Internet Genealogy

The World Wide Web is becoming a significant resource for family historians. While it is still necessary  to visit libraries, state archives, courthouses, and historical societies to locate information, more and more archival information is appearing on the Internet. This vast network is also becoming a place where family historians can meet and share information.

The Maine State Archives has made some of its holdings available online, including:
Marriges, Births and Deaths
and information about land, military, and judicial records and maps in the archives.   This is a fascinating place to browse!  The Archives also provides online tips for research. .
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child1.jpg (11655 bytes) To find information about a family name, try one of these Web sites.  You may find a discussion list, a newsletter, a family tree, or a cousin you never knew about.

          RootsWeb Surname Searches
          Cyndi's List of Surnames
          Family Tree Maker Name Search

The USGenWeb is a good place to look online for information from a particular place. Eventually, this project will have a Web site for every county in the United States, each with its own local resources, maps, and a "Query" function where you can post questions and search through queries of other researchers.   Some sites in the BAIRNET area are:
          Penobscot County
Piscataquis County
Waldo County
Don't stop with the county where you know your ancestors lived! Other USGenWeb sites for Maine contain additional information which you may find valuable. For example, the Waldo County site contains the Maine 1790 and 1800 federal census data; Washington County contains much Loyalist information; Franklin County has an impressive list of cemeteries in Maine, including links and a name index; and Cumberland County has links to some early Maine journals. You can find sites for other Maine counties at:   Maine's USGenWeb.

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man1.jpg (24038 bytes)   Other sources of Maine family history can be
found at these Web sites:
AncestorsResource Guide: Maine
Cyndi Howell's Maine List
FamilySearch Research Guidance Maine
Maine Historical Society
Maine State Library
RootsWeb List of Maine Resources
Mount Hope Cemetery
Penobscot Genealogical Society
Maine Genealogical Society
Many Web sites are not specific to Maine but can provide valuable information and links.  Visit these sites often; they change constantly.

Ancestry HomeTown
Canadian Genealogy and History Links
Cyndi's List
Daughters of the American Revolution
Everton's Genealogy Helper
Family Tree Maker
Genuki: the UK and Ireland Genealogical Information Service
Helm's Genealogy Tool Box
International Internet Genealogy Society
A List of American Revolutionary War Soldiers
National Archives and Records Administration
New England Old Newspaper Project
Mayflower Web Pages
RootsWeb research tips

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The GenExchange Project is another way to share information with other researchers.  Here are some GenExchange sites for Bairnetters:

        MEGenExchange Project
        Penobscot County MEGenExchange
        Piscataquis County MEGenExchange
        Waldo County MEGenExchange

The BAIRNET area also has some genealogy resources you should visit in person. We recommend that you call in advance to verify their hours. Summer hours are often different.

Note:  Bangor Public Library has an online catalog, but its older holdings have not all been added to the database.  By using the card catalog on site, you can find some real treasures in the library's Bangor Room.

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  The Bangor Historical Society
159 Union Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Open Tuesday - Friday Noon - 4 p.m.

The Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 947-8336
Open Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.,
Friday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Latter Day Saints Family History Center
639 Grandview Avenue
Bangor, ME 04401
Open Tuesday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
and 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.,
and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
(Closed the third Saturday of the month.)

Penobscot Marine Museum
Church St. at U.S. 1, P.O. Box 498
Searsport, ME 04974-0498
Open Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Special Collections Department
Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469

Have you ever participated in an internet mailing list?  These are groups of people with a common interest who share e-mail messages with a group.  There are many genealogy mailing lists.   You might want to join:
MEPENOBS-L for Penobscot County
MEWALDO-L for Waldo County
MEHANCOC-L for Hancock County
ACADIAN-CAJUN-L for anyone with Acadian or Cajun ancestry, worldwide.
To subscribe, click on the list you want.  When the "mail-to" window pops up, write just the word "subscribe" in the body of the message.   Then send the message.  If you want to unsubscribe from a list, click on it and write just the word "unsubscribe."  Then send the message. You can find other mailing lists at: RootsWeb Mailing Lists.

Updated 03/16/2012
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Would you like to learn more about genealogical research?   Bangor Adult Education offers an Introduction to Genealogy in its General Evening Courses.  Check their Web site for schedules.