Researching Your Maine Ancestors

See Wikipedia's Maine page for background information.

The FHL Maine Historical Background lists important events. (note, upper right corner, you can download as a .pdf)


* General Guides * Maps * Statewide Genealogy Websites * Societies, Libraries and Archives *
* Finding and Using Records * Queries & Help * More Links

Guides to Maine Research

Books and Audio Tapes

All of the three books listed below have a small section covering each state that includes maps, historical information, vital records coverage and a bibliography of resources for that state.

  1. Handybook for Genealogists ( 11th edition) (find in a library) (note: some libraries may have earleir editions; those are perfectly usable)
  2. Ancestry's Redbook (you'll want the 3rd edition) (find in a library)
  3. The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogical Research (find in a library)

Here are some books and tapes specific to Maine Research





Bookmark or print out this county map of Maine.

1895 map of Maine

Historical Maps of Maine. (U Alabama) See instructions for viewing these maps; for some reason, you can only view them in a small pop up window, which negates much of their value. You can, however, purchase a map, which might be worth it if you will be doing extensive reseach in Maine.

You can purchase reproductions of maps from old county atlases at this site. They offer county, town and city maps, but unfortunatley, no preview of the map you are ordering.

Statewide Genealogy Websites

Next, see what is available for your counties of interest at at one of these statewide sites. For each, use the county selection list to find out what is available for the various counties. Content will vary.



Maine State Library -Genealogy
* Maine State Archives
* Maine Historical Society (Center for Main History)
* Maine Genealogical Society
* Genealogical Societies in Maine
*Maine Family Bible Archives
* Maine Newspaper Project
*Maine Vital Records (official)
* Vitalrec Maine Page
* Maine Black Sheep
* Maine Old Cemetery Association
More Links
* Genealogy Today's State Gen Site: Maine
* Ancestors Maine Resource Guide
* Rootsweb: Maine
* Genealink's Maine Page
* Access Genealogy's List of Maine Links
* Cyndi's List Maine Page


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This page last updated August 17, 2009