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'''Extinct Towns:'''<ref>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.</ref> &nbsp;{{AutoLink|Concord, Maine|Concord}} {{!}} [[Dearborn, Maine|Dearborn]]<ref>Michael J. Leclerc, ''Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research'', 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 115. {{WorldCat|779626228|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1967587|item|disp=FHL Book 974 D27g 2012}}.</ref>
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'''Plantations.''' For further details see [[Maine plantations]].  
  
'''Plantations:&nbsp;''' [[Brighton Plantation, Maine|Brighton Plantation]] | [[Dennistown, Maine|Dennistown]] | [[Highland Plantation, Maine|Highland Plantation]] | [[Pleasant Ridge Plantation, Maine|Pleasant Ridge Plantation]] | [[The Forks Plantation, Maine|The Forks Plantation]] | [[West Forks, Maine|West Forks]]. For further details see [[Maine plantations]].
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*[[Highland Plantation, Maine|Highland Plantation]]  
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*[[Pleasant Ridge Plantation, Maine|Pleasant Ridge Plantation]]  
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*[[The Forks Plantation, Maine|The Forks Plantation]]  
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'''Extinct Towns or Plantations'''<ref>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.</ref> <ref>Michael J. Leclerc, ''Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research'', 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 115. {{WorldCat|779626228|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1967587|item|disp=FHL Book 974 D27g 2012}}.</ref> <ref name="CCTPM">Maine Historical Records Survey Project, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Work Projects Administration, ''Counties, Cities, Towns, and Plantations of Maine: a Handbook of Incorporations, Dissolutions, and Boundary Changes'' (Portland, Maine: The Survey, 1940), pages for Bigelow, Brighton, Carrying Place, Dead River, Flagstaff, Lexington, Long Pond, and Mayfield. A digital version is available via {{FHL|283056|item|disp=a link}} in the FHL Catalog.</ref>
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*{{AutoLink|Bigelow Plantation, Maine|Bigelow Plantation}}
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*{{AutoLink|Brighton, Maine|Brighton}}
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*{{AutoLink|Carrying Place Plantation, Maine|Carrying Place Plantation}}
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*{{AutoLink|Concord, Maine|Concord}}
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*{{AutoLink|Dead River Plantation, Maine|Dead River Plantation}}
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*[[Dearborn, Maine|Dearborn]]  
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*{{AutoLink|Flagstaff Plantation, Maine|Flagstaff Plantation}}
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*{{AutoLink|Lexington, Maine|Lexington}}
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*{{AutoLink|Long Pond Plantation, Maine|Long Pond Plantation}}
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'''Neighboring Counties'''  
 
'''Neighboring Counties'''  
  
[[Aroostook County, Maine|Aroostook]] | [[Franklin County, Maine|Franklin]] | [[Kennebec County, Maine|Kennebec]] | [[Penobscot County, Maine|Penobscot]] | [[Piscataquis County, Maine|Piscataquis]] | [[Waldo County, Maine|Waldo]] | '''Quebec '''counties: [[Beauce County, Quebec|Beauce]] | [[Bellechasse County, Quebec|Bellechasse]] | [[Dorchester County, Quebec|Dorchester]] | [[Frontenac County, Quebec|Frontenac]]
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[[Aroostook County, Maine|Aroostook]] | [[Franklin County, Maine|Franklin]] | [[Kennebec County, Maine|Kennebec]] | [[Penobscot County, Maine|Penobscot]] | [[Piscataquis County, Maine|Piscataquis]] | [[Waldo County, Maine|Waldo]] | '''Quebec '''counties: [[Beauce County, Quebec|Beauce]] | [[Bellechasse County, Quebec|Bellechasse]] | [[Dorchester County, Quebec|Dorchester]] | [[Frontenac County, Quebec|Frontenac]]  
  
 
=== Resources  ===
 
=== Resources  ===

Revision as of 16:07, 5 June 2013

United States Gotoarrow.png Maine Gotoarrow.png Somerset County

Guide to Somerset County Maine genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Somerset County, Maine
Map
Map of Maine highlighting Somerset County
Location in the state of Maine
Facts
Founded March 1, 1809
County Seat Skowhegan
Courthouse
Address Somerset County Courthouse
Court Street
Skowhegan, ME 04976
Phone: 207.474.9861
Somerset County Website


County Courthouse

Clerk Courts has some marriage records from 1800’s and proabte records from 1809.[1]

History

Parent County

Created 1 March 1809 from Kennebec County.[1]

Boundary Changes

Parts of Somerset County were set off to:

Record Loss

Places / Localities


Towns

Plantations. For further details see Maine plantations.

Extinct Towns or Plantations[2] [3] [4]

Communities

  • Anson
  • Bingham
  • Fairfield
  • Hartland
  • Madison
  • Norridgewock
  • Pittsfield
  • Skowhegan

Villages:    • Flagstaff   • North Anson

Unorganized territories. Townships listed from southeast to northwest within their group. BKP=Bingham's Kennebec Purchase; EKR=East of the Kennebec River NBKP=North of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase; Twp=Township; WELS=West of the Easterly Line of the State; WKR=West of the Kennebec River. For further details see Maine townships.

