Aroostook County, Maine Genealogy
Aroostook County, Maine
Est. - 1839
County Seat - Houlton
Aroostook County Genealogy
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Aroostook is the northernmost county in Maine. It is bordered on the south
by Somerset, Piscataquis, Penobscott, and Washington counties; on the north
and east by the Canadian province of New Brunswick; and on the west by
the province of Quebec.
Aroostook County was established 1 May 1839, and Comprised all the
state "north of the north line of the fourth range of townships north of
the lottery townships, and east of the dividing line between ranges five
and six west of the east line of the state and of a line from the north
termination of said dividing line and running the same course to the north
line of the state..."
The county was enlarged thus in 1843: "All of the land north of townships
numbered eight in the sixth range, eight in the seventh range, and eight
in the eighth range of townships west of the east line of the state" was
annexed from Penobscot County on 21 March 1843.
The county was further enlarged in 1844 thus: ...from Piscataquis and
Somerset Counties, and bounded on the south by a line beginning at the
northwest corner of township number eight, in the eighth range of townships
west from the east line of the state; thence north to a point due west
from the northwest corner of township numbered ten in the seventh range
of townships west from the east line of the state, thence west to the west
line of the state.
Aroostook's county seat is Houlton. Early eastern Aroostook records
are in Michias. Remaining records are in Bangor. It is doubtful that any
record prior to the organization of Penobscot, Piscataquis and Somerset
Counties (1809 - 1816) are in existence, but if so they would be located
in Augusta, Ellsworth and Wiscasset.
-- from Maine Towns and Counties What was What, Where and When,
by Michael J. Denis
Aroostook County Towns
I've compiled a page listing all of the towns in Aroostook county, including links to sites specific to each town.
GenWeb sites of Adjacent Counties
If you can't find what you're researching, try the surrounding counties:
GenWeb sites of Broader Areas
If you're not sure where a specific town, village, plantation, etc. is
The US Constitution requires that a federal census be conducted every ten years; the federal census has been conducted since 1790. The records from 1790-1920 are made publicly available by the US National Archives; later census records are inaccessible for privacy reasons. (In addition to the federal censuses, Maine also conducted its own special census in 1837.)
Census Project is undertaking the task of transcribing the census data from every available Federal census and making it available on the web. There are also some individuals who have transcribed parts of censuses for their own use, and generously shared it with us.
Here are the available sites on census records:
Aroostook County Census Records
Maine Census Records
General Census Records -- Commercial Sites
records scanned -- a commercial site that will make data available
- Allcensus -- a commercial site that will make CD-ROMs containing images of the Federal Census pages available by Year, State, and County
Birth, Marriage, and Death Records
The following sites relate to vital records in Maine.
Cemetery and Tombstone Data
These sites will help point to available resources that relate specifically
to Aroostook county:
These sites will help point to available resources that relate to Maine:
Acadian and French Records
The history and geography of Aroostook county are such that there is a
great influx of French/Acadian genealogy lines. Here are some sites that
These sites can help to find names and other information about soldiers:
Aroostook County Genealogies, Family Histories, and Diaries
These sites point to collections of data that have been generously supplied.
Readers are advised that the information could contain errors.
Conard's Aroostook Surnames
Town Records -- pre-1892 town records - mostly Aroostook county ones.
Susan Recnik's HEBERT Genealogy
Beauregard's Genealogy of Acadia
The French Connection
-- French-Canadian links.
(Cyr) Bush's Genealogy Page
Family Cemetery Record
Petersen's MORRISON and SHIELDS families of Aroostook County
Bittues' 1800's Maine Families -- Aroostook Families and History
Diary of Christopher COBURN
-- Mentions quite a few people, centered around Northern Maine (Aroostook
and Penobscot Counties).
