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United States Gotoarrow.png Maine Gotoarrow.png Waldo County

Guide to Waldo County Maine genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records
Waldo County, Maine
Map
Map of Maine highlighting Waldo County
Location in the state of Maine
Facts
Founded February 7, 1827
County Seat Belfast
Courthouse
Address Waldo County Courthouse
73 Church Street
Belfast, ME 04915-1705
Phone: 207.338.3282
Waldo County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage records 1828-1887, divorce and court records from 1828.
City or Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records.
Probate Court has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [1]

History

Parent County

Created 7 February 1827 from parts of Hancock and Lincoln counties. [1]

Boundary Changes

  • One part set off to create Knox County 1 April 1860. [1]

Record Loss

Places / Localities

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

Towns

Extinct town:[2]  North Anson[3]

Communities

  • Searsport
  • Unity
  • Winterport

Village

  • East Thorndike

Neighboring Counties

Hancock | Kennebec | Knox | Lincoln | Penobscot | Somerset

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

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Probate records for Washington County, Maine can be found at [1]

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

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Waldo County, Maine page 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), 117. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.