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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Maine]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Somerset County'''
 
 
 
Guide to '''Somerset County Maine genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
 
Guide to '''Somerset County Maine genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
{{MEDC}} {{Infobox U.S. County  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Maine]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Somerset County'''
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{{MEDC}}{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
| county = Somerset County  
 
| county = Somerset County  
 
| county_map = Me-somerset.png
 
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| founded year = 1809
 
| founded year = 1809
 
| founded date = March 1
 
| founded date = March 1
| seat = Skowhegan  
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| seat = [[Skowhegan, Maine|Skowhegan]]
 
| building image =  
 
| building image =  
 
| building address = Somerset County Courthouse<br> Court Street<br>Skowhegan, ME 04976<br>Phone: 207.474.9861<br>[http://www.somersetcounty-me.org/ '''Somerset County Website'''] }}  
 
| building address = Somerset County Courthouse<br> Court Street<br>Skowhegan, ME 04976<br>Phone: 207.474.9861<br>[http://www.somersetcounty-me.org/ '''Somerset County Website'''] }}  
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=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
 
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
*Parts set off to create 2 counties:  
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Parts of Somerset County were set off to:  
**[[Franklin County, Maine|Franklin]] County 20 March 1838.<ref name="HBG" />  
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**[[Piscataquis County, Maine|Piscataquis]] County 23 March 1838.<ref name="HBG" />  
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*[[Franklin County, Maine|Franklin]] County 20 March 1838.<ref name="HBG" />  
*Part taken to add to [[Aroostook County, Maine|Aroostook]] County 12 March 1844.<ref name="HBG" />
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*[[Piscataquis County, Maine|Piscataquis]] County 23 March 1838.<ref name="HBG" />  
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*Part of [[Aroostook County, Maine|Aroostook]] County 12 March 1844.<ref name="HBG" />
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Places / Localities  ===
 
=== Places / Localities  ===
  
 
{{MESomersetCoTownsMap}}'''Towns'''  
 
{{MESomersetCoTownsMap}}'''Towns'''  
  
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*[[Anson, Maine|Anson]]  
 
*[[Anson, Maine|Anson]]  
*Athens  
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*[[Athens, Maine|Athens]]
*Bingham  
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*[[Bingham, Maine|Bingham]]
*Cambridge  
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*[[Cambridge, Maine|Cambridge]]
*Canaan  
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*[[Canaan, Maine|Canaan]]
*Caratunk  
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*[[Caratunk, Maine|Caratunk]]
*Cornville  
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*[[Cornville, Maine|Cornville]]
*Detroit  
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*[[Detroit, Maine|Detroit]]
*Embden
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*[[Embden, Maine|Embden]]
  
 
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*Fairfield  
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*[[Fairfield, Maine|Fairfield]]
*Harmony  
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*[[Harmony, Maine|Harmony]]
*Hartland  
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*[[Hartland, Maine|Hartland]]
*Jackman  
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*[[Jackman, Maine|Jackman]]
*Madison  
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*[[Madison, Maine|Madison]]
*Mercer  
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*[[Mercer, Maine|Mercer]]
*Moose River  
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*[[Moose River, Maine|Moose River]]
*Moscow  
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*[[Moscow, Maine|Moscow]]
*New Portland
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*[[New Portland, Maine|New Portland]]
  
 
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*Norridgewock  
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*[[Norridgewock, Maine|Norridgewock]]
*Palmyra  
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*[[Palmyra, Maine|Palmyra]]
*Pittsfield  
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*[[Pittsfield, Maine|Pittsfield]]
*Ripley  
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*[[Ripley, Maine|Ripley]]
*Saint Albans  
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*[[Saint Albans, Maine|Saint Albans]]
*Skowhegan  
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*[[Skowhegan, Maine|Skowhegan]]
*Smithfield  
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*[[Smithfield, Maine|Smithfield]]
*Solon  
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*[[Solon, Maine|Solon]]
*Starks
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*[[Starks, Maine|Starks]]
  
 
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'''Plantations.''' &nbsp;&nbsp;For further details see [[Maine plantations]].  
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'''Plantations.''' For further details see [[Maine plantations]].  
  
