Lincoln County, Maine Genealogy

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Guide to Lincoln County Maine genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Lincoln County, Maine
Map of Maine highlighting Lincoln County
Location in the state of Maine
Founded June 19, 1760
County Seat Wiscasset
Address Lincoln County Courthouse
High Street PO Box 249;
Wiscasset, ME 04578-0000
Phone: 207.882.6311
Lincoln County Website

County Courthouse

Clerk Courts has marrige, probate and land records from 1860
and court records from 1861.
Clerk Superior Court has probate records from 1760 1764. [1]


  • Named for English city, Lincoln in Lincolnshire, England

Parent County

Created 19 June 1760 from York County. [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

MaineLincoln CountyKnox CountyWaldo, CountyKennebec CountyCumberland CoutnySagadahoc CountyWhitefieldSomervilleJeffersonWaldoboroNobleboroNewcastleDamariscottaBremenBristolSouth BristolBoothbay HarborSouthportEdgecombDresdenAlnaWiscassetWestport IslandBoothbayMonhegan (Plantation)Louds Island (Muscongus Isle Plantation)Hibberts GoreGeorgetownPhippsburgWest BathBathWoolwichHarpswellBrunswickArrowsicTopshamBowdoinhamBowdoinPerkins TownshipRichmondLichfieldWest GardinerGardinerRandolphWinthropReadfieldMount VernonBelgradeManchesterFarmingdaleHallowellAugustaSidneyVassalboroChinaWindsorChelseaPalermoMontvilleMorrillLibertySearsmontWashingtonAppletonUnionHopeWarrenFriendshipCushingSaint GeorgePittston
Modern town borders in Lincoln County, Maine. Towns with records are named in black. Unincorporated green places usually lack records.


Plantation:  Monhegan.  For further details see Maine plantations.

Pownalborough Courthouse
Renamed Town: Pownalborough was incorporated in 1760, when Lincoln County was created in the Maine District of Massachusetts. Pownalborough included the present towns of Dresden (West Precinct), Wiscasset (East Precinct), and Alna. Dresden and Alna were set off on their own and incorporated in 1794. Pownalborough  was renamed Wiscassett  in 1802.[2] Please note that these towns were always part of Lincoln County and never part of Cumberland County, which was also created in 1760. There is a town named Pownal located in Cumberland County that was formed in 1808. Records have been transcribed by persons who had no knowledge of Maine history and assumed that Pownalborough, Maine and Pownal, Maine were the same town (with the name shortened).

Extinct Plantations:  Callamore Ridge Plantation | Hibbert Plantation | Muscongus Isle Plantation (aka Louds Island)

Unorganized territories:  Hibberts Gore | Louds Island. For further details see Maine townships.

Communities:  Boothbay Harbor | Damariscotta-Newcastle | Waldoboro | Wiscasset

Villages:  Bayville | New Harbor

Neighboring Counties:  Kennebec | Knox | SagadahocWaldo







Local Histories




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.

Wiscasset, Lincoln County, newspapers online:



Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lincoln County, Maine page 304, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Maine Historical Records Survey Project, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Work Projects Administration, Counties, Cities, Towns, and Plantations of Maine: a Handbook of Incorporations, Dissolutions, and Boundary Changes (Portland, Maine: The Survey, 1940), 177 (that is 186). A digital version is available via a link in the FHL Catalog.