Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Maine include:
- Birth, marriage, death and divorce records have been maintained by the state since 1892
- Federal census records were recorded every 10 years starting in 1790; state census records were recorded in 1837 and 1904/1905 in some counties
- Land records were kept beginning in 1642.
- Probate records were kept by the county courts from 1642 to the present
- Churches sometimes kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
- Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods which contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
- Town and county histories were written that record information about the settlers and their families; many family genealogies of the settlers of Maine have also been written
- Naturalization and citizenship records were recorded by the courts as early as 1791
- Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas
Note: See our Massachusetts genealogists page for additional archives and libraries that we can search as Maine was part of Massachusetts until 1820. Records in Massachusetts have information about people living in Maine before that date.