maine Genealogical Society page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the U.S. Northeast Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Maine.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Maine research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Maine research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Maine research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Maine research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Maine research.

C. Learn about Maine genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Maine in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Maine Societies
  2. Explore the Manie Genealogical Society site.
  3. Explore the Maine Historical Society site.
  4. Explore Maine genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




Maine Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

Androscoggin  A    L Aroostook    A    L Cumberland    A    L Franklin    A    L Hancock    A    L Kennebeck    A    L
Knox    A    L Lincoln    A    L Oxford    A    L Penobscot    A    L Piscataquis    A    L Sagadahoc    A    L
Somerset    A    L Waldo    A    L Washington    A    L York    A    L


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