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== Record Description  ==
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'''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Maine, United States Genealogy|Maine]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[ Maine Genealogy]]'''
  
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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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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== Record Content  ==
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Image:Maine Vital Records (10-0106) (10-0107) Birth DGS 4543968 343.jpg|Birth Record
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Image:Maine Vital Records (10-0106) (10-0107) Marriage DGS 4543968 524 525.jpg|Marriage Record
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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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| record_type =Vital
 
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| start_year =1607
*Child’s name and gender
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| end_year = 1907
*Birth date and place
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| FS_URL_01 = [[Maine Marriages]]
*Race
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| FS_URL_02 =[[Maine Births and Christenings]]
*Whether stillborn or living
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| FS_URL_03 =[[Maine Deaths and Burials]]
*Number of child in the family, 1st, 2nd, etc.  
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| FS_URL_04 =
*Father's name, birth place, race, and occupation
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| FS_URL_05 =
*Mother's maiden name, birth place, race, and occupation
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| FS_URL_06 =
*Parent’s residence
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| FS_URL_07 = 
*Name and address of person reporting birth
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| FS_URL_08 = 
 
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| FS_URL_09 =   
The following may be found in the marriage records:
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| RW_URL_01 =[http://www.maine.gov/portal/about_me/vital_records.html Maine.gov Vital Records]
*Date and place of marriage
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| RW_URL_02 =[https://www1.maine.gov/msl/services/genealogy/index.shtml Maine State Library]
*Full name of bride and groom
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| RW_URL_03 =[http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/research/genealogy.html Maine State Archives]
*Residence(s) of bride and groom
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| RW_URL_04 = 
*Ages of bride and groom
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| RW_URL_05 = 
*Race of bride and groom
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| custodian =[http://www.state.me.us/sos/arc/]
*Occupation of bride and groom
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*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 to Use the Record ==
 
 
 
When searching the collection it is helpful to know
 
 
 
*Name
 
*Identifying information such as the approximate date and place the event occurred
 
 
 
==== Search the Collection ====
 
 
 
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.  
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
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.
 
*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 [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
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== What Is in the Collection? ==
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Name 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 three parts, Vital Records Prior to 1892, 80 towns, Vital Records, 1892-1907, and Delayed returns for births, deaths, and marriages, 1670-1891. At present only the 1892-1907 collection has been indexed.
  
==== Using the Information  ====
 
  
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.
 
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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===To Browse this Collection===  
  
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
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*The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
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*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.
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*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.
 
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ====
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== What Can these Records Tell Me? ==  
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The following information is usually found in these records:
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*Name
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*Event date
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*Event location
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*Names of parents
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*Gender
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*Name of bride
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*Name of groom
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*Cause of death
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*Name of spouse
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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== Collection Contents ==
*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.  
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=== Sample Images ===
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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Image: Maine Vital Records dgs007012119 image00031 birth.jpg |Birth Certificate
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Image: Maine Vital Records DGS007012119 0076 marriage.jpg |Marriage Record
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Image: Maine Vital Records DGS007012119 0077 marriage.jpg |Marriage Record
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Image: Maine Vital Records DGS007015892 0032death.jpg |Death Record
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Image: Maine Vital Records DGS007015892 0033 death.jpg |Death Record
  
==== General Information About These Records  ====
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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.
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== How Do I Search the Collection? == 
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You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*Name of the individual
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*Approximate date and/or location of the event
  
== Known Issues with This Collection ==
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=== Search the Index ===
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=== View the Images ===  
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You will be able to search this collection once it is published.
  
{{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  ==
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
  
[http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/ Maine State Archives]
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For more tips about searching online collections see the online article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related web sites here.  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1803978 Maine, Vital Records, 1670-1907]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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== What Do I Do Next? ==                     
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Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===  
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*Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
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*Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
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*Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses.  Witnesses were often family members.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[Maine Church Records| Church Records]] were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
[[Maine Vital Records|Maine Vital Records]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now? ===
  
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*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county. 
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*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
  
Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. 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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== Citing this Collection ==
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{{Collection_citation| text= ''Collection Name'' collection type. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : accessed current year. Custodian.
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;Record (or Index) Citation:
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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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{{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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What Is in the Collection?

Name 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 three parts, Vital Records Prior to 1892, 80 towns, Vital Records, 1892-1907, and Delayed returns for births, deaths, and marriages, 1670-1891. At present only the 1892-1907 collection has been indexed.



To Browse this Collection

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

What Can these Records Tell Me?

The following information is usually found in these records:

  • Name
  • Event date
  • Event location
  • Names of parents
  • Gender
  • Name of bride
  • Name of groom
  • Cause of death
  • Name of spouse

Collection Contents

Sample Images

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the individual
  • Approximate date and/or location of the event

Search the Index

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.


View the Images

You will be able to search this collection once it is published.


How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

For more tips about searching online collections see the online article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were often family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.


I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.


Citing this Collection

Collection Citation
Collection Name collection type. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed current year. Custodian.
Record (or Index) Citation
The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.


Image Citation
The image citation will be available once the collection is published.


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