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Maine Vital Records

By the eighteenth century, over 200 towns were recording the vital events of birth, marriage, and death. They continued reasonably well until Maine became a separate state in 1820. Following statehood, records were not consistently kept at first, but most towns do have good records of marriage intentions and births. After 1864, state legislation required that town clerks forward births, deaths, and marriages to the secretary of state, though there was not total compliance. By 1892, the State Board of Vital Statistics was established and mandatory recording became a reality. In addition to records available at the town clerk's office, vital records are now divided between the following repositories:
For birth, marriage and death records from 1923, write:
Maine Department of Human Services, Office of Vital Records, State House Station 11, Augusta, ME 04333-0011

For earlier records, write:
Maine State Archives, LMA Building, State House Station 84, Augusta, ME 04333

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Maine Research Sources

Denis, Michael J. Maine Towns and Counties: What Was What, Where and When. Oakland, Maine: Danbury House Books, 1981. An indexed, updated survey of place-names.
Frost, John E. Maine Genealogy: A Bibliographic Guide. Portland: Maine Historical Society, 1985. A superb listing including printed probate records, maps, town histories, and numerous other sources. Organized by topic with thorough citations to expedite interlibrary loan research.
Haskell, John D. Maine: A Bibliography of its History. 1977. Reprint. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 1983. Excellent focus on printed and published historical materials.
A guide to research in the state can be found in John Eldridge Frost, "Maine Genealogy: Some Distinctive Aspects," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 131 (October 1977): 243–66. It is reprinted in Ralph J. Crandall, ed., Genealogical Research in New England (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1984).

Maine State Library
64 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0064
Tel: 207-287-5600
http://www.state.me.us/msl/

Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
Tel: (207) 774-1822
http://www.mainehistory.org/gen_overview.shtml

Maine State Genealogy Archives
http://www.state.me.us/sos/arc/geneology/

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