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These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Maine. Remember, Maine was part of Massachusetts until 1819, so early Maine records are often found in Massachusetts repositories.

Wiki Articles on Major Repositories for Maine

Allen County Public Library · American Antiquarian Society · Bangor Public Library · Farmington Public Library · Haverhill Public Library · Maine Historical Society · Maine State Archives · Maine State Library · Massachusetts Historical Society · National Archives at Boston · New England Historic Genealogical Society · Penobscot Marine Museum · Skidompha Public Library · University of Maine Fogler Library

Online Records of Maine

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Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

National Archives at Boston (in Waltham MA)

National Repositories

National Archives at Boston

National Archives at Boston
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02452-6399
Phone: (781) 663-0130
Fax: (781) 663-0154
E-mail: waltham.archives@nara.gov
Website: National Archives at Boston

The Boston archives branch has Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont documents, photos, and maps of 80 federal agencies, War of 1812, forts, World War II research at Harvard and MIT, federal bankruptcy courts, First Circuit Court of Appeals, Navy, Coast Guard, westward expansion, ethnology, Revolutionary War, Civil War, captured German records, territorial papers, censuses, passenger arrival records for Boston and New England, Canadian border crossings.[1]

Statewide Repositories

Maine Historical Society Brown Library

ME Historical Society Brown Library in Portland
Maine Historical Society Brown Library
489 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
Telephone 207-774–1822
Fax 207-775–4301
E-mail: info@mainehistory.org
Website: Maine Historical Society Brown Library
They have a very good collection for genealogists including 100,000 books, and 2 million manuscript pages from the 1400s to the present. They also provide in-library online access to NewEnglandAncestors.org, Ancestry Library, HeritageQuest™ Online, and the Proquest Digital Sanborn Maps of Maine.[2][3]

Maine State Archives

Maine State Archives in Augusta
Maine State Archives
84 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0084
Telephone: 207-287-5795
Fax: 207-289-5739
Website: Maine State Archives
Original records from all Maine counties, towns, and plantations.[2] A wiki article describing this collection is found at Maine State Archive Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Maine State Library

Maine State Library in Augusta
Maine State Library
64 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Telephone: 207-287-5600
Fax: 207-287-5624
E-mail: Ask a Librarian, Information Form
Website: Maine State Library
Has history, genealogy, town histories, counties, Indians, boundary changes, rivers, maps, oral histories, and town/plantation records. This is the best genealogical repository in Maine.[2]

Regional Repositories

Bangor Public Library

Bangor Public Library
Bangor Public Library
Bangor Room
145 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Telephone: 207-947-8336
Fax 207-945-6694
E-mail: info@bangorpubliclibrary.org
Website: Local History, the Bangor Room, and Special Collections
Genealogical and historical references for Bangor, the Penobscot Valley, the state of Maine, and the entire region of New England. They have censuses, Maine Register town histories, the Bangor Daily News Index, county histories, family records and research, genealogy handbooks, Bangor city directories, military histories, passenger lists, and scanned photos.[4] They also provide free access to Ancestry Library and HeritageQuest Online.

Farmington Public Library

Farmington Public Library
Farmington Public Library
117 Academy Street
Farmington, ME 04938
Telephone: 207-778-4312
E-mail: jenscott@farmington.lib.me.us
Website: Farmington Public Library
The Genealogy Room has over 1,700 works: town histories, published and unpublished family histories, local newspapers, Ancestry.com access, vital records, and cemetery transcripts.[5]

Penobscot Marine Museum

Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport
Penobscot Marine Museum
Stephen Phillips Memorial Library
11 Church Street (PO Box 498)
Searsport, Maine 04974
Telephone: 207-548-2529 ext.212
E-mail: cgood@pmm-maine.org
Website: Stephen Phillips Memorial Library
Their collection includes an important biographical index of Maine people. They also have records of shipping companies, ship registers, logbooks, and journals.[2]

Skidompha Public Library

Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta
Skidompha Public Library
Lincoln County Genealogy and History Center
184 Main Street (PO Box 70)
Damariscotta, Maine 04543
Telephone: 207-563-5513
E-mail: skid@msln.net
Website: Genealogy:Find Your Roots<
Their genealogy and local history collection is outstanding.[2] It is strongest for Lincoln County, but also includes other areas of Maine, New England, US, Canada, and other countries.[6]

