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Portland, Cumberland County, Maine Genealogy

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Modern town borders of Portland in Cumberland County, Maine.

Brief History

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

Cemeteries

Church Records

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 Portland, 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 Portland:

City Directories

Land Records

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

Libraries and Historical Societies

Maps

The following are online maps of the town of Portland:

Newspapers

Probate Records

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

Town Histories

Town Records

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 Portland town records available online:

Town Clerk

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

City of Portland City Clerk
389 Congress St., Room 203
Portland, ME 04101
Phone (207)874-8610
Portland Website

Vital Records

Births

Marriages

Deaths

References