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*[[Brighton Plantation, Maine|Brighton Plantation]]  
 
*[[Brighton Plantation, Maine|Brighton Plantation]]  
*[[Dennistown, Maine|Dennistown]]
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*[[Dennistown, Maine|Dennistown]]  
 
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*[[Highland Plantation, Maine|Highland Plantation]]  
 
*[[Highland Plantation, Maine|Highland Plantation]]  
*[[Pleasant Ridge Plantation, Maine|Pleasant Ridge Plantation]]
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*[[Pleasant Ridge Plantation, Maine|Pleasant Ridge Plantation]]  
 
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*[[The Forks Plantation, Maine|The Forks Plantation]]  
 
*[[The Forks Plantation, Maine|The Forks Plantation]]  
 
*[[West Forks, Maine|West Forks]]
 
*[[West Forks, Maine|West Forks]]
  
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'''Extinct Towns and Plantations'''<ref>Before an extinct town was discontinued, it created official town records of interest to genealogists. For preservation these records were usually turned over to a nearby functioning town in the same county.</ref> <ref>Michael J. Leclerc, ''Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research'', 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 115. {{WorldCat|779626228|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1967587|item|disp=FHL Book 974 D27g 2012}}.</ref> <ref name="CCTPM">Maine Historical Records Survey Project, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Work Projects Administration, ''Counties, Cities, Towns, and Plantations of Maine: a Handbook of Incorporations, Dissolutions, and Boundary Changes'' (Portland, Maine: The Survey, 1940), pages for Bigelow, Brighton, Carrying Place, Dead River, Flagstaff, Lexington, Long Pond, and Mayfield. A digital version is available via {{FHL|283056|item|disp=a link}} in the FamilySearch Catalog.</ref>
  
'''Unorganized territories.''' For further details see [[Maine townships]].
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*{{AutoLink|Bigelow Plantation, Maine|Bigelow Plantation}}
 
