Enter a name to search for Maine birth certificates. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to Maine birth certificates.. Additional information on how to obtain Maine birth certificates is available below.
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Birth certificates contain information about a person's birth, including the date of birth, place of birth, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the birth. Birth certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.
Birth certificates can be used to establish a person's date and place of birth. Most birth certificates provide the mother's maiden name. Birth certificates are often required to obtain other documents, licenses or to prove eligibility.
This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing Maine birth records, Maine birth ceritificates, Maine birth notices, Maine birth indexes, and other related Maine genealogy records.
Birth 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 birth takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store birth records into various online archives. This has brought access to online birth records much more easier for genealogy researchers.
Newspapers frequently publish notices of births, and in addition to birth certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists. Newspapers typically do not announce the names of the newborn, but list the sex of the child, the names of the parents, the place and date of birth.
On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing birth records of Maine. We also suggest searching for "Maine birth records" using Google.com, which will yield all such databases.
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How to Obtain Maine Birth 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
State office has records since 1923. Records for 1892-1922 are available at the Maine State Archives. For earlier records, write to the municipality where the event occurred. Certified copies cost $10.00 while uncertified copies are $6.00. Additional copies of same record ordered at same time are $4.00 each.
Personal check or money order should be made payable to Treasurer, State of Maine. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (207) 287-3181. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at http://www.state.me.us.
For earlier records, write:
Maine State Archives
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