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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Maine]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Cumberland County'''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Maine Genealogy|Maine]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Cumberland County'''  
  
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Guide to '''Cumberland County, Maine ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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{{Click|Image:ME_ORP.png|Maine Online Genealogy Records}}{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Cumberland County
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| state = Maine
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| founded year = 1760
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| founded date = March 28
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| seat = [[Portland, Maine|Portland]]
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| building address = Cumberland County Courthouse<br> 142 Federal Street<br>Portland, Me 04101-4151<br>Phone: 207.871.8380<br>[http://www.cumberlandcounty.org/ '''Cumberland County Website'''] }}
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
[http://www.cumberlandcounty.org/ Cumberland County Courthouse]<br>142 Federal Street<br>Portland, Me 04101-4151<br>Phone: 207.871.8380&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has death, probate and land records from 1760.<br>City or Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cumberland County, Maine page 304, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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<br>County Clerk has death, probate and land records from 1760.<br>City or Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cumberland County, Maine page 304, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
*Created 28 March 1760 from [[York County, Maine|York]] County. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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*Created 28 March 1760 from [[York County, Maine Genealogy|York]] County. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
 
*Parts were taken for:  
 
*Parts were taken for:  
**[[Oxford County, Maine|Oxford]] County 4 March 1805. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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**[[Oxford County, Maine Genealogy|Oxford]] County 4 March 1805. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
**[[Franklin County, Maine|Franklin]] County 20 March 1838. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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**[[Franklin County, Maine Genealogy|Franklin]] County 20 March 1838. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
**[[Androscoggin County, Maine|Androscoggin]] County 18 March 1854. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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**[[Androscoggin County, Maine Genealogy|Androscoggin]] County 18 March 1854. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
  
=== Record Loss  ===
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==== Record Loss  ====
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== Places / Localities  ==
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[[Image:{{MECumberlandCoTownsMap}}]]
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'''1908'''&nbsp; A fire in January at the Portland City Hall destroyed some records. County records from about 1807-1907 were destroyed. City records were saved. <ref>Portland, ME City Hall Fire, Jan 1908 http://www3.gendisasters.com/maine/5858/portland-me-city-hall-fire-jan-1908</ref>
  
=== Populated Places  ===
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'''Cities'''
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=== Places / Localities  ===
  
• Portland&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;• South Portland&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;• Westbrook
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{{MECumberlandCoTownsMap}}'''Towns'''
  
'''Towns'''
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*Baldwin  
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*{{AutoLink|Baldwin, Maine|Baldwin}}
*Bridgton  
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*{{AutoLink|Bridgton, Maine|Bridgton}}
*Brunswick  
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*{{AutoLink|Brunswick, Maine|Brunswick}}
*Cape Elizabeth  
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*{{AutoLink|Cape Elizabeth, Maine|Cape Elizabeth}}
*Casco  
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*{{AutoLink|Casco, Maine|Casco}}
*Chebeague Island  
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*{{AutoLink|Chebeague Island, Maine|Chebeague Island}}
*Cumberland  
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*{{AutoLink|Cumberland, Maine|Cumberland}}
*Falmouth  
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*{{AutoLink|Falmouth, Maine|Falmouth}}
*Freeport
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*{{AutoLink|Freeport, Maine|Freeport}}
  
 
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*Frye Island  
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*{{AutoLink|Frye Island, Maine|Frye Island}}
*[[Gorham, Maine|Gorham]]
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*{{AutoLink|Gorham, Maine|Gorham}}&nbsp;
*Gray  
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*{{AutoLink|Gray, Maine|Gray}}
*Harpswell  
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*{{AutoLink|Harpswell, Maine|Harpswell}}
*Harrison  
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*{{AutoLink|Harrison, Maine|Harrison}}
*Long Island  
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*{{AutoLink|Long Island, Maine|Long Island}}
*Naples  
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*{{AutoLink|Naples, Maine|Naples}}
*New Gloucester
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*{{AutoLink|New Gloucester, Maine|New Gloucester}}
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*{{AutoLink|North Yarmouth, Maine|North Yarmouth}}
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*{{AutoLink|Portland, Maine|Portland}} (City)&nbsp;
  
