Knox County, Maine Genealogy
Guide to Knox County, Maine ancestry, family history, and genealogy, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Knox County, Maine|
Location in the state of Maine
|Founded||April 1, 1860|
|Address||Knox County Courthouse|
62 Union Street PO Box 885
Rockland, ME 04841-0885
Knox County Website
- 1 Description
- 2 Knox County, Maine Record Dates
- 3 County Courthouse
- 4 History
- 5 Parent County
- 6 Places / Localities
- 7 Resources
- 7.1 Cemeteries
- 7.2 Churches
- 7.3 Courts
- 7.4 Gazetteers
- 7.5 Land
- 7.6 Local Histories
- 7.7 Maps
- 7.8 Military
- 7.9 Naturalization
- 7.10 Newspapers
- 7.11 Probate
- 7.12 Taxation
- 7.13 Vital Records
- 8 Societies and Libraries
- 9 Websites
- 10 References
The County was named for Henry Knox. The County has Rockland as its seat and the County was created April 1, 1860. The County is located in the south area of the state.
Knox County, Maine Record DatesEdit
- Town Clerks have birth, marriage, and death records.
- Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records.
- 1860 - Probate Court has probate records from 1860.
- 1860 - Register of Deeds has land records from 1860.
- Named for American Revolutionary War general and Secretary of War, Henry Knox, who lived in the county from 1795 until his death in 1806.
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
Places / LocalitiesEdit
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this census area:
Extinct towns and plantations
|Tombstone Transcriptions Online||Tombstone Transcriptions in Print||List of Cemeteries in the county|
|Findagrave.com||Family History Library||Findagrave.com|
|See Maine Cemeteries for more information.|
- 1620-2014 - Maine, Tombstone Inscriptions, Surname Index, 1620-2014 at FamilySearch — index
- 1676-1918 - Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1780-1999 - Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1999 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1800-2007 - Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records, ca. 1800-2007 at FamilySearch — index and images
A wiki article describing an online collection is found at: Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Maine denominations, view the Maine Church Records wiki page.
A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
Emigration and ImmigrationEdit
- 1837 - 1965 - Maine & Massachusetts Case Files of Deceased and Deserted Seamen 1837-1965 at FamilySearch - images
Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.
See Maine Land and Property for additional information about early Maine land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.
Local histories are available for Knox County, Maine Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Maine Local Histories.
- 1676 - 1918 - Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1718 - 1957 - Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1835 - 1838 - Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1835-1838 at FamilySearch — index and images
Regiments. Service men in Knox County, Maine Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Knox County, Maine Genealogy:
World War IEdit
- 1914 - 1950 - Maine, State Archives, World War I (WWI) Grave Cards, 1914-1950 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1917 - 1919 - Maine, World War I Draft Registration Index, 1917-1919 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1718-1957 - Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1918-1991 - Maine, United States Naturalization Records, 1918-1991 at FamilySearch — index and images
Finding More Maine NewspapersEdit
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Knox County, Maine Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
Online Probate Records
Maine tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.
In Maine, vital records are kept by town clerks or selectmen. Although some towns have existed since the 1650s, most vital records date from about 1700. The vital statistics are often arranged by family. For more information, see the Wiki page for the town and the Wiki page, Maine Vital Records.
- 1589-1966 - Maine, United States Marriages at FindMyPast — index $
- 1670 - 1921 - Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 at FamilySearch — index and images
Societies and LibrariesEdit
Family History CentersEdit
Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.
- For current information about a center near you, go to the Family History Center Map
A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
- Wikipedia contributors, "Knox County, Maine" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knox_County,_Maine."
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Knox County, Maine. Page 304-305 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 275.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Knox County, Maine page 304, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
- Wikipedia contributors, "Knox County, Maine," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knox_County,_Maine, accessed 4 July 2019.
- Before an extinct town (or plantation) was discontinued, it created official town records of interest to genealogists. For preservation these records were usually turned over to a nearby functioning town in the same county.