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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Maine]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Kennebec County'''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Maine Genealogy|Maine]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Kennebec County'''  
  
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Guide to '''Kennebec County, Maine ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
[[Image:Me-kennebec.png|right|300px|Me-kennebec.png]]  
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{{Click|Image:ME_ORP.png|Maine Online Genealogy Records}}{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Kennebec County
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| county_map = Me-kennebec.png
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| state = Maine
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| founded year = 1799
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| founded date = February 20
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| seat = [[Augusta, Maine|Augusta]]  
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| building image =
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| building address = County Courthouse<br>95 State Street<br>Augusta, ME 04330-5611<br>Phone: 207.622.0971 <br>[http://govsites.org/sites.cfm/maine_kennebec%20county.html '''Kennebec County Website'''] }}
  
 
=== [http://kennebeccounty.org/ County Courthouse]  ===
 
=== [http://kennebeccounty.org/ County Courthouse]  ===
  
[http://govsites.org/sites.cfm/maine_kennebec%20county.html Kennebec County Courthouse]<br>95 State Street<br>Augusta, ME 04330-5611<br>Phone: 207.622.0971<br><br>'''''Register of Deeds''''' has land records from 1799. '''''Probate Court''''' has probate records from 1799. '''''Town Clerks''''' have birth, marriage and death records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 304. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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*'''1799''' - ''Register of Deeds'' has land records from 1799.  
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*'''1799''' - ''Probate Court'' has probate records from 1799.  
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*''Town Clerks'' have birth, marriage and death records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 304. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
Created 20 February 1799 from [[Lincoln County, Maine|Lincoln]] County.<ref name="HBG" />  
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*'''1799''' - Created 20 February 1799 from [[Lincoln County, Maine Genealogy|Lincoln]] County.<ref name="HBG" />
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
 
*Four partitions:  
 
*Four partitions:  
**[[Somerset County, Maine|Somerset]] County 1 March 1809<ref name="HBG" />  
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**'''1809''' - [[Somerset County, Maine Genealogy|Somerset]] County 1 March 1809<ref name="HBG" />  
**[[Waldo County, Maine|Waldo]] County 7 February 1827<ref name="HBG" />  
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**'''1827''' - [[Waldo County, Maine Genealogy|Waldo]] County 7 February 1827<ref name="HBG" />  
**[[Franklin County, Maine|Franklin]] County 20 March 1838<ref name="HBG" />  
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**'''1838''' - [[Franklin County, Maine Genealogy|Franklin]] County 20 March 1838<ref name="HBG" />  
**[[Androscoggin County, Maine|Androscoggin]] County 18 March 1854<ref name="HBG" />
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**'''1854''' - [[Androscoggin County, Maine Genealogy|Androscoggin]] County 18 March 1854<ref name="HBG" />
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Places / Localities  ===
 
=== Places / Localities  ===
  
[[Image:{{MEKennebecCoTownsMap}}]]'''Cities''' &nbsp; • Augusta &nbsp; • Gardiner &nbsp; • Hallowell &nbsp; • Waterville<br><br>
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{{MEKennebecCoTownsMap}}'''Towns'''  
  
'''Towns'''
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*[[Albion, Maine|Albion]]
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*{{AutoLink|Albion, Maine|Albion}}
*Belgrade  
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*{{AutoLink|Augusta, Maine|Augusta}} (City)
*Benton  
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*{{AutoLink|Belgrade, Maine|Belgrade}}
*Chelsea  
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*{{AutoLink|Benton, Maine|Benton}}
*China  
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*{{AutoLink|Chelsea, Maine|Chelsea}}
*Clinton  
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*{{AutoLink|China, Maine|China}}
*Farmingdale  
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*{{AutoLink|Clinton, Maine|Clinton}}
*Fayette  
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*{{AutoLink|Farmingdale, Maine|Farmingdale}}
*Litchfield
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*{{AutoLink|Fayette, Maine|Fayette}}
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*{{AutoLink|Gardiner, Maine|Gardiner}} (City)
  
