Maine, Tombstone Inscriptions, Surname Index - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Maine, Tombstone Inscriptions, Surname Index, 1620-2014
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|Location of Maine|
|Record Type||Tombstone Inscriptions|
|Maine State Library|
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Extract from cemetery tombstones of various cemeteries in Maine organized alphabetically on 3X5 cards.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
- Name of deceased
- Maiden name of a female
- Date of birth
- Age of person
- Date of death
- Name of cemetery
- Names and birthdates of other family members on same lot
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Images[edit | edit source]
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The place of burial
- The approximate date of death
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the book, page and jacket number to find the actual burial record at the cemetery
- Use the birth date or year to search for birth records
- Use the birth date along with relative’s names to find the family in census records
- Use the locality and relative’s names to locate church and land records
- The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral records which often include the names and residences of other family members
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
- Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Maine.
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
- Maine, tombstone inscriptions, surname index, 1620-2014
- Maine State Archives. Cemetery index of veterans
- Katherine W. Trickey, editor. MOCA cemetery inscription project (MIP) : series one
- Katherine W. Trickey, editor. Maine Old Cemetery Association cemetery inscription project : series two
- Katherine W. Trickey, editor. Maine Old Cemetery Association cemetery inscription project : series three
Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collection[edit | edit source]
- Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918
- Maine, Kennebec County, Togus National Cemetery Records 1822-1959
- Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990
- Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1999
- Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980
- Maine, Cumberland County, Westbrook, Woodlawn Cemetery, Burial Records, 1914-1992
- Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records, ca. 1800-2007
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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