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Aroostook County, Maine
Est. - 1839
County Seat - Houlton
 

Aroostook County Genealogy

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Welcome

This is website is part of the volunteer-based USGenWeb project, which has its origins in 1996 (click here for more History of the USGenWeb project). The purpose of this web page is to bring together those who have and those who need genealogy information related to Aroostook County, Maine. Around the world, GenWeb projects are being taken on with the long-term objective of making genealogy source records available on the Internet.

USGenWeb projects run on 100% volunteer power. Volunteers not only maintain the webpages and the machines that host them, but also supply the data. And we can always use more help. Interested in volunteering? If you've accumulated data, why not share it? If you live near a cemetary or hall of records, or have a copy of a publication, you can look things up for people. Somewhere, someone has just the piece of information you need. And vice versa. So if you have any information that would be of interest to the genealogist researching Aroostook county, please contact the co-ordinator of this page so that your information can be included.

The remaining information at this site can be accessed by clicking on the tabs at the top of this page; use the SITE MAP tab to see a listing of the contents of this site. If you're just starting out your genealogical research, click on the FAQ tab at the top of this page for responses to some Frequently Asked Questions that deal with genealogy in general and genealogy specific to Aroostook, Madawaska, and Victoria counties.

Good luck in your searches.

Location

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 is made up of Ranges, Townships, Plantations, and Towns. For an explanation of Ranges, Townships, Plantations, please see the Geography page. See also the page listing all of the towns in Aroostook county, including links to sites specific to each town.

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This page last updated Saturday, 02-Jun-2001 18:12:40 MDT.


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