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| FS_URL_02 = [[Maine Church Records]] 
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| FS_URL_03 = [[Maine Vital Records]]
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| FS_URL_04 = [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results#count=20&query=%2Bkeywords%3AMaine,%20%2Bkeywords%3AVital%20%2Bkeywords%3ARecords FamilySearch Library Catalog Keyword Maine]
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://www.mainegenealogy.net/ Genealogy of Maine]
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| RW_URL_02 = [http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/research/vitalrec.html Maine State Archives Vital Record Information]
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| RW_URL_03 = [http://maineroots.org/ Maine Genealogical Society]
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| RW_URL_04 = [http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/research/genealogy.html Maine State Archives]
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This index is an electronic index for the years 1739 to 1900.
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== What is in This Collection? ==
  
It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.  
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This collection is an electronic index of births and christenings for the years 1739 to 1900 comprised of the following:
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*Indexed church records
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*Civil registrations
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*The Internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church
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Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.
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This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the [[International Genealogical Index (IGI) (FamilySearch Historical Records) |International Genealogical Index]] or Vital Records Index collections.
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== Collection Content ==
  
 
=== Coverage Table  ===
 
=== Coverage Table  ===
  
The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.<br>  
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The coverage table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.<br>  
  
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
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==What Can This Collection Tell Me?==
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article [[Births and Christenings Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
  
{{Collection citation| text = Genealogical Society of Utah. Maine, Births and Christenings. Index based on data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.}}
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The records in this collection usually include the following information:
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*Name
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*Gender
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*Date of birth
  
[[Maine Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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The records may also contain the following:
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*Christening date
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*Place of christening
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*Place of birth
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*Parents' names
  
== Record Content and Use  ==
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
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Before searching this collection,it is helpful to know:
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*The place where the birth occurred
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*The name of the person
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*The approximate date of birth
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=== Search the Index ===
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{{Search Collection Link
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| CID=CID1674856
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}}
  
For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article [[Births and Christenings Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
 
  
== Related Websites  ==
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'''Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection'''
  
*[http://www.mainegenealogy.net/ Genealogy of Maine]  
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Remember this is only an index, not the original records.
*[http://www.maine.gov/portal/facts_history/genealogy.html Maine Government Website]  
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*[http://www.genealinks.com/states/me.htm Maine Genealogy Links]
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Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:
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*[[IGI]]
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*[[IGI Batch Number Descriptions]]
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*[[IGI Batch Numbers for the British Isles and North America]]
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If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=film_number FamilySearch Catalog].
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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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 [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
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==What Do I Do Next?==
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When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.  Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed.
 +
 
 +
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
 +
 
 +
*Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
 +
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
 +
*The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
 +
*The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 +
*It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
 +
*The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
 +
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
 +
*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
 +
 
 +
=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
 +
 
 +
*The records are very brief, so it is easy to confuse individuals in the index. In addition, an individual may be listed multiple times with slight spelling variations of their name.
 +
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
 +
*Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
 +
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 +
*Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
 +
*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
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*Search the [https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlc/ FamilySearch Catalog] to see if other records for this place are available.
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Maine-Births-and-Christenings-1739-1900-known-issues&lang=en article]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mai l. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
  
*[[Maine|Maine]]
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== Citing This Collection ==
*[[Maine Church Records|Maine Church Records]]
 
*[[Maine Vital Records|Maine Vital Records]]
 
  
=== Contributions to This Article ===
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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.
  
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;Collection Citation:
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"Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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{{Record_Citation}}
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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'''[[#top|Top of Page]]'''
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].&nbsp;
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
[[Category:Maine|Vital]]
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{{Contributor invite}}
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[[Category:Maine FamilySearch Historical Records|Vital]]
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[[Category:United States FamilySearch Historical Records]]

Latest revision as of 22:00, 8 December 2017

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Maine, United States
Maine flag.png
Flag of Maine
US Locator Maine.png
Location of Maine
Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1739-1900
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City


What is in This Collection?

This collection is an electronic index of births and christenings for the years 1739 to 1900 comprised of the following:

  • Indexed church records
  • Civil registrations
  • The Internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church

Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Collection Content

Coverage Table

The coverage table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1739-1900 Marriages, 1771-1907 Deaths and Burials, 1841-1910
Androscoggin 44,273 32,805 3,137
Aroostook 11,223 7,757 478
Cumberland 134,888 100,909 11,862
Franklin 18,595 12,152 276
Hancock 40,660 19,488 2,000
Kennebec 74,357 46,197 321
Knox 18,093 17,595 1,785
Lincoln 38,638 27,558 1,705
Maine 252,373 136,105 133,772
Oxford 64,340 13,191 733
Penobscot 70,457 72,066 2,346
Piscataquis 19,305 11,282 563
Sagadahoc 54,392 10,392 437
Somerset 30,226 21,314 725
Waldo 22,135 23,401 1,452
Washington 12,864 8,248 489
York 34,063 37,048 10,798
Total 940,882 597,508 172,879

What Can This Collection Tell Me?

For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Births and Christenings Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).

The records in this collection usually include the following information:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth

The records may also contain the following:

  • Christening date
  • Place of christening
  • Place of birth
  • Parents' names

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection,it is helpful to know:

  • The place where the birth occurred
  • The name of the person
  • The approximate date of birth

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


Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Remember this is only an index, not the original records.

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the FamilySearch Catalog.

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?

When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed.

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

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
  • The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.

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

  • The records are very brief, so it is easy to confuse individuals in the index. In addition, an individual may be listed multiple times with slight spelling variations of their name.
  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog to see if other records for this place are available.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mai l. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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 Births and Christenings, 1739-1900." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.

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