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- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Maine
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Maine brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Maine
- a how-to article detailing Maine's history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Maine research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
- Before European explorers arrived in what we now call Maine, American Indian tribes including the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Micmac and Maliseet lived there. Though Viking explorer Leif Eriksson and Italian sailor John Cabot may have landed in Maine on journeys to Nova Scotia, Pierre du Gast Sieur de Monts established the state's first European settlement in 1604 at the mouth of the St. Croix River.
- Despite its early statehood, Maine didn't require statewide vital records until 1892. Many towns, however, had been recording births, marriages and deaths since the 18th century.
- Maine land was also granted to Revolutionary War and War of 1812 veterans. Find records at the Maine archives at Ancestry.com.