The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society have online birth indexes, marriage indexes, death indexes, newspapers, oral histories, and more. Visit their membership page for information on how to support the society and their activities.
Western Maine Birth, Marriage, & Death Records
Birth Records, Marriage Records, & Death Records
Western Maine Birth Index – over 7,000 birth records extracted from several western Maine newspapers as well as annual town reports.
Western Maine Marriage Index – over 20,000 marriage records extracted from several western Maine newspapers as well as annual town reports.
Western Maine Death Index – over 19,000 death records extracted from several western Maine newspapers as well as annual town reports.
Western Maine Daily Life Records
Bethel Historical Society Video Collection – The Bethel Historical Society Video Collection consists of film, VHS tapes, DVDs, and digital recordings of BHS programs and other items of local interest.
Bethel Historical Society Audio Collection – Audio recordings of Bethel Historical Society events and other items of local interest.
Richard Ade Interviews – Sixteen oral history interviews with residents of Bethel, Maine conducted by Richard Ade in 2001 for his Eagle Scout Leadership Project for the benefit of the Bethel Historical Society. Richard Ade was a member of Troop No. 565 Pine Tree Council.
Mansfield Packard Tape Collection – A collection of eight audiocassette tapes containing recordings made by Mansfield Packard of Greenwood and Woodstock events from the 1980s. Many of the programs are musical and were recorded during meetings of organizations such as the Woodstock Senior Citizens and Locke Mills Community Club.
Government, Politics, Town Records
Town Records of Mason – Photocopies of town records from Mason. Copied in 2004.
Town Records of Bethel – This collection contains copies of town meeting, vital records, and other records for the Town of Bethel, Maine. These are in various formats including microfilm, photocopies, transcriptions, and (in some cases) original records or record books.
Herb Shirrefs Papers – Collection of letters, photocopies, newspaper clippings, photographs, typescripts, and other materials compiled and/or written by Herbert P. Shirrefs while researching and writing his book The Richardson Lakes: Jewels in the Rangeley Chain, published by the Bethel Historical Society in 1995.
Bethel Living Nativity Scrapbooks – Scrapbooks regarding the “Living Nativity” pageant put on annually in Bethel, Maine, beginning in 1964
Names & Surnames