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Guide to '''Knox County, Maine ancestry, family history, and genealogy,''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
Guide to '''Knox County Maine 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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{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
 
| county = Knox County  
 
| county = Knox County  
 
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| state = Maine
 
| state = Maine
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| founded year = 1860
 
| founded year = 1860
 
| founded date = April 1
 
| founded date = April 1
| seat = Rockland  
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| seat = [[Rockland, Maine|Rockland]]
 
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| building address = Knox County Courthouse<br> 62 Union Street PO Box 885<br>Rockland, ME 04841-0885<br>Phone: 207.594.9379<br>[http://knoxcountymaine.gov/ '''Knox County Website'''] }}  
 
| building address = Knox County Courthouse<br> 62 Union Street PO Box 885<br>Rockland, ME 04841-0885<br>Phone: 207.594.9379<br>[http://knoxcountymaine.gov/ '''Knox County Website'''] }}  
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
  
Town Clerks have birth, marriage, and death records. <br>Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records. <br>Probate Court has probate records from 1860. <br>Register of Deeds has land records from 1860.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Knox County, Maine page 304, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> [[Image:{{HKnoxPic}}]]  
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*''Town Clerks'' have birth, marriage, and death records. <br>
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*''Clerk Superior Court'' has divorce and court records. <br>
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*'''1860''' - ''Probate Court'' has probate records from 1860. <br>
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*'''1860''' - ''Register of Deeds'' has land records from 1860.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Knox County, Maine page 304, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> [[Image:{{HKnoxPic}}]]
  
 
=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
  
*Named for American Revolutionary war general and Secretary of War, Henry Knox, who lived in the county from 1795 until his death in 1806.
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*Named for American Revolutionary War general and Secretary of War, Henry Knox, who lived in the county from 1795 until his death in 1806.
  
==== Parent County  ====
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=== Parent County  ===
  
Created 1 April 1860 from [[Lincoln County, Maine|Lincoln]] and [[Waldo County, Maine|Waldo]] counties. <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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*'''1860''' - Created 1 April 1860 from [[Lincoln County, Maine Genealogy|Lincoln]] and [[Waldo County, Maine Genealogy|Waldo]] counties. <ref>[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  ====
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[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/ME_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#KNOX Maine: Individual County Chronologies]
  
 
==== 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  ===
  
{{MEKnoxCoTownsMap}}  
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{{MEKnoxCoTownsMap}}'''Towns'''  
 
 
'''City''' &nbsp; ▪ Rockland 1848
 
 
 
'''Towns'''  
 
  
 
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*[[Appleton, Maine|Appleton]] 1829  
 
*[[Appleton, Maine|Appleton]] 1829  
*Camden1791
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*[[Camden, Maine|Camden]] 1791
*Cushing 1789  
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*[[Cushing, Maine|Cushing]] 1789  
*Friendship 1807  
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*[[Friendship, Maine|Friendship]] 1807  
*Hope 1804  
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*[[Hope, Maine|Hope]] 1804  
*Isle au Haut 1847
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*[[Isle au Haut, Maine|Isle au Haut]] 1847
  
 
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*North Haven 1846  
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*[[North Haven, Maine|North Haven]] 1846  
*Owls Head 1921  
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*[[Owls Head, Maine|Owls Head]] 1921  
*Rockport 1891  
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*[[Rockland, Maine|Rockland]] 1848 (City)
*Saint George 1803  
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*[[Rockport, Maine|Rockport]] 1891  
*South Thomaston 1848
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*[[Saint George, Maine|Saint George]] 1803  
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*[[South Thomaston, Maine|South Thomaston]] 1848
  
 
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*Thomaston 1777  
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*[[Thomaston, Maine|Thomaston]] 1777  
*Union 1786  
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*[[Union, Maine|Union]] 1786  
*Vinalhaven 1789  
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*[[Vinalhaven, Maine|Vinalhaven]] 1789  
*Warren 1776  
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*[[Warren, Maine|Warren]] 1776  
*Washington 1811
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*[[Washington, Maine|Washington]] 1811
  
 
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|}
  
'''Plantation''' &nbsp; ▪ [[Matinicus, Maine|Matinicus]].&nbsp; For further details see [[Maine plantations]].  
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====Plantations====
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[[Matinicus, Maine|Matinicus]]. For further details see [[Maine Plantations]].  
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====Extinct Towns and Plantations <ref>Before an extinct town or plantation was discontinued, it created official 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|Criehaven Plantation, Maine|Criehaven Plantation}} {{!}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Hurricane Isle, Maine|Hurricane Isle}}}} {{!}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Muscle Ridge Plantation, Maine|Muscle Ridge Plantation}}}}}}<ref>Michael J. Leclerc, ''Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research'', 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 103. {{WorldCat|779626228|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1967587|item|disp=FHL Book 974 D27g 2012}}.</ref>
  
'''Unorganized territory''' &nbsp; ▪ Criehaven. For further details see [[Maine townships]].  
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====Unorganized Territories====
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[[Criehaven Plantation, Maine|Criehaven Township]] | [[Muscle Ridge Plantation, Maine|Muscle Ridge Shoals Township]]. For further details see [[Maine Townships]].  
  
