This is the official site for the Maine State Archives. They also have an online store: Maine State Archives Online Store where archives purchases can be made.

Their research site includes information for many collections including:

African American History in Maine 1764-1865

Alien Registrations

Archives Publications

Aroostook War

Bingham Purchase

Civil War

General Henry Sewall Papers – 8th Division Militia

Historical Documents


Photographs and Image Collections

Plantation Returns

Revolutionary War


Tabulations for Elections

Vintage Postcards

Wabanaki Manuscripts, 1793 -1880s

World War I

Halifax Explosion



World War I Proclamations



  • Vital Records

    • Per state law, all vital records – such as notices of birth, death and marriage – dating from 1892 to the present day, are no longer available at the Maine State Archives.* The records dating from 1892 – 1922 were previously held at the Archives, but have now been digitally scanned, allowing the Vital Records office to issue these documents. As of May 1, 2015, Data, Research and Vital Statistics at the Vital Records office will issue ALL vital records from 1892 to present. For requests, please contact 207-287-3771.


  • Genealogy records from the Maine State Archives at FamilySearch

    • Archives Digital Records on Family Search – To access these records: create a free account; click Search, then Catalog; search by Last Names, Titles, Subjects or Keywords. Family Search resources include:
      • Military Records
        Maine military records, 1700-1940; Maine militia records, 1812-1814, 1820-1850; Maine World War I records, 1917-1919;
        Maine, Civil War military rolls, Maine Volunteers, 1861-1866; Maine, Lincoln County, Revolutionary War, pensioners applications, 1820-1824, 1818-1824; Veterans cemetery records
      • Maine Naturalization Records by County 1800-1990 – including Declarations of Intention and Petitions
      • Court Records
        Maine, Common Court of Pleas
        Franklin County, 1838-1839; Hancock County, 1790-1839; Kennebec County, 1799-1838; Oxford County, 1805-1840; Penobscot County, 1816-1839; Somerset County, 1809-1839; Washington County, 1791-1822; York County, 1695-1800
        York County, record of the courts, 1636-1852
      • Maine Supreme Judicial Court
        Franklin County, 1839-1927; criminal records, 1859-1927; equity records, 1891-1927; executions, 1883-1928; Hancock County, 1801-ca. 1931; Kennebec County, 1799-1929; Knox County, 1860-1929; Oxford County, 1821-1833; Penobscot County, 1903-1927; equity records, 1926-1928; Sagadahoc County, 1854-1929; equity records, 1903-1957; Somerset County, 1821-1929; Waldo County, 1828-1899; Washington County, 1821-1929; case files, 1821-1891; York County, 1798-1929; equity records, 1913-1918
      • District Court
        Franklin County, Western District, 1840-1852; Hancock County; Kennebec County, Middle District, 1839-1852; Oxford County, Western District, 1840-1851; Penobscot County, 1839-1852; Somerset County, Middle District, 1839-1852; Washington County, Eastern District, 1839-1848; case files, 1839-1852
      • Maine, Hancock County, court index
      • Probate records (Norridgewock, Maine); Probate records (Skowhegan, Maine); Probate records (Somerset County, Maine), 1810-1916


  • Civil War Records

    • Civil War Sesquicentennial Narratives ProjectThis project highlights Maine people who lived during the Civil War. The stories draw on primary sources from the Maine State Archives and other historical societies and libraries around the state to document Maine’s experiences during the period from November 1860 through 1865.Civil War CorrespondenceA brief overview of each of the major categories of Civil War correspondence. Includes Joshua Chamberlain letters.Listing of Civil War PhotosAbout 600 photographs of Maine Civil War officers which were solicited by the Adjutant General during and immediately after the War, plus a few images of privates and non-coms which have been donate.Civil War Era SoldiersIn progress – 2500 digitized images on MSL Digital Commons (listed alphabetically by soldiers last name). The Maine State Archives has almost 2500 identified images of veterans of the Civil War. Many more in our holdings have not been identified. These carte de visite (CDV) photographs were usually an albumen print mounted on a card and measured about 2 ½ wide x 4” high. First patented in 1854, these inexpensive photos became very popular during the Civil War. During that war, Maine Adjutant General John Hodsdon issued a circular requesting Maine’s officers to send in copies of their photographs. Since then, many more CDV’s have been donated to the Maine State Archives, including the Tom McDonald and the Hosmer-Low collections, as well as many individual images donated by descendants of these veterans. Muster Rolls“Summary Unit Histories and Related Records” are finding aids for each Maine Civil War units.Andersonville National CemeteryA list of Maine soldiers buried in Andersonville National Cemetery, including soldiers rank, company and regiment.


  • Revolutionary War Land Grants



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