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Church baptism, marriage, and burial records are a major source of information about people from [[Maine|Maine]].  
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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Maine|Maine ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Maine Church Records|Church Records]]''
  
Before 1829, a few churches kept birth and death records, but most kept marriage records. For this time period there are almost no Methodist records and few Episcopal records. You may find some records by writing to the church in a town. Records for the Congregational Church and Society of Friends (Quakers) are in the Maine Historical Society.  
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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. Records may include names of other relatives who were witnesses or members of the congregation. The members of some churches were predominantly of one nationality or ethnic group.  
  
Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Maine were the Congregational, Baptist, Roman Catholic, and Methodist Episcopal churches. The Family History Library has some published and microfilmed church records for these groups.  
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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in were the [[Congregational Church in the United States|Congregational]], [[Baptist Church in the United States|Baptist]], [[Roman Catholic Church in the United States|Roman Catholic]], and [[Methodist Church in the United States|Methodist Episcopal]] churches.  
  
A helpful list of churches existing in 1940 is:  
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Some denominations have their records in central repositories. You can contact the following to learn where their records are located:  
  
Historical Records Survey (Maine). ''Directory of Churches and Religious Organizations in Maine''. Portland: Maine Historical Records Survey Project, 1940. (Family History Library book 974.1 K24h; film 1035515 item 13.) These records show locations of over 1,700 churches and religious organizations in Maine and give a brief history of the beginning of the various religions in Maine.
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=== Baptist  ===
  
Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. Many records of the Congregational and Society of Friends churches are at the Maine Historical Society. The following archives also have important collections of Maine church records:  
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[http://www.abhsarchives.org/ American Baptist Historical Society]<br>3001 Mercer University Dr.<br>Atlanta, Georgia 30341<br>Telephone: (678) 547-6680
  
=== Baptist ===
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=== The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) ===
  
American Baptist Samuel Colgate Historical Society<br>1106 South Goodman Street<br>Rochester, NY 14602<br>Telephone: 716-473-1740<br>Fax: 716-473-1740 <br>Internet: http://www.baptisthistory.us/about.php
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Early church records, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Maine wards and branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers for each ward can be located through the [http://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] or by referring to:
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*Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. ''Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers...''. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films. {{FHL|129780|item|disp=FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507}}
  
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
  
[http://www.ancestry.ca/drouin/ Drouin Collection 1621-1967 of French Canadian records indexed at Ancestry.com]. This collection has over 15 million entries for French Canadian genealogical and vital records. Be sure to search for spelling variations of the ancestor's name. This index includes Quebec notarial, vital, and church records, Acadian Catholic records, Ontario French Catholic records, early French Catholic records in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin.
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[http://www.portlanddiocese.org/info.php?info_id=59 Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland]<br>P.O. Box 11559 (mailing address)<br>510 Ocean Avenue<br>Portland, Maine 04104-7559<br>Phone: (207) 773-6471
  
The Archives of the Diocese of Portland<br>P.O. Box 11559<br>510 Ocean Avenue<br>Portland, ME 04104-7559<br>Telephone: 207-77-6471<br>Fax: 207-773-0182 <br>Internet: http://www.portlanddiocese.net/info.php?info_id=205 <!--{12085461019520} -->
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Sacramental records (baptism, marriage, etc.) are kept by the individual parishes.  
  
=== Congregational  ===
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Androscoggin County, Maine|Androscoggin]], [[Aroostook County, Maine|Aroostook]], [[Cumberland County, Maine|Cumberland]], [[Franklin County, Maine|Franklin]], [[Hancock County, Maine]], [[Kennebec County, Maine|Kennebec]], [[Knox County, Maine|Knox]], [[Lincoln County, Maine|Lincoln]], [[Oxford County, Maine|Oxford]], [[Penobscot County, Maine|Penobscot]], [[Piscataquis County, Maine|Piscataquis]], [[Sagadahoc County, Maine|Sagadahoc]], [[Somerset County, Maine|Somerset]], [[Waldo County, Maine|Waldo]], [[Washington County, Maine|Washington]] and [[York County, Maine|York]]
  
