Maine Cemetery Records

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This entry was originally written by Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
the Maine Family History Research series.
History of Maine
Maine Vital Records
Census Records for Maine
Background Sources for Maine
Maine Maps
Maine Land Records
Maine Probate Records
Maine Court Records
Maine Tax Records
Maine Cemetery Records
Maine Church Records
Maine Military Records
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Maine Immigration
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Numerous transcripts of Maine cemeteries have been made, principally by the Maine Old Cemetery Association and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) state and local chapters. There is a continuous indexing project of the transcripts being conducted by the Maine Old Cemetery Association. It is not only indexed but microfilmed and contains upwards of 200,000 people who were buried in Maine between 1650 and 1970. All of York County is now completed. This alphabetical surname indexing project is held on microfilm at the Maine State Library in Augusta, with originals at the Farmingdale center of the FHL in Maine. It can be accessed for a nominal fee by mail requests addressed to the Maine State Library. The Revolutionary War Soldiers’ graves project and a similar project underway for Civil War Soldiers’ graves are included.

The Maine Historical Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Maine State Library, and Bangor Public Library all have a complete set of DAR transcripts (see page 13). In addition, the New England Genealogic Historical Society’s continues to add cemetery transcriptions for all of New England and the online database open to members at www.newenglandancestors.org.

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