GENEALOGY

New! OBITUARY REQUEST FORM

NEWSPAPERS
Search Digitized Biddeford-Saco Newspapers
NEWSPAPER COLLECTION (MS 61) FINDING AID

FULL NEWS SEARCHING
Newspaper Index (1983-PRESENT)
Old News Index (1860s-1970s)

OBITUARY ONLY SEARCHING
Goodall Library Journal Tribune Obit Search

CEMETERIES
Maine Cemetery Maps
Catholic Cemeteries
Find-a-Grave (excellent local coverage)

BIDDEFORD’S IMMIGRANT GROUPS
Maine Franco-American Genealogy Society (France, French Canada)
Maine Irish Heritage Center (Ireland)
Hellenic Historical and Genealogical Association (Greece/Turkey +)
American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society (Great Britain +)
Documenting Maine Jewry (Jewish, Eastern Europe)

*Unfortunately not all immigrant groups have genealogy societies or interest groups that we could find to share with you! Looking for other immigrant groups? Try the Maine State Library or the National Archives (the National Archives has a great Ethnic Heritage page with links spanning the globe). Here is our “wish list” for groups that need Maine/New England representation:

      • Albanian – any other Muslim immigrant groups!
      • Chinese
      • South Asian
      • Vietnamese
      • Non-Jewish Eastern European
      • African (Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia +)
      • Middle Eastern (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon +)

VITAL RECORDS

UNOFFICIAL VITAL RECORDS/COPIES-
McArthur Public Library has transcribed books of records (no originals!) available for research during our regular operating hours. Biddeford Genealogy Resources List

Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 is made available by the Maine State Archives + Maine State Library via FamilySearch.org (a free/non-subscription genealogy site).

OFFICIAL VITAL RECORDS /COPIES – your contact will be determined by the year of the record you seek:

PRIOR TO 1892: BIDDEFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY. BHS is the de facto repository for our city records. They are a volunteer run organization, and you will need to make an appointment. You can also mail your query to them at: PO Box 200, Biddeford, ME 04005.

1892-Present: MAINE OFFICE OF VITAL RECORDS. DHHS-Data, Records and Vital Statistics-Vital Records Unit.
CITY CLERK’S OFFICE. City of Biddeford – Birth, Marriage, Death records information

About Maine Vital Records: **IMPORTANT!! MAINE’S PRIVACY LAWS EFFECT YOUR ACCESS TO THESE KINDS OF RECORDS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS, PLEASE VISIT: <http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/public-health-systems/data-research/vital-records/vrfaq.html>**