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*{{AutoLink|Bloomfield, Maine|Bloomfield}}
*'''''Central Somerset''''' <br>
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*{{AutoLink|Brighton Plantation, Maine|Brighton}}
**Concord
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*{{AutoLink|Carrying Place Plantation, Maine|Carrying Place Plantation}}
**Twp 2 R1 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. W. of Kennebec River (Lexington)
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*{{AutoLink|Concord, Maine|Concord}}
*'''''Northeast Somerset'''''<br>
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*{{AutoLink|Dead River Plantation, Maine|Dead River Plantation}}
**Twp 2 R2 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. East of Kennebec River (Mayfield)
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*[[Dearborn, Maine|Dearborn]]
**Twp 2 R3 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. East of Kennebec River (Bald Mtn)
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*{{AutoLink|Flagstaff Plantation, Maine|Flagstaff Plantation}}
**Twp 2 R4 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. E. of Kennebec River (East Moxie)
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*{{AutoLink|Lexington, Maine|Lexington}}
**Twp 2 R5 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. E. of Kennebec River (Squaretown)
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*{{AutoLink|Long Pond Plantation, Maine|Long Pond Plantation}}
**Twp 1 R5 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. E. of Kennebec River (Moxie Gore)
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*{{AutoLink|Mayfield, Maine|Mayfield}}
**Twp 1 R6 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. E. of Kennebec R. (Indian Stream)
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**Twp 1 R6 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. W. of Kennebec R. (Chase Stream &amp; 10,000 Acre Tract)
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**Twp 2 R6 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. W. of Kennebec R. (Johnson Mtn)
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**Twp 1 R7 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. West of Kennebec River (Saplin)
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**Twp 2 R7 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. West of Kennebec River (Misery)
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**Twp 3 R7 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. W. of Kennebec River (Parlin Pond)
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**Misery Gore
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**Sandbar Tract
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**Twp 1 R1 North of Bingham's Kennebec Pur. (Taunton &amp; Raynham)
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**Twp 2 R1 N. of Bingham's Kennebec Pur. (Sandwich Academy Grant)
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**Twp 2 Twp 1 R1 North of Bingham's Kennebec Pur. (Rockwood Strip)
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**Twp 3 R1 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Long Pond)
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**Twp 1 R2 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Tomhegan)
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**Twp 2 R2 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Brassua)
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*'''''Northwest Somerset''''' <br>
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**Twp 1 R3 Bingham's K. Pur. W. of Kennebec River (Carrying Place)
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**Twp 2 R3 Bingham's K. Pur. W. of Kennebec R. (Carrying Place Town)
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**Twp 3 R3 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. W. of Kennebec River (Dead River)
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**Twp 4 R3 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. West of Kennebec River (Bigelow)
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**Twp 1 R4 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. West of Kennebec River (Bowtown)
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**Twp 2 R4 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. W. of Kennebec R. (Pierce Ponds)
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**Twp 3 R4 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. West of Kennebec R. (Spring Lake)
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**Twp 4 R4 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. West of Kennebec River (Flagstaff)
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**Twp 2 R5 Bingham's Kenn. Pur. W. of Kennebec R. (Lower Enchanted)
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**Twp 3 R5 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. West of Kennebec River (Spencer)
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**Twp 4 R5 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. W. of Kennebec R. (King &amp; Bartlett)
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**Twp 3 R6 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. W. of Kennebec R. (Upper Enchanted)
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**Twp 4 R6 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. West of Kennebec River (Hobbstown)
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**Twp 5 R6 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. West of Kennebec River (Haynestown)
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**Twp 4 R7 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. West of Kennebec River (Bradstreet)
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**Twp 5 R7 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. West of Kennebec River (Rayton)
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**Twp 6 R6 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. West of Kennebec River (Appleton)
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**Township 5 R1 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Attean Pond)
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**Township 6 R1 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Holeb)
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**Township 6 R2 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Forsyth)
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*'''''Seboomook Lake''''' <br>
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**Township 3 R2 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Thorndike)
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**Little W, North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase
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**Big W, North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase
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**Twp 1 R3 North of Bingham's Kennebec Pur. (West Middlesex Canal Grant)
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**Township 2 R3 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Soldiertown)
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**Township 3 R3 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Alder Brook)
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**Township 4 R3 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Bald Mountain)
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**Township 5 R3 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Sandy Bay)
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**Township Seboomook R4 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase
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**Township 1 R4 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Plymouth or Boyd)
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**Twp 2 R4 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Pittston Academy Grant)
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**Township 3 R4 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Hammond)
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**Township 4 R4 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Prentiss)
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**Township 5 R4 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Blake Gore)
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**Township 4 R16 West of the Easterly Line of the State (Elm Stream)
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**Township 4 R17 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 4 R18 West of the Easterly Line of the State (Comstock)
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**Township 3 R5 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Dole Brook)
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**Township 4 R5 North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase
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**Township 5 R16 West of the Easterly Line of the State (Russell Pond)
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**Township 5 R17 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 5 R18 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 5 R19 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 5 R20 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 6 R16 West of the Easterly Line of the State (Saint John)
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**Township 6 R17 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 6 R18 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 6 R19 West of the Easterly Line of the State (Big 6)
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**Township 7 R16 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 7 R17 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 7 R18 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 7 R19 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 8 R16 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 8 R17 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 8 R18 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 8 R19 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 9 R16 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 9 R17 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 9 R18 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 10 R16 West of the Easterly Line of the State
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**Township 10 R17 West of the Easterly Line of the State (Big 10)
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'''Communities'''  
 
'''Communities'''  
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'''Villages:&nbsp;''' &nbsp; • Flagstaff &nbsp; • North Anson  
 