 
| valign="top" |  
 
| valign="top" |  
*Manchester  
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*{{AutoLink|Hallowell, Maine|Hallowell}} (City)
*Monmouth  
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*{{AutoLink|Litchfield, Maine|Litchfield}}
*Mount Vernon  
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*{{AutoLink|Manchester, Maine|Manchester}}
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mecoakla/ Oakland]
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*{{AutoLink|Monmouth, Maine|Monmouth}}
*Pittston  
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*{{AutoLink|Mount Vernon, Maine|Mount Vernon}}
*Randolph  
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*{{AutoLink|Oakland, Maine|Oakland}}
*Readfield  
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*{{AutoLink|Pittston, Maine|Pittston}}
*Rome
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*{{AutoLink|Randolph, Maine|Randolph}}
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*{{AutoLink|Readfield, Maine|Readfield}}
  
 
| valign="top" |  
 
| valign="top" |  
*Sidney  
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*{{AutoLink|Rome, Maine|Rome}}
*Vassalboro  
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*{{AutoLink|Sidney, Maine|Sidney}}
*Vienna  
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*{{AutoLink|Vassalboro, Maine|Vassalboro}}
*Wayne  
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*{{AutoLink|Vienna, Maine|Vienna}}
*West Gardiner  
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*{{AutoLink|Waterville, Maine|Waterville}} (City)
*Windsor  
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*{{AutoLink|Wayne, Maine|Wayne}}
*Winslow  
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*{{AutoLink|West Gardiner, Maine|West Gardiner}}
*Winthrop
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*{{AutoLink|Windsor, Maine|Windsor}}
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*{{AutoLink|Winslow, Maine|Winslow}}
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*{{AutoLink|Winthrop, Maine|Winthrop}}
  
 
|}
 
|}
  
'''Unorganized territory''' &nbsp; Unity Township. For further details see [[Maine townships]].  
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'''Extinct Towns and Plantation'''<ref>Before an extinct town (or plantation) 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>
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{{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Dearborn, Maine|Dearborn}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Harlem, Maine|Harlem}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Unity Plantation, Maine|Unity Plantation}}}}<ref>Michael J. Leclerc, ''Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research'', 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 101. {{WorldCat|779626228|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1967587|item|disp=FHL Book 974 D27g 2012}}.</ref>
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'''Unorganized territory:&nbsp;''' [[Unity Township, Maine|Unity Township]] (formerly Unity Plantation). For further details see [[Maine Townships]].  
  
 
'''Communities''' &nbsp; • Clinton &nbsp; • Farmingdale &nbsp; • Oakland &nbsp; • Winthrop  
 
'''Communities''' &nbsp; • Clinton &nbsp; • Farmingdale &nbsp; • Oakland &nbsp; • Winthrop  
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'''Villages''' &nbsp; • Libby Hill &nbsp; • South China  
 
'''Villages''' &nbsp; • Libby Hill &nbsp; • South China  
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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'''Neighboring Counties'''
  
[[Androscoggin County, Maine|Androscoggin ]]| [[Franklin County, Maine|Franklin ]]| [[Lincoln County, Maine|Lincoln ]]| [[Sagadahoc County, Maine|Sagadahoc ]]| [[Somerset County, Maine|Somerset ]]| [[Waldo County, Maine|Waldo]]
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[[Androscoggin County, Maine Genealogy|Androscoggin ]]| [[Franklin County, Maine Genealogy|Franklin ]]| [[Lincoln County, Maine Genealogy|Lincoln ]]| [[Sagadahoc County, Maine Genealogy|Sagadahoc ]]| [[Somerset County, Maine Genealogy|Somerset ]]| [[Waldo County, Maine Genealogy|Waldo]]
  
 
=== Resources  ===
 
=== Resources  ===
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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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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{| width="80%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=23&GScnty=1216&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|417215|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=23&CScnty=1216 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~meandrhs/census/resources/kennebec/ USGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Kennebec+Maine&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Maine&county=Kennebec&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/kennebec/kenfiles.html USGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/maine/kennebec.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/me/kennebec.htm ME Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Maine Cemeteries|Maine Cemeteries]] for more information.
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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
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==== Emigration and Immigration ====
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*'''1837 - 1965''' - {{RecordSearch|2303027|Maine & Massachusetts Case Files of Deceased and Deserted Seamen 1837-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - 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  ====
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[[Image:Mekennebec.jpg|650px|Mekennebec.jpg]]
  
