Local History & Genealogy
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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.*
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.