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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
The collection consists of indexes and images of birth, marriage, and death records for the years 1670 to 1907. The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by surname then by year within each surname. When a surname folder begins or ends at the beginning or end of the surname, the surname alone is used in the collection listing. When the surname is split into more than one folder, the year is also included with the surname.  
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The collection consists of an index and images of birth, marriage and death returns acquired from the State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics and the state archives. Records are organized alphabetically, then chronologically within a name. The collection is divided into four parts: Vital Records Prior to 1892, 80 towns; Delayed returns for births, deaths, and marriages, 1670-1891; Vital Records, 1892-1907; and Vital Records, 1908-1922. The first two parts are the same records, filmed once in 1953 and again, with some additional records, in 1975. A record that is missing or illegible in one part may be present or legible in the other.
  
For a list of records by document type, dates and surnames currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/records/collection/1803978/waypoints Browse].
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'''General Information About These Records'''
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The original vital records in Maine are kept by town clerks or selectmen. Although some towns have existed since the 1650s, most vital records date from about 1700. Copies of most of the existing vital records have been sent to the Maine State Archives.
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
{{Collection citation | text= "Maine Vital Records,1670-1907." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Division of Vital Statistics. State Board of Health, Augusta.}}  
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[[Maine, Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Collection Contents ==
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=== Coverage Map ===
  
== Record Content  ==
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/ME_FRM.html Maine marriages, click here].
  
<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="Maine Vital Records Examples">
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=== Sample Images ===
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<gallery caption="Maine Vital Records Examples" widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">
 
Image:Maine Vital Records (10-0106) (10-0107) Birth DGS 4543968 343.jpg|Birth Record
 
Image:Maine Vital Records (10-0106) (10-0107) Birth DGS 4543968 343.jpg|Birth Record
 
Image:Maine Vital Records (10-0106) (10-0107) Marriage DGS 4543968 524 525.jpg|Marriage Record
 
Image:Maine Vital Records (10-0106) (10-0107) Marriage DGS 4543968 524 525.jpg|Marriage Record
 
Image:Maine Vital Records (10-0106) (10-0107) Death DGS 4543968 459 460.jpg|Death Record
 
Image:Maine Vital Records (10-0106) (10-0107) Death DGS 4543968 459 460.jpg|Death Record
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The following may be found in the birth records:  
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==What Can this Collection Tell Me?==
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The following may be found in the '''birth records''':  
  
 
*Child’s name and gender  
 
*Child’s name and gender  
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*Name and address of person reporting birth
 
*Name and address of person reporting birth
  
The following may be found in the marriage records:  
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The following may be found in the '''marriage records''':  
  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
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*Name and title of officiator of marriage
 
*Name and title of officiator of marriage
  
The following may be found in the death records:  
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The following may be found in the '''death records''':  
  
 
*Name and age of deceased in year, months and days  
 
*Name and age of deceased in year, months and days  
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*Name and address of undertaker
 
*Name and address of undertaker
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
 
 
When searching the collection it is helpful to know
 
  
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When searching the collection it is helpful to know:
 
*Name  
 
*Name  
 
*Identifying information such as the approximate date and place the event occurred
 
*Identifying information such as the approximate date and place the event occurred
  
==== Search the Collection ====
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803978?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your 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.
  
TTo search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in 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.
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'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1803978/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "Record Type and Year Range"<br>⇒Select the "Surname Range (Year)" which takes you to the images
  
If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image. <br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "Record Type and Year Range"<br>⇒Select the "Surname Range (Year)" which takes you to the images
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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:  
 
 
Look at the images one by one. 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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
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*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 [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
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==What Do I Do Next?==
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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=== 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 that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:  
 
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 that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:  
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
 
*Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
*Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
 
 
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.  
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.  
 
*The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
 
*The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ====
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
 
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
==== General Information About These Records  ====
 
 
The original vital records in Maine are kept by town clerks or selectmen. Although some towns have existed since the 1650s, most vital records date from about 1700. Copies of most of the existing vital records have been sent to the Maine State Archives.
 
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Maine, Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Maine, Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
  
== Related Web Sites  ==
 
  
[http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/ Maine State Archives]
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related web sites here.  
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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.
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Maine Vital Records,1670-1907." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. [http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Division of Vital Statistics. State Board of Health, Augusta.]}} <br><br>
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[[Maine Vital Records|Maine Vital Records]]
 
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
Citations for individual image records are available for this collection.  Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box:
 
[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/index.php?title=Maine,_Vital_Records_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29&action=editMaine, Vital Records, 1670-1907 ]
 
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
 
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Maine, United States
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Location of Maine
Record Description
Record Type Vital Records
Collection years 1670-1907
FamilySearch Resources
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Maine State Archives



What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images of birth, marriage and death returns acquired from the State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics and the state archives. Records are organized alphabetically, then chronologically within a name. The collection is divided into four parts: Vital Records Prior to 1892, 80 towns; Delayed returns for births, deaths, and marriages, 1670-1891; Vital Records, 1892-1907; and Vital Records, 1908-1922. The first two parts are the same records, filmed once in 1953 and again, with some additional records, in 1975. A record that is missing or illegible in one part may be present or legible in the other.

General Information About These Records

The original vital records in Maine are kept by town clerks or selectmen. Although some towns have existed since the 1650s, most vital records date from about 1700. Copies of most of the existing vital records have been sent to the Maine State Archives.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maine, Vital Records, 1670-1907.

Collection Contents

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Maine marriages, click here.

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The following may be found in the birth records:

  • Child’s name and gender
  • Birth date and place
  • Race
  • Whether stillborn or living
  • Number of child in the family, 1st, 2nd, etc.
  • Father's name, birth place, race, and occupation
  • Mother's maiden name, birth place, race, and occupation
  • Parent’s residence
  • Name and address of person reporting birth

The following may be found in the marriage records:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Full name of bride and groom
  • Residence(s) of bride and groom
  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Race of bride and groom
  • Occupation of bride and groom
  • Birthplace of bride and groom
  • Number of marriage(s) for bride and groom
  • Widowed or divorced?
  • Name of groom's father and birth place
  • Father's residence, race and occupation
  • Name of groom's mother, including maiden name
  • Mother's residence, race and occupation
  • Name of bride's father and birth place
  • Father's residence, race and occupation
  • Name of bride's mother, including maiden name
  • Name and title of officiator of marriage

The following may be found in the death records:

  • Name and age of deceased in year, months and days
  • Date and place of death
  • Birth place of deceased
  • Gender, race, marital status and occupation of deceased
  • Name of father and father's occupation
  • Maiden name of mother
  • Cause of death
  • Name and address of person reporting the death
  • Name and address of undertaker

How Do I Search the Collection?

When searching the collection it is helpful to know:

  • Name
  • Identifying information such as the approximate date and place the event occurred

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your 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 the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Record Type and Year Range"
⇒Select the "Surname Range (Year)" which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors 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.

What Do I Do Next?

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 that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
  • The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.

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

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.


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 Vital Records,1670-1907." Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Citing Division of Vital Statistics. State Board of Health, 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, Vital Records, 1670-1907.


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, Vital Records, 1670-1907.


How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

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.