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Birth, Death, Marriage Certificates from the Archives
- Non-Certified $10.00
- Certified $15.00
- Make checks payable to:
- Treasurer, State of Maine
- Send to:
- Maine State Archives
- State House Station 84
- Augusta, ME 04333
- Before 1892
- Before 1892, records of births, marriages, and deaths were kept by the towns and cities of Maine.
When, in the 1920's, the State requested copies of pre-1892 vital records from the towns, only about 20 percent responded. Those for which the Archives has these
Towns in The Delayed Vital Records Microfilm.
During the 1950's, representatives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints microfilmed town vital records in Maine, although not all towns were covered. Copies of these films are available for use in our Search Room. The information on these microfilms generally stops about 1891. Approximately half of the 700 reels of town meetings, births, deaths, marriages, and marriage intentions have some form of index. It must be stressed, however, that many vital records do not exist.
- Systematic registration of births, deaths, and marriages on a state-wide level began in Maine in the year 1892. They are arranged by last name alphabetically, then year-by-year by that surname. The Archives has both microfilm and the originals of these records for those who need certified copies. The cost is $15.00 per certified copy or $10.00 for an uncertified copy.
When requesting a record from this period, please include as much information as possible, such as parents' names if you have them. The fee assessed includes searching a five-year period for the requested record. The fee is non-refundable whether the record is found or not.
- Copies of records of birth, marriage, proof of divorce and death from the year 1923 to the present can be obtained from Maine Vital Records, State House Station #11, Augusta, ME 04333-0011. Please check the Maine Vital Records web page for fee schedule which is subject to change.
- 1922 - 1955
- Microfilm copies of birth, marriage, and death records from 1922-1955 are available for viewing by patrons in the Search Room.
- Census Records 1790-1930
- The microfilm copies of the Federal Population Census, taken every ten years, are extremely helpful in supplementing the town vital statistics of Maine. The census schedules for 1790-1840 list the heads of households only by name; other members of the household are listed as numbers in categories of age, sex, and race. The censuses from 1850-1920 list all persons living in the household by name. Many of the censuses have state-wide or at least partial indexes. Note: the 1890 Federal Census for Maine was completely destroyed by fire.
Researchers may wish to consult the decennial U.S. Agricultural, Industrial, and Social Censuses for the years 1850-1880. The Archives also has partial returns of the special revenue-sharing census of 1837.
- Other Resources for Vital Records
- A list of other resources in Maine where vital records can be found.