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Mar 17, 2021

Maine State Archives Now Has an Online Catalog

The following announcement was posted to the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies’ Public Records Access Monitoring Committee’s mailing list and is republished here with permission:

The Maine State Archives has launched its first-ever catalog of its holdings. Researchers can now search through its bureau’ listing of collections online. The Maine State Archives maintains approximately 100 million pages of official state records considered to be permanently valuable, such as bills introduced in the Legislature, Governor’s Executive Council Reports, election returns, deeds, maps, and military records through World War I.

The link is: https://archives.maine.gov/

However, when I tried “vital records” in the search field only for digital materials nothing appeared. They did appear when I tried search all record types, but not current records. This is because of the current embargo periods for vital records were established by a 2010 law: embargo periods of 75 years for birth; 25 years for death; 50 years for fetal death and 50 years for marriage.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Mar 17, 2021

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