Biographies provide useful genealogical information such as a person’s birth date and place; names of family members, including maiden names; education; occupation; and social, political, and religious affiliation. They may also contain a physical description of the person, previous residences, and immigration information. Biographies are the product of family knowledge or previous research about early settlers and prominent citizens of a state, county, or town. Local histories may contain biographical sketches of lesser-known people.
There are many published biographies of Maine residents at the Maine Historical Society. The Maine State Library also collects biographical materials.
To view what the Family History Library has go to Maine - Biography
One of the few representative biographical encyclopedias about Maine at the Family History Library is:
Herdon, Richard, et al. Men of Progress: Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Leaders in Business and Professional Life in and of the State of Maine. Boston, Massachusetts: New England Magazine, 1897. (Family History Library book 974.1 D3m; film 1000057 item 2).