Vital records for many towns have been published

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist
Posted Jan. 17, 2010, at 6:09 p.m.

Last week we were pondering how and where to get vital records information for little or no cost — compared with the $15 it costs for a certified copy of a birth, marriage or death record.

You’d be surprised how many towns have had their pre-1892 vital records published, maybe years ago, or more recently by Picton Press in Rockport, which publishes books on its own and as “special publications” with the Maine Genealogical Society.

These publications have added tremendously to what is available to genealogists.

You may wish to “go shopping” at www.pictonpress.com.

And of course, many libraries have collections of vital records books, particularly repositories such as the Maine State Library in Augusta.

We also know that Bangor Public Library, one of the finest libraries in New England, has a wonderful collection of resources in its Bangor Room.

Here are the 50 most recently accessed Maine vital records books at BPL. There are many more there, both from Maine and from other states.

Acton, Maine, 1830-1893, compiled by Angela M. Foster.

Alexander, Washington County, Maine, compiled by Sharon D. Howland.

Atkinson, Maine, pre-1892, Ronald J. Fortier.

Biddeford, Maine, pre-1856, edited by John D. Beatty.

Bridgton, Maine, compiled by Lewis Stevens.

Brunswick, Maine, 1740-1860, and The Forsaith book of Brunswick family records, Joseph C. Anderson.

Bucksport, Maine, compiled and edited by Patricia Adams.

Calais, Maine, pre-1892, compiled by Sharon Howland.

Camden-Rockport, compiled by Marline A. Groves.

Canaan, Maine, compiled by Sally Furber Nelson.

Cape Elizabeth, Maine, compiled by Anne Diehm, edited by Joseph Crook Anderson II.

Caribou, Maine, transcribed and compiled by Linda J. Zapatka.

Corinna, Maine, 1797-1894, compiled by Angela M. Foster.

Dayton, Maine, compiled by Janice E. Gaumont.

Deer Isle, Maine, pre-1867, transcribed by Benjamin Lake Noyes.

Dixmont, Maine, transcribed by Linda A. Strauss, edited by Richard A. Spinney.

Etna, Maine, pre-1892, edited and transcribed by Arthur Gibbs Sylvester and Richard Spinney.

Eastport, Maine, Vital Records from the Eastport Sentinel, 1818-1900, edited by Kenneth L. Willey.

Fort Fairfield, Maine, compiled by Linda J. Zapatka.

Friendship, Maine, pre-1892, compiled and edited by Marlene A. Groves.

Gray, Maine, to 1930, by Howard G. Black Jr.

Hampden, Maine, pre-1892, transcribed and edited by Arthur Gibbs Sylvester.

Hartford, Maine, 1767-1891, compiled by Angela M. Foster.

Hudson, Maine, transcribed and compiled by Charity Delana.

Islesboro, Maine, compiled and edited by Marlene Alma Hinckley Groves.

Lee, Maine, compiled by Kay Stevens Crocker.

Lisbon, Maine, pre-1892, edited by Marlene Alma Hinkley Groves.

Liberty, Maine, transcribed by Isabel Morse Maresh.

Lubec, Maine, pre-1892, compiled by Patricia McCurdy Townsend.

Matinicus, Maine, compiled by Marlene A. Groves.

Norridgewock, Maine, compiled by Marlene A. Groves.

North Haven, Maine, transcribed by Elizabeth M. Mosher.

North Yarmouth, Maine, 1893-1963, compiled by Thomas C. Bennett.

Old Town, Maine, pre-1892, edited by Ruth Gray.

Portland, Maine, births, marriages and deaths, 1786-1814, compiled by Angela M. Foster.

Prospect, Maine, pre-1892, compiled and transcribed by Elizabeth M. Mosher.

Rangeley, Maine, compiled by Jacqueline F. Chamberlain.

Rockland, Maine, edited by Marlene A. Groves.

St. George, Maine, compiled by Marlene A. Groves.

Smithfield, Maine, compiled by Marlene A. Groves.

South Berwick, Maine, 1897-1945, compiled by Delbert L. Earle.

South Thomaston, Maine, compiled and edited by Marlene A. Groves.

Thomaston, Maine, compiled by Marlene A. Groves.

Troy, Maine, pre-1892, edited by Ralph E. Hillman.

Unity, Waldo County, Maine, pre-1892, transcribed by Elizabeth A. Mosher.

Vassalboro, Maine, compiled by Angela M. Foster.

Waldoboro, Maine, compiled and edited by Marlene A. Groves.

Warren, Maine, compiled by Marlene A. Groves.

Wayne, Maine, compiled by Marlene A. Groves.

See a listing of more vital records books available at BPL at ursus.maine.edu.

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The Penobscot County Genealogical Society will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the Lecture Room at Bangor Public Library. Wayne Reilly, author of “Remembering Bangor: The Queen City Before the Great Fire,” will speak on “Bangor — A Century Ago.”

Wayne is retired from the Bangor Daily News after 28 years as a reporter and editor, and he continues to write his historical column on Bangor every Monday in the BDN.

“Remembering Bangor: The Queen City Before the Great Fire” is a wonderful collection of some of the more than 300 columns he has written over the years.

The meeting is open to all, and refreshments will be available.

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