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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Oxford County Vital Records

Prior to 1892, birth, marriage, and deaths in Maine were recorded only at the town level (exceptions are noted below). The quality and quantity of records varies from town to town—Sumner, for example, has incredibly complete records for nearly every family resident in the town prior to 1900, while Norway lost its earliest town books to fire in the winter of 1843, and could only partially reconstruct the missing records. Most extant records have been microfilmed, and are available either through the Family History Library catalog, or at the Maine State Archives [check Maine Archives Interactive for availability of microfilmed town records]. Picton Press has transferred these microfilmed records to CD-ROMs, available for purchase on their website. Of course, they are also generally available at the town offices of the respective towns.

For a time in the nineteenth century, towns were required to return marriage records to the county clerk. Returns for this county have been transcribed and published as Marriage Returns of Oxford County, Maine Prior to 1892 [see the Oxford County Bibliography]. In 1927, the state asked towns to return copies of their pre-1892 vital records. The towns of Albany, Gilead, Hanover, Hebron, Mexico, Rumford, Sweden, Waterford and Otisfield (since annexed to Oxford County) complied. These records are available on microfilm at the Archives, and at other places in the state [view list of repositories]. They may also be ordered through the Family History Library catalog.

Since 1892, towns have been required to file returns of births, marriages, and deaths with the state. Records through 1955 have been microfilmed, and are available at the State Archives, and at several libraries and historical societies throughout the state [view list of repositories]. They are also available, in part, through the Family History Library catalog.

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Town Records in the IGI

The International Genealogical Index, online at FamilySearch, includes transcribed birth and marriage records for many Oxford County towns, and former towns. Choose a record type (birth or marriage) from the drop-down list below, and then choose a town. A new window will open, ready for you to enter search criteria. (Internet Explorer users should select "North America" as their region before searching.) Choose "Catalog" and then a town name to view microfilm and books available from your local Family History Center.

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State Records

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Town Records

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Other Records Online

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At 12:48 PM, June 20, 2007, Blogger markvail said...

Thank you for your links to The Oxford Triangle. The Newry town records have been filmed on two pieces of film. The marriage records in the IGI only was recorded for the second roll of film and only did Marriages and not Intentions. The list on the Oxford Triangle includes records from 1808 on. This was also done for Births and deaths.

At 4:50 PM, May 03, 2009, Blogger Stella said...

Thank you to everyone involved in making this site so incredible! Thank you so much!


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