'''Communities''' &nbsp; ▪ Camden &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;▪ Thomaston
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====Communities====
  
'''Villages''' &nbsp; ▪ Hibberts Corner &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;▪ Port Clyde
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*[[Camden, Maine|Camden]]
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*[[Thomaston, Maine|Thomaston]]
  
'''Extinct towns''' &nbsp; • Hurricane Isle<ref>Michael J. Leclerc, ''Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research'', 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 103. {{WorldCat|779626228|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1967587|item|disp=FHL Book 974 D27g 2012}}.</ref>
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====Villages====
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*Hibberts Corner
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*Port Clyde
  
[[Hancock County, Maine|Hancock]]| [[Lincoln County, Maine|Lincoln ]]| [[Waldo County, Maine|Waldo]]  
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====Neighboring Counties====
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[[Hancock County, Maine Genealogy|Hancock]] | [[Lincoln County, Maine Genealogy|Lincoln ]] | [[Waldo County, Maine Genealogy|Waldo]]
  
 
=== Resources  ===
 
=== Resources  ===
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''  
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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.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=23&GScnty=1217&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|460905|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=1217 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~meandrhs/census/resources/knox/ USGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Knox+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=Knox&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/knox/meknox.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/maine/knox.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/me/knox.htm ME Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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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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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:''' [[Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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==== Churches  ====
  
[[Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Main, Knox County Cemetery Records, (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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{{ME Church Intro}}
  
==== Church ====
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==== Courts ====
  
==== Court  ====
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*'''1718-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1877829|Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''  
 
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''  
  
[[Maine, Knox County Probate Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Maine, Knox County Probate Estate Files (FanilySearch Histoarical Records)]]  
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[[Maine, Knox County Probate Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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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:Meknox.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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:- [[4th Regiment, Maine Infantry|4th Regiment, Maine Infantry&nbsp;]]
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'''''Online Records'''''
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*'''1962 - 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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{{ME Newspaper abstracts|Knox}}
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{ME Probate Intro|Knox}}
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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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*[[Rockland Maine Family History Center]]
 
*[[Rockland Maine Family History Center]]
  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/knox/meknox.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Knox County  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/knox/meknox.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Knox County  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/knox/meknox.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Knox County (backup site)  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/knox/meknox.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Knox County (backup site)  
*{{FHL|Maine%2C+Knox|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Knox County
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&query=%2Bsubject%3AMaine%2C%20%2Bsubject%3AKnox FamilySearch Catalog] for Knox County
  
 
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''  
 
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''  
  
[[Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records, 1800-2007 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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[[Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records, 1800-2007 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
 
=== References  ===
 
=== References  ===
  
 
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[[Category:Knox_County,_Maine]]
 
[[Category:Knox_County,_Maine]]

Latest revision as of 21:26, 31 March 2017

United States
Maine
Knox County

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


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Knox County, Maine
Map
Map of Maine highlighting Knox County
Location in the state of Maine
Facts
Founded April 1, 1860
County Seat Rockland
Courthouse
Address Knox County Courthouse
62 Union Street PO Box 885
Rockland, ME 04841-0885
Phone: 207.594.9379
Knox County Website


County Courthouse

  • Town Clerks have birth, marriage, and death records.
  • Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records.
  • 1860 - Probate Court has probate records from 1860.
  • 1860 - Register of Deeds has land records from 1860.[1]
    Gen. Henry Knox, U.S. Army

History

  • Named for American Revolutionary War general and Secretary of War, Henry Knox, who lived in the county from 1795 until his death in 1806.

Parent County

Boundary Changes

Maine: Individual County Chronologies

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Towns

Plantations

Matinicus. For further details see Maine Plantations.

Extinct Towns and Plantations [3]

Criehaven Plantation | Hurricane Isle | Muscle Ridge Plantation[4]

Unorganized Territories

Criehaven Township | Muscle Ridge Shoals Township. For further details see Maine Townships.

Communities

Villages

  • Hibberts Corner
  • Port Clyde

Neighboring Counties

Hancock | Lincoln | 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.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at: Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Churches

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.

Courts

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Maine, Knox County Probate Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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 Knox 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

Meknox.jpg

Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War

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

- 4th Regiment, Maine Infantry 

Online Records

World War I

Naturalization

Newspapers

Finding More Maine Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Knox 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

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records, 1800-2007 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Knox County, Maine page 304, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  3. Before an extinct town or plantation was discontinued, it created official 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), 103. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.