 
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*North Yarmouth
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*{{AutoLink|Pownal, Maine|Pownal}}
*Pownal  
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*{{AutoLink|Raymond, Maine|Raymond}}
*Raymond  
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*{{AutoLink|Scarborough, Maine|Scarborough}}
*Scarborough  
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*{{AutoLink|Sebago, Maine|Sebago}}
*Sebago  
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*{{AutoLink|South Portland, Maine|South Portland}} (City)
*Standish  
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*{{AutoLink|Standish, Maine|Standish}}
*Windham  
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*{{AutoLink|Westbrook, Maine|Westbrook}} (City)
*Yarmouth
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*{{AutoLink|Windham, Maine|Windham}}
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*{{AutoLink|Yarmouth, Maine|Yarmouth}}
  
 
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'''Extinct Town:'''<ref>Before an extinct town was discontinued, it created official town records of interest to genealogists. For preservation these records were usually turned over to a nearby functioning town in the same county.</ref> &nbsp;{{AutoLink|Deering, Maine|Deering}}<ref>Michael J. Leclerc, ''Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research'', 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 95. {{WorldCat|779626228|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1967587|item|disp=FHL Book 974 D27g 2012}}.</ref>
  
 
'''Communities'''  
 
'''Communities'''  
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==== Neighboring Counties ====
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'''Neighboring Counties:&nbsp;''' [[Androscoggin County, Maine Genealogy|Androscoggin]] | [[Oxford County, Maine Genealogy|Oxford]] | [[Sagadahoc County, Maine Genealogy|Sagadahoc]] | [[York County, Maine Genealogy|York]]
  
[[Androscoggin County, Maine|Androscoggin]] | [[Oxford County, Maine|Oxford]] | [[Sagadahoc County, Maine|Sagadahoc]] | [[York County, Maine|York]]
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=== Resources  ===
 
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== Resources  ==
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
BillionGraves:  
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*'''1676-1918''' - {{RecordSearch|1985567|Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1780-1999''' - {{RecordSearch|2242146|Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1999}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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<br> BillionGraves:  
  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=46690 Calvary Cemetery, South Portland]  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=46690 Calvary Cemetery, South Portland]  
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*[http://www.westbrookhistoricalsociety.org/collections.html City of Westbrook Cemeteries]
 
*[http://www.westbrookhistoricalsociety.org/collections.html City of Westbrook Cemeteries]
  
[http://www.portlanddiocese.net/genealogy_main.php Maine Catholic Cemetery Committee's Online Databases]: There are 65 catholic cemeteries in this diocese and they are slowly being put online.  
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<br> [http://www.portlanddiocese.net/genealogy_main.php Maine Catholic Cemetery Committee's Online Databases]: There are 65 catholic cemeteries in this diocese and they are slowly being put online.
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{ME Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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*'''1718-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1877829|Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Gazetteers  ====
 
==== Gazetteers  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{ME Land Intro}}
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*'''1718-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1877829|Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{ME History Intro}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*'''1676-1918''' - {{RecordSearch|1985567|Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1718-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1877829|Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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===== Civil War  =====
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[1st Regiment, Maine Cavalry|1st Regiment, Maine Cavalry]]
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:- [[1st Regiment, Maine Infantry|1st Regiment, Maine Infantry]], Companies A, B, C, D, E and I.
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:- [[1st Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry|1st Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry]], Companies A, B, C, D, E and I.
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:- [[5th Regiment, Maine Infantry|5th Regiment, Maine Infantry&nbsp;]], Companies D, F, G and H.
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==== Naturalization ====
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*'''1718-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1877829|Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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{{ME Newspaper abstracts|Cumberland}}
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{ME Probate Intro|Cumberland}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1584 – 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8994 Maine Wills and Probate Records 1584-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — images and index $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{ME Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{ME Vital Intro}}
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Portland Maine Family History Center]]
 
*[[Portland Maine Family History Center]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Web Sites  ===
  
 
*[http://www.raynorshyn.com/megenweb/cumberland/ The Cumberland County MEGenWeb Project], an member of [[MEGenWeb|The MEGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://www.raynorshyn.com/megenweb/cumberland/ The Cumberland County MEGenWeb Project], an member of [[MEGenWeb|The MEGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/cumberland/index.html The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Cumberland County  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/cumberland/index.html The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Cumberland County  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/cumberland/index.html The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Cumberland County (backup site)  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/cumberland/index.html The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Cumberland County (backup site)  
*{{FHL|Maine%2C+Cumberland|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Cumberland County  
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*{{FHL|Maine%2C+Cumberland|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} FamilySearch Catalog for Cumberland County  
 