  • Central Somerset
    • Concord
    • Twp 2 R1 BKP WKR (Lexington)
  • Northeast Somerset
    • Twp 2 R2 BKP EKR (Mayfield)
    • Twp 2 R3 BKP EKR (Bald Mtn)
    • Twp 2 R4 BKP EKR (East Moxie)
    • Twp 2 R5 BKP EKR (Squaretown)
    • Twp 1 R5 BKP EKR (Moxie Gore)
    • Twp 1 R6 BKP EKR (Indian Stream)
    • Twp 1 R6 BKP WKR (Chase Str & 10,000 Ac Tr)
    • Twp 2 R6 BKP WKR (Johnson Mtn)
    • Twp 1 R7 BKP WKR (Saplin)
    • Twp 2 R7 BKP WKR (Misery)
    • Twp 3 R7 BKP WKR (Parlin Pond)
    • Misery Gore
    • Sandbar Tract
    • Twp 1 R1 NBKP (Taunton & Raynham)
    • Twp 2 R1 NBKP (Sandwich Academy Grant)
    • Twp 2 Twp 1 R1 NBKP (Rockwood Strip)
    • Twp 3 R1 NBKP (Long Pond)
    • Twp 1 R2 NBKP (Tomhegan)
    • Twp 2 R2 NBKP (Brassua)
  • Northwest Somerset
    • Twp 1 R3 BKP WKR (Carrying Place)
    • Twp 2 R3 BKP WKR (Carrying Place Town)
    • Twp 3 R3 BKP WKR (Dead River)
    • Twp 4 R3 BKP WKR (Bigelow)
    • Twp 1 R4 BKP WKR (Bowtown) 
    • Twp 2 R4 BKP WKR (Pierce Ponds)
    • Twp 3 R4 BKP WKR (Spring Lake)
    • Twp 4 R4 BKP WKR (Flagstaff)
    • Twp 2 R5 BKP WKR (Lower Enchanted)
    • Twp 3 R5 BKP WKR (Spencer)
    • Twp 4 R5 BKP WKR (King & Bartlett)
    • Twp 3 R6 BKP WKR (Upper Enchanted)
    • Twp 4 R6 BKP WKR (Hobbstown)
    • Twp 5 R6 BKP WKR (Haynestown)
    • Twp 4 R7 BKP WKR (Bradstreet)
    • Twp 5 R7 BKP WKR (Rayton)
    • Twp 6 R6 BKP WKR (Appleton)
    • Township 5 R1 NBKP (Attean Pond)
    • Township 6 R1 NBKP (Holeb)
    • Township 6 R2 NBKP (Forsyth)
  • Seboomook Lake
    • Township 3 R2 NBKP (Thorndike)
    • Little W, NBKP
    • Big W, NBKP
    • Twp 1 R3 NBKP (W.Middlesex Can.Gr.)
    • Township 2 R3 NBKP (Soldiertown)
    • Township 3 R3 NBKP (Alder Brook)
    • Township 4 R3 NBKP (Bald Mountain)
    • Township 5 R3 NBKP (Sandy Bay)
    • Township Seboomook R4 NBKP
    • Twp 1 R4 NBKP (Plymouth or Boyd)
    • Twp 2 R4 NBKP (Pittston Academy Gr.) 
    • Township 3 R4 NBKP (Hammond) 
    • Township 4 R4 NBKP (Prentiss) 
    • Township 5 R4 NBKP (Blake Gore)
    • Township 4 R16 WELS (Elm Stream)
    • Township 4 R17 WELS
    • Township 4 R18 WELS (Comstock)
    • Township 3 R5 NBKP (Dole Brook)
    • Township 4 R5 NBKP
    • Township 5 R16 WELS (Russell Pond)
    • Township 5 R17 WELS
    • Township 5 R18 WELS
    • Township 5 R19 WELS
    • Township 5 R20 WELS
    • Township 6 R16 WELS (Saint John)
    • Township 6 R17 WELS
    • Township 6 R18 WELS
    • Township 6 R19 WELS (Big 6)
    • Township 7 R16 WELS
    • Township 7 R17 WELS
    • Township 7 R18 WELS
    • Township 7 R19 WELS
    • Township 8 R16 WELS
    • Township 8 R17 WELS
    • Township 8 R18 WELS
    • Township 8 R19 WELS
    • Township 9 R16 WELS
    • Township 9 R17 WELS
    • Township 9 R18 WELS
    • Township 10 R16 WELS
    • Township 10 R17 WELS (Big 10)

Neighboring Counties

Aroostook | Franklin | Kennebec | Penobscot | Piscataquis | Waldo | Quebec counties: Beauce | Bellechasse | Dorchester | Frontenac

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

Court

Gazetteers

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Maine Newspaper Archive Indexes Free; Digital Page Images $ (GenealogyBank $) Twenty-two early Maine 18th and 19th century newspapers, 1785-1898 online. Indexes (free); digital images ($). These newspapers are from Augusta, Bangor, Belfast, Brunswick, Castine, Eastport, Falmouth, Hallowell, Kennebunk, Portland, Saco and Wiscasset.

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Early Maine newspapers routinely reported on news, obituaries, births, marriages etc. from around the state. Be sure to search the indexes for all Maine newspapers to find your target ancestor.

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 305. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 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.
  3. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 115. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.
  4. Maine Historical Records Survey Project, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Work Projects Administration, Counties, Cities, Towns, and Plantations of Maine: a Handbook of Incorporations, Dissolutions, and Boundary Changes (Portland, Maine: The Survey, 1940), pages for Bigelow, Brighton, Carrying Place, Dead River, Flagstaff, Lexington, Long Pond, and Mayfield. A digital version is available via a link in the FHL Catalog.
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