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Guide to Piscataquis County, Maine ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Piscataquis County, Maine
Map of Maine highlighting Piscataquis County
Location in the state of Maine
Founded March 23, 1838
County Seat Dover-Foxcroft
Address Piscataquis County Courthouse
51 E. Main Street
Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426
Phone: 207.564.2161
Piscataquis County Website

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Abenaki word meaning "branch of the river". The County has Dover-Foxcroft as its seat and the County was created March 23, 1838. The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

Piscataquis County, Maine Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1892 1892 1892 1838 1838 1838 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1892. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

  • Town clerks have birth, marriage and death records.
  • Clerk of the Superior Court has divorce and court records.
  • Probate Court has probate records.
  • Register of Deeds has land records.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1838 - Created 23 March 1838, from Penobscot and Somerset counties.[3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1844 - A part was added to Aroostook County 12 March 1844.[3]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

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

Neighboring Counties

Somerset | Aroostook | Penobscot

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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:[4]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Unorganized territories

NWP=North of Waldo Patent; WELS=West of the Easterly Line of the State. For further details see Maine townships.

  • Blanchard Township
  • Northeast Piscataquis
    • Twp 6 R8 NWP (Williamsburg)
    • Barnard Township
    • Township 4 R9 NWP
    • Twp 5 R9 NWP (Ebeemee)
    • Township 6 R9 NWP (Katahdin Iron Works)
    • Township 7 R9 NWP
    • Elliottsville Township
    • Township B R10 WELS
    • Township B R11 WELS
    • Township 7 R10 NWP (Bowdoin College East )
    • Township 8 R10 NWP (Bowdoin College West )
    • Township A R10 WELS
    • Township A R11 WELS
    • Twp A R12 WELS (Shawtown)
    • Township A R13 WELS (Frenchtown or Kakadjo)
    • Township 1 R9 WELS (Ambejejus Lake)
    • Township 1 R10 WELS
    • Township 1 R11 WELS
    • Township 1 R12 WELS
    • Township 1 R13 WELS
    • Township 2 R9 WELS
    • Township 2 R10 WELS
    • Twp 2 R11 WELS (Rainbow)
    • Township 2 R12 WELS
    • Twp 3 R9 WELS (Mt. Katahdin)
    • Township 3 R10 WELS
    • Township 3 R11 WELS
  • Northeast Piscataquis (continued)
    • Township 4 R9 WELS
    • Township 4 R10 WELS
    • Township 4 R11 WELS
    • Township 5 R9 WELS
    • Township 5 R10 WELS (Nesourdnahunk)
    • Township 5 R11 WELS
    • Twp 6 R9 WELS (Trout Brook)
    • Township 6 R10 WELS
    • Township 6 R11 WELS
    • Township 7 R9 WELS
    • Township 7 R10 WELS
    • Township 7 R11 WELS
    • Township 8 R9 WELS
    • Township 8 R10 WELS
    • Township 8 R11 WELS
    • Township 9 R9 WELS
    • Township 9 R10 WELS
    • Township 9 R11 WELS
    • Township 10 R9 WELS
    • Township 10 R10 WELS
    • Township 10 R11 WELS
    • Township 10 R12 WELS
  • Northwest Piscataquis
    • Cove Point Township
    • Moosehead Junction Township
    • Harford's Point Township
    • Big Moose Township
    • Township A R14 WELS (Lily Bay)
    • Twp 1 R14 WELS (Spencer Bay)
    • Days Academy Grant Township
    • Kineo Island Township
    • Township 2 R13 WELS
    • Township X R14 WELS
    • East Middlesex Canal Grant Twp
    • Township 3 R12 WELS
  • Northwest Piscataquis (continued)
    • Township 3 R13 WELS
    • Township 3 R14 WELS (Lobster)
    • Township 3 R15 WELS (Northeast Carry or Burbank)
    • Township 4 R12 WELS
    • Twp 4 R13 WELS (part of Chesuncook before 1921)
    • Township 4 R14 WELS
    • Township 4 R15 WELS
    • Township 5 R12 WELS
    • Twp 5 R13 WELS (Chesuncook)
    • Township 5 R14 WELS
    • Township 5 R15 WELS
    • Township 6 R12 WELS
    • Township 6 R13 WELS
    • Township 6 R14 WELS
    • Township 6 R15 WELS
    • Township 7 R12 WELS
    • Township 7 R13 WELS
    • Township 7 R14 WELS
    • Township R15 WELS
    • Twp 8 R12 WELS (Soper Mtn.)
    • Twp 8 R13 WELS (Eagle Lake)
    • Township 8 R14 WELS
    • Township 8 R15 WELS
    • Township 9 R12 WELS
    • Township 9 R13 WELS
    • Township 9 R14 WELS
    • Township 9 R15 WELS
    • Township 10 R13 WELS
    • Township 10 R14 WELS
    • Township 10 R15 WELS
  • Southeast Piscataquis

Kingsbury Plantation | Lake View Plantation

Extinct towns and plantations'''[6]  Barnard | Blanchard | Chesuncook Plantation | Elliottsville | Katahdin Iron Works Plantation | Orneville | Williamsburg | Wilson[7]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Piscataquis 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.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

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.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Piscataquis 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 Piscataquis County, Maine Genealogy:

- 2nd Regiment, Maine Infantry , Company D

Online Records

World War I[edit | edit source]

Naturalization[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Finding More Maine Newspapers[edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Piscataquis County, Maine Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

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 Records[edit | edit source]

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 Libraries[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Piscataquis County, Maine" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piscataquis_County,_Maine."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Piscataquis 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181, and 305. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Piscataquis County, Maine," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piscataquis_County,_Maine, accessed 23 July 2019.
  5. For further details see Maine Plantations
  6. Before an extinct town 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.
  7. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 111. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.