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This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing Maine marriage records, Maine marriage licenses, Maine marriage indexes, Maine marriage announcements, and other related Maine genealogy records. Marriage records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the marriage takes place.
The Internet has allowed people to store marriage records into various online archives. This has brought access to online marriage records much more easier for genealogy researchers.
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Newspapers frequently publish notices of marriages, and in addition to marriage certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists. On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing marriage records of Maine. We also suggest searching for "Maine marriage records" using Google. By the eighteenth century, over towns were recording the vital events of birth, marriage, and death.
Records from to for births, marriages and deaths are all housed at the Maine State Archives. It is possible to get certified copies of any of those records. Many of the records from before are available on microfilm at other Maine repositories. Marriage record indexes are available online for to , except for the records spanning the years of to Death record indexes for to are also available online.
Both the marriage and the death indexes can be found on the website for the Maine State Archives. Some death records up until and some additional microfilm reels up through are also available at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
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So, while the FHL has some records on file, the records at the Maine State archives are more complete and up to date. In , the legislature passed a mandate saying that all marriages had to be recorded by each county in Maine. Also, even though that mandate was passed, counties did not always adhere to it. Soon, the Maine State Archives will be surveying all town records in the state, thanks to a National Historic Records Commission grant. Some of the vital records for Maine can be found in published formats. For example, vital records for eighteen Maine towns from years before were compiled and published by the Maine Historical Society.
That publication included records obtained from many different sources, including Bibles, gravestones, church records, newspapers, town clerk records, family records and more. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register also published York town records from to in serials from to Do not send cash. Forgot Password.
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