Gorham, Cumberland County, Maine Genealogy

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Modern town borders of Gorham in Cumberland County, Maine.

Brief History[edit | edit source]

Academy Building, Gorham, ME.jpg

The town of Gorham is located in southeastern Maine. It was named in honor of the famous New England Ranger John Gorham, the great grandfather of John Gorham 4th.

A Brief Chronology of Historical Events by the Gorham Historical Society

Additional data on Gorham, Maine can be found in WikiPedia: the Free Encyclopedia.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Historically, the largest religious groups in Maine were the Congregational, Baptist, Roman Catholic, and Methodist churches. For general information about Maine denominations, view the Maine Church Records wiki page.

To see the churches in Gorham, visit FamilySearch Places.

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. The following are church records available online for the town of Gorham:

Courtesy of the Gorham Historical Society (all downloadable Excel Spreadsheets):

City Directories[edit | edit source]

Land Records[edit | edit source]

The following are online land records for the town of Gorham:

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Gorham Historical Society

Maps[edit | edit source]

The following are online maps of the town of Gorham:

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In Maine, most probate records are kept at the town level. The following are online probate records for the town of Gorham:

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Pierce, Josiah. "An Address Delivered on the Twenty-Sixth of May, 1836: The Centennial Anniversary of the Settlement of Gorham." Portland: Charles Day and Co., 1836. Available at American Antiquarian Society. Also digitized by Gale.

Town Records[edit | edit source]

In Maine, most records are kept at the town level and generally began being kept at the founding of the town. These records may include the following:

  • Births
  • Marriages
  • Deaths
  • Burials
  • Cemetery records
  • Appointments
  • Earmarks
  • Estrays (stray animals)
  • Freemens' oaths (men eligible to vote)
  • Land records
  • Mortgages
  • Name changes
  • Care of the poor
  • School records
  • Surveys
  • Tax lists
  • Town meeting minutes
  • Voter registrations
  • Warning outs (of town)

The following are Gorham town records available online:

Town Clerk[edit | edit source]

The town clerk is responsible for these records, and so most originals can be found at the town clerk's office.

Gorham Town Clerk
75 South Street, Suite 1
Gorham, ME 04038
Phone (207)222-1600
Gorham Website

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Adjacent towns: Cumberland Co.: Scarborough | Standish | Westbrook | Windham | York Co.: Buxton