Maine cemetery records can date back hundreds of years, and they are a great place to look when you are trying to get information for your family tree research. Maine is an old and beautiful state that is rich in history, and you may be surprised at some of the things you can learn about your ancestors through Maine cemetery records. For instance, if they were members of the military, you will learn about it through these records. If they were members of the government, Maine cemetery records will often contain this information as well. Of course, this is just some of what you can learn from Maine cemetery records. For Definitions of all Cemetery Terms See Symbols on Gravestones and Their Interpretations
The local and state chapters of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and the Maine Old Cemetery Association have made several cemetery record transcripts, as have other associations and organizations. In fact, the Maine Old Cemetery Association is currently in the process of continuously indexing cemetery transcripts. Their current index is also microfilmed. It is made up of cemetery listings from 1650 to 1970 and features over 200,000 records. The index for York County is complete. The Farmingale center of the FHL has the originals and copies are on microfilm in Augusta at the Maine State Library. For a small fee, those records may be accessed by sending requests to the Maine State Library by mail. Also included are a Civil War Soldiers’ graves project and a Revolutionary War Soldiers’ graves project.
Complete DAR transcripts can be found in multiple locations, including the Bangor Public Library, the Maine Historical Society, the Maine State Library, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society. An online database of New England cemetery transcriptions, which is constantly being updated, can be accessed by members on the website for the New England Genealogic Historical Society.
Here are some of other important pieces of information that you will come across while you are using these records for your research:
How did your ancestor die? You can learn the cause of death, which will add to your research, and the Maine cemetery records could also be useful to prove a link to a family history of certain illnesses or diseases.
When did your ancestor die? You can learn how old a person was at the time of their death. Throughout the course of your research, you will probably find deaths in all age groups, even infants, so you need to be prepared for this when looking through Maine cemetery records.
Who were your ancestor’s next of kin? This is information that is going to help you do even more research, because you will be getting more names of ancestors. You may even find the names of parents of the deceased persons you are using Maine cemetery records for research, which will take your research back even farther.
Leave a Legacy for Your Children
You may not have a lot to leave your children when you die, but if you use Maine cemetery records to help you create a family tree, you can leave them with everything they could ever want to know about their history. This is something they can pass on to their own children, and so on. Each generation can add to the documents, and if they need extra information, they can always use Maine cemetery records to fill in many of the gaps.
Research In Maine Cemetery Records
Numerous transcripts of Maine cemeteries have been made, principally by the Maine Old Cemetery Association and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) state and local chapters. There is a continuous indexing project of the transcripts being conducted by the Maine Old Cemetery Association. It is not only indexed but microfilmed and contains upwards of 200,000 people who were buried in Maine between 1650 and 1970. All of York County is now completed. This alphabetical surname indexing project is held on microfilm at the Maine State Library in Augusta, with originals at the Farmingdale center of the FHL in Maine. It can be accessed for a nominal fee by mail requests addressed to the Maine State Library. The Revolutionary War Soldiers’ graves project and a similar project underway for Civil War Soldiers’ graves are included.
The Maine Historical Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Maine State Library, and Bangor Public Library all have a complete set of DAR transcripts. In addition, the New England Genealogic Historical Society’s continues to add cemetery transcriptions for all of New England and the online database open to members.
Famous People Buried in Maine Cemeteries
Name / Date / Cemetery
Chamberlain, Joshua (Lawrence Joshua) Lawrence 9/8/1828 – 2/24/1914 Pine Grove Cemetery
Civil War Union Brigadier General, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, Maine Governor. A professor at Bowdoin College at the start of the war, he was commissioned as the Lieutenant Colonel of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry despite the objections of family and colleagues.
Vallee, Rudy 7/28/1901 – 7/3/1986 Saint Hyacinthe Cemetery
Singer, Actor, and Band Leader. He was born Hubert Prior Vallee, and changed his name to Rudy after the great saxophonist, Rudy Wiedoft.
Hall, James Abram – 6/10/1893 Hillside-Norris Cemetery
Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. He served during the Civil War first as Captain and commander of Battery B, 2nd Maine Light Artillery. then as Lieutenant Colonel and commander of the 1st Battalion Maine Light Artillery, then finally as Colonel and commander of the 2nd United States Voluinteer Infantry.