How to find materials at the Maine State Library
To find the specific types of materials listed below, search our catalog using subject, author or keyword searches as described.
Tip: Materials in our library will have either “H” or “MSL” beside them on the screen
Search by subject: enter the name of the place.Close
Search by subject: enter the name of the place with the terms "Periodicals" or "Politics and government".Close
Search by subject: enter the place name and "Genealogy" or "Statistics vital".Close
Search by subject: enter the place name followed by "Church history" or "Genealogy"; for cemeteries, use "Cemeteries-(place)".Close
Search by subject: enter: "(place)-Genealogy", or "Wills-(place)", or "Probate records-(place)".Close
Search by subject: enter: "Maine Census", with or without the year; same format with other states. Ask for help with the microfilm!
Census data available from 1790 through 1850. [RTF, 40.3 KB]Close
Search by subject: enter "Pensions-(war, group)", or "Military pensions"; "United States History-(war)-Registers", "(War)-Registers"; for regiments: full name of the regiment, or "United States History (War)-Regimental histories".Close
Search by subject: enter "Genealogy-Indexes", "Genealogy-Dictionaries", "Genealogy-Bibliography".Close
The Surname Index (Maine Old Cemetery Association records) is on microfilm; ask for help at the circulation desk."Close
10. Individual and collective genealogies and family histories, biographical collections pertaining to Maine and other states.
Search by subject: enter the last name: "(_______) family".Close Close
Search by subject: enter "(name of province) Genealogy".Close
Search by subject: enter "Franco Americans".Close
Search by subject: enter "Church records and registers (place)".Close
Search by subject: enter "Genealogy Acadians" and/or "Genealogy Huguenots".Close
Search by author: "Daughters of the American Revolution", etc.; use the name of the organization.Close
17. Periodicals published by the various national, state and local historical societies and associations.
Search by subject: enter "Genealogy Periodicals"; you can also use the name of the society as the author.Close
Search by subject: enter "Heraldry (place)".Close
19. Books of instruction for beginners in genealogical research as well as world sources for the professional genealogist.
Search by subject: enter "Genealogy", "Genealogy Dictionaries", "Genealogy Forms" and "Genealogy Methodology".Close
Refer to Maine State Library's in-house access to Ancestry.com; HeritageQuest (remote access) and the Civil War Resources (See right sidebar ).Close