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Getting Ready for the 1940 Census Release

When will the census be released?

On Monday, April 2nd, at 9:00 AM Eastern, images of the 1940 census will be available to view at 1940census.archives.gov. The images will begin appearing at FamilySearch.org later in the…

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Added by Chris Dunham on March 29, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Human Remains Found in Washington Township

What are believed to be two human skulls and bones were discovered this week in Washington Township, Franklin County.

The skulls were found on the side of an embankment beside an old road, Franklin County Sheriff Lt. Niles Yeaton said.

Police suspect there was a farm in the area with a family burial ground on it, he said. There are old cellar holes in the area.…

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Added by Chris Dunham on July 2, 2011 at 2:42am — 1 Comment

Case Study: Corporal Sumner Henry Needham

The first Union soldier to fall in the Civil War is said to have been Sumner Henry Needham—a Maine native who served in a Massachusetts company. Let's see what we can find out about Needham using only free Internet resources.

 

Needham's Wikipedia entry is brief, and incorrect. He was wounded April 19, 1861, in the…

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Added by Chris Dunham on April 14, 2011 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

Maine Naturalization Index, 1791-1906

Among the resources at the new FamilySearch website is United States, New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906.

The index consists of 3x5 inch cards arranged by state and thereunder by name of petitioner, arranged according to the soundex system. The index refers to the name and location of the court that granted the certificate of naturalization, and to the volume and page number (or…

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Added by Chris Dunham on January 8, 2011 at 2:00am — No Comments

Soundex Index for 1880 U.S. Federal Census of Maine

The 1880 Soundex index for Maine is now available at Internet Archive.

 

To use this index, find the Soundex code for a surname with the Soundex Converter, and then browse the relevant image collection to find the household you're interested in. Households are generally arranged by Soundex…

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Added by Chris Dunham on December 27, 2010 at 12:14am — No Comments

Soundex Index for 1900 U.S. Federal Census of Maine

Back before census databases came online, we genealogists relied on bound AIS indexes and microfilmed Soundex indexes to find our families in the U.S. federal censuses. The 1900 Soundex index for Maine is now available at Internet…

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Added by Chris Dunham on December 20, 2010 at 3:24am — No Comments

Free 1800 Census Images

Internet Archive now has images from the 1800 U.S. Federal Census for Maine. To find a particular town, consult the Maine Census Guide.



Reel 6 - Cumberland, Lincoln Counties



Reel 7 - Hancock, Kennebec Counties…



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Added by Chris Dunham on August 11, 2010 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Free 1790 Census Images

Internet Archive now has images from the 1790 U.S. Federal Census for Maine. The enumeration starts here. Here are links to the first page of each county: Cumberland (continued… Continue

Added by Chris Dunham on August 10, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Free 1820 Census Images

Internet Archive now has images from the 1820 U.S. Federal Census for Maine. To find a particular town, consult the Maine Census Guide.



Reel 33 - Cumberland County (part)



Reel 34 - Cumberland (part), Hancock… Continue

Added by Chris Dunham on August 6, 2010 at 6:48pm — No Comments

Free 1810 Census Images

Internet Archive now has images from the 1810 U.S. Federal Census for Maine. To find a particular town, consult the Maine Census Guide. Note that the enumerations from several Oxford County towns are missing, but population totals from all towns are included in the recapitulation.…



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Added by Chris Dunham on August 6, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Free 1840 Census Images

Internet Archive now has images from the 1840 U.S. Federal Census for Maine. To find a particular town, consult the Maine Census Guide.



Reel 136 - Aroostook County



Reel 137 - Cumberland County (part), city of… Continue

Added by Chris Dunham on August 6, 2010 at 12:34am — No Comments

Genealogical Research Application

The new law restricting access to Maine vital records requires that a genealogist researching outside his own family submit an "Genealogical Research Application," along with a check for $50. The Maine Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics now has this application online as a… Continue

Added by Chris Dunham on August 5, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Free 1830 Census Images

Internet Archive now has images from the 1830 U.S. Federal Census for Maine. To find a particular town, consult the Maine Census Guide.



Reel 46 - Cumberland County



Reel 47 - Hancock, Washington Counties and a few entries for… Continue

Added by Chris Dunham on August 5, 2010 at 2:58am — No Comments

Church Histories from the Lewiston Daily Sun and Evening Journal

From 1963 to 1968, the Lewiston Daily Sun and Evening Journal presented nearly every Saturday the history of a local church. Most of these histories are now available online.



I have provided the page number wherever an article could not be linked to directly.



1 Old North Church,… Continue

Added by Chris Dunham on August 4, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Free 1880 Census Images

The latest Maine census images added to Internet Archive are from the 1880 U.S. Federal Census:



Reel 475 - Androscoggin County



Reel 476 - Aroostook County (part: EDs 1-216, sheet 2)



Reel 477 - Aroostook (cont'd: ED 216, sheet… Continue

Added by Chris Dunham on July 26, 2010 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Case Study: Saddler Sergeant A. A. Mitchell

A member sent me a link to this eBay auction, now ended, for a Civil War carte-de-visite labeled on the back "A. A. Mitchell / Saddler Sergt. / 2d Me Cavalry / Photographed by / J. S. HENDEE / Rooms, New Block, Water St. / Opposite Stanley House AUGUSTA, ME." I thought I would use this as a case study for tracking Maine people on the Internet. I will do so using only free…

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Added by Chris Dunham on July 22, 2010 at 1:30am — 7 Comments

New Maine Vital Records Regulations Now in Effect

The new regulations governing access to Maine vital records went into effect on Monday:

Individuals who may access vital records less than 100 years old include:

 

  • The person named on the record;
  • The person's spouse or registered domestic partner;
  • The parent(s) named on the record;
  • Descendants of the person named on the…
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Added by Chris Dunham on July 13, 2010 at 3:00pm — 24 Comments

History of the Buckfield Baptist Church

Source: Deacon George B. Crockett, Consolidated History of the Churches of the Oxford Baptist Association, State of Maine, and a Historical Sketch of the Association (Bryant's Pond, Me.: A. M. Chase & Co., Printers, 1905).



[p. 86]
BUCKFIELD BAPTIST CHURCH.



ELDER James Potter, the early pioneer to the Baptists in the central part of the District of…

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Added by Chris Dunham on July 6, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Free 1850 Census Images

Internet Archive now has images of the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for Maine. To find a particular town, consult the Maine Census Guide.



Reel 248. Aroostook County



Reel 249. Cumberland County (part)…



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Added by Chris Dunham on July 2, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

History of the First Baptist Church of Paris

Source: Deacon George B. Crockett, Consolidated History of the Churches of the Oxford Baptist Association, State of Maine, and a Historical Sketch of the Association (Bryant's Pond, Me.: A. M. Chase & Co., Printers, 1905).



[p. 13]
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, PARIS.


WHAT is now the town of Paris began to be settled about the year 1780. It was then a part of the state of Massachusetts and…

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Added by Chris Dunham on June 26, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments

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