This guide was last updated in 2011

Maine gained its statehood from Massachusetts in 1820, so many early records of Maine can be found in the Massachusetts State Archives.

Vital records prior to 1892, when statewide recording became mandatory, are available from the relevant Maine town or city clerk. Many have also been microfilmed and are available through the Maine State Archives ( or your local Family History Centre.

Vital records from 1892-1922 are also available to order by mail from the Maine State Archives; a statewide marriage index (1892-1909) and death index (1960-2009) can be searched online. Copies of records from 1923 until the present day can be obtained from Maine Vital Records (

Collections from the Maine State Archives consisting of court, military, naturalisation, land and other record sets, are being published as digital images on, along with indexes to Maine births, deaths, and marriages.

As with Massachusetts, probate and land records are available from the appropriate county record office.


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