*[http://www.westbrookhistoricalsociety.org/collections.html Westbrook Historical Society Collections]  
 
*[http://www.westbrookhistoricalsociety.org/collections.html Westbrook Historical Society Collections]  
*[http://maine-genealogy.com/Cumberland-County-Genealogy.htm Cumberland County Genealogy] (Maine Genealogy)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/ME/Cumberland-County.htm Cumberland County Genealogy] (Maine Genealogy)
  
== References  ==
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Latest revision as of 16:40, 13 July 2016

United States Gotoarrow.png Maine Gotoarrow.png Cumberland County

Guide to Cumberland County, Maine ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Cumberland County, Maine
Map
Map of Maine highlighting Cumberland County
Location in the state of Maine
Facts
Founded March 28, 1760
County Seat Portland
Courthouse
Address Cumberland County Courthouse
142 Federal Street
Portland, Me 04101-4151
Phone: 207.871.8380
Cumberland County Website


County Courthouse


County Clerk has death, probate and land records from 1760.
City or Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records. [1]

History

Parent County

  • Created 28 March 1760 from York County. [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1908  A fire in January at the Portland City Hall destroyed some records. County records from about 1807-1907 were destroyed. City records were saved. [2]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Places / Localities

MaineCumberland CountyYork CountyOxford CountyAndroscoggin CountyKennebec CountySagadahoc CountyHarrisonBridgtonNaplesCascoRaymondNew GloucesterGrayPownalNorth YarmouthYarmouthFreeportBrunswickHarpswellChebeague IslandLong IslandCumberlandFalmouthWestbrookPortlandSouth PortlandCape ElizabethScarboroughGorhamWindhamFrye IslandStandishBaldwinSebagoOld Orchard BeachSacoBiddefordArundelLymanDaytonBuxtonHollisWaterboroAlfredShapleighActonNewfieldLimerickLimingtonCornishParsonfieldPorterHiramBrownfieldDenmarkFryeburgSwedenLovellStonehamWaterfordAlbany Township (South Oxford)NorwayParisBuckfieldHebronOxfordOtisfieldPolandMechanic FallsMinotTurnerLeedsGreeneWalesLewistonAuburnSabattusLisbonDurhamMonmouthLitchfieldWest GardinerFarmingdaleGardinerRichmondPerkins TownshipBowdoinhamBowdoinTopshamWoolwichBathWest BathPhippsburg
Modern town borders in Cumberland County, Maine.

Towns

Extinct Town:[3]  Deering[4]

Communities

  • Bridgton
  • Brunswick
  • Brunswick Station
  • Cumberland Center
  • Falmouth Foreside
  • Freeport
  • Gorham
  • Little Falls-South Windham
  • North Windham
  • Scarborough
  • Yarmouth

Neighboring Counties:  Androscoggin | Oxford | Sagadahoc | York

Resources

Cemeteries


BillionGraves:

Westbrook Historical Society:


Maine Catholic Cemetery Committee's Online Databases: There are 65 catholic cemeteries in this diocese and they are slowly being put online.

Census

  • 1905 Transcription - only Scarboro

Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Maine denominations, view the Maine Church Records wiki page.

Court

Gazetteers

Land

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Maine Land and Property for additional information about early Maine land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Cumberland County, Maine Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Maine Local Histories.

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Cumberland County, Maine Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Cumberland County, Maine Genealogy:


- 1st Regiment, Maine Cavalry
- 1st Regiment, Maine Infantry, Companies A, B, C, D, E and I.
- 1st Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry, Companies A, B, C, D, E and I.
- 5th Regiment, Maine Infantry , Companies D, F, G and H.

Naturalization

Newspapers

Finding More Maine Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Cumberland County, Maine Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Maine tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records

In Maine, vital records are kept by town clerks or selectmen. Although some towns have existed since the 1650s, most vital records date from about 1700. The vital statistics are often arranged by family. For more information, see the Wiki page for the town and the Wiki page, Maine Vital Records.


Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cumberland County, Maine page 304, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Portland, ME City Hall Fire, Jan 1908 http://www3.gendisasters.com/maine/5858/portland-me-city-hall-fire-jan-1908
  3. Before an extinct town was discontinued, it created official town records of interest to genealogists. For preservation these records were usually turned over to a nearby functioning town in the same county.
  4. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 95. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.