Bangor Maine Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.


The Bangor Family History Center serves Bangor, Maine, and surrounding areas, and is open to the public with no admission charge.

Center Contacts and Hours


Location Map:

Address:

  • 639 Grandview Ave Bangor ME United States.
  • The Family History Center is located on the right side in the back wing of the building.
  • The words Family History Center are posted above the wing where the entrance is located.
  • Please ring the buzzer (to the left of the door) for access.
  • Language:English

Phone:

  • (207) 942-7677, press 2 for the Family History Center when prompted

E-mail:

Open Hours:

  • Tuesday:10:00am-2:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wednesday:10:00am-2:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thursday:10:00am-2:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Saturday:10:00am-2:00pm

Holiday Schedule:

Closed snow-days (at least when Bangor schools are closed), holidays and holiday weekends, Church Conference Saturdays where time schedules would conflict (in 2016: October 1, October 22, and November 5). Closed Saturday, July 2 for the Fourth of July weekend.

Calendar and Events


The following classes are planned for the Bangor Family History Center (free and open to the public):
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 6 pm - monthly meeting of the Penobscot County Genealogical Society: How to Hold a Family Reunion, presented by Sandra Burke.
Check out the online FamilySearch Research Courses at Link
Please email suggestions/requests for specific classes in Bangor.


Staff Training Meetings

One on one as requested by the Staff Member.

Center Resources

Collections

  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • Books, over 1,430 microfilms, and over 580 fiche sets, primarily for Maine and other New England states. A smattering of books regarding other states. Some Canadian, British, and German films and books.

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.
  • Currently, these websites include 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive, Alexander Street Press - The American Civil War, Ancestry.com, Findmypast, Fold3.com, Historic Map Works, Kinpoint, MyHeritage, Access Newspaper Archive, Paper Trail, ProQuest Obituary Listings, Puzzilla.org, and World Vital Records.
  • ArkivDigital Online is available from the desktops.

Hardware and Equipment

  • 7 computers and 3 printers (one of the printers can copy to a pdf or jpg file)
  • 4 microfilm readers, equipped with monopods for mounting a digital camera to take pictures of film images (Note: Patrons may use their own camera or the FHC camera)
  • 1 digital camera and Kingston card reader to transfer images (Note: Patrons should bring a USB or thumb drive to receive the images)
  • 4 microfiche readers


Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

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Resources in the Local Area

Bangor Public Library: Link
Fogler Library, University of Maine, Orono: Link
Franco-American Centre and Library, University of Maine, Orono: http://francolib.francoamerican.org/
Penobscot Maritime Museum, Searsport: Link
Maine State Archives, Augusta: Link
Maine State Library, Augusta: Link
Maine State Museum, Augusta: Link

Links

Online Film Ordering: Link
Online Catalog for the University of Maine System Libraries, Bangor Public Library, Maine State Library, and Maine State Archives is called URSUS, which is available at Link
FamilySearch Research Wiki article for Maine: Maine Genealogy

Volunteer at the Center

We appreciate everyone who comes to help.
Please email (see above for our email address) if you are interested in helping.