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*Maine was formed by glaciers in the Ice Age. The state covers 33,387 square miles which ranks it 39th in size among all states. Understanding the lay of the land can help you find records for your ancestors. The [[Maine Maps]] article provides more information about the state.
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=== '''Welcome to Maine, The Pine Tree State''' ===
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}} <div style="padding-left: 1px; float: left; width: 74%"><center>''[[United States|United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Maine|Maine]]''</center><br>{{TitleStyle1}}Welcome to the Maine page,<br>the Pine Tree State{{/p}}[[Image:{{PorHeaLig}}]]'''''Most unique genealogical features:'''''
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*British fisherman permanently settled Maine '''''before''''' the Pilgrims in 1620
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*Maine was part of Massachusetts until the 1820 Missouri Compromise<ref name="Eichh">Alice Eichholz, ed., ''Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed.'' (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 269. ({{FHL|479190|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb}}). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/55947869 WorldCat entry].</ref>
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*Numerous border, county, and name changes affected record keeping<ref name="Eichh" />
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*Maine has the most uneven quality of vital town records of New England<ref>Eichholz, 270.</ref>
  
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'''Click''' on the map below to go to a county page. '''Hover''' over a county to see its name. To see a '''larger''' version of the map, [[Maine Counties Map|click here]]. {{MEimagemap2}}
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'''Extinct or Renamed Counties:&nbsp;''' [[Cornwall County, Maine|Cornwall]] | [[East County, Maine|East]] | [[New Somerset County, Maine|New Somerset]] | [[West County, Maine|West]] | [[Yorkshire County, Maine|Yorkshire]]
  
[[Cornwall County, Maine|Cornwall]] | [[East County, Maine|East]] | [[New Somerset County, Maine|New Somerset]] | [[West County, Maine|West]] | [[Yorkshire County, Maine|Yorkshire]]
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=== Major Repositories  ===
  
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[[Maine State Archives]]{{·}} [[Maine State Library]]{{·}} [[Maine Historical Society]]{{·}} [[Cutler Memorial Library (Farmington)]]{{·}} [[Univeristy of Maine at Orono]]{{·}} [[Allen County Public Library]]{{·}} [[New England Historic Genealogical Society]]{{·}} [[National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)]][[Image:Maine flag.png|right|150px]]
  
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=== Migration Routes ===
  
*Find which county a town is in, what town a cemetery is in, even where a postoffice or building is by using the United States Geographical Survey's [http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic Geographical Names Information System].
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Atlantic Coast Ports{{·}} Kenenbec River{{·}} Merrimack River{{·}} Penobscot River{{·}} Saco River{{·}} Saint John River (Maine){{·}} [[Down East]]{{·}} [[Kennebunk Road]]{{·}} [[King's Highway]]  
*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/Maine/ David Rumsey Map Collection] is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~megenweb/ The Maine GenWeb Project] has a wealth of information and is a part of the larger [[USGenWeb|USGenWeb Project]]. [http://www.usgenweb.org/ The USGenWeb Project] provides internet information on every county in every state in the United States.
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*[http://www.mainegenealogy.net/ Maine Genealogy] offers databases, transcribed records, and a social network for Maine researchers.
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*[http://www.mainehistory.org/ Maine Historical Society] provides information on the Society's holdings and events, and offers members-only access to online databases.
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*[http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/research/geneal.html Maine State Archives] provides many genealogical resources.
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*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/Maine.pdf BYU Research Outline for Maine]
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In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:<br>
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Maine was formed by glaciers in the Ice Age. The state covers 33,387 square miles which ranks it 39th in size among all states. Understanding the lay of the land can help you find records for your ancestors. The [[Maine Maps]] article provides more information about the state.
  
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*The [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~megenweb/ Maine GenWeb Project] provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.
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*[http://www.mainegenealogy.net/ Maine Genealogy] offers databases, transcribed records, and a social network for Maine researchers.[[Image:Maine.png|right|180px]]
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Maine

Welcome to the Maine page,
the Pine Tree State

Portland Head Light Station, ME.
Most unique genealogical features:
  • British fisherman permanently settled Maine before the Pilgrims in 1620
  • Maine was part of Massachusetts until the 1820 Missouri Compromise[1]
  • Numerous border, county, and name changes affected record keeping[1]
  • Maine has the most uneven quality of vital town records of New England[2]

Counties

Click on the map below to go to a county page. Hover over a county to see its name. To see a larger version of the map, click here.
York CountyCumberland CountyOxford CountyAndroscoggin CountySagadahoc CountyLincoln CountyKnox CountyKennebec CountyWaldo CountyHancock CountyWashington CountyPenobscot CountyFranklin CountySomerset CountyPiscataquis CountyAroostook CountyMaine-county-map.gif

Extinct or Renamed Counties:  Cornwall | East | New Somerset | West | Yorkshire

Major Repositories

Maine State Archives · Maine State Library · Maine Historical Society · Cutler Memorial Library (Farmington) · Univeristy of Maine at Orono · Allen County Public Library · New England Historic Genealogical Society · National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)
Maine flag.png

Migration Routes

Atlantic Coast Ports · Kenenbec River · Merrimack River · Penobscot River · Saco River · Saint John River (Maine) · Down East · Kennebunk Road · King's Highway

Did you know?

Maine was formed by glaciers in the Ice Age. The state covers 33,387 square miles which ranks it 39th in size among all states. Understanding the lay of the land can help you find records for your ancestors. The Maine Maps article provides more information about the state.

Research Tools

  • The Maine GenWeb Project provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.
  • Maine Genealogy offers databases, transcribed records, and a social network for Maine researchers.
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Things you can do

Below list some of the many tasks you can help with:

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 Alice Eichholz, ed., Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 269. (FHL Book 973 D27rb). WorldCat entry.
  2. Eichholz, 270.