York County, Maine Genealogy

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Guide to York County, Maine ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

York County, Maine
Map of Maine highlighting York County
Location in the state of Maine, United States Genealogy
Founded June 25, 1789
County Seat Alfred
Address York County Courthouse
45 Kennebank Road;
Alfred, ME 04002
Phone: 207.324.1571
York County Website

Description[edit | edit source]

York County was named for York, England. The county is located in the southwestern area of the state.[1]

York County, Maine Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Marriage Court Land Probate Census
1892 1892 1637 1636 1636 1637 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1892. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

  • Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records.
  • Clerk Court has divorce and court records.
  • 1637 - Register of Probate has death and probate records from 1637.
  • 1636 - Register of Deeds has land records from 1636. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1789 - Created 25 Jun 1789 from Lincoln County. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1839 - Part taken off for Aroostook County 16 March 1839. [5]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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Modern town borders in York County, Maine.

Neighboring Counties

Cumberland | Oxford | New Hampshire:  Carroll | Rockingham | Strafford

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this census area:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Extinct towns and plantations

Resources[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
USGenWeb Archives FamilySearch Places
Tombstone Project
ME Interment
Billion Graves
See Maine Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 29,078
1800 37,896 30.3%
1810 41,877 10.5%
1820 46,283 10.5%
1830 51,722 11.8%
1840 54,034 4.5%
1850 60,098 11.2%
1860 62,107 3.3%
1870 60,174 −3.1%
1880 62,257 3.5%
1890 62,829 0.9%
1900 64,885 3.3%
1910 68,526 5.6%
1920 70,696 3.2%
1930 72,934 3.2%
1940 82,550 13.2%
1950 93,541 13.3%
1960 99,402 6.3%
1970 111,576 12.2%
1980 139,666 25.2%
1990 164,587 17.8%
2000 186,742 13.5%
2010 197,131 5.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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. For general information about Maine denominations, view the Maine Church Records wiki page.

  • 1827-1884 - The Maine conference Methodist Episcopal Chirch Copy of record of persons baptized, marriages solemnized, and funerals attended by the late Isaac Lord, Jr., [i.e. Church] from 1827 to 1884; also data regarding the Lord and Curtis families [1778-1924]
  • 1784-1831 - Marriages (1784-1831) in Hollis, Lyman, Kennebunkport and adjoining towns of York County, Me.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Peroidicals[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for York County, Maine Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Maine Local Histories.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Maine Land and Property for additional information about early Maine land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in York County, Maine Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in York County, Maine Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, Maine Cavalry
- 5th Regiment, Maine Infantry , Companies B and C.

Online Records

World War I[edit | edit source]

Geographical[edit | edit source]

Naturalization[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Union and Journal (Biddeford) 1854-1870

Finding More Maine Newspapers[edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as York County, Maine Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Obituaries - Indexes[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Maine tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

In Maine, vital records are kept by town clerks or selectmen. Although some towns have existed since the 1650s, most vital records date from about 1700. The vital statistics are often arranged by family. For more information, see the Wiki page for the town and the Wiki page, Maine Vital Records.

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Maine Genealogy Society

Maine Genealogy York County

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "York County, Maine" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York_County,_Maine."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), York County, Maine. Page 304-305 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 275.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), York County, Maine page 305, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. referer=brief_results Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  5. referer=brief_results Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "York County, Maine," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York_County,_Maine, accessed 20 March 2020.