Knox County, Maine Genealogy

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Knox County

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


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Knox County, Maine
Map
Map of Maine highlighting Knox County
Location in the state of Maine
Facts
Founded April 1, 1860
County Seat Rockland
Courthouse
Address Knox County Courthouse
62 Union Street PO Box 885
Rockland, ME 04841-0885
Phone: 207.594.9379
Knox County Website


County Courthouse

  • Town Clerks have birth, marriage, and death records.
  • Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records.
  • 1860 - Probate Court has probate records from 1860.
  • 1860 - Register of Deeds has land records from 1860.[1]
    Gen. Henry Knox, U.S. Army

History

  • Named for American Revolutionary War general and Secretary of War, Henry Knox, who lived in the county from 1795 until his death in 1806.

Parent County

Boundary Changes

Maine: Individual County Chronologies

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Towns

Plantations

Matinicus. For further details see Maine Plantations.

Extinct Towns and Plantations [3]

Criehaven Plantation | Hurricane Isle | Muscle Ridge Plantation[4]

Unorganized Territories

Criehaven Township | Muscle Ridge Shoals Township. For further details see Maine Townships.

Communities

Villages

  • Hibberts Corner
  • Port Clyde

Neighboring Counties

Hancock | Lincoln | Waldo

Resources

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
USGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
ME Interment
Billion Graves
See Maine Cemeteries for more information.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at: Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Churches

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.

Courts

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Maine, Knox County Probate Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Emigration and Immigration

Gazetteers

Land

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

Local histories are available for Knox 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.

Maps

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Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Knox 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 Knox County, Maine Genealogy:

- 4th Regiment, Maine Infantry 

Online Records

World War I

Naturalization

Newspapers

Finding More Maine Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Knox County, Maine Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate

Online Probate Records

Taxation

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.

Vital 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.

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.

Websites

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records, 1800-2007 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Knox County, Maine page 304, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  3. Before an extinct town or plantation was discontinued, it created official records of interest to genealogists. For preservation these records were usually turned over to a nearby functioning town in the same county.
  4. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 103. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.