Featured Blog Posts – August 2016 Archive (2)

Finding Maine County Marriage Returns

In Maine we don't usually go to the county courthouse to find vital records. In this and other New England states, birth, death and marriage records have been kept by towns and cities since colonial days. Municipal clerks in Maine were sometimes expected to return copies of these records to the state, but only in 1892 did this become standard practice. There is, though, one important set of vital records that may be found at Maine courthouses.…

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Added by Chris Dunham on August 20, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Legend of Isaac Patch's Gold

This is the sixth in a series of posts I am writing in celebration of the bicentennial of my hometown of Greenwood in Oxford County, incorporated February 2, 1816.

The most entertaining parts of a town's history are often its legends, for which the best evidence is hearsay. The historian is obliged to relate these legends as such, but also to seek out any possible…

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Added by Chris Dunham on August 12, 2016 at 5:00am — No Comments

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