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China, Kennebec County, Maine Genealogy

Brief History

China was a part of the Plymouth Patent, and was surveyed in 1774. The place was first organized under the name of Jones' Plantation. In 1776 it was incorporated under the name of Harlem; in 1818 portions of this and of Albion and Winslow were incorporated as the town of China, and the remainder of Harlem was annexed in 1822.

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


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 China, 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 China:

City Directories

Land Records

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

Libraries and Historical Societies


The following are online maps of the town of China:


Probate Records

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

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 China 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.

Town of China Clerk
571 Lakeview Drive
China, ME 04358
Phone: (207) 445-2014
China Website

Vital Records





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