The Congregational Library<br>14 Beacon Street<br>Boston, MA 02108<br>Telephone: 617-523-0470 <br>Internet: http://www.congregationallibrary.org/resources/archives/church-record-collections
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'''The Drouin Collection'''<br><br> [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1111 Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954] ($) (Ancestry). This database only contains the French Catholic parish records from the United States in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. It is the U.S. part of the U.S. and French-Canadian Drouin Collection. For more details see [[The Drouin Collection: Six databases|"The Drouin Collection: Six Databases"]]
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The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written in French (mainly) as well as English, Latin, and Italian.
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=== Congregational  ===
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[http://www.14beacon.org/ The Congregational Library]<br>14 Beacon Street<br>Boston, Massachusetts 02108<br>Phone: (617) 523-0470
  
 
=== Episcopal  ===
 
=== Episcopal  ===
  
Archives of the Diocesan House<br>Attn: Archivist<br>143 State Street<br>Portland, ME 04101<br>Telephone: 1-800-244-6062 <br>Internet: http://www.diomaine.org/dioarchives.htm
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[http://www.episcopalmaine.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=116 Archives of the Diocese of Maine]<br>Attn: Archivist<br>143 State Street<br>Portland, ME 04101<br>Phone:&nbsp;(207) 772-1953, ext. 137<br>  
  
 
=== Methodist  ===
 
=== Methodist  ===
  
Boston University School of Theology Library<br>745 Commonwealth Avenue<br>Boston, MA 02215<br>Telephone: 617-353-3034<br>Fax: 617-353-3061 <br>Internet: http://www.bu.edu/sth/archives/mhshome.html
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[http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/ Boston University School of Theology Library]<br>745 Commonwealth Avenue<br>Boston, MA 02215<br>Phone: (617) 353-1323
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=== Additional Sources  ===
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*[http://www.mainehistory.org/library_overview.shtml Maine Historical Society] - Collections include many Unitarian, Baptist, Quaker, Methodist, and Congregational church records.
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A helpful list of churches existing in 1940 is:
  
=== Web Sites  ===
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*Historical Records Survey (Maine). ''Directory of Churches and Religious Organizations in Maine''. Portland: Maine Historical Records Survey Project, 1940. These records show locations of over 1,700 churches and religious organizations in Maine and give a brief history of the beginning of the various religions in Maine. {{FHL|33078|item|disp=FHL book 974.1 K24h; film 1035515 item 13}}
  
http://www.mainehistory.org/
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'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''
  
http://mmchurchrecords.netfirms.com/<br>
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*[[Maine Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Maine Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Maine Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Maine Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Maine Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Maiine Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Maine  Gotoarrow.png  Church Records

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. Records may include names of other relatives who were witnesses or members of the congregation. The members of some churches were predominantly of one nationality or ethnic group.

Before 1900 the largest religious groups in were the Congregational, Baptist, Roman Catholic, and Methodist Episcopal churches.

Some denominations have their records in central repositories. You can contact the following to learn where their records are located:

Contents

Baptist

American Baptist Historical Society
3001 Mercer University Dr.
Atlanta, Georgia 30341
Telephone: (678) 547-6680

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

Early church records, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Maine wards and branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers for each ward can be located through the Family History Library Catalog or by referring to:

  • Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers.... 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films. FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507

Roman Catholic

Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
P.O. Box 11559 (mailing address)
510 Ocean Avenue
Portland, Maine 04104-7559
Phone: (207) 773-6471

Sacramental records (baptism, marriage, etc.) are kept by the individual parishes.

The diocese includes the counties of: Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock County, Maine, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo, Washington and York

The Drouin Collection

Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954 ($) (Ancestry). This database only contains the French Catholic parish records from the United States in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. It is the U.S. part of the U.S. and French-Canadian Drouin Collection. For more details see "The Drouin Collection: Six Databases"

The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written in French (mainly) as well as English, Latin, and Italian.

Congregational

Maine churches.png

The Congregational Library
14 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Phone: (617) 523-0470

Episcopal

Archives of the Diocese of Maine
Attn: Archivist
143 State Street
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) 772-1953, ext. 137

Methodist

Boston University School of Theology Library
745 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617) 353-1323

Additional Sources

  • Maine Historical Society - Collections include many Unitarian, Baptist, Quaker, Methodist, and Congregational church records.

A helpful list of churches existing in 1940 is:

  • Historical Records Survey (Maine). Directory of Churches and Religious Organizations in Maine. Portland: Maine Historical Records Survey Project, 1940. These records show locations of over 1,700 churches and religious organizations in Maine and give a brief history of the beginning of the various religions in Maine. FHL book 974.1 K24h; film 1035515 item 13

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at: