Maine, State Archive Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Maine, United States
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Record Description
Record Type State Archives
Collection years 1718-1957
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in This Collection?

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.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Civil War Cards of Maine include:

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

Maine Draft Cards required the following information:

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

World War I Military Records include:

  • 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 include:

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

Collection Content

Sample Images

Coverage Table

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?

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

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

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the State, County, Town
  2. Select the Record

How Do I Analyze the Results?

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?

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?

  • 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?

  • 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

Citing This Collection

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

"Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. State Archives, Augusta.

Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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