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Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. These must usually be searched in person.
Published Collections and Indexes
Many genealogies have been researched and published for the colonial states. Names of the earliest immigrants and settlers have been identified. Examples of numerous published collections and indexes for Maine and other parts of New England are:
Cutter, William Richard. New England Families: Genealogical and Memorial. Four Volumes. New York, New York: Lewis Historical Publishing, 1914. (Family History Library book 974 D2c 1914; films 962340-41; 899795; on 27 fiche 6051510-12 Volumes. 1-3). Each volume contains an index to volumes 1-4. There is a separate set of these volumes published in 1913 (Family History Library book 974D2c 1913; films 164686-9).
An index to this and other series by William Cutter relating to New England is:
Ireland, Norma Olin, and Winifred Irving. Cutter Index: A Consolidated Index of Cutter's Nine Genealogy Series. Fallbrook, California: Ireland Indexing Service, 197?. (Family History Library book 974 D22i; film 1036507 item 6; on 2 fiche 6046737).
Other good sources are:
Greenlaw, William Prescott. The Greenlaw Index of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Two Volumes. Boston, Massachusetts: G. K. Hall, 1979. (Family History Library Ref Q book 974 D22g.) This is an index to many local histories and genealogies published between 1900 and about 1940. Arranged alphabetically by family.
Little, George Thomas. Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine. Four Volumes. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing, 1909. (Volumes 1,3,4 in Family History Library book 974.1 D2L; all four Volumes on film 1000056; Volumes 1,3,4 on 36 fiche 6051259).
English Origins of New England Families: From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. First Series, Three Volumes. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1984. (Family History Library book 974 D2e; on 31 fiche 6047919-21). This work contains and indexes much of what is known about New England immigrant origins. It contains multi-generational genealogies that are several pages long.
English Origins of New England Families: from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Second series, three Volumes. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1985. ( Family History Librarybook 974 D2en; on 37 fiche 6047922-24). This completes the intent of the first series, the consolidation of known information for New England immigrant origins.
Noyes, Sybil, Charles Thornton Libby, and Walter Goodwin Davis. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire. 1928-39. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1983. (Family History Library book 974 D2n 1983; films 476892, item 1, A-Locke and 599337, item 4, Locke-Z; on ten fiche 6046621). This includes genealogies up to the year 1700 and often beyond that date.
Pope, Charles H. Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623 to 1660. 1908. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1965. (Family History Library book 974 D2po 1965; fiche 6049825; 1908 ed. on film 009724).
Pioneers of Maine. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1956. (Family History Library film 010374). This source is arranged alphabetically and contains genealogy, family sketches, and pedigrees. The time period is 1600-1850.
Directory of Maine Pioneer Ancestors. N.p., 198–? (Family History Library book 974.1 D24m). This directory includes individuals who were in Maine before 1820. It lists names, some genealogical data, residences, and names of descendants who purchased a Pioneer Ancestor Certificate.
Gray, Ruth, Editor. Maine Families in 1790. Five Volumes. Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1988-1996. (Family History Library book 974.1 D2m). This ongoing project contains genealogical information, family linkages, and places of residence. It sometimes conflicts with other sources.
Davis, Walter Goodwin. Massachusetts and Maine Families. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1996. (Family History Library book 929.273 D29dwa three volumes). These books cover the ancestry of 180 families and often have genealogical information back to the immigrant.
Rider, Fremont, Editor. American Genealogical- Biographical Index. Volumes 1-186+. Middletown, Connecticut: Godfrey Memorial Library, 1952-. (Family History Library book 973 D22am ser. 2; on 31 Family History Library films starting at 1698167). This is a continuing series. An earlier 48-volume version of this source was published as The American Genealogical Index, 1942-1951. It contains over four million brief citations (name, date, and source) to manuscripts, periodicals, books, and the Boston Transcript. The earlier version referred to 350 sources. The second version includes the original 350 sources and an additional 800 more.
To help interpret citations and locate the original sources, use the colored pages in some volumes or the following work:
Clark, Patricia L., and Dorothy Huntsman, Editors. American Genealogical Biographical Key Title Index. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990. (Family History Library book 973 D22am index; film 1698167 item 4; fiche 6088377). This work lists the sources that are at the Family History Library and their call numbers.
Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England. . . .Four Volumes. 1860-62. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. (Family History Library book 974 D2s 1969; film 1321056 items 1-4; 1981 edition on fiche 6019972). This work contains three generations of the ancestors of people who came to New England before 1692.
Printing Your Family History
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Brigham Young University's Print and Mail Production Center offers facilities and consultants to assist genealogists in printing their family histories. Their consultants can answer questions regarding formatting, layout, scanning photos, and can assist in the printing process.
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Benjamin Lake Noyes Collection. This collection has genealogies and correspondence concerning many Maine families, especially those that settled at Deer Isle in Hancock County. It is on microfilm at the Family History Library, the Maine Historical Society, and the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society (where many of the original volumes can be found). It is divided into three series that are each arranged alphabetically by surname.
Noyes, Benjamin Lake. Genealogical History of Deer Isle Families. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971, 1972, 1973.
|Series 1|| 32 volumes
|| Family History Library films 897059-67 |
|Series 2||43 volumes||Family History Library films 859266-71|
|Series 2a||12 volumes||Family History Library films 908528-30|
The title for Series 1 is actually Settlers and Settlements of East Penobscot Bay Specializing on Deer Isle: Series 1, Historical.
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collections. This collection consists of transcripts of Bible, cemetery, church, marriage, and death records and obituaries and wills. The volumes are also at the DAR Library in Washington, D.C.; the Maine Historical Society; and the New England Historic Genealogical Society. See:
Daughters of the American Revolution (Maine). Genealogical and Miscellaneous Records Collected 1925-1972. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971-1972. (On 18 Family History Library films beginning with 859060 items 5-7).
Piscataqua Pioneers Membership Applications. The Piscataqua Pioneers is a lineage society for descendants of pre-1776 settlers along the Piscataqua River. The applications for membership give detailed lineages and are arranged in two series alphabetically by the name of the applicant.
Piscataqua Pioneers. Applications for Membership, 1908-1990. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978, 1980-1990. (On 4 Family History Library films starting at 1036925). The original filming was in 1978, additional filming took place from 1980 to 1990.
Genealogical Card Index. The Maine Historical Society has a collection referred to as the Genealogical Card Index. This is an index by surname to local histories of Maine. Most of the information in this card index has been published in:
Estes, Marie. Name Index to Maine Local Histories. Portland, Maine: Maine Historical Society, 1985. (Family History Library book 974.1 H22e; film 1698019 item 34). The Maine Genealogical Society is currently updating this publication and also gathering brief but comprehensive biographies of each head of household listed in the 1790 census of Maine.
Penobscot Pioneers. Another work lists families and ancestors of settlers along the Penobscot River.
Gray, Philip Howard. Penobscot Pioneers. Camden, Maine: Penobscot Press, 1992-1994. Four Volumes. (Family History Library book 974.1 D2g). This includes detailed genealogies with names, dates, and places. It also cites all sources used.
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