'''Villages:&nbsp;''' &nbsp; • Flagstaff &nbsp; • North Anson  
  
'''Extinct or unincorporated towns''' &nbsp; • Central Somerset &nbsp; • Concord &nbsp; • Northeast Somerset &nbsp; • Northwest Somerset &nbsp; • Seboomook Lake<ref>Michael J. Leclerc, ''Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research'', 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 115. {{WorldCat|779626228|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1967587|item|disp=FHL Book 974 D27g 2012}}.</ref>
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'''Unorganized territories.''' Townships listed from southeast to northwest within their group. BKP=Bingham's Kennebec Purchase; EKR=East of the Kennebec River NBKP=North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase; Twp=Township; WELS=West of the Easterly Line of the State; WKR=West of the Kennebec River. For further details see [[Maine townships]].  
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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*'''''Central Somerset''''' <br>
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**{{AutoLink|Concord, Maine|Concord}}
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**Twp 2 R1 BKP WKR ({{AutoLink|Lexington, Maine|Lexington}})
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*'''''Northeast Somerset'''''<br>
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**Twp 2 R2 BKP EKR ({{AutoLink|Mayfield, Maine|Mayfield}})
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**Twp 2 R3 BKP EKR (Bald Mountain)
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**Twp 2 R4 BKP EKR (East Moxie)
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**Twp 2 R5 BKP EKR (Squaretown)
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**Twp 1 R5 BKP EKR (Moxie Gore)
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**Twp 1 R6 BKP EKR (Indian Stream)
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**Twp 1 R6 BKP WKR (Chase Stream and&nbsp;10,000 Acre Tract)
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**Twp 2 R6 BKP WKR (Johnson Mountain)
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**Twp 1 R7 BKP WKR (Saplin)
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**Twp 2 R7 BKP WKR (Misery)
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**Twp 3 R7 BKP WKR (Parlin Pond)
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**Misery Gore
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**Sandbar Tract
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**Twp 1 R1 NBKP (Taunton and Raynham)
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**Twp 2 R1 NBKP (Sandwich Academy Grant)
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**Twp 2 Twp 1 R1 NBKP (Rockwood Strip)
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**Twp 3 R1 NBKP ({{AutoLink|Long Pond Plantation, Maine|Long Pond}})
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**Twp 1 R2 NBKP (Tomhegan)
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**Twp 2 R2 NBKP (Brassua)
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*'''''Northwest Somerset''''' <br>
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**Twp 1 R3 BKP WKR ({{AutoLink|Carrying Place Plantation, Maine|Carrying Place}})
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**Twp 2 R3 BKP WKR (Carrying Place Town)
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**Twp 3 R3 BKP WKR ({{AutoLink|Dead River Plantation, Maine|Dead River}})
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**Twp 4 R3 BKP WKR ({{AutoLink|Bigelow Plantation, Maine|Bigelow}})
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**Twp 1 R4 BKP WKR (Bowtown)
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**Twp 2 R4 BKP WKR (Pierce Ponds)
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**Twp 3 R4 BKP WKR (Spring Lake)
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**Twp 4 R4 BKP WKR ({{AutoLink|Flagstaff Plantation, Maine|Flagstaff}})
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**Twp 2 R5 BKP WKR (Lower Enchanted)
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**Twp 3 R5 BKP WKR (Spencer)
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**Twp 4 R5 BKP WKR (King and Bartlett)
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**Twp 3 R6 BKP WKR (Upper Enchanted)
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**Twp 4 R6 BKP WKR (Hobbstown)
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**Twp 5 R6 BKP WKR (Haynestown)
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**Twp 4 R7 BKP WKR (Bradstreet)
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**Twp 5 R7 BKP WKR (Rayton)
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**Twp 6 R6 BKP WKR (Appleton)
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**Township 5 R1 NBKP (Attean Pond)
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**Township 6 R1 NBKP (Holeb)
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**Township 6 R2 NBKP (Forsyth)
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*'''''Seboomook Lake''''' <br>
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**Township 3 R2 NBKP (Thorndike)
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**Little W, NBKP
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**Big W, NBKP
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**Twp 1 R3 NBKP (West Middlesex Canal Grant)
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**Township 2 R3 NBKP (Soldiertown)
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**Township 3 R3 NBKP (Alder Brook)
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**Township 4 R3 NBKP (Bald Mountain)
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**Township 5 R3 NBKP (Sandy Bay)
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**Township Seboomook R4 NBKP
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**Twp 1 R4 NBKP (Plymouth or Boyd)
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**Twp 2 R4 NBKP (Pittston Academy Grant)
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**Township 3 R4 NBKP (Hammond)
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**Township 4 R4 NBKP (Prentiss)
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**Township 5 R4 NBKP (Blake Gore)
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**Township 4 R16 WELS (Elm Stream)
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**Township 4 R17 WELS
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**Township 4 R18 WELS (Comstock)
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**Township 3 R5 NBKP (Dole Brook)
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**Township 4 R5 NBKP
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**Township 5 R16 WELS (Russell Pond)
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**Township 5 R17 WELS
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**Township 5 R18 WELS
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**Township 5 R19 WELS
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**Township 5 R20 WELS
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**Township 6 R16 WELS (Saint John)
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**Township 6 R17 WELS
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**Township 6 R18 WELS
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**Township 6 R19 WELS (Big 6)
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**Township 7 R16 WELS
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**Township 7 R17 WELS
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**Township 7 R18 WELS
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**Township 7 R19 WELS
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**Township 8 R16 WELS
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**Township 8 R17 WELS
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**Township 8 R18 WELS
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**Township 8 R19 WELS
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**Township 9 R16 WELS
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**Township 9 R17 WELS
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**Township 9 R18 WELS
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**Township 10 R16 WELS
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**Township 10 R17 WELS (Big 10)
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'''Neighboring Counties'''
  
