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 record;
  • Registrant's legal custodian, guardian, or conservator or respective authorized representative (includes attorney, physician, or funeral director); and
  • Genealogists who have a Maine CDC issued researcher identification card.

And how does one obtain a "Maine CDC issued researcher identification card"? That isn't clear from the website, but the FAQs will tell you what hoops you'll need to jump through to order certified records less than a century old.

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Comment by Kathy Williamson on July 14, 2010 at 5:23pm
My grandmother never knew he existed until I asked about the headstone, maybe 10 years ago. In that family, if something bad happened to someone, everyone acted as if they never existed, along with the person who did it. You've got me curious now. how did you get into this?
Comment by Chris Dunham on July 14, 2010 at 5:42pm
Into genealogy? My sister wrote a family history in the early '90s, which I put online in the mid '90s. I had spare time at grad school and some good libraries nearby, so I started updating, correcting and expanding upon her work. Then I started work on local families I'm not even related to, and haven't stopped since. I started the Maine Genealogy site about five years ago, and added this network last year. It's like a full-time job that doesn't pay very well.
Comment by Kathy Williamson on July 14, 2010 at 6:22pm
It's nifty, you have a lot of good stuff. I can't imagine why someone didn't do it sooner. I'm planning to teach a class soon on how to read the Sun and Journal in Google archives, for Memeres and Peperes who don't know how to use the internet. I teach podcasting too, if you know anyone who needs help. Yet another fun thing that doesn't make money.
Comment by Chris Dunham on July 14, 2010 at 7:11pm
Good luck with the class. Be sure to teach them how to tip their heads 90 degrees to read all those pages that were scanned sideways.

By the way, I looked at that 1910 census entry, and I think he was an inspector at a bleachery—probably the Lewiston Bleachery and Dye Works. Lots of ways a young man could die prematurely working at a place like that.
Comment by Kathy Williamson on July 15, 2010 at 7:44pm
Chris, you can take Uncle Archie off your to-do list. I had a few minutes today so I attacked the French paper again, this time with a magnifying glass, and found a blurb. It was TB. Darn family secrets. Maybe they didn't want the neighbors or prospective employers to think they were a sickly family.
Comment by Chris Dunham on July 15, 2010 at 7:53pm
Did it say where he died? The TB sanatorium at Greenwood Mountain in Hebron opened in 1904, and it looks Lewiston didn't have one until 1919.
Comment by Kathy Williamson on July 16, 2010 at 2:31pm
The obit doesn't say, but it might explain why there's no death certificate in Lewiston. But knowing my French relatives, they might not go someplace that wasn't French-owned, even if they had the money. I've read of people tenting out in backyards all over the place, trying to get well on a budget, so he may have been at someone's farm out of town. Are there any death records for Greenwood Mountain? If not I can put this on the back burner til March.
Comment by Chris Dunham on January 13, 2011 at 4:05am

In case you still need it, here's the death record of "Jos. Achilles" Chouinard, who did indeed die in Lewiston. His age at death gives a birth date of Jan. 1892, which matches the date given in the 1901 census for Saint-Éphrem-de-Tring, Beauce: 21 Jan. 1892. Below the death record you'll find the baptism record of Joseph Archelas Chouinard, taken from the parish records of Saint-Éphrem-de-Beauce


Comment by Kathy Williamson on January 13, 2011 at 2:40pm
Hey, thanks Chris! I wonder why Lewiston didn't have a death certificate for him.
Comment by Chris Dunham on January 13, 2011 at 7:47pm
The back of the record was signed by the city clerk, so Lewiston presumably has the original. Maybe it was just overlooked because "Jos." was included?


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