Maine County Resources

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

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Since Maine was part of Massachusetts for a long time, it should be expected that it would conform to a similar system for recording deeds, probates, and vital records. Such is the case. Deeds and probates were filed at the county seat and vital records at the town office. However, in Maine, marriages were to be submitted to the county clerk as mandated by the legislature in 1828, although the practice was never uniform and the results have not been completely assessed. The following chart reports what has been found regarding marriage returns on a county basis and where they are located (either at the Maine State Archives or with the county clerk). The Maine Town Resources that follow will also have marriage records.

Map County Address Date Formed Parent County/ies Marriage Land Probate
C12Androscoggin2 Turner St. Auburn 04210-59781854Cumberland/Oxford/Kennebec/Lincoln1851–84 Maine State Archives18541854
G3AroostookCourt St., Box 787 Houlton 04370 1839Washington 1839–92 county clerk 18391839*
*Previous deeds dealing with Washington County land from 1808, now in Aroostook, are located here as well.
B14Cumberland142 Federal St. Portland 04101-41511760YorkSee Portland Under Towns17601908*
*Fire loss; 1900-08 index survived.
B8Franklin38 Main St. Farmington 049381838Cumberland/Kennebec/ Oxford/Somerset1848–91 county clerk18381838
H11Hancock60 State St. Ellsworth 046051789Lincoln1842–91 county clerk17901790
D12Kennebec95 State St. Augusta 043301799Lincoln1828–87 Maine State Archives17991799
F13Knox62 Union St. Rockland 048411860Lincoln/Waldo1859–87 Maine State Archives18601860
D13LincolnHigh St. Wiscasset O45781760York1760–1865 county clerk1763
B11Oxford26 Western Ave. South Paris 04281-14171805York/Cumberland1830–75 Maine State Archives18051805
G8Penobscot97 Hammond St. Bangor 04401-49961816Hancock1827-88 Maine State Archives Archives18141816
E7Piscataquis51 E. Main St. Dover-Foxcroft, 04426-13061838Penobscot/Somerset1839–89 Maine State Archives18381838
D13Sagadahoc752 High Bath 04530-24361854Lincoln1852–87 Maine State Archives1826*1854
*Includes Lincoln County earlier deeds.
C8SomersetCorner and High Streets Skowhegan 04976-98011809Kennebec1828–89 county clerk18041830
F11Waldo73 Church St. Belfast 04915-17051827Hancock1828–87 Maine State Archives1789*1827
*Includes Hancock deeds covering Waldo land before county formation.
K10WashingtonCourt St./P.O. Box 297 Machias 04654 1789Lincoln1827–90 Maine State Archives17831783
A15York1 Court St. Alfred 040021652original1771–94; 1833–87 county clerk16421689
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