York County, Maine Genealogy

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Guide to York County, Maine ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Alfred
Organized: June 25, 1789
Parent County(s): Original county
Neighboring Counties
Cumberland  • Oxford  • Carroll (NH)  • Rockingham (NH)  • Strafford (NH)  •
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

York County was named for York, England. The county is located in the southwestern area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

York County Courthouse
11 Chase’s Pond Road
York, ME 03909
Phone: 207-363-7434
York County Website

Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records. Clerk Court has divorce and court records. Register of Probate has death and probate records from 1637. Register of Deeds has land records from 1636. [2]

York County, Maine Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1892 1892 1637 1636 1636 1637 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1892. General compliance year unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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Modern town borders in York County, Maine.


For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this census area:[6]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Extinct towns and plantations

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Biographical review : this volume contains biographical sketches of leading citizens of York County, Maine. Boston, MA., Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1896. Online at:FamilySearch Digital Library
  • History of York County, Maine : with illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers. by Clayton, W. W. (W. Woodford), Everts & Peck, Philadelphia, PA, 1880. Online at:FamilySearch Digital Library.

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of York County, Maine online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Maine Cemeteries for more information.

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 29,078
1800 37,896 30.3%
1810 41,877 10.5%
1820 46,283 10.5%
1830 51,722 11.8%
1840 54,034 4.5%
1850 60,098 11.2%
1860 62,107 3.3%
1870 60,174 −3.1%
1880 62,257 3.5%
1890 62,829 0.9%
1900 64,885 3.3%
1910 68,526 5.6%
1920 70,696 3.2%
1930 72,934 3.2%
1940 82,550 13.2%
1950 93,541 13.3%
1960 99,402 6.3%
1970 111,576 12.2%
1980 139,666 25.2%
1990 164,587 17.8%
2000 186,742 13.5%
2010 197,131 5.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Maine denominations, view the Maine Church Records wiki page.


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Online Court Indexes and Records

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents. See Maine Land and Property for databases, early land grants to individuals, and more information.

Online Land Indexes and Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for York County. They may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information, see Maine Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]


Revolutionary War


Civil War

Regiments. Civil War service men in York County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (part of a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in this county:

- 1st Regiment, Maine Cavalry
- 5th Regiment, Maine Infantry, Companies B and C.


World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Maine tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records. For databases and more information, see Maine Taxation

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

In Maine, vital records are kept by town clerks or selectmen. Although some towns have existed since the 1650s, most vital records date from about 1700. The vital statistics are often arranged by family. For more information, see the Wiki page for the town and the Wiki page, Maine Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Maine Genealogy Society
Website
Maine Genealogy York County
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "York County, Maine" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York_County,_Maine."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), York County, Maine page 305, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), York County, Maine. Page 304-305 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 275.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "York County, Maine," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York_County,_Maine, accessed 24 January 2022.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Massachusetts.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "York County, Maine," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York_County,_Maine, accessed 20 March 2020.