Maine Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900Maine Marriages, 1771-1907, and Maine Deaths and Burials, 1841-1910.
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Collection Time Period

This index covers events from 1729 through 1941.

Record History

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This index is an index of the births, marriages, and deaths throughout Maine. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Why This Record Was Created

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored this index to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Record Reliability

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Maine.

Record Description

The index is an electronic database of information transcribed from original records.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in birth index entries may include:

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The key genealogical facts found in marriage index entries may include:

  • Name of the bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Name of the spouse (if married)
  • Death or burial date
  • Death or burial place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.


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


How to Use the Record

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

In birth or christening records, if a surname is not listed for the child, the indexer often assigns the father’s surname to the child. This surname may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth or christening, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted.

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Related Wiki Articles

Maine State Archive Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Maine Vital Records

Contributions to This Article

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Sources of Information for This Collection

"Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900," database, FamilySearch(http://familysearch.org/). Index entries derived from digital copies of originals housed in various repositories throughout Maine.

"Maine Marriages, 1771-1907, 1739-1900," database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/). Index entries derived from digital copies of originals housed in various repositories throughout Maine.

"Maine Deaths and Burials, 1841-1910, 1739-1900," database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/). Index entries derived from digital copies of originals housed in various repositories throughout Maine.

Each entry in this index has a source listed. The index may be a compilation of records from a variety of sources, including the following:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also 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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki article: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record

  • Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900. digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org): January 20, 2011). Birth of Mary Ann Johnson, 28 December 1831, Civil, Bath, Sagadahoc, Maine, film number 10562.
  • Maine Marriages, 1771-1907. digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org): January 20, 2011). Marriage of James H. Morrison to Eliza Thompson, 15 October 1859, Civil, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, film number 12026.
  • Maine Death and Burials, 1841-1910. From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org): January 20, 2011). Death of Amanda M. Anderson, 24 July 1891, Limington, York, Maine, film number 11533.