Hancock County, Maine Genealogy

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


The County was named for John Hancock. The County has Ellsworth as its seat and the County was created June 25, 1789. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[1]

Hancock County, Maine Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1892 1789 1892 1790 1790 1790 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1892. General compliance year unknown.

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. [3]


Parent County

1789 - Created 25 June 1789 from Lincoln County. [3]

Boundary Changes

  • Two partitions:

Record Loss

1933 - Hancock Hall, which housed the records for the City of Ellsworth, was destroyed by fire on May 7, 1933. [4]
For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Places / Localities

Neighboring Counties

Knox | Waldo | Penobscot | Washington

Populated Places

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this census area:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Unorganized territories
  • 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

Extinct Towns and Plantations:[6]  Eagle Island Military Plantation | Islandport | Mansel | Number 28 MD Plantation | Seaville[7]



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
Billion Graves
See Maine Cemeteries for more information.

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

Emigration and Immigration



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.


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Military Records

Revolutionary War
Civil War

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

- 2nd Regiment, Maine Infantry, Company B.

Online Records

World War I



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

Online 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

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.

Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage



  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Hancock County, Maine" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock_County,_Maine."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hancock County, Maine. Page 304-305 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 275.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 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.
  4. Ellsworth, ME Great Fire, May 1933 http://www3.gendisasters.com/maine/11041/ellsworth-me-great-fire-disaster-may-7-1933
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Hancock County, Maine," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock_County,_Maine, accessed 8 March 2019.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.