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Guide to '''Washington County, Maine ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
Guide to '''Washington County Maine genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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| county = Washington County  
 
| county = Washington County  
 
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| founded year = 1789
 
| founded year = 1789
 
| founded date = June 25
 
| founded date = June 25
| seat = Machias
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| seat = [[Machias, Maine|Machias]]
 
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| building address = Washington County Courthouse<br> PO Box 297<br>Machias, ME 04654-0297<br>Phone: 207.255.3127<br>[http://www.washingtoncountymaine.com/ '''Washington County Website'''] }}  
 
| building address = Washington County Courthouse<br> PO Box 297<br>Machias, ME 04654-0297<br>Phone: 207.255.3127<br>[http://www.washingtoncountymaine.com/ '''Washington County Website'''] }}  
  
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
 
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*''Town Clerks'' have birth, marriage, death and burial records.  
'''''Town Clerks''''' have birth, marriage, death and burial records. '''''Clerk of the Court''''' has divorce and court records from 1931, probate records from 1785, land records from 1783 and naturalization records from 1854. '''''Maine State Archives''''', Augusta, has divorce and court records before 1931.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, Maine page 305, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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*''Clerk of the Court'' has divorce and court records from 1931, probate records from 1785, land records from 1783 and naturalization records from 1854.  
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*''Maine State Archives'', Augusta, has divorce and court records before 1931.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, Maine page 305, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
Created 25 June 1789 from [[Lincoln County, Maine|Lincoln]] County. <ref name="HBG181">''Handybook for Genealogists'', 181.</ref>  
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*'''1789''' - Created 25 June 1789 from [[Lincoln County, Maine Genealogy|Lincoln]] County. <ref name="HBG181">''Handybook for Genealogists'', 181.</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
*Part taken off for [[Aroostook County, Maine|Aroostook]] County 16 March 1839. <ref name="HBG181" />
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*'''1839''' - Part taken off for [[Aroostook County, Maine Genealogy|Aroostook]] County 16 March 1839. <ref name="HBG181" />
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Places / Localities  ===
 
=== Places / Localities  ===
  
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'''Plantations.''' For further details see [[Maine plantations]].  
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'''Plantations.''' For further details see [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Maine_Plantations Maine plantations].  
  
 
• {{AutoLink|Baring Plantation, Maine|Baring Plantation}}&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • {{AutoLink|Codyville Plantation, Maine|Codyville Plantation}}&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • {{AutoLink|Grand Lake Stream, Maine|Grand Lake Stream}}  
 
• {{AutoLink|Baring Plantation, Maine|Baring Plantation}}&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • {{AutoLink|Codyville Plantation, Maine|Codyville Plantation}}&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • {{AutoLink|Grand Lake Stream, Maine|Grand Lake Stream}}  
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'''Village''' &nbsp; • Forest City  
 
'''Village''' &nbsp; • Forest City  
  
'''Neighboring Counties:&nbsp;''' [[Aroostook County, Maine|Aroostook]] | [[Hancock County, Maine|Hancock]] | [[Penobscot County, Maine|Penobscot]] | '''New Brunswick''' counties: [[Charlotte County, New Brunswick|Charlotte]] | [[York County, New Brunswick|York]]  
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'''Neighboring Counties:&nbsp;''' [[Aroostook County, Maine Genealogy|Aroostook]] | [[Hancock County, Maine Genealogy|Hancock]] | [[Penobscot County, Maine Genealogy|Penobscot]] | '''New Brunswick''' counties: [[Charlotte County, New Brunswick|Charlotte]] | [[York County, New Brunswick|York]]
  
 
=== Resources  ===
 
=== Resources  ===
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
==== Church ====
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{| width="80%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=23&GScnty=1225&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|460825|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=23&CScnty=1225 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/county/washington/mewash.html USGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Washington+Maine&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Maine&county=Washington&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/maine/washington.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/me/washington.htm ME Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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*'''1676-1918''' - {{RecordSearch|1985567|Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1780-1999''' - {{RecordSearch|2242146|Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1999}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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==== Church ====
  
{{ME Church Intro}}
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{{ME Church Intro}}  
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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*'''1718-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1877829|Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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==== Emigration and Immigration ====
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*'''1837 - 1965''' - {{RecordSearch|2303027|Maine & Massachusetts Case Files of Deceased and Deserted Seamen 1837-1965}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - images
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*'''1947-1954''' - {{RecordSearch|2427242|Maine Crew Lists Arriving at Robbinston 1947-1954}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]— index and images
  
 
==== Gazetteers  ====
 
==== Gazetteers  ====
  
==== Land ====
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==== Land ====
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{{ME Land Intro}}
  
{{ME Land Intro}}
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*'''1718-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1877829|Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
==== Local Histories ====
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==== Local Histories ====
  
{{ME History Intro}}
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{{ME History Intro}}  
  
==== Maps ====
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==== Maps ====
[[File:Mewashington.jpg]]
 
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*'''1676 - 1918''' - {{RecordSearch|1985567|Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1718 - 1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1877829|Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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===== Revolutionary War =====
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*'''1835 - 1838''' - {{RecordSearch|1881491|Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1835-1838}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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===== Civil War =====
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'''''Online Records'''''
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*'''1962 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1881486|Maine, Civil War Enlistment Papers, 1862-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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===== World War I =====
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*'''1917 - 1919''' - {{RecordSearch|1807269|Maine, World War I Draft Registration Index, 1917-1919}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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==== Naturalization ====
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*'''1718-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1877829|Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
{{ME Newspaper abstracts|Washington}}
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{{ME Newspaper abstracts|Washington}}  
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==== Probate  ====
  