 
[[Aroostook County, Maine|Aroostook]] | [[Franklin County, Maine|Franklin]] | [[Kennebec County, Maine|Kennebec]] | [[Penobscot County, Maine|Penobscot]] | [[Piscataquis County, Maine|Piscataquis]] | [[Waldo County, Maine|Waldo]] | '''Quebec '''counties: [[Beauce County, Quebec|Beauce]] | [[Bellechasse County, Quebec|Bellechasse]] | [[Dorchester County, Quebec|Dorchester]] | [[Frontenac County, Quebec|Frontenac]]  
 
[[Aroostook County, Maine|Aroostook]] | [[Franklin County, Maine|Franklin]] | [[Kennebec County, Maine|Kennebec]] | [[Penobscot County, Maine|Penobscot]] | [[Piscataquis County, Maine|Piscataquis]] | [[Waldo County, Maine|Waldo]] | '''Quebec '''counties: [[Beauce County, Quebec|Beauce]] | [[Bellechasse County, Quebec|Bellechasse]] | [[Dorchester County, Quebec|Dorchester]] | [[Frontenac County, Quebec|Frontenac]]  
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{ME Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{ME Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{ME History Intro}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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===== Civil War =====
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[1st Regiment, Maine Cavalry|1st Regiment, Maine Cavalry]]
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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[http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Maine/ Maine Newspaper Archive] Indexes Free; Digital Page Images $ ([http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ GenealogyBank] $) Twenty-two early Maine 18th and 19th century newspapers, 1785-1898 online. Indexes (free); digital images ($). These newspapers are from Augusta, Bangor, Belfast, Brunswick, Castine, Eastport, Falmouth, Hallowell, Kennebunk, Portland, Saco and Wiscasset.  
 
[http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Maine/ Maine Newspaper Archive] Indexes Free; Digital Page Images $ ([http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ GenealogyBank] $) Twenty-two early Maine 18th and 19th century newspapers, 1785-1898 online. Indexes (free); digital images ($). These newspapers are from Augusta, Bangor, Belfast, Brunswick, Castine, Eastport, Falmouth, Hallowell, Kennebunk, Portland, Saco and Wiscasset.  
  
[[Image:Dark thin font green pin Version 4.png|left|32px|Dark thin font green pin Version 4.png]]Early Maine newspapers routinely reported on news, obituaries, births, marriages etc. from around the state. Be sure to search the indexes for all Maine newspapers to find your target ancestor.<br>  
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[[Image:Dark thin font green pin Version 4.png|left|32px|Dark thin font green pin Version 4.png]]Early Maine newspapers routinely reported on news, obituaries, births, marriages etc. from around the state. Be sure to search the indexes for all Maine newspapers to find your target ancestor.<br> <br>
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{{ME Newspaper abstracts|Somerset}}
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{ME Probate Intro|Somerset}}
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{ME Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{ME Vital Intro}}
  
