Maine, State Archive Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records)

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

United States Gotoarrow.png Maine

Access the Records
Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957 .
This article describes a collection of records at
Maine, United States
Maine flag.png
Flag of Maine
US Locator Maine.png
Location of Maine
Record Description
Record Type State Archives
Collection years 1718-1957
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites

What is in the Collection?

The collection includes various county records, most are military records. The collection is located at the Maine State Archives. The records cover the years 1718-1957.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957.

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the record types and time periods covered. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Record Type Years Covered
Military 1775-1865
Card index and images to soldiers by town 1917-1919
Naturalization and citizenship 1790-1913
Court 1636-1929
Land 1794-1964

Collection Content

Sample Images

Civil War Cards of Maine include the following information:

  • Name, age, rank and company of soldier
  • Whether service was in the infantry, cavalry, or heavy artillery
  • Birth place and current residence
  • Marital status
  • Physical description
  • Date of enlistment
  • Date and reason for leaving service
  • Record of previous service

Maine Draft Cards required the following information:

  • Name, age and current residence
  • Date and place of birth
  • Race, occupation and marital status

World War I Military Records include the following information:

  • Name and residence
  • Date and place of birth
  • Rank and military unit
  • Marital status
  • Date and place where soldier entered military service
  • Date and place where soldier left military service
  • Person to be notified in case of an emergency

Enlistment Lists of Volunteers included the following information:

  • Name and age
  • Date of enlistment
  • Residence and occupation
  • Marital status
  • Additional remarks, comments

How Do I Search the Collection?

The records in this collection are arranged by type of record and then by date. To begin searching these records you need to know the following:

  • The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the soldier, the deceased, or grantor and grantees
  • Identifying information such as the date and place of the event

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "State, County, Town" category
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Category" category
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Description" category which takes you to the images.

Look at each image. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date.
  • Use the names, ages and residence church and census records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been in the same area.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the records of nearby localities.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation

"Maine, State Archive Collections,1718-1957." Database with images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. State Archives, Augusta.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957.

Image Citation

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957.

How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.