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York County, Maine
Map
Map of Maine highlighting York County
Location in the state of Maine
Facts
Founded June 25, 1789
County Seat Alfred
Courthouse
Address York County Courthouse
45 Kennebank Road;
Alfred, ME 04002
Phone: 207.324.1571
York County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records.
Clerk Court has divorce and court records.
Register of Probate has death and probate records from 1637.
Register of Deeds has land records from 1636. [1]

History

  • History of York County, Maine. With illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers (1880) By W. Woodford Clayton.  ebook at Internet Archive

Parent County

Created 25 Jun 1789 from Lincoln County. [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

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Modern town borders in York County, Maine.

Towns

Extinct Town:  Isles of Shoals

Communities

  • Berwick
  • Cape Neddick
  • Kennebunk
  • Kennebunkport
  • Kittery
  • Kittery Point
  • Lake Arrowhead
  • North Berwick
  • Sanford
  • South Eliot
  • South Sanford
  • Springvale
  • West Kennebunk
  • York Harbor

Villages

  • Bald Head
  • Cape Porpoise
  • York Cliffs

Neighboring Counties

Maine:  Cumberland | Oxford | New Hampshire:  Carroll | Rockingham | Strafford

Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Census

Church Records

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 Records

Peroidicals

Genealogy

Local Histories

Local histories are available for York 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.

Land and Property

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.

Maps

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Military Records

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in York 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 York County, Maine:

- 1st Regiment, Maine Cavalry
- 5th Regiment, Maine Infantry , Companies B and C.

Geographical

Newspapers

Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Portsmouth,NH newspapers from the early 1900's covering local news that included residents from York County communities.

Finding More Maine Newspapers

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

Naturalization and Citizenship

Obituaries - Indexes

Probate Records

In most counties in Maine, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, inventories, claim registers, inheritance records, probate packets, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The Family History Library Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Maine, York - Probate records.

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.


Gazetteers

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), York County, Maine page 305, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.

 

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