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State of   MAINE -   (The Pine Tree State)
      The 23rd U.S. State to join the Union:   15-March-1820
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Assorted Groups  (Anthology, Cultural, Ethnic, & Religious):
    Acadian - The Acadian Archives documents, preserves, celebrates, and disseminates
         information about the Upper Saint John Valley, a 70-mile stretch of the St John
         River running between the U.S. and Canada, with particular attention on the Acadian
         and Franco-American history and culture.
    Documenting Maine Jewery - A collaborative genealogy and history of Maine's Jewish
    Maine Indian Tribes - (Access Genealogy).

Note:  These items are presented as part of the historical record and should not be interpreted to mean that the WebMaster, in any way, endorses any stereotypes which may be implied by the linked web sites.


Census  (& related Lists of various kinds):
    1863 List - "The Maine Adjutant General's Report of December, 1863". Atlantic
         Canadians In Maine State Military - U. S. Civil War
    Military Census list - Third Maine Regiment Volunteer Infantry Company A.
    Special Census 1837 -
    1840 Census - Pensioners Revolutionary or Military Services


Extinct Counties of Maine:
  Please click here - (Counties we have listed),   (To list a local society, please contact us.)

Families and Surnames:
    Family Group Sheets - (Maine) A web site where you may submit group sheet(s),
         search the data base or just browse.


Genealogical/Historical Commissions, Societies and Museums:
  Please click here - (Counties we have listed),   (To list a local society, please contact us.)

Ghost Towns of Maine - Dead River, Flagstaff, Oriental Powder Mills & Riceville.

Historical interest Items, etc.:
    1895 Atlas (State & Counties) - USGenNet web site.
    History of Maine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Libraries & Newspapers:
    Digital Map Library - Digital Map Library
    Maine Memory Network - Historical Items and Exhibits
    Maine State Library - (not included in the Library list at top right of this page)


Map Library - Digital Map Library
Maps of Maine - 1895 Atlas (State & Counties)
Migrations to, from and through:
    Boston States Migration Links pages - Canadian Migration to Maine and other U.S.


National Parks, Playgrounds, Recreational Areas etc.:
    Acadia National Park - Acadia National Park is located in Maine on the rock-bound
         shore of Mount Desert Island.
    Acadia National Park - National Park Service, US Department of the Interior.
    Saint Croix Island - International Historic Site, National Park Service, US
         Department of the Interior.
    State & National Parks - Lodging / Dining / Activities / Events / Regions / Seasons
         / Resources / etc..


Maine Historical Society - (on-line store) you will find Maine related items from our
         Congress Street (Portland, Maine) museum store.
South Portland Shipyards - World War II (1941 and 1945), as many as 30,000
         people worked at the yards during those years, this site is dedicated to those
         workers, and the magnificent work they all produced. See also, Cumberland
and Ports of Maine
State Archives - Civil War Sesquicentennial Page.
  • State of Maine
  • State Capital City Augusta   (Capital since 1832 - located in   Kennebec County)

    The State name:  There is no one, clear answer. The name first appears in writing in 1622 as a province, in a charter of the Council of New England granting land to Sir Ferdinando Gorges and Captain John Mason. The portion which came to be Capt. Mason's alone in 1629, he named New Hampshire. In the same year, a second charter labeled it Laconia. Gorges volleyed with yet another name for his territory: New Somerset. This was strongly disliked by King Charles; he responded in a 1639 charter that it "shall forever hereafter be called and named the Province or County of Mayne and not by any other name or names whatsoever." Despite the tone of finality, this still was not the last word: other suggestions were Yorkshire, Lygonia and Columbus, the latter two appearing as late as 1819, when statehood was imminent.
             It was popularly believed that the name was given in honor of the queen of Charles I, Henrietta Maria, who purportedly was the "owner/landlord" of the province of Maine in France. Discovery was made that she had no dealings with either "Maine", in the 1620's or ever...
             The prevailing theory has to do with a practical nautical term, "the main" or "Main Land", "Meyne" or "Mainland", which served to distinguish the bulk of the state from the numerous islands. This is still commonly used today.
             There are still other theories which can be found online, including one, that the State was named for a province in France.
    American History and Genealogy Proj.
    American Local History Network
    Colonial Currency
    Cemetery Listings
    County maps of Maine
    Daughters of the American Revolution
    General History
    Migration Patterns
    State Archives (Govt.)
    State Archives (USGenWeb.)
    State Genealogy Forum
    State Genealogical Society
    State Historical Society
    State USGenWeb Site
    Symbols (Flag, Seal, etc.)
    Timeline (Historic)

    U.S.A. - General Information links page
    U.S.A. - Possessions & Territories

    Vital Records:
        Maine Death Records - 1960-1997
        Maine Genealogy - This database includes all deaths reported to the state between
             January 1960 and March 1997. A-D surnames (1956-1997), E-Z surnames
        Maine Government, Genealogy - Census Data, Archives Records Search, Birth,
             Marriage, & Death Record Searches, Public Criminal History Records.


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