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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
Map of Maine highlighting Knox County
Location in the state of Maine
Founded April 1, 1860
County Seat Rockland
Address Knox County Courthouse
62 Union Street PO Box 885
Rockland, ME 04841-0885
Phone: 207.594.9379
Knox County Website


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.[1]

Knox County, Maine Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1892 1892 1892 1860 1860 1860 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1892. General compliance year unknown.

County CourthouseEdit

  • 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.[3]
    Gen. Henry Knox, U.S. Army


  • Named for American Revolutionary War general and Secretary of War, Henry Knox, who lived in the county from 1795 until his death in 1806.

Parent CountyEdit

Boundary ChangesEdit

Maine: Individual County Chronologies

Record LossEdit

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / LocalitiesEdit

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Modern town borders in Knox County, Maine. Towns with records are named in black. Unincorporated green places usually lack records.

Neighboring Counties

Lincoln | Waldo | Hancock

Populated PlacesEdit

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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Unorganized territories


Extinct towns and plantations[6]

Criehaven Plantation | Hurricane Isle | Muscle Ridge Plantation



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
USGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
ME Interment
Billion Graves
See Maine Cemeteries for more information.

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:

Maine, Knox County Probate Estate Files - FamilySearch Historical Records

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit



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 HistoriesEdit

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.


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for more resources


Revolutionary WarEdit
Civil WarEdit

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:

- 4th Regiment, Maine Infantry 

Online Records

World War IEdit



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.

Vital RecordsEdit

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.

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.


A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records, 1800-2007 - FamilySearch Historical Records


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Knox County, Maine" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Maine."
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Knox County, Maine," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Maine, accessed 4 July 2019.
  6. 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.