The Lewiston Evening Journal of Dec. 8, 1891, reported on the new statewide vital records law that was soon to go into effect in Maine.
City and town clerks in Maine are now making preparations to carry out the provisions of the new vital statistics law, passed by the last Legislature and to go into effect on Jan. 1st. The young man who contemplates getting married after New Year's day, must give the city clerk besides the announcement of marriage intention, considerable information called for by a series of questions, as follows:

  1. Full name of groom.
  2. Age.
  3. Color.
  4. Occupation.
  5. Place of Residence.
  6. Birthplace.
  7. Single or Widowed.
  8. Number of the Marriage.
  9. Father's Name.
  10. Color.
  11. Occupation.
  12. Residence.
  13. Birthplace.
  14. Mother's Maiden Name.
  15. Color.
  16. Occupation.
  17. Residence.
  18. Birthplace.

These questions have to be answered for both groom and bride on a blank furnished by the city clerk. The blank must be given to the officiating clergyman, who makes return upon it to the effect that he has performed the marriage on a certain day, and files it with the city or town clerk. One has to be born just as statistically, so to speak, as he's to be married. The attending physician is called upon to make a return, giving the date of birth, place, names, color and residence of father and mother, occupation of father and birthplaces of father and mother. For filing this information the physician gets twenty-five cents. Finally, in the case of deaths, the undertakers are to be relied upon no longer for records. The physician gets a fee of twenty-five cents for returning information as to the date, place, name, age, place of birth, sex, condition, disease, occupation, names and birthplaces of father and mother.

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