Enter a first and/or last name to search Maine death records. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to the Maine death records from a single place. Additional information on how to obtain Maine death certificates is available below.
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Death records contain information about a person's death, including the date of death, place of death, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the death. Death certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.
This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing Maine death records, Maine death ceritificates, Maine death notices, Maine death indexes, and other related Maine genealogy records.
Death records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the death takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store death records into various online archives. This has brought access to online death records much more easier for genealogy researchers.
Newspapers frequently publish notices of deaths, and in addition to death certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists.
On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing death records of Maine. We also suggest searching for "Maine death records" using Google.com, which will yield all such databases.
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How to Obtain Maine Death Certificates
By the eighteenth century, over 200 towns were recording the vital events of birth, marriage, and death. They continued reasonably well until Maine became a separate state in 1820. Following statehood, records were not consistently kept at first, but most towns do have good records of marriage intentions and births. After 1864, state legislation required that town clerks forward births, deaths, and marriages to the secretary of state, though there was not total compliance. By 1892, the State Board of Vital Statistics was established and mandatory recording became a reality. In addition to records available at the town clerk's office, vital records are now divided between the following repositories:
For birth, marriage and death records from 1923, write:
Maine Department of Human Services
For earlier records, write:
Maine State Archives
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