Local History & Genealogy
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LOOKING FOR BIRTH CERTIFICATES???
McArthur Public Library IS NOT A REPOSITORY FOR OFFICIAL MUNICIPAL RECORDS OF ANY KIND. If you are trying to locate OFFICIAL RECORDS or OFFICIAL COPIES contact the State or City records office.
LOCAL HISTORY PUBLICATIONS
BIDDEFORD HISTORY BOOKS - NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE BY MAIL ORDER! "Images of America - BIDDEFORD" by Charles L. Butler ($20) and "A History and Stories of Biddeford" by Dane Yorke ($15) can now be ordered by mail. Just complete and mail the ORDER FORM to the library, and we'll do the rest. *AT THIS TIME WE CAN ONLY ACCEPT PAYMENT VIA CHECK OR MONEY ORDER FOR MAIL ORDERS. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE.*
If you are in the area, save yourself the shipping and buy the books upstairs at the Information Desk!The books will be available during all operating hours; the library can accept cash, check,or money orders.
:BIDDEFORD AREA GENERAL HISTORY/GENEALOGY:
- BIOGRAPHIES! Biographical database, ever expanding...a part of the Catablog (see below).
- McArthur Library Catablog Searchable indexes and lists. Includes Biddeford History Index.
- Biddeford History-Maine Memory Network 500+ images, exhibits, local history.
- LIST OF BIDDEFORD MAYORS 1855 - Present.
:BIDDEFORD AREA RELIGIOUS LIFE/GENEALOGY:
:GENERAL RESEARCH HELPS:
Union & Journal/Biddeford Weekly Journal : 1877-1930
Biddeford Daily Journal : 1884-1959
Biddeford-Saco Journal : 1959-1977
Journal Tribune : 1977-Present
La Justice : 1896-1950
Biddeford-Saco-Old Orchard Beach Courier : 1989-Present
York County Atlas : 1872
- Various maps of Biddeford and surrounding communities, 1795 - present.
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps-Biddeford (Paper) : 1885, 1891, 1896, 1901, 1906, 1912, 1922
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps-Biddeford (Electronic, Library only) : 1885-1947
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps-OOB (Paper) : 1913
VITAL STATISTICS - BOOKS & LISTS [LOOKING FOR OFFICIAL VITAL RECORDS?]
- Biddeford Vital Statistics Prior to 1856
- Biddeford Births : 1800-1891
- Baptisms at Notre Dame de Lourdes Parish, Saco : 1928-1985
- Births of St. Joseph's Parish, Biddeford : 1870-1887
- Biddeford Marriages : 1854-1891
- Marriages at St. Andre's Church, Biddeford : 1899-1995
- Marriages at St. Joseph's Church, Biddeford : 1870-1995
- Marriages at St. Mary's Church, Biddeford : 1850-1989
- Marriages at St. Margaret's Church, Old Orchard Beach : 1921-1985
- Biddeford Returns of Death : 1814-1898
- Obituary Indexes (Journal, Courier & La Justice newspapers) : 1884-Present
- York County Cemetery Inscriptions : 17th century-Present
- St. Joseph's (Biddeford) Cemetery Records : 1870-1990
- Biddeford Cemetery Records (Woodlawn, Greenwood, private & family lots) : 1700-1998
PUBLICATIONS & INDEXES
- Biddeford-Saco City Directories : 1849-1987
- Biddeford area phonebooks : 1942-Present
- York Deeds [York County, Maine] : 1640-1737
- U.S. Census [microfilm] : 1800-1930
- Biddeford public and private school yearbooks & literary magazines : 1899 - Present
OTHER SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
- Vertical File
- Image Collections (Photographs, Postcards) -- See Also Internet Resources
- "Pepperell Sheet" Newsletters (Photos and stories of Pepperell Mill employees) : 1937-1947
- Archival Collections -- See our Catablog (link at bottom right) for processed collections
We strive to accommodate full access to our materials at any time that we are open. However, we do have a number of unique and rare materials which require extra care by us as well as you. These materials include our image collections and out-of-print local items, and are stored in closed [not open to the public] stacks. We will be happy to retrieve these items for you, but will fill out a Call Slip when we do so...your cooperation in helping us care for and maintain our special materials is greatly appreciated!
*If you are handling very old or special materials we will provide you with a pair of gloves to wear while handling the objects.*