Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records, ca. 1800-2007
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|Knox, Maine, |
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|Location of Knox County, Maine|
|Location of Maine|
|Thomaston City Offices, Maine|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues
- 7 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of images of records from several cemeteries in Knox County, Maine for the years 1800 to 2007. The collection currently includes cemeteries from the Town of Thomaston.
Cemeteries begin keeping records as soon as they are opened. The purchase of a burial plot is a land transaction and is recorded with a deed. Cemetery records are kept as a permanent record of who was buried and usually who purchased the burial plot. The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
Image Visibility[edit | edit source]
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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
|You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records, ca. 1800-2007.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Name of Cemetery
- Location of grave(s) including Section and Lot number
- Names of all individuals in burial plot
- Date of death
- Designation if grave is a veteran's grave
- Designation whether plot is full or half
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Images[edit | edit source]
How Do I Search This Collection[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the deceased
- The approximate date of death
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the Cemetery in Knox County
- Select the Record type, Date Range and Volume to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records, ca. 1800-2007. Click on camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
Once you have located your ancestor’s card, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Compare what information is given with what you already know about your ancestor to make sure it is the correct person. Next, look at the pieces of information given in the burial record for new information. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- If available, check the image for additional information
- Analyze the entry to see if it provides additional clues to find other records of the person or their family
- Use the birth date or year to search for birth records
- Use the birth date along with relative’s names to find the family in census records
- Use the locality and relative’s names to locate church and land records
- The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral records which often include the names and residences of other family members
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames
- Check for an index. There are often indexes created by the court or local historical and genealogical societies
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Maine.
Known Issues[edit | edit source]
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.