Monday, May 22, 2006

Introducing Maine Genealogy

I am very happy to announce that the Maine Genealogy website I've been working on for the past few years is now up and running on all cylinders.

The site has four main databases:

  • Maine Deaths, 1960-1996 — The same available through the Maine State Archives, but with the addition of Soundex and the ability to search by approximate date of birth.
  • Maine Marriages, 1892-1966, 1977-1996 — Also from the Archives, but with thousands of corrections and amendments. I've added Soundex, and parsed the name fields to allow searching by first and/or last name. This will permit users to search for, say, any women named "Amanda" who married men with the surname "Huggenkiss."
  • Maine Passenger Lists, 1820-1851 — My ongoing effort to transcribe Maine's earliest Customs Passenger Lists. Well over 5,000 entries so far.
  • Maine Divorces, 1892-1899 — Another transcription project of mine. Over 4,000 unhappy endings, with more on the way. Date of marriage is almost always included, and often the maiden (or former) name of the woman is given.
There are also transcriptions of the 444 wills published in William M. Sargent's Maine Wills, 1640-1760 (Portland, Me., 1887), and a page-by-page guide to the 1790-1850 censuses for Maine. And, of course, there's a blog, where I've started uploading abstracted VRs and articles of genealogical interest.

Feedback is welcome, so long as it doesn't threaten my fragile ego.

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