Many Maine residents remain in their state throughout their lives, making it that much easier for these folks to trace their family roots. However, even Maine residents need the right resources for their research, and that is where Maine family history centers can be an invaluable starting point. These research facilities are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City; the largest genealogy library in the world. Centers offer ample resources for discovering your family roots, from microfiche and print publications to the latest in computer sourcing. Although these centers are run by the Maine LDS Churches, they are available to the general public free of charge.
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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints / Bangor Family History Center
639 Grandview Ave
Bangor, Maine 04401
Tues, Wed, Thurs 10-3 & 5:30-7:30
Caribou Maine Family History Center
67 Paris Snow Ave
Caribou, Maine 04736
Thursdays 6-9 pm; Saturdays 10- 2pm; and by appointment
Notes:New England, French, Acadian and Canadian on-site sources
Farmington Maine Family History Center
Farmington, Maine 04938
Tues. 9am-9pm,Wed.9am-5pm & 6pm-8:30pm,Thurs. 9am-5pm,Sat. 10am-2pm
Oxford, Maine 04270
Wed:11-2p; Thurs & Saturday 11-2pm & 6:30-8:30
Maine Genealogy Resources
Maine's repositories for Native American, Shaker, and French Canadian resources are numerous. The renown Lake Shaker Village library is open to the public for family research. For Acadian ancestors from the Maritime provinces of Canada and along the 70 mile stretch along the St. John River, that runs between USA and Canada, the researcher may wish to review the Acadian Archives Special Collections held at the University of Maine, Fort Kent.
The Maine State Library also includes neighboring states, French- Canada, Quebec Province, and Maritimes research materials. Microfilmed historical newspapers from as early as 1795 may also be found at the State Library.
Another popular repository of genealogical interest is the Maine State Archives. Its Genealogy page offers links to online databases of selected vital records and indices to resources of interest for the family researcher. This includes text files of historical marriages from 1892 to 1996.
Maine State Library
64 State House Station (for correspondence)
230 State Street, (official street address)
Augusta, ME 04333-0064
Acadian Archives/Archives Acadienne
University of Maine at Fort Kent, 23 University Drive
Fort Kent, ME 04743
Maine State Archives
84 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0084
Main Historical Society
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village
707 Shaker Road
New Gloucester, ME 04260
Maine Genealogy Websites
State Formation Map 1652-1913 - Tool for researchers to see county border changes.
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