Maine Census Records
Maine Census Notes
Between 1650 & 1819 Maine was under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts. Maine achieved statehood in 1820. This is an important fact when searching for Maine ancestors in census records.
An 1837 Special Census for Maine has been located and most of it is online. This online version is missing a few of the larger cities. See 1837 Special Maine Census.
Soundex code (phonetic indexes) for Federal Maine census records are available on microfilm for census years: 1880, 1900 and 1920.
Maine Federal Census records are available to the public for census years: 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850. 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 & 1930. Remember in 1790, 1800 and 1810, Maine was included in the Massachusetts Federal census. See 1790-1940 US Census Records at Ancestry.
1890 Federal Census schedules for Maine were completely destroyed by a 1921 warehouse fire with the exception of the Widows and Veterans schedules. These schedules are a helpful census substitute for the 1890 time period. See A Fire Destroyed The 1890 Census, Bridging the 1890 Census Gap and 1800-1890 Maine Census Records at Ancestry.
Learn what questions were asked in each census year and where to find census records online. This section of Census Finder covers each census year from 1790-1940 and will give you clues and tips to help you learn to locate your ancestors quickly in census records.
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Maine Census Records &
Maine Vital Records
Maine Births, deaths and marriages are available from 1923 to the present time at the Office of Vital Records:
Office of Vital Records
Maine Births, deaths and marriages 1892-1922 are available at the Maine State Archives:
State House Complex, Station 84
Augusta, ME 04333-0084
Earlier Maine vital statistic records are kept by town / city clerks. They have very complete records in most cities.
Maine Vital Record Databases
Newspapers & Obituaries
Maine History Books Online
US Census Records
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(Massachusetts District: 1788. Statehood: 1820)
Maine has some of the best and oldest vital statistic records of all the United States. Towns in Maine started keeping records of births, deaths and marriages very early. Despite the fact that Maine was in the jurisdiction of Massachusetts for so long, many of the early records have remained undisturbed and are intact. Most of them have been been transcribed and printed for use by genealogists.
Statewide Maine Census Records Online
Other ME Statewide Genealogy Records Used as Census Substitutes
ME Census Records Online by County
Androscoggin County (formed 1854 from Cumberland, Kennebec, Lincoln & Oxford)
1860 Federal Census Records (partial - Auburn and Lewiston)
1815 Unpaid Taxes List of Leeds (then in Kennebec County)
Aroostook County (formed 1839 from Penobscot)
Cumberland County (formed 1760 from York)
1810 Federal Census Records of Poland (now in Androscoggin County)
1820 Federal Census of Poland (now in Androscoggin County)
1910 Federal Census Records (partial)
Early Birth Records of Poland (now in Androscoggin County)
1915 City Directory of Portland located here.
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