Maine Deaths and Burials (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 Deaths and Burials Index
Collection years 1841-1910
FamilySearch Resources
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Archive
Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City


What is in the Collection?

This collection is an electronic index of deaths and burials for the years 1867 to 1961 taken from the following sources:

  • Indexed church records
  • Civil registrations
  • The Internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church

Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Collection Content

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1739-1900 Marriages, 1771-1907 Deaths and Burials, 1841-1910
Androscoggin 44,273 32,805 3,137
Aroostook 11,223 7,757 478
Cumberland 134,888 100,909 11,862
Franklin 18,595 12,152 276
Hancock 40,660 19,488 2,000
Kennebec 74,357 46,197 321
Knox 18,093 17,595 1,785
Lincoln 38,638 27,558 1,705
Maine 252,373 136,105 133,772
Oxford 64,340 13,191 733
Penobscot 70,457 72,066 2,346
Piscataquis 19,305 11,282 563
Sagadahoc 54,392 10,392 437
Somerset 30,226 21,314 725
Waldo 22,135 23,401 1,452
Washington 12,864 8,248 489
York 34,063 37,048 10,798
Total 940,882 597,508 172,879

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Deaths and Burials Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).

The records in this collection usually contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Death date and place
  • Age
  • Date of birth
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The records occasionally include:

  • Burial date and place
  • Names of parents
  • Marital status

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Identifying information such as death date and place

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your 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.

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.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  • Remember this is only an index, not the original records.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the FamilySearch Catalog.

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

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. Add this new information to your records of each family.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.
  • The name of the informant may be a relative. This can be helpful in identifying your ancestor.
  • The name of the officiator is 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; 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 died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. 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.

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

  • The records are very brief, so it is easy to confuse individuals in the index. In addition, an individual may be listed multiple times with slight spelling variations of their name.
  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog to see if other records for this place are available.

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, Deaths and Burials, 1841-1910." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.


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, Deaths and Burials, 1841-1910.

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