Maine Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Maine, Vital Records, 1670-1907
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Maine, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Vital
Collection years 1607-1907
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes a name index and images of birth, marriage and death returns acquired from the State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics and the state archives. Records are organized alphabetically, then chronologically within a name. The collection is divided into three parts, Vital Records Prior to 1892, 80 towns, Vital Records, 1892-1907, and Delayed returns for births, deaths, and marriages, 1670-1891. At present only the 1892-1907 collection has been indexed.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maine, Vital Records, 1670-1907.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information is usually found in these records:

  • Name
  • Event date
  • Event location
  • Names of parents
  • Gender
  • Name of bride
  • Name of groom
  • Cause of death
  • Name of spouse

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of the birth, marriage, or death

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 Record Type and Year Range
  2. Select the Surname Range to view the images.

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?

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
  • Search for church records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

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 Vital Records, 1670-1921." Database and images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 29 November 2017. Citing Division of Vital Statistics. State Board of Health, Augusta.

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