==== Probate ====
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{{ME Probate Intro|Washington}}
  
{{ME Probate Intro|Washington}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
==== Taxation ====
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*'''1584 – 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8994 Maine Wills and Probate Records 1584-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — images and index $
  
{{ME Tax Intro}}
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==== Taxation  ====
  
==== Vital Records ====
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{{ME Tax Intro}}
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==== Vital Records ====
  
 
{{ME Vital Intro}}
 
{{ME Vital Intro}}
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*'''1670 - 1921''' - {{RecordSearch|1803978|Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
=== Societies and Libraries  ===
 
=== Societies and Libraries  ===
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Machias Maine Family History Center]]
 
*[[Machias Maine Family History Center]]
  
=== Web Sites ===
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=== Websites ===
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mewashin/ The Washington County MEGenWeb Project], an member of [[MEGenWeb|The MEGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mewashin/ The Washington County MEGenWeb Project], an member of [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~megenweb// The MEGenWeb Project], an affiliate of [http://www.usgenweb.org/ The USGenWeb Project].  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/county/washington/mewash.html The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Washington County  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/county/washington/mewash.html The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Washington County  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/county/washington/mewash.html The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Washington County (backup site)  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/county/washington/mewash.html The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Washington County (backup site)  
*{{FHL|Maine%2C+Washington|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Washington County
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&query=%2Bsubject%3AMaine%2C%20%2Bsubject%3AWashington FamilySearch.org] FamilySearch Catalog for Washington County  
  
 
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''  
 
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''  
  
[[Maine, Washington County Courthose Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Maine, Washington County Courthouse Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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[[Maine, Washington County Courthouse Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Maine, Washington County Courthouse Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
 
=== References  ===
 
=== References  ===
  
 
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*[[Maine, Washington County Revolutionary War, Probate and Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Maine, Washington&nbsp;County Revolutionary, Probate, and Cansus Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
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[[Category:Washington_County,_Maine]]

Latest revision as of 21:12, 23 August 2017

United States
Maine
Washington County

Guide to Washington County, Maine ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Washington County, Maine
Map
Map of Maine highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Maine
Facts
Founded June 25, 1789
County Seat Machias
Courthouse
Address Washington County Courthouse
PO Box 297
Machias, ME 04654-0297
Phone: 207.255.3127
Washington County Website


County Courthouse

  • Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records.
  • Clerk of the Court has divorce and court records from 1931, probate records from 1785, land records from 1783 and naturalization records from 1854.
  • Maine State Archives, Augusta, has divorce and court records before 1931.[1]

History

Parent County

  • 1789 - Created 25 June 1789 from Lincoln County. [2]

Boundary Changes

  • 1839 - Part taken off for Aroostook County 16 March 1839. [2]

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities


Towns and Cities

Plantations. For further details see Maine plantations.

Baring Plantation      • Codyville Plantation      • Grand Lake Stream

Extinct towns and plantations[3] [4]

Indian Reservations

Unorganized territories. Within each group townships are listed from southeast to northwest. For further details see Maine townships.

    • Township 26 East Division
    • Township 42 Middle Division
    • Township 43 Middle Division
    • Greenlaw Chopping Township (Township 27 East Division)
    • Big Lake Township (Number 21 Township aka Plantation 21)
    • Sakom Township (Township 5 Norh Division)
    • Township 6 North Division
    • Fowler Township (Township 1 R1 Titcomb Survey)
    • Dyer Township (Township 1 R2 Titcomb Survey)
    • Lambert Lake Township (Township 1 R3 Titcomb Survey)
    • Township 6 R1 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase
    • Kossuth Twp (Township 7 R2 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase)
    • Township 8 R3 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase
    • Brookton (formerly Jackson Brook Plantation)
    • Forest Township (Twp 10 R3 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase)
    • Township 11 R3 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase (Hillgove Twp)
    • Township 8 R4 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase
    • Township 9 R4 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase (Forest City Twp)

Communities   • Machias          • Woodland

Village   • Forest City

Neighboring Counties:  Aroostook | Hancock | Penobscot | New Brunswick counties: Charlotte | York

Resources

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
USGenWeb Archives WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project
ME Interment
Billion Graves
See Maine Cemeteries for more information.

Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Maine denominations, view the Maine Church Records wiki page.

Court

Emigration and Immigration

Gazetteers

Land

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Maine Land and Property for additional information about early Maine land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Washington County, Maine Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Maine Local Histories.

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War

Online Records

World War I

Naturalization

Newspapers

Finding More Maine Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Washington County, Maine Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Maine tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records

In Maine, vital records are kept by town clerks or selectmen. Although some towns have existed since the 1650s, most vital records date from about 1700. The vital statistics are often arranged by family. For more information, see the Wiki page for the town and the Wiki page, Maine Vital Records.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Maine, Washington County Courthouse Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, Maine page 305, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Handybook for Genealogists, 181.
  3. Before an extinct town or plantation was discontinued, chances are it created official records of interest to genealogists. For preservation these records were usually turned over to a nearby functioning town in the same county.
  4. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 119. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.