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Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957
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Location of Maine
Record Description
Record Type Index Civil War and WWI
Collection years 1718-1957
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State Archives, Augusta, Maine

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection includes various county records, most are military records. The collection is located at the Maine State Archives. The records cover the years 1718-1957. 'The index at present covers two military collections; the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Card Index, 1861-1865 and World War I Card Index to Soldiers by Town, 1917-1919.

Additional military record collections from Maine, military records, 1700-1940 include: Civil War obituary index file; Spanish America War index cards; Civil War Soldiers index; Civil War Seamen index; Civil-Spanish War grave registrations; War of 1812 grave cards; Kittery Naval Yard graves; Mexican War grave cards; Indian War grave cards; Various War grave cards; WWI grave cards; Revolution grave cards; WWI draft registration index; National Guard Cards;Maine Volunteers, Civil War Post Office Address; Maine Volunteer militia, War of 1812; Civil War muster out records, War of 1812 muster rolls, 1813-1814; War of 1812, regular army rolls, 1812-1814; Mexican War Rosters, 1846.

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Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Civil War Cards

  • Name, age, rank and company of soldier
  • Whether service was in the infantry, cavalry, or heavy artillery
  • Birthplace and current residence
  • Marital status
  • Physical description
  • Date and place of enlistment
  • Occupation
  • Date, place and reason for leaving service
  • Record of previous service

Maine Draft Cards

  • Name, age and current residence
  • Date and place of birth
  • Race, occupation and marital status
  • Number of children

World War I Military Records

  • Name and residence
  • Date and place of birth
  • Rank and military unit
  • Marital status
  • Date and place where soldier entered military service
  • Date and place where soldier left military service
  • Person to be notified in case of an emergency

Enlistment Lists of Volunteers

  • Name and age
  • Date of enlistment
  • Residence and occupation
  • Marital status
  • Additional remarks, comments

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

The coverage table shows the record types and time periods covered. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Record Type Years Covered
Military 1775-1865
Card index and images to soldiers by town 1917-1919
Naturalization and citizenship 1790-1913
Court 1636-1929
Land 1794-1964

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the soldier, the deceased, or grantor and grantees
  • Identifying information such as the date and place of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:
  1. Select State, County, Town
  2. Select Record to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the age to calculate a birth date
  • Use the names, ages and residence church and census records
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been in the same area
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the records of nearby localities

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Maine.

FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Historical Records[edit | edit source]

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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