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>
  
The collection includes the following various county records:
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==== Coverage Table  ====
  
*Military 1775 to 1865
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*Naturalization and citizenship 1790 to 1913
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*Court 1636 to 1929
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*Land 1794 to 1964
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Most of the records are military records and are handwritten on preprinted forms.  
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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>
  
=== Record Content  ===
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| width="200" | '''Years Covered'''
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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 perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="Military Record Examples">
 
<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="Military Record Examples">
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 records generally include the following information:  
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Civil War Cards of Maine include the following information:
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*Name, age, rank and company of soldier
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*Whether service was in the infantry, cavalry, or heavy artillery
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*Birth place and current residence
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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
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Maine Draft Cards required the following information:
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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
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World War I Military Records include the following information:
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*Name and residence
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*Date and place of birth
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*Rank and military unit
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*Marital status
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*Date and place where soldier entered military service
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*Date and place where soldier left military service
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*Person to be notified in case of an emergency
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Enlistment Lists of Volunteers included the following information:  
  
*Date of the event, transaction, or recording with the county
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*Name and age
*Names of individual, witnesses, family members, sometimes neighbors
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*Date of enlistment
*Ages
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*Residence and occupation
*Relationships
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*Marital status
*Residences
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*Additional remarks, comments
*Occupations
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*Signature or mark
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*Legal descriptions of land
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*Amount of money exchanged as part of business transactions
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
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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
  
==== Search the Collection ====
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==== Search the Collection ====
  
To search the collection you will need follow this series of links:<br>
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>
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⇒Select the appropriate locality<br>
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at
⇒Select the type of records<br>
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[http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
⇒Select the appropriate sub-collection from those described. This takes you to the images  
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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.  
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To search the collection image by image: <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. 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. Keep in mind:
  
==== Using the Information ====
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
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.
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==== Using the Information  ====
  
The following examples show ways you can use the information:  
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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:  
  
 
*Use the age to calculate a birth date.  
 
*Use the age to calculate a birth date.  
 
*Use the names, ages and residence church and census records.
 
*Use the names, ages and residence church and census records.
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
  
*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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*Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been in the same area.  
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
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*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or 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.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
*The information is generally reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. Some transcription errors may have occurred.
 
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.  
*Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
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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.  
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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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.
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*There is also the possibility that a family was missed in the census.
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
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*[[Maine State Archives]]
 
*[[Maine Archives and Libraries]]  
 
*[[Maine Archives and Libraries]]  
 
*[[Maine Court Records|Maine Court Records]]  
 
*[[Maine Court Records|Maine Court Records]]  
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*[[Maine Naturalization and Citizenship|Maine Naturalization and Citizenship&nbsp;]]
 
*[[Maine Naturalization and Citizenship|Maine Naturalization and Citizenship&nbsp;]]
  
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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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.  
 
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.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].&nbsp;
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
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==== Example of a&nbsp;Source Citations for a Record Found 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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== Citation for This Collection  ==
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The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. &nbsp;It may include the author, custodian, publisher, or archive for the original records.
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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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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>  
  
Information aboutr creating source citation for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article&nbsp;[[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
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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.}}
  
[[Category:Maine]]
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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.]]

Revision as of 22:55, 3 December 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.

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

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

To search the collection image by image:
⇒ 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. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

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.

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.