Maine, Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
 
The collection consists of indexes and images of birth, marriage, and death records. The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by surname then by year within each surname. When a surname folder begins or ends at the beginning or end of the surname, the surname alone is used in the collection listing. When the surname is split into more than one folder, the year is also included with the surname. The records in this collection are for the years 1670 to 1907.  
 
The collection consists of indexes and images of birth, marriage, and death records. The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by surname then by year within each surname. When a surname folder begins or ends at the beginning or end of the surname, the surname alone is used in the collection listing. When the surname is split into more than one folder, the year is also included with the surname. The records in this collection are for the years 1670 to 1907.  
 
The original vital records in Maine are kept by town clerks or selectmen. Although some towns have existed since the 1650s, most vital records date from about 1700. Copies of most of the existing vital records have been sent to the Maine State Archives.
 
 
These records were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests.
 
 
These records are generally reliable but can vary depending on the knowledge of the informant.
 
  
 
For a list of records by document type, dates and surnames currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/records/collection/1803978/waypoints Browse].  
 
For a list of records by document type, dates and surnames currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/records/collection/1803978/waypoints Browse].  
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
[[Image:Maine Vital Records (10-0106) (10-0107) Birth DGS 4543968 343.jpg|thumb|right|Maine Vital Records (10-0106) (10-0107) Birth DGS 4543968 343.jpg]]
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The following genealogical facts may be found in the birth records: <br>  
 
The following genealogical facts may be found in the birth records: <br>  
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*Parent’s residence  
 
*Parent’s residence  
 
*Name and address of person reporting birth
 
*Name and address of person reporting birth
 
[[Image:Maine Vital Records (10-0106) (10-0107) Marriage DGS 4543968 524 525.jpg|thumb|right|Maine Vital Records (10-0106) (10-0107) Marriage DGS 4543968 524 525.jpg]]
 
  
 
The following genealogical facts may be found in the marriage records: <br>  
 
The following genealogical facts may be found in the marriage records: <br>  
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*Name of bride's mother, including maiden name  
 
*Name of bride's mother, including maiden name  
 
*Name and title of officiator of marriage
 
*Name and title of officiator of marriage
 
[[Image:Maine Vital Records (10-0106) (10-0107) Death DGS 4543968 459 460.jpg|thumb|right|Maine Vital Records (10-0106) (10-0107) Death DGS 4543968 459 460.jpg]]
 
  
 
The following genealogical facts may be found in the death records: <br>  
 
The following genealogical facts may be found in the death records: <br>  
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*Name and address of person reporting the death  
 
*Name and address of person reporting the death  
 
*Name and address of undertaker
 
*Name and address of undertaker
 
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
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When searching the index it is helpful to know the name and some identifying information such as the approximate date and place the event occurred.
 
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*The county where the birth, marriage, or death occurred
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*The name of the person at the time of marriage
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*The approximate date the event occurred
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*The place the event occurred  
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*The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the bride and groom, the infant, or the deceased
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==== Search the Collection  ====
 
==== Search the Collection  ====
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
 
 
*Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
 
*Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
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*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
 
*The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
 
*The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
*Use a marriage number to identify previous marriages.
 
 
*The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.  
 
*The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
 
Keep in mind:
 
 
 
*The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
  
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.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
 
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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==== General Information About These Records ====
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The original vital records in Maine are kept by town clerks or selectmen. Although some towns have existed since the 1650s, most vital records date from about 1700. Copies of most of the existing vital records have been sent to the Maine State Archives.
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==

Revision as of 07:33, 17 February 2013

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

The collection consists of indexes and images of birth, marriage, and death records. The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by surname then by year within each surname. When a surname folder begins or ends at the beginning or end of the surname, the surname alone is used in the collection listing. When the surname is split into more than one folder, the year is also included with the surname. The records in this collection are for the years 1670 to 1907.

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

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