Kennebec County, Maine Genealogy
Guide to Kennebec County, Maine ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Kennebec County, Maine|
Location in the state of Maine
|Founded||February 20, 1799|
|Address|| County Courthouse|
95 State Street
Augusta, ME 04330-5611
Kennebec County Website
- 1 Description
- 2 Kennebec County, Maine Record Dates
- 3 County Courthouse
- 4 History
- 5 Places / Localities
- 6 Resources
- 6.1 Cemeteries
- 6.2 Church
- 6.3 Court
- 6.4 Emigration and Immigration
- 6.5 Gazetteers
- 6.6 Land
- 6.7 Local Histories
- 6.8 Maps
- 6.9 Military
- 6.10 Naturalization
- 6.11 Newspapers
- 6.12 Probate
- 6.13 Taxation
- 6.14 Vital Records
- 7 Societies and Libraries
- 8 Websites
- 9 References
The County was named for Kennebec River. The County has Augusta as its seat and the County was created 1799. The County is located in the southwest area of the state.
Kennebec County, Maine Record Dates
- 1799 - Register of Deeds has land records from 1799.
- 1799 - Probate Court has probate records from 1799.
- Town Clerks have birth, marriage and death records.
- Four partitions:
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
Places / Localities
Extinct Towns and Plantation
Communities • Clinton • Farmingdale • Oakland • Winthrop
Villages • Libby Hill • South China
|Tombstone Transcriptions Online||Tombstone Transcriptions in Print||List of Cemeteries in the county|
|Findagrave.com||Family History Library||Findagrave.com|
|See Maine Cemeteries for more information.|
- 1620-2014 - Maine, Tombstone Inscriptions, Surname Index, 1620-2014 at FamilySearch — index
- 1676-1918 - Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1780-1999 - Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1999 at FamilySearch — index and images
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.
Emigration and Immigration
- 1837 - 1965 - Maine & Massachusetts Case Files of Deceased and Deserted Seamen 1837-1965 at FamilySearch - images
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 additional information about early Maine land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.
Local histories are available for Kennebec County, Maine Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Maine Local Histories.
- 1676 - 1918 - Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1718 - 1957 - Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1835 - 1838 - Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1835-1838 at FamilySearch — index and images
Regiments. Service men in Kennebec County, Maine Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Kennebec County, Maine Genealogy:
- -1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery, 2nd BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY ("B")
- -1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery, 3rd BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY ("C")
- -1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery, 4th BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY ("D")
- -1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery, 5th BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY ("E")
- -1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery, 6th BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY ("F")
- -1st Battalion, Maine Light Artillery, 7th BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY ("G")
- -1st Regiment, Maine Cavalry
- -16th Regiment, Maine Infantry, Company B.
World War I
- 1914 - 1950 - Maine, State Archives, World War I (WWI) Grave Cards, 1914-1950 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1917 - 1919 - Maine, World War I Draft Registration Index, 1917-1919 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1718-1957 - Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1918-1991 - Maine, United States Naturalization Records, 1918-1991 at FamilySearch — index and images
Maine Newspaper Archive. Indexes Free; Digital Page Images $ (GenealogyBank $) Twenty-two early Maine 18th and 19th century newspapers, 1785-1898 online. Indexes (free); digital images ($). These newspapers are from Augusta, Bangor, Belfast, Brunswick, Castine, Eastport, Falmouth, Hallowell, Kennebunk, Portland, Saco and Wiscasset.
1800-1870 - Hallowell, Kennebec County, Newspaper Archive:
1801-1805 - Kennebec Gazette. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1801-1805. at GenealogyBank. $
1801-1861 - Augusta, Kennebec County, Newspaper Archive:
1809-1835 - American Advocate. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1809-1835. at GenealogyBank. $
1810-1815 - Herald of Liberty. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1810-1815. at GenealogyBank. $
1814-1827 - Hallowell Gazette. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1814-1827. at GenealogyBank. $
1832-1961 - Age. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1832-1861. at GenealogyBank. $
1839-1870 - Maine Cultivator and Hallowell Gazette. Indexes Free, Digital Pages $. 1839-1870. at GenealogyBank. $
Finding More Maine Newspapers
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Kennebec County, Maine Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
Online Probate Records
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.
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.
- 1589-1966 - Maine, United States Marriages at FindMyPast — index $
- 1670 - 1921 - Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 at FamilySearch — index and images
Societies and Libraries
Family history Centers
Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.
- The Kennebec County MEGenWeb Project, an member of the MEGenWeb Project, an affiliate of the USGenWeb Project.
- The USGenWeb Archives Project for Kennebec County
- The USGenWeb Archives Project for Kennebec County (backup site)
- FamilySearch Catalog for Kennebec County
- Oakland Area Historical Society - Facebook Home - records, photographs, history, genealogy of the Oakland area.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Kennebec County, Maine" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennebec_County,_Maine."
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kennebec 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.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 304. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- Before an extinct town (or plantation) was discontinued, it created official town records of interest to genealogists. For preservation these records were usually turned over to a nearby functioning town in the same county.
- Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 101. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.