Researching Your Maine Ancestors

B.J. Jamieson
Feb 10, 2021
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Speaker's Introduction
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Probate and Deeds
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Vital Records
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Cemetery Records
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Maine in 1790
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Town Records
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Even though Maine is a small, sparsely populated state in an out-of-the-way location, many genealogists find that they have ancestors who lived in Maine. There are resources available for tracing Maine ancestors, despite a late start to vital records registration. This presentation will cover the most commonly used resources for research in the Pine Tree State.

About the speaker

About the speaker

B.J. Jamieson is the genealogy reference specialist at the Maine State Library, as well as serving as the genealogy interest group chair for the Maine Library Association. She holds an M.S. in library science from Clarion University as well as a p
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    A terrific informative presentation!

    After 40 plus years of Maine research and visiting two towns where Maine ancestors settled and lived out their lives — this gave me many more resources to investigate. Thank you.

    Alot of very good information, excellent websites to go check out


    B.J. is an excellent speaker and educator. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

    B.J. Jamieson was excellent

    B.J. really knows genealogy! She’s amazing.

    BJ did a great talk on resources, especially online material.!!!

    Especially appreciated the info on Quakers in the Q&A. That is an area that I need help with.


    Excellent !!

    Excellent content and very informative and knowledgeable speaker!

    Excellent information! A lot of great resources to look into further. Thank you!

    Excellent presentation on where to go to find Maine Ancestors. Thank You

    Excellent sources. I already found several Maine relative I didn’t know.

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    Good ideas

    Good information

    Good information by a person who has done lots of research about Maine. Thanks

    Good information for Maine research

    Good information. Now I’m off to explore the sites.

    Good presentation. Lots of great information.

    Good webinar.

    Great info

    Great information for navigating Maine research.

    Great information from the speaker!!!

    great information provided by BJ

    Great information!

    Great information! Will help me find all my Maine ancestors! Thank you!

    Great webinar, now I know where to look for some of my wife early relatives.

    Some good hints looking for 19th century relatives & a resource person! Thank you.

    Haven’t done that much research in Maine yet, but this seems like a good listing of resources to start with.

    I am thrilled to learn about the various resources. I am excited to have new places to research. I have strong roots throughout Maine.

    I finally have an answer to where to look for Maine Quaker records!!!!!! WHOOPEE & YAHOO

    I found this very helpful. Thank you for the website links and the Maine Families of 1790 index!

    I was hoping for information on the early years. My first person was in Wells by 1640.

    I was hoping for more distant research recommendations. Interesting, though! Thank you.

    I wish B.J. would have spent more time on Town Records in Maine, but I realize she had a lot of territory to cover. It would have been helpful to know that everything she talked about was available online ahead of time.


    I’ve been lucky with my research in Maine, but this gave me some new ideas!

    lots of good information.

    Lots of great information! I’m glad BJ will be doing another webinar in June.

    Lots of great information.

    Loving the webpages she shared.

    Maine is hard to research!

    Maine was tonight. i thought it was helpful!

    I have ancestors from Maine. My grandfather was a Master Mariner working out of Calais Me. He was from NB and was naturalized in order to work as captain of a US vessel. around 1902. So I am inspired to look at the newspapers and various marine museums for more information. Thank You!

  3. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    Once again a great webinar.

    Quite interesting. Addressed some of my questions re Maine research.

    So much info! Great information about other places to search!

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge. My great grandmother and her family are from Parkerhead Maine, so will check out the links you mentioned.

    The info was great

    This webinar was well worth my time. Thanks to all for making it possible!

    Very good information concerning sources for research – already looked at some of them!

    Very helpful!

    Very helpful. I didn’t realize that Maine was carved from MA. Guess I need to think about that. Great job.

    Very informative

    Very informative – I have new places and sources to go for information. Thank you!

    Very informative!

    Very informative. Thank you.

    Very informative. This is a new area for me to research and all ideas are welcome.

    Very informative. I would like to hear her speak more about the migration populations between Canada and Maine.

    very interesting and helpful tips

    Very knowledgeable speaker

    well done

    well presented

    Wonderfully helpful. I can’t wait to use the information to research my ancestors.

    Would have been interested in more information about early Maine history (1600’s and 1700’s)

    Would have liked to have heard more about early 20th record availability.

    WOW = A lot of good information in a short periot of time. I’ve never taken so many nots before at a webinar. Now to start using it. Love using City Records – Have found a lot of good things (names, dates, occupations etc.) Have used Maine 1790 years ago – but looks like i need to go back as there are quite a few more volumes.


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