 
==== 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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===== Revolutionary War =====
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*'''1835 - 1838''' - {{RecordSearch|1881491|Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1835-1838}} 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 Battalion, Maine Light Artillery|1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery]], 2nd BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY ("B")<br>
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:-[[1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery|1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery]], 3rd BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY ("C")<br>
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:-[[1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery|1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery]], 4th BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY ("D")<br>
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:-[[1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery|1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery]], 5th BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY ("E")<br>
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:-[[1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery|1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery]], 6th BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY ("F")<br>
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:-[[1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery|1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery]], 7th BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY ("G")
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:-[[1st Regiment, Maine Cavalry|1st Regiment, Maine Cavalry]]
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:-[[16th Regiment, Maine Infantry|16th Regiment, Maine Infantry]], Company B.
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'''''Online Records'''''
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*'''1862-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1881486|Maine, Civil War Enlistment Papers, 1862-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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===== World War I =====
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*'''1917 - 1919''' - {{RecordSearch|1807269|Maine, World War I Draft Registration Index, 1917-1919}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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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  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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[[Image:Dark thin font green pin Version 4.png|left|32px|Dark thin font green pin Version 4.png]]Early Maine newspapers routinely reported on news, obituaries, births, marriages etc. from around the state. Be sure to search the indexes for all Maine newspapers to find your target ancestor.<br><br>  
 
[[Image:Dark thin font green pin Version 4.png|left|32px|Dark thin font green pin Version 4.png]]Early Maine newspapers routinely reported on news, obituaries, births, marriages etc. from around the state. Be sure to search the indexes for all Maine newspapers to find your target ancestor.<br><br>  
  
[http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Maine/Augusta/ Augusta, Kennebec County, Newspaper Archive]:  
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'''1800-1870''' - [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Maine/Hallowell/ Hallowell, Kennebec County, Newspaper Archive]: <br>
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'''1801-1805''' - [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Maine/Augusta/Kennebec_Gazette/ Kennebec Gazette]. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1801-1805. at [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ GenealogyBank]. $<br>
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'''1801-1861''' - [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Maine/Augusta/ Augusta, Kennebec County, Newspaper Archive]:<br>
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'''1809-1835''' - [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Maine/Hallowell/American_Advocate/ American Advocate]. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1809-1835. at [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ GenealogyBank]. $<br>
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'''1810-1815''' - [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Maine/Augusta/Herald_of_Liberty/ Herald of Liberty]. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1810-1815. at [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ GenealogyBank]. $<br>
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'''1814-1827''' - [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Maine/Hallowell/Hallowell_Gazette/ Hallowell Gazette]. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1814-1827. at [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ GenealogyBank]. $<br>
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'''1832-1961''' - [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Maine/Augusta/Age/ Age]. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1832-1861. at [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ GenealogyBank]. $<br>
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'''1839-1870''' - [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Maine/Hallowell/Maine_Cultivator_and_Hallowell_Gazette/ Maine Cultivator and Hallowell Gazette]. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1839-1870. at [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ GenealogyBank]. $
  
[http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Maine/Augusta/Age/ Age]. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1832-1861. at [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ GenealogyBank]. $<br>[http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Maine/Augusta/Herald_of_Liberty/ Herald of Liberty]. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1810-1815. at [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ GenealogyBank]. $<br>[http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Maine/Augusta/Kennebec_Gazette/ Kennebec Gazette]. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1810-1815. at [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ GenealogyBank]. $<br>
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{{ME Newspaper abstracts|Kenebec}}
  
[http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Maine/Hallowell/ Hallowell,&nbsp;Kennebec County, Newspaper Archive]:
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==== Probate  ====
  
[http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Maine/Hallowell/American_Advocate/ American Advocate]. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1809-1835. at [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ GenealogyBank]. $<br>[http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Maine/Hallowell/Hallowell_Gazette/ Hallowell Gazette]. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1814-1827. at [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ GenealogyBank]. $<br>[http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Maine/Hallowell/Maine_Cultivator_and_Hallowell_Gazette/ Maine Cultivator and Hallowell Gazette]. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1839-1870. at [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ GenealogyBank]. $
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{{ME Probate Intro|Kennebec}}
  
==== Probate ====
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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  ====
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{{ME Vital Intro}}
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*'''1670 - 1921''' - {{RecordSearch|1803978|Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
=== Societies and Libraries  ===
 
=== Societies and Libraries  ===
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==== Family history Centers  ====
 
