Link to YouTube video by McArthur Library staff about researching your Biddeford house, using library and outside resources.

*ALL years accessible on microfilm within the library. Can’t visit in person? Contact Us!

Franco American Digital Archives/Portail franco-américain (FADA/PFA) (Franc/French Canada)
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!


South Asian


Non-Jewish Eastern European

African (Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia +)

Middle Eastern (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon +)


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. Biddeford Historical is the de facto repository for our city records. You may contact the Historical Society with your queries either by email (biddhistsoc@gmail.com), telephone (207-502-0279) or USPS (P.O.Box 200, Biddeford, Maine 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: <https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/public-health-systems/data-research/vital-records/order/access-id-photo-requirements.html>**