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United States Gotoarrow.png Maine Gotoarrow.png Hancock County

Guide to Hancock County Maine genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Hancock County, Maine
Map of Maine highlighting Hancock County
Location in the state of Maine
Founded June 25, 1789
County Seat Ellsworth
Address Hancock County Courthouse
50 State Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone. 207.667.9542
Hancock County Website

County Courthouse

Town clerks  have birth, marriage and death records. Clerk of the Superior Court  has divorce and court records. Probate office  has probate records. Register of Deeds  has land records. County Clerk  has marriage records 1789-1891. [1]


Parent County

Created 25 June 1789 from Lincoln County. [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities


Extinct towns and plantation:[2]  Islandport | Number 28 MD Plantation | Seaville[3]

Unorganized territories. For further details see Maine townships.

  • Central Hancock: Fletchers Landing
  • Eagle Island
  • East Hancock:
    • Township 3 North Division and Strip North
    • Township 4 North Division and Strip North (a.k.a. Oqiton Township)
    • Township 7 South Division
    • Township 9 South Division
    • Township 10 South Division
    • Township 16 Middle Division
    • Township 22 Middle Division
    • Township 28 Middle Division (Number 28 MD Plantation)
    • Township 34 Middle Division
    • Township 35 Middle Division
    • Township 39 Middle Division
    • Township 40 Middle Division
    • Township 41 Middle Division
  • Northwest Hancock: Township 32 Middle Division

Communities   • Bar Harbor         • Bucksport

Villages   • Bass Harbor  • Islesford • Minturn  • Northeast Harbor

Neighboring Counties:  Knox | Penobscot | Waldo | Washington



Church Records

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.

Court Records



Local histories are available for Hancock 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.

Land and Property

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.



Military Records


Finding More Maine Newspapers

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

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.

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.

Libraries, Archives, Museums

Abbe Museum
"Inspiring New Learning About the Wabanaki Nations with Every Visit"

Two Locations:
26 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

Abbe at Sieur de Monts Spring
Acadia National Park

(207) 288-3519

Family history Centers

Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage

Web Sites


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hancock County, 181, and 304. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Before an extinct town 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.
  3. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 99. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.