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Whitefield, Lincoln County, Maine Genealogy

Brief History

Whitefield was once part of the Second Kennebec Patent (also known as the Kennebec Purchase, or Plymouth Patent) of 1629 granted by the British Crown.[1] Ballstown Plantation was incorporated as Whitefield in 1809; Hunt's Meadow was annexed sometime after 1800; Whitefield land was set off to Gerry (now Windsor) in 1821, but returned in 1907; and land was set off to Alna in 1824, but returned in 1907.[2]

Additional data on Whitefield, 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 Whitefield, 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 Whitefield:

City Directories

Land Records

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

Libraries and Historical Societies

Maps

The following are online maps of the town of Whitefield:

Newspapers

Probate Records

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

Town Histories

Go to Archive.org to find published materials for this town.

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 Whitefield 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.

Whitefield Town Clerk
36 Townhouse Road
Whitefield, ME 04353
Telephone: (207)549-5175 Fax: (207)549-3231
Email: whitefield@roadrunner.com
Website

Vital Records

The town of Whitefield kept annual town reports. These reports often contained birth, marriage, and death information. Below is a list of years when Whitefield kept town reports. (NOTE: Occasionally, these town reports missed vital statistic information from the end of the year. If you don't find your ancestor's vital information, check the following year's town report to see if your ancestor's information was recorded later.)

Births

Marriages

Deaths

References

  1. List of Maine land patents in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 7 November 2013).
  2. Whitefield, Lincoln County, Maine in Maine Genealogy (accessed 7 November 2013).