Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Maine, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Cemetery
Collection years 1780-1980
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What is in the Collection?

These records include transcripts of headstones from various Maine cemeteries for the years 1780-1980. They also include series 1 and 2.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980.

Collection Content

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What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The records may contain any of the following;

  • Name of deceased
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Death date
  • Death place
  • Age
  • Military service
  • Name and location of cemetery
  • Names of others buried in the same lot and their relationships, birth dates, death dates and ages
  • Organization that created the record

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Other identifying information such as birth or death dates

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "Surname Range" category which takes you to the images

What Do I Do Next?

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. 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.

With either search 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.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

Once you have located your ancestor’s burial record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Burial records are often brief so it can be easy confuse individuals. Compare what information is given with what you already know about your ancestor to make sure it is the correct person.

Next, look at the pieces of information given in the burial record for new information. Add any new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the birth date or year to search for birth records.
  • Use the birth date along with relative’s names to find the family in census records.
  • Use the locality and relative’s names to locate church and land records.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; 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 of the deceased who may have been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. 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.
  • The cemetery these records are from still exists today. Family members of those found in the records who died after the records were written may also be interred in this cemetery. Mesa Cemetery maintains a website with additional information on those later burials.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.


Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation

“Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980.” Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Maine State Library, Augusta.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980.

Image Citation

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980.

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