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| FS_URL_04 = [[Maine Court Records|Maine Court Records]]
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| FS_URL_05 = [[Maine Land and Property|Maine Land and Property]]
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| FS_URL_07 = [[Maine Naturalization and Citizenship|Maine Naturalization and Citizenship&nbsp;]]
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/research/cwunits.html Maine State Archives Maine Civil War Units]
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| RW_URL_02 = [http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/research/officerpic.html Maine State Archives Civil War Officers and Others Misc. Photographs]
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| RW_URL_03 = [http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/research/cwcorrespondence.html Maine State Archives Civil War Correspondence] 
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| RW_URL_04 = [http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/ Maine State Archives] 
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== Record Description  ==
 
  
This Collection will include records from 1790 to 1966.<br>
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
The collection includes the following various county records:
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The collection includes various county records, most are military records. The collection is located at the Maine State Archives. The records cover the years 1718-1957.
  
*Military 1775 to 1865
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===To Browse this Collection===
*Naturalization and citizenship 1790 to 1913
 
*Court 1636 to 1929
 
*Land 1794 to 1964
 
  
Most of the records are military records and are handwritten on preprinted forms.
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{{Collection_Browse_Link
 
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1877829/waypoints Browse].
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The records in this collection are for the years 1790 to 1966.&nbsp;
 
 
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
 
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>
 
 
 
{{Collection citation | text= "Maine,State Archive Collections,1790-1966."  Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing State Archives, Augusta.}}
 
 
 
[[Maine State Archive Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
  
== Record Content ==
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Images ===
  
<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="Military Record Examples">
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<gallery caption="Military Record Examples" widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">
 
Image:Maine State Archive Collections (10-0716) (10-0842) Civil War Card Index DGS .jpg|Civil War Card
 
Image:Maine State Archive Collections (10-0716) (10-0842) Civil War Card Index DGS .jpg|Civil War Card
 
Image:Maine State Archive Collections (10-0716) (10-0842) Draft Card DGS 4389591_4.jpg|Draft Card
 
Image:Maine State Archive Collections (10-0716) (10-0842) Draft Card DGS 4389591_4.jpg|Draft Card
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Civil War Cards of Maine include the following information:  
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=== Coverage Table  ===
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The Coverage Table shows the record types and time periods covered. 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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{| class="wikitable sortable;" style="border: 2px solid blue;" width="20%"
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! Record Type !! Years Covered
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| Military
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| 1775-1865
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| Card index and images to soldiers by town
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| 1917-1919
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| Naturalization and citizenship
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| 1790-1913
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|-
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| Court
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| 1636-1929
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|-
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| Land
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| 1794-1964
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==What Can this Collection Tell Me?==
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'''Civil War Cards of Maine''' include the following information:  
  
 
*Name, age, rank and company of soldier  
 
*Name, age, rank and company of soldier  
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*Record of previous service
 
*Record of previous service
  
Maine Draft Cards required the following information:  
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'''Maine Draft Cards''' required the following information:  
  
 
*Name, age and current residence  
 
*Name, age and current residence  
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*Race, occupation and marital status
 
*Race, occupation and marital status
  
World War I Military Records include the following information:  
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'''World War I Military Records''' include the following information:  
  
 
*Name and residence  
 
*Name and residence  
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*Person to be notified in case of an emergency
 
*Person to be notified in case of an emergency
  
Enlistment Lists of Volunteers included the following information:  
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'''Enlistment Lists of Volunteers''' included the following information:  
  
 
*Name and age  
 
*Name and age  
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*Additional remarks, comments
 
*Additional remarks, comments
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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The records in this collection are arranged by type of record and then by date. To begin searching these records you need to know the following:
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*The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the soldier, the deceased, or grantor and grantees
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*Identifying information such as the date and place of the event
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=== Search the Index ===
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{{Search Collection Link
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To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page,<br>Select the appropriate "State, County, Town" category<br>Select the appropriate "Record Category" category<br>Select the appropriate "Record Description" category which takes you to the images.  
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===View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the '''{{RecordSearch|1877829|Browse Page|access=browse}}''':<br>
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#Select the '''State, County, Town'''<br>
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#Select the '''Record Category'''<br>
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#Select the '''Record Description''' which takes you to the images.
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
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{{Tip | More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1877829 Maine, State Archive collections]. Some catalog records link to multiple digital image records. In this case, click on a digital image record to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
The records in this collection are arranged by type of record and then by date. To begin searching these records you need to know the following:  
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==What Do I Do Next?==
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Look at each image. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.
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Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:  
  
*The type of event
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
*The place where the event occurred
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
*The approximate date the event occurred
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
*The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the soldier, the deceased, or grantor and grantees
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
'''Using the Information'''
 
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
  
The following examples show ways you can use the information:  
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:  
  
 
*Use the age to calculate a birth date.  
 
