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Access the records: Maine Vital Records, 1670-1907 .
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.
For a list of records by document type, dates and surnames currently published in this collection, select the Browse.
Citation for This Collection
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- "Maine Vital Records, 1892-1922," FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org). Maine State Archives, Augusta, Maine.
- *Child’s name and gender
- *Birth date and place
- *Whether stillborn or living
- *Number of child in the family, 1st, 2nd, etc.
- *Father's name, birth place, race, and occupation
- *Mother's maiden name, birth place, race, and occupation
- *Parent’s residence
- *Name and address of person reporting birth
- *Date and place of marriage
- *Full name of bride and groom
- *Residence(s) of bride and groom
- *Ages of bride and groom
- *Race of bride and groom
- *Occupation of bride and groom
- *Birthplace of bride and groom
- *Number of marriage(s) for bride and groom
- *Widowed or divorced?
- *Name of groom's father and birth place
- *Father's residence, race and occupation
- *Name of groom's mother, including maiden name
- *Mother's residence, race and occupation
- *Name of bride's father and birth place
- *Father's residence, race and occupation
- *Name of bride's mother, including maiden name
- *Name and title of officiator of marriage
- *Name and age of deceased in year, months and days
- *Date and place of death
- *Birth place of deceased
- *Gender, race, marital status and occupation of deceased
- *Name of father and father's occupation
- *Maiden name of mother
- *Cause of death
- *Name and address of person reporting the death
- *Name and address of undertaker
- == How to Use the Record ==
- 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.
- ==== Search the Collection ====
- ==== Using the Information ====
- *Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
- *Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
- *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 parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- ==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
- *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 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.
- *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 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.
- ==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ====
- *Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- *Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
- *Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
- *Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
- ==== General Information About These Records ====
- 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.
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