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Maine Genealogy Resources, posted Sept. 16, 2011


Census Records, Year by Year
By Roxanne Moore Saucier, Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, Oct. 25, 2010*1790–1930 U.S. Censuses available on microfilm at Fogler Library, University of Maine,
Orono. (Not 1890) Also available Maine State Archives, Augusta.

*1790-1920, Penobscot County, available on microfilm, Bangor Public Library.

*1790-1840 Census gives name of Head of Household only. Other family members
enumerated by category — age, gender.

*1850-1930 Census lists everyone in the household.

Also, beginning in 1850, Census lists place of birth for each person.

*1850-1870, Census does not give relationship to head of household. A woman may be the wife, daughter, granddaughter or unrelated.

*From 1880 on, Census lists relationship of each person to head of household.
ALSO, place of birth for both parents (may be only country)

Book Indexes for 1790-1850 and 1870 at Bangor Public Library and Fogler
Library, University of Maine.  Bangor Public also has book indexes for 1860.

Soundex Index on microfilm — 1880, 1900, 1920 at Fogler Library and Maine
State Archives.

Mortality Indexes for 1850-1880 on microfilm show cause of death for those who died in past year.

*ALL OF 1880 Census for U.S. available free on Mormon Web site at  If you enter a name, the database automatically
checks the 1880 Census for the whole country.

ALSO, takes in 1881 Census for Canada

1881 Census for Great BritainFor questions on each census, see Decennial Census Information at
Columbia University Libraries:

Click on the year you want. On the next page, click on Census Questions.

Free genealogy queries, Family Ties, Mondays, Bangor Daily News, PO Box
1329, Bangor 04402.

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