==== Family history Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Augusta Maine Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Augusta Maine Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Waterville Maine Family History Center]]
 
*[[Waterville Maine Family History Center]]
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=== Web Sites  ===
 
=== Web Sites  ===
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mekenneb/ The Kennebec County MEGenWeb Project], an member of [[MEGenWeb|The MEGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mekenneb/ The Kennebec County MEGenWeb Project], an member of the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~megenweb// MEGenWeb Project], an affiliate of the [http://www.usgenweb.org/ USGenWeb Project].  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/kennebec/kenfiles.html The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Kennebec County  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/kennebec/kenfiles.html The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Kennebec County  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/kennebec/kenfiles.html The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Kennebec County (backup site)  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/kennebec/kenfiles.html The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Kennebec County (backup site)  
*{{FHL|Maine%2C+Kennebec|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Kennebec County  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&query=%2Bsubject%3AMaine%2C%20%2Bsubject%3AKennebec FamilySearch] Catalog for Kennebec County  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mecoakla/ Oakland Area Historical Society] - records, photographs, history, genealogy of the Oakland area.
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mecoakla/ Oakland Area Historical Society] - records, photographs, history, genealogy of the Oakland area.
  
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Latest revision as of 15:46, 17 November 2016

United States Gotoarrow.png Maine Gotoarrow.png Kennebec County

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


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Kennebec County, Maine
Map
Map of Maine highlighting Kennebec County
Location in the state of Maine
Facts
Founded February 20, 1799
County Seat Augusta
Courthouse
Address County Courthouse
95 State Street
Augusta, ME 04330-5611
Phone: 207.622.0971
Kennebec County Website


County Courthouse

  • 1799 - Register of Deeds has land records from 1799.
  • 1799 - Probate Court has probate records from 1799.
  • Town Clerks have birth, marriage and death records.[1]

History

Parent County

  • 1799 - Created 20 February 1799 from Lincoln County.[1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities

Towns

Extinct Towns and Plantation[2]

Dearborn | Harlem | Unity Plantation[3]

Unorganized territory:  Unity Township (formerly Unity Plantation). For further details see Maine Townships.

Communities   • Clinton   • Farmingdale   • Oakland   • Winthrop

Villages   • Libby Hill   • South China

Neighboring Counties

Androscoggin | Franklin | Lincoln | Sagadahoc | Somerset | Waldo

Resources

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
USGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
ME Interment
Billion Graves
See Maine Cemeteries for more information.

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

Emigration and Immigration

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 Kennebec 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

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Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Kennebec 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 Kennebec County, Maine Genealogy:

-1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery, 2nd BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY ("B")
-1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery, 3rd BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY ("C")
-1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery, 4th BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY ("D")
-1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery, 5th BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY ("E")
-1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery, 6th BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY ("F")
-1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery, 7th BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY ("G")
-1st Regiment, Maine Cavalry
-16th Regiment, Maine Infantry, Company B.

Online Records

World War I

Naturalization

Newspapers

Maine Newspaper Archive. Indexes Free; Digital Page Images $ (GenealogyBank $) Twenty-two early Maine 18th and 19th century newspapers, 1785-1898 online. Indexes (free); digital images ($). These newspapers are from Augusta, Bangor, Belfast, Brunswick, Castine, Eastport, Falmouth, Hallowell, Kennebunk, Portland, Saco and Wiscasset.

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Early Maine newspapers routinely reported on news, obituaries, births, marriages etc. from around the state. Be sure to search the indexes for all Maine newspapers to find your target ancestor.

1800-1870 - Hallowell, Kennebec County, Newspaper Archive:
1801-1805 - Kennebec Gazette. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1801-1805. at GenealogyBank. $
1801-1861 - Augusta, Kennebec County, Newspaper Archive:
1809-1835 - American Advocate. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1809-1835. at GenealogyBank. $
1810-1815 - Herald of Liberty. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1810-1815. at GenealogyBank. $
1814-1827 - Hallowell Gazette. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1814-1827. at GenealogyBank. $
1832-1961 - Age. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1832-1861. at GenealogyBank. $
1839-1870 - Maine Cultivator and Hallowell Gazette. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1839-1870. at GenealogyBank. $

Finding More Maine Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Kennebec 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 1.5 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 304. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Before an extinct town (or plantation) 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.
  3. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 101. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.