Rangeley, Franklin County, Maine Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Not to be confused with mega-plantation Rangeley Plantation (T2 R1; T3 R1; T2 R2; and T3 R2) of which the town was earlier part. Nor to be confused with the nearby smaller modern plantation (T3 R1) of the same name.

Rangeley is a town on the west central side of Franklin County (also known as Number 3 R2 Plantation). A place called Rangeley Plantation was first organized in 1840, but by 1845 it was part of a multi-township plantation called Plantations 2 and 3 R1 and 2 and 3 R2 formed from:

but that long name was changed to Dallas Plantation in 1845, and changed back to Rangeley Plantation in 1852. In 1855 the Town of Rangeley (T3 R2) was set off from a portion of that plantation, and that town continues to today. The large multi-township plantations were abolished in 1859, and left-over Rangeley Plantation was split into its three remaining parts, including the modern, smaller Rangeley Plantation (T3 R1).[1] [2] [3]

Additional data on Rangeley, Maine can be found in WikiPedia: the Free Encyclopedia.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Historically, the largest religious groups in Maine were the Congregational, Baptist, Roman Catholic, and Methodist churches. For general information about Maine denominations, view the Maine Church Records wiki page.

To see the churches in Rangeley, visit FamilySearch Places.

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. The following are church records available online for the town of Rangeley:

City Directories[edit | edit source]

Land Records[edit | edit source]

The following are online land records for the town of Rangeley:

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

The following are online maps of the town of Rangeley:

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In Connecticut, most probate records are kept at the town level. The following are online probate records for the town of Rangeley:

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

Town Records[edit | edit source]

In Maine, most records are kept at the town level and generally began being kept at the founding of the town. These records may include the following:

  • Births
  • Marriages
  • Deaths
  • Burials
  • Cemetery records
  • Appointments
  • Earmarks
  • Estrays (stray animals)
  • Freemens' oaths (men eligible to vote)
  • Land records
  • Mortgages
  • Name changes
  • Care of the poor
  • School records
  • Surveys
  • Tax lists
  • Town meeting minutes
  • Voter registrations
  • Warning outs (of town)

The following are Rangeley town records available online:

Town Clerk[edit | edit source]

The town clerk is responsible for these records, and so most originals can be found at the town clerk's office.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Maine Historical Records Survey Project, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Work Projects Administration, Counties, Cities, Towns, and Plantations of Maine: a Handbook of Incorporations, Dissolutions, and Boundary Changes (Portland, Maine: The Survey, 1940), 103 (digital p. 112). A digital version is available via a link in the FamilySearch Catalog.
  2. Rangeley Plantation, Franklin County, Maine, Franklin County, Maine in Maine Genealogy (accessed 30 September 2013).
  3. Rangeley, Franklin County, Maine, Franklin County, Maine in Maine Genealogy (accessed 1 October 2013).

Adjacent towns: Franklin Co.: Dallas Plantation | Davis Township | Lang Township | Rangeley Plantation | Sandy River Plantation | Oxford Co.: Township 4 R2 WBKP (Adamstown Twp) | Lower Cupsuptic Township | Township 4 R1 WBKP (Richardsontown Twp)