*Use the age to calculate a birth date.  
 
*Use the names, ages and residence church and census records.
 
*Use the names, ages and residence church and census records.
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*Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been in the same area.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  
== Related Websites  ==
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
  
*[http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/ Maine State Archives]
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.  
*[http://www.maine.gov/msl/ Maine State Library]&nbsp;
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*Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
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*Search the records of nearby localities.
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*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 with the same family number.
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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*{{FHL|Maine, Military Records|keywords|disp}}
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*{{FHL|Maine, Court Records|keywords|disp}}
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*{{FHL|Maine, Naturalization and Citizenship|keywords|disp}}
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*{{FHL|Maine, Land and Property|keywords|disp}}
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For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[Maine Archives and Libraries]].}}
  
*[[Maine State Archives]]
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== Citing This Collection ==
*[[Maine Archives and Libraries]]
 
*[[Maine Court Records|Maine Court Records]]
 
*[[Maine Land and Property|Maine Land and Property]]
 
*[[Maine Military Records]]
 
*[[Maine Naturalization and Citizenship|Maine Naturalization and Citizenship&nbsp;]]
 
  
== 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.
  
{{Contributor invite}}
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;Collection Citation:
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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{{Collection_citation | text="Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957." Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. State Archives, Augusta.
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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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{{Record_Citation}}
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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{{Image_Citation}}
  
"Maine, State Archive Collections 1790-1966," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18256-52033-18?cc=1877829&amp;wc=MMMW-7ZG:1106504665https&nbsp;: accessed 7 August 2012), Maine, State Archive Collections &gt; Maine, York County &gt; Court Records &gt; Court of General Sessions of the Peace vol. 07B 1718-1727 &gt; image 65 of 150, David Libby, 1723; citing court records, Maine State Archives, Augusta, Maine, United States.
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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]].
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
[[Category:Maine]]
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{{Contributor invite}}

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Maine, United States
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Location of Maine
Record Description
Record Type State Archives
Collection years 1718-1957
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites



What is in the Collection?

The collection includes various county records, most are military records. The collection is located at the Maine State Archives. The records cover the years 1718-1957.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the record types and time periods covered. 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.

Record Type Years Covered
Military 1775-1865
Card index and images to soldiers by town 1917-1919
Naturalization and citizenship 1790-1913
Court 1636-1929
Land 1794-1964

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Civil War Cards of Maine include the following information:

  • Name, age, rank and company of soldier
  • Whether service was in the infantry, cavalry, or heavy artillery
  • Birth place and current residence
  • Marital status
  • Physical description
  • Date of enlistment
  • Date and reason for leaving service
  • Record of previous service

Maine Draft Cards required the following information:

  • Name, age and current residence
  • Date and place of birth
  • Race, occupation and marital status

World War I Military Records include the following information:

  • Name and residence
  • Date and place of birth
  • Rank and military unit
  • Marital status
  • Date and place where soldier entered military service
  • Date and place where soldier left military service
  • Person to be notified in case of an emergency

Enlistment Lists of Volunteers included the following information:

  • Name and age
  • Date of enlistment
  • Residence and occupation
  • Marital status
  • Additional remarks, comments

How Do I Search the Collection?

The records in this collection are arranged by type of record and then by date. To begin searching these records you need to know the following:

  • The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the soldier, the deceased, or grantor and grantees
  • Identifying information such as the date and place of the event

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


View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the State, County, Town
  2. Select the Record Category
  3. Select the Record Description which takes you to the images.

What Do I Do Next?

Look at each image. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.


I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the age to calculate a birth date.
  • Use the names, ages and residence church and census records.
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been in the same area.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the records of nearby localities.
  • 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 with the same family number.

For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article Maine Archives and Libraries.}}

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, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. State Archives, Augusta.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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