Genealogy Resources

Start your Maine search with these suggested resources:

Search Maine Genealogy for Maine people and places.

The Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk maintains genealogical file folders on families historically associated with the region.

Most of the Collections of the Maine Historical Society have been scanned. Visit Maine Genealogists Library and Maine Genealogical Society to browse some of the Maine resources.

Maine State Archives has a marriage search tool and a death history search tool.

Land transfers for Somerset and Piscataquis Counties for Kennebec County are available.

Surprising episodes in the history of southern Maine, written by local historian Sharon Cummins, can be found at Some Old New.

Maine Genealogy and History, part of USGENWEB, contains innumerable resources.

Maine State Historical Society is comprised of the Wadsworth–Longfellow House and Longfellow Garden, the Maine Historical Society Museum and Store, the MHS Research Library and the Maine Memory Network. A growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource, was founded in 1822 and is the third oldest state historical society in the United States.
Accessing Vital Records in Maine; Helen A. Shaw, CGsm
On September 28, 2011, a new law regulating access to vital records took effect in Maine. Original vital records in Maine may be accessed through three venues, described in this link.


Genealogy Resources

National and International in scope

National Archives- contain census records from 1790 - 1920; military records Revolutionary War to WW1; military pension records; passport applications back to 1795; ship passenger lists; naturalization; more (Available in-house only) Includes Social Security Death Index (to find death records by date of death or SSN) and many other databases. 

Family Search has a wealth of information gathered by the Church of the Latter-day Saints.

Cyndi's List links to 282,000+ links for family genealogy - everything from ship's passenger lists to prison rolls.

Roots Web, internet's oldest genealogy site, lets you see who is looking for the same surnames you are.

Library of Congress' Local History and Genealogy Reading Room, As one of the leading genealogical collections in the country, the Library has more than 50,000 genealogies and 100,000 local histories and vertical file collections. The collections are especially strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources.
Genealogy Today is an online newsletter.
National Genealogical Society, a non-profit organization begun in 1903, is the premier national society for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced family historian.