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Hello,

I have been doing family geneology for Dunham and Wilbur- all in the Rangeley area but today my interest is different.

A house is being purchased in Danville and it was built in 1789 and I would love to know, if possible who built the home and who were the prior owners. The last owner was Dr. Paul and Barbara Beegel.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, Lori

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Comment by Chris Dunham on September 6, 2013 at 12:09am

If you can learn to navigate the confusing website, Androscoggin County deeds may be viewed here: http://www.androscoggindeeds.com/

Deeds earlier than 1975 can't be searched by name, so you would have to trace ownership of the property by first checking Beegel records for references to earlier deeds, and then working your way back. Once you find one of these references, choose the "Recorded Land by Book & Page" option from the Main Menu, enter the book and page numbers, and view the document. You can also view the index books by selecting "Recorded Land Scanned Index by Name" from the Main Menu.

(The website is so needlessly complicated it might be easier to just visit the Registry of Deeds and pull books off the shelf.)

You might also try locating the property on one of the maps in the 1873 Androscoggin County atlas:

http://www.historicmapworks.com/Atlas/US/1/Androscoggin+County+1873/

Comment by Lori A Wilbur-Dunham on September 6, 2013 at 6:47am

Thank you Chris! That is very helpful.Navigating well and have gotten back to 1963 so far!! Greatly appreciated.

Lori W-D

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