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