University of Maine Fogler Library

UMaine Fogler Library in Orono
University of Maine Fogler Library
Orono, ME 04469-5729
Telephone: 207-581-1661
Fax: 207-581-1653
E-mail: Ask a Librarian form
Website: University of Maine Fogler Library
They have excellent collections about early Maine settlers, fisheries, Acadians, ships, and shipping companies.[2]

Outside of Maine Repositories

Maine was part of Massachusetts until 1819, so early Maine records are often found in Massachusetts repositories.
Allen Co Public Library IN

Allen County Public Library

Allen County Public Library
900 Library Plaza
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
Telephone: 260-421-1225
E-mail: genealogy@acpl.info
Website: Genealogy Center ACPL

This is the second-largest genealogy collection in the United States[7] and the largest genealogy collection in a public library. Its holdings include more than 350,000 printed volumes and 513,000 items on microfilm and microfiche.[8] It has a premier genealogical periodical collection, local histories, genealogies, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, ethnic sources, and Canadians. They have a great eastern seaboard and Maine collection.[9]

American Antiquarian Society

American Antiquarian Society in Worcester MA
American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1634
Telephone: 508-755-5221
Fax: 508-753-3311
E-mail: Library@americanantiquarian.org
Website: American Antiquarian Society
Best known for its U.S. newspaper collection of over 18,000 bound volumes 1704-1820, history, genealogy, Bibles, maps, biography, directories, Native Americans, women, canals, railroads, photos, manuscripts.[10] They have Maine vital records, newspapers, and town histories. One of the best genealogy centers in America.[2]

Haverhill Public Library

Haverhill Public Library in Massachusetts
Haverhill Public Library
99 Main Street
Haverhill, Massachusetts 01830
Telephone: 978-373-1586
E-mail: hpl-ref@mvlc.org
Website: Haverhill Public Library Special Collections
One of New England's largest collections of original manuscripts, books, genealogical periodicals, and surname folders, local history collection, genealogy databases, Massachusetts vital records to 1910, federal and state censuses, 9,000 New England town and family histories. Their collection of New England and Maine sources is larger than most.[2] [11]

Massachusetts Historical Society Library

Massachusetts Historical Soc in Boston
Massachusetts Historical Society Library
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215-3695
Telephone: 617-536-1608
Fax: 617-859-0074
E-mail: Contact Us
Website: Massachusetts Historical Society
Excellent historical materials, original town records, and genealogies related to Maine.[2] This collection does not repeat the New England Historic Genealogical Society collection.[12]

Massachusetts State Archives

Masschusetts State Archives in Boston
Massachusetts State Archives
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, Massachusetts 02125
Phone: (617) 727–2816
E-mail: archives@sec.state.ma.us
Website: Massachusetts Archives Division
The Massachusetts Archives Index, also known as the Colonial Index, cites almost every early New England immigrant inlcuding those for Maine.[2]

New England Historic Genealogical Society

NEHGS at 101 Newbury St in Boston
New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)
101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007
Telephone:  617-536-5740; Library 617-226-1231
Fax:  617-536-7307
E-mail:  info@nehgs.org
Website: AmericanAncestors.org
Best overall collection for New England vital records and probates, and excellent collection for Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and Europe. The manuscript collection for members only has diaries, letters, account books, business papers, church and town records, sermons, maps, wills, deeds, unpublished town and family genealogies, photos, and papers of the region's best genealogists since 1850.[13] The Maine collection has great detail on some early families, unpublished family histories, and many town and county histories.[2]

For Further Reading

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Sources

  1. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 124. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Dollarhide and Bremer, 53.
  3. Genealogy and Family History Research at MHS in Maine Historical Society (accessed 5 April 2016).
  4. Local History, the Bangor Room, and Special Collections in Bangor Public Library (accessed 5 April 2016).
  5. Genealogy Services in Farmington Public Library (accessed 5 April 2016).
  6. Genealogy: Find Your Roots in Skidompha Library (accessed 5 April 2016).
  7. Allen County Public Library in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 28 April 2010).
  8. Genealogy Center in Allen County Public Library (accessed 28 April 2010).
  9. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  10. Dollarhide and Bremer, 59.
  11. Genealogy Resources in Haverhill Public Library (accessed 14 November 2013).
  12. Dollarhide and Bremer, 57.
  13. Dollarhide and Bremer, 5, 57, and 59.