Maine, State Archive Collections - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957
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|Flag of Maine|
|Location of Maine|
|Record Type||Index Civil War and WWI|
|State Archives, Augusta, 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 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
The collection includes various county records, most are military records. The collection is located at the Maine State Archives. The records cover the years 1718-1957. 'The index at present covers two military collections; the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Card Index, 1861-1865 and World War I Card Index to Soldiers by Town, 1917-1919.
- Maine World War I Records Includes the World War I Card Index to Soldiers by Town, 1917-1919.
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To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
Civil War Cards
Maine Draft Cards
World War I Military Records
Enlistment Lists of Volunteers
The coverage table shows the record types and time periods covered. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.
|Record Type||Years Covered|
|Card index and images to soldiers by town||1917-1919|
|Naturalization and citizenship||1790-1913|
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the soldier, the deceased, or grantor and grantees
- Identifying information such as the date and place of the event
Search the IndexSearch by name by visiting 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
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the State, County, Town
- Select the Record
How Do I Analyze the Results?
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?
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use the age to calculate a birth date
- Use the names, ages and residence church and census records
- Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been in the same area
- 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?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
- Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
- Search the records of nearby localities
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Maine.
- US Military Basic Search Strategies
- Beginning United States Civil War Research
- Locating a Confederate Civil War Soldier (1861–1865)
- Maine Guided Research
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
- Beginning Research in United States Military Records
Citing This Collection
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.
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