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

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Online Records
Knox County, Maine
Map
Map of Maine highlighting Knox County
Location in the state of Maine
Facts
Founded April 1, 1860
County Seat Rockland
Courthouse
Address Knox County Courthouse
62 Union Street PO Box 885
Rockland, ME 04841-0885
Phone: 207.594.9379
Knox County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

Town Clerks have birth, marriage, and death records.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records.
Probate Court has probate records from 1860.
Register of Deeds has land records from 1860.[1]
Gen. Henry Knox, U.S. Army

History

  • Named for American Revolutionary war general and Secretary of War, Henry Knox, who lived in the county from 1795 until his death in 1806.

Parent County

Created 1 April 1860 from Lincoln and Waldo counties. [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

MaineKnox CountyLincoln CountyWaldo CountyKennebec CountyHancock CountyAppletonWashingtonUnionHopeCamdenRockportRocklandWarrenMuscle Ridge TownshipThomastonFriendshipCushingSt. GeorgeSouth ThomastonOwls HeadNorth HavenHurricane Isle (now part of Vinalhaven)VinalhavenIsle au HautMatinicus (Plantation)Criehaven TownshipMonhegan (Plantation)Louds Island (aka Muscongus Isle Plantation)BristolBremenDamariscottaNobleboroWaldoboroJeffersonSomervilleHibberts GorePalermoChinaAlbionLibertyMontvilleFreedomKnoxMorrillSearsmontBelmontLincolnvilleNorthportBelfastWaldoBrooksSwanvilleSearsportStockton SpringsIslesboroSurryPenobscotCastineBrooksvilleSedgwickBlue HillBrooklinEagle IslandDeer IsleStoningtonEagle Island
Modern town borders in Knox County, Maine. Towns with records are named in black. Unincorporated green places usually lack records.

Towns

Plantation:  Matinicus.  For further details see Maine plantations.

Extinct Town and Plantations:[2]  Criehaven Plantation | Hurricane Isle | Muscle Ridge Plantation[3]

Unorganized territores:  Criehaven Township | Muscle Ridge Shoals Township.  For further details see Maine townships.

Communities

  • Camden
  • Thomaston

Villages

  • Hibberts Corner
  • Port Clyde

Neighboring Counties:  Hancock | Lincoln | Waldo

Resources

Cemeteries

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Main, Knox County Cemetery Records, (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Maine, Knox County Probate Estate Files (FanilySearch Histoarical Records)

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 Knox 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

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Military

Newspapers

Finding More Maine Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Knox 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

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records, 1800-2007 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Knox County, Maine page 304, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Before an extinct town or plantation was discontinued, it created official 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), 103. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.

 

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