 
=== Societies and Libraries  ===
 
=== Societies and Libraries  ===
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/somerset/somfiles.html The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Somerset County  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/somerset/somfiles.html The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Somerset County  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/somerset/somfiles.html The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Somerset County (backup site)  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/somerset/somfiles.html The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Somerset County (backup site)  
*{{FHL|Maine%2C+Somerset|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Somerset County
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*{{FHL|Maine%2C+Somerset|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} FamilySearch Catalog for Somerset County
  
 
=== References  ===
 
=== References  ===
  
 
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<references />  
{{Maine | Maine}} {{Maine-stub}} </div>  
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{{Maine | Maine}} </div>
[[Category:Somerset_County,_Maine]]
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Guide to Somerset County Maine genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records
Somerset County, Maine
Map
Map of Maine highlighting Somerset County
Location in the state of Maine
Facts
Founded March 1, 1809
County Seat Skowhegan
Courthouse
Address Somerset County Courthouse
Court Street
Skowhegan, ME 04976
Phone: 207.474.9861
Somerset County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

Clerk Courts has some marriage records from 1800’s and proabte records from 1809.[1]

History

Parent County

Created 1 March 1809 from Kennebec County.[1]

Boundary Changes

Parts of Somerset County were set off to:

Record Loss

Places / Localities

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Modern town borders in Somerset County, Maine. Towns with records are named in black. Unincorporated green places usually lack records.


Towns

Plantations. For further details see Maine plantations.

Extinct Towns and Plantations[2] [3] [4]

Communities

  • Anson
  • Bingham
  • Fairfield
  • Hartland
  • Madison
  • Norridgewock
  • Pittsfield
  • Skowhegan

Villages:    • Flagstaff   • North Anson

Unorganized territories. Townships listed from southeast to northwest within their group. BKP=Bingham's Kennebec Purchase; EKR=East of the Kennebec River NBKP=North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase; Twp=Township; WELS=West of the Easterly Line of the State; WKR=West of the Kennebec River. For further details see Maine townships.

  • Central Somerset
  • Northeast Somerset
    • Twp 2 R2 BKP EKR (Mayfield)
    • Twp 2 R3 BKP EKR (Bald Mountain)
    • Twp 2 R4 BKP EKR (East Moxie)
    • Twp 2 R5 BKP EKR (Squaretown)
    • Twp 1 R5 BKP EKR (Moxie Gore)
    • Twp 1 R6 BKP EKR (Indian Stream)
    • Twp 1 R6 BKP WKR (Chase Stream and 10,000 Acre Tract)
    • Twp 2 R6 BKP WKR (Johnson Mountain)
    • Twp 1 R7 BKP WKR (Saplin)
    • Twp 2 R7 BKP WKR (Misery)
    • Twp 3 R7 BKP WKR (Parlin Pond)
    • Misery Gore
    • Sandbar Tract
    • Twp 1 R1 NBKP (Taunton and Raynham)
    • Twp 2 R1 NBKP (Sandwich Academy Grant)
    • Twp 2 Twp 1 R1 NBKP (Rockwood Strip)
    • Twp 3 R1 NBKP (Long Pond)
    • Twp 1 R2 NBKP (Tomhegan)
    • Twp 2 R2 NBKP (Brassua)
  • Northwest Somerset
    • Twp 1 R4 BKP WKR (Bowtown)
    • Twp 2 R4 BKP WKR (Pierce Ponds)
    • Twp 3 R4 BKP WKR (Spring Lake)
    • Twp 4 R4 BKP WKR (Flagstaff)
    • Twp 2 R5 BKP WKR (Lower Enchanted)
    • Twp 3 R5 BKP WKR (Spencer)
    • Twp 4 R5 BKP WKR (King and Bartlett)
    • Twp 3 R6 BKP WKR (Upper Enchanted)
    • Twp 4 R6 BKP WKR (Hobbstown)
    • Twp 5 R6 BKP WKR (Haynestown)
    • Twp 4 R7 BKP WKR (Bradstreet)
    • Twp 5 R7 BKP WKR (Rayton)
    • Twp 6 R6 BKP WKR (Appleton)
    • Township 5 R1 NBKP (Attean Pond)
    • Township 6 R1 NBKP (Holeb)
    • Township 6 R2 NBKP (Forsyth)
  • Seboomook Lake
    • Township 3 R2 NBKP (Thorndike)
    • Little W, NBKP
    • Big W, NBKP
    • Twp 1 R3 NBKP (West Middlesex Canal Grant)
    • Township 2 R3 NBKP (Soldiertown)
    • Township 3 R3 NBKP (Alder Brook)
    • Township 4 R3 NBKP (Bald Mountain)
    • Township 5 R3 NBKP (Sandy Bay)
    • Township Seboomook R4 NBKP
    • Twp 1 R4 NBKP (Plymouth or Boyd)
    • Twp 2 R4 NBKP (Pittston Academy Grant)
    • Township 3 R4 NBKP (Hammond)
    • Township 4 R4 NBKP (Prentiss)
    • Township 5 R4 NBKP (Blake Gore)
    • Township 4 R16 WELS (Elm Stream)
    • Township 4 R17 WELS
    • Township 4 R18 WELS (Comstock)
    • Township 3 R5 NBKP (Dole Brook)
    • Township 4 R5 NBKP
    • Township 5 R16 WELS (Russell Pond)
    • Township 5 R17 WELS
    • Township 5 R18 WELS
    • Township 5 R19 WELS
    • Township 5 R20 WELS
    • Township 6 R16 WELS (Saint John)
    • Township 6 R17 WELS
    • Township 6 R18 WELS
    • Township 6 R19 WELS (Big 6)
    • Township 7 R16 WELS
    • Township 7 R17 WELS
    • Township 7 R18 WELS
    • Township 7 R19 WELS
    • Township 8 R16 WELS
    • Township 8 R17 WELS
    • Township 8 R18 WELS
    • Township 8 R19 WELS
    • Township 9 R16 WELS
    • Township 9 R17 WELS
    • Township 9 R18 WELS
    • Township 10 R16 WELS
    • Township 10 R17 WELS (Big 10)

