Maine Archives and Libraries

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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to researchers. Since Maine was part of Massachusetts until 1819, some records in Massachusetts have information about people living in Maine before 1819. See:

Maine State Archives
State House Station 84
Augusta, ME 04333-0084
Telephone: 207-287-5795
Fax: 207-289-5739

A useful guide to municipal and county records is:

Public Record Repositories in Maine. 1976. Augusta, Maine: Maine State Archives, 1976. (FHL book 974.1 A5m 1976; film 1036235 item 6; 1972 edition on film 928040 item 4; fiche 6051251).

National Archives—Northeast Region
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02154
Telephone: 617-647-8100
Fax: 617-647-8460

Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
Telephone: 207-774-1822
Fax: 207-775-4301

Maine Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 221
Farmington, ME 04938-0221
Maine State Library
State House Station #64
Augusta ME 04333
Telephone 207-289-5600
Fax 207-287-5615

New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116-3007
Telephone: 617-536-5740, 1-888-286-3447
Membership Department: 888-286-3447
Fax: 617-536-7307

Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Telephone: 207-947-8336
Fax 207-945-6694

University of Maine at Orono
Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections
P.O. Box 5729
Orono, ME 04469-5729
Telephone: 207-581-1686
Fax: 207-581-1653

Family History Library
35 N. West Temple St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Telephone: 1-866-406-1830

Computer Networks and Bulletin Boards

Computers with modems are important tools for obtaining information from selected archives and libraries. In a way, computer networks themselves serve as a library. The Internet, certain computer bulletin boards, and commercial on-line services help family history researchers:

  • Locate other researchers
  • Post queries
  • Send and receive E-mail
  • Search large databases
  • Search computer libraries
  • Join in computer chat and lecture sessions

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Maine in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost. Addresses on the Internet are subject to frequent changes. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more network and bulletin board sites:


A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.


A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.

For further details about using computer networks, bulletin boards, and news groups for family history research, see the United States Research Outline, 2nd ed., "Archives and Libraries" section.