Maine, State Archive Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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|title=Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957
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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
The records in this collection are for the years 1636 to 1964.  
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The collection includes various county records, most are military records. The collection is located at the Maine State Archives. The records cover the years 1790 to 1966.  
  
== Record Description ==
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1877829/waypoints Browse]. <br>
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "Maine,State Archive Collections,1790-1966."  Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing State Archives, Augusta.}}
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[[Maine State Archive Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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==== Coverage Table  ====
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The Coverage Table shows the record types and time periods covered. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.<br>
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| width="200" | '''Record Type'''
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| Military
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| 1775-1865
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| Card index and images to soldiers by town
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| 1917-1919
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| Naturalization and citizenship
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| 1790-1913
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| Court
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| 1636-1929
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| Land
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| 1794-1964
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== Record Content ==
  
 
<gallery caption="Military Record Examples" widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">
 
<gallery caption="Military Record Examples" widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">
Image:Maine State Archive Collections (10-0716) (10-0842) Civil War Card Index DGS .jpg
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Image:Maine State Archive Collections (10-0716) (10-0842) Civil War Card Index DGS .jpg|Civil War Card
Image:Maine State Archive Collections (10-0716) (10-0842) Draft Card DGS 4389591_4.jpg
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Image:Maine State Archive Collections (10-0716) (10-0842) Draft Card DGS 4389591_4.jpg|Draft Card
Image:Maine State Archive Collections (10-0716) (10-0842) WWI DGS 4388558_6.jpg
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Image:Maine State Archive Collections (10-0716) (10-0842) WWI DGS 4388558_6.jpg|WWI Draft Card
Image:Maine State Archive Collections (10-0716) (10-0842) Enlistment List DGS 4655567_36.jpg
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Image:Maine State Archive Collections (10-0716) (10-0842) Enlistment List DGS 4655567_36.jpg|Enlistment List
Image:Maine State Archive Collections (10-0716) (10-0842) Regiment Return DGS 4602822_25.jpg
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Image:Maine State Archive Collections (10-0716) (10-0842) Regiment Return DGS 4602822_25.jpg|Regiment Return
 
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The collection includes the following various county records:  
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Civil War Cards of Maine include the following information:  
  
*Military 1775 to 1865
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*Name, age, rank and company of soldier
*Naturalization and citizenship 1790 to 1913
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*Whether service was in the infantry, cavalry, or heavy artillery
*Court 1636 to 1929
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*Birth place and current residence
*Land 1794 to 1964
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*Marital status
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*Physical description
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*Date of enlistment
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*Date and reason for leaving service
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*Record of previous service
  
Most of the records are military records and are handwritten on preprinted forms.
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Maine Draft Cards required the following information:
  
=== Record Content  ===
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*Name, age and current residence
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*Date and place of birth
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*Race, occupation and marital status
  
The records generally include the following information:  
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World War I Military Records include the following information:  
  
*Date of the event, transaction, or recording with the county
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*Name and residence
*Names of individual, witnesses, family members, sometimes neighbors
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*Date and place of birth
*Ages
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*Rank and military unit
*Relationships
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*Marital status
*Residences
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*Date and place where soldier entered military service
*Occupations
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*Date and place where soldier left military service
*Signature or mark
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*Person to be notified in case of an emergency
*Legal descriptions of land
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*Amount of money exchanged as part of business transactions
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Enlistment Lists of Volunteers included the following information:
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*Name and age
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*Date of enlistment
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*Residence and occupation
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*Marital status
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*Additional remarks, comments
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
The records in this collection are arranged by type of record and then by date. To begin searching these records you need to know the following:&nbsp;
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The records in this collection are arranged by type of record and then by date. To begin searching these records you need to know the following:  
  
 
*The type of event  
 
*The type of event  
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*The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the soldier, the deceased, or grantor and grantees
 
*The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the soldier, the deceased, or grantor and grantees
  
Compare the information you find in the records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine which record is about your ancestor. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
Next, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
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To search the collection, <br> ⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page,<br> ⇒ Select the appropriate "State, County, Town" category<br> ⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Category" category<br> ⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Description" category which takes you to the images.  
  