Some tombstones in Maple Grove Cemetery
(Ft. Fairfield) -- The WEBBs and HOYT/HOITs, courtesy of Neil Brown
Whitmore's Family site -- includes many Aroostook families
of some women in central Maine
Family page (includes Porter genealogy) -- many of whom settled in
Aroostook County (areas of Ashland, Castle Hill, and Masardis)
Duplessis descendants -- mainly Madawaska county
families of Fort Fairfield, Houlton, and Hodgdon -- contributed by
Carol J Grasse Glidden
of Fort Fairfield -- contributed by Mike
Some Bridgewater & Monticello families -- includes several families who immigrated over from Carleton County, New Brunswick; contributed by Amanda G. Barker
Looking Back, the Memories of William Jordan of Kenduskeag and Bangor Maine -- contributed by Father John Haldane
Room for the Indians -- by Rev. Dr. Robert Haldane, Jr.; contributed by Father John Haldane
An Overdue Encounter -- an anecdote about the meeting of Rev. Dr. Robert Haldane and Eleanor Roosevelt and an event that precipitated it in Ashland, Maine (ca 1936); contributed by Father John Haldane
A transcription of the Old St. Denis Cemetery (Ft. Fairfield) -- transcribed by Natalie Somers Undercofler
An alert from one of our readers -- regarding the Mocklers/Mucklers of Victoria and Madawaska counties
TOZER/TOZIER home page. -- many of these Toziers listed have roots in New Brunswick, Canada and Aroostook County, ME
SHAW home page. -- Many of the Shaws that settled in Aroostook County came from Carleton County, just across the border
Genealogy/History Organizations and Publications
Madawaska Historical Society
State Library Online
Old Cemetery Association
The Acadian Cultural Exchange
RFD #2 Box 99
Madawaska, ME 04756
Le Centre d'Études Acadiennes
L'Université de Moncton
Société Historique Acadiennes
PO Box 2263, Substation A
Moncton, NB E1C 8J3
Acadian Archives / Archives acadiennes
University of Maine at Fort Kent
25 Pleasant Street
Fort Kent ME 04743
telephone: (207) 834-7535
LDS Family History Center
(Jackie Governal, Coordinator)
Oxford, ME 04270
Hours: Wed: 11-2, Thurs. 11-2 & 6-8, Saturday: 11-2
American Local History Network's Maine page
Look for these at your local genealogical library:
Généalogies Acadiennes, by Placide Gaudet
Dictionnaire généalogique du Madawaska - Répertoire
des mariages des aproises de la vallée supérieure de la rivière
Saint-Jean, au Nouveau Brunswick -- compilation of marriages from the
upper Saint-John river valley by Father Henri Langlois, copyright Mgr Ernest
Lang, Saint-Basile 1971
Dictionnaire Généalogique des Familles Canadiennes, by Cyprien Tanguay -- click on the link for the on-line version
Dictionnaire généalogique des familles de Québec, by René Jetté, 1983 -- compilation of all marriages, baptisms, births, burials, deaths in Quebec from the original settlers (1500s) until about 1730, including lots of Madawaska residents (on both sides of the river)
Maine newspapers on line
News Groups, Mailing Lists, and On-line Publications
Maine (Send e-mail to email@example.com,
with body: subscribe maine)
Colonial America - To discuss colonial times in north america
including Canada and the southern Spanish colonies. (Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
with body: subscribe colonial-america)
New Brunswick (Send email to email@example.com,
with body: subscribe new-brunswick)
Roots Mailing List
-- the newsletter of the USIGS
General Genealogy Tools and Links
Here are some more links to more general genealogy sites; they don't exacly
fit into any of the previous categories.
Getting Specific Information from other Visitors to this Site
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Frequently Asked Questions
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that have been asked by other visitors. These deal with genealogy in
general and genealogy specific to Aroostook, Madawaska, and Victoria counties.
Thanks for stopping by.
This page last updated Friday, 22-Apr-2016 22:44:26 MDT.
mail to Aroostook County GenWeb co-ordinator