Neighboring Counties

Aroostook | Franklin | Kennebec | Penobscot | Piscataquis | Waldo | Quebec counties: Beauce | Bellechasse | Dorchester | Frontenac

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Maine denominations, view the Maine Church Records wiki page.

Court

Gazetteers

Land

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Maine Land and Property for additional information about early Maine land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Somerset County, Maine. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Maine Local Histories.

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Somerset County, Maine served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Somerset County, Maine:

- 1st Regiment, Maine Cavalry

Newspapers

Maine Newspaper Archive Indexes Free; Digital Page Images $ (GenealogyBank $) Twenty-two early Maine 18th and 19th century newspapers, 1785-1898 online. Indexes (free); digital images ($). These newspapers are from Augusta, Bangor, Belfast, Brunswick, Castine, Eastport, Falmouth, Hallowell, Kennebunk, Portland, Saco and Wiscasset.

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Early Maine newspapers routinely reported on news, obituaries, births, marriages etc. from around the state. Be sure to search the indexes for all Maine newspapers to find your target ancestor.

Finding More Maine Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Somerset County, Maine newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate

Probate records for Washington County, Maine can be found at https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1930294

Taxation

Maine tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records

In Maine, vital records are kept by town clerks or selectmen. Although some towns have existed since the 1650s, most vital records date from about 1700. The vital statistics are often arranged by family. For more information, see the Wiki page for the town and the Wiki page, Maine Vital Records.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 305. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Before an extinct town was discontinued, it created official town records of interest to genealogists. For preservation these records were usually turned over to a nearby functioning town in the same county.
  3. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 115. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.
  4. Maine Historical Records Survey Project, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Work Projects Administration, Counties, Cities, Towns, and Plantations of Maine: a Handbook of Incorporations, Dissolutions, and Boundary Changes (Portland, Maine: The Survey, 1940), pages for Bigelow, Brighton, Carrying Place, Dead River, Flagstaff, Lexington, Long Pond, and Mayfield. A digital version is available via a link in the FamilySearch Catalog.

 

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