*Use the age to calculate a birth date.
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
*Use the names, ages and residence church and census records.
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*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.  
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*The name of the officiator at a christening, marriage, or burial may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
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*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
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*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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Keep in mind:
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==== Using the Information  ====
  
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:
*Earlier records may not contain as much information.  
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
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If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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*Use the age to calculate a birth date.
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*Use the names, ages and residence church and census records.
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
*Search the indexes and records of individual counties nearby states.
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== Record History  ==
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*Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been in the same area.
 
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
The Maine State Archives maintains the state and local records considered to be permanently valuable.  
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== Why this Record Was Created ==
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ====
  
The individual records were made to establish legal rights and to help track the population for health and taxation purposes. The state collection was created to insure that the records are retained and archived properly.  
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.  
 
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*Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
=== Record Reliability  ===
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*Search the records of nearby localities.  
 
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*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.  
The information is generally reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. Some transcription errors may have occurred.  
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*There is also the possibility that a family was missed in the census.
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
[http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/ Maine State Archives]  
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*[http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/ Maine State Archives]  
 
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*[http://www.maine.gov/msl/ Maine State Library]&nbsp;
[http://www.maine.gov/msl/ Maine State Library]&nbsp;  
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Maine Archives and Libraries]]  
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*[[Maine State Archives]]
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*[[Maine Archives and Libraries]]
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*[[Maine Court Records|Maine Court Records]]
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*[[Maine Land and Property|Maine Land and Property]]
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*[[Maine Military Records]]
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*[[Maine Naturalization and Citizenship|Maine Naturalization and Citizenship&nbsp;]]
  
[[Maine Military Records]]
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection.  
 
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A suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives, is found in the following link: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection:  ====
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"Maine, State Archive Collections". index and images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 28 April 2011. entry for Joheph Moutlon; citing Archive Collections, Maine, York County, Court Records, Court of General Sessions of the Peace, 1718-1717, vol. 178; Maine State Archives, Augusta, Maine.
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== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
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<!--bibdescbegin-->"Maine State Archive Collections,” images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]); from The Maine State Archives, Augusta. FHL digital images, 499 folders. Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

Revision as of 16:39, 27 September 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

The collection includes various county records, most are military records. The collection is located at the Maine State Archives. The records cover the years 1790 to 1966.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Maine,State Archive Collections,1790-1966." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing State Archives, Augusta.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Coverage Table



The Coverage Table shows the record types and time periods covered. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Record Type Years Covered
Military 1775-1865
Card index and images to soldiers by town 1917-1919
Naturalization and citizenship 1790-1913
Court 1636-1929
Land 1794-1964




Record Content

Civil War Cards of Maine include the following information:

  • Name, age, rank and company of soldier
  • Whether service was in the infantry, cavalry, or heavy artillery
  • Birth place and current residence
  • Marital status
  • Physical description
  • Date of enlistment
  • Date and reason for leaving service
  • Record of previous service

Maine Draft Cards required the following information:

  • Name, age and current residence
  • Date and place of birth
  • Race, occupation and marital status

World War I Military Records include the following information:

  • Name and residence
  • Date and place of birth
  • Rank and military unit
  • Marital status
  • Date and place where soldier entered military service
  • Date and place where soldier left military service
  • Person to be notified in case of an emergency

Enlistment Lists of Volunteers included the following information:

  • Name and age
  • Date of enlistment
  • Residence and occupation
  • Marital status
  • Additional remarks, comments

How to Use the Record

The records in this collection are arranged by type of record and then by date. To begin searching these records you need to know the following:

  • The type of event
  • The place where the event occurred
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the soldier, the deceased, or grantor and grantees

Search the Collection

To search the collection,
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page,
⇒ Select the appropriate "State, County, Town" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Category" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Description" category which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date.
  • Use the names, ages and residence church and census records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been in the same area.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the records of nearby localities.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.
  • There is also the possibility that a family was missed in the census.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection.

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.