Below you will find some resources that might help you with your research.
Public MHS Databases
Maine Historical Society Research Library's collection records are in Minerva — a statewide integrated library system created by the Maine Info Net Project, in association with the Maine State Library. The database holds records of books, handwritten, and printed material. At this time, the majority of our library holdings are electronically cataloged.
Maine Historical Society Museum collection records are in PastPerfect — collections management software approved by the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH). The database holds records of our museum objects, photographs, autograph letters, some architectural drawings, and newspapers. This is a work in progress; please contact MHS collections staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for the most complete and accurate research.
Our online digital museum, the Maine Memory Network, provides access to thousands of selected images and documents from the Maine Historical Society and over 270 of Maine's collecting organizations. Also explore online exhibits and a timeline of selected events in Maine's history.
Search over 300 of Longfellow's poems by keyword or browse by title and first line.
Maine History, the only periodical devoted to scholarship on Maine history, is published by the Maine Historical Society in cooperation with the Department of History at the University of Maine. Download the index of articles in Vol. 9 through 48.
Order copies of articles
Full-text Search of past issues and view recent issues online. Members Only
Collaborate with fellow genealogists by posting Surname Queries and other questions. You will need to register for a username and password so you can receive email notification when someone has answered your questions.
Members Only Databases
You must be an active member of Maine Historical Society to use the Members Only databases. If you are not a member, join by purchasing a membership. As a current member, you may create an online account or use an account you have previously created to access these materials. You will only be asked for your membership ID number the first time you log in, and your privilege will continue as long as your membership remains current.
You do not need to be a member or register for an account to browse the public databases.
NOTE: ProQuest stopped remote access to HeritageQuest Online or Sanborn Digital Maps of Maine to our members. We still, however, offer these resources within our library.
Maine History is the only periodical devoted to scholarship on Maine history. It is published three times a year by the Maine Historical Society in cooperation with the Department of History at the University of Maine. This database contains fully searchable pages from Volumes 9 through 47. From this section you can also download and view recent issues of Maine History. Access this remotely through the Members Only section.
A leader in high-quality digital content, JSTOR provides access to interdisciplinary journals on such topics as the arts, business, economics, education, history, humanities, political, and social sciences, as well as other areas of the larger academic and research community. Maine Historical Society's institutional membership includes access to nearly 1,500 full-text journals, fully searchable by traditional methods (author, title, subject), as well as keyword. Access this remotely through the Members Only section.
This database contains over 5,200 names extracted from 23 rolls of microfilm housed at MHS: Naturalization Petitions of the United States District Court, Portland, Maine, 1912-1929. NARA Microfilm Publication M2086. Finding a name in this database can lead you to an actual record on microfilm in the Brown Library at MHS. Access this remotely through the Members Only section.
This database is from Manuscript Collection 4 in the Maine Historical Society. It lists voter registrations from all the wards in the city of Portland between 1891 and 1902. Find name, address, occupation, date of birth and other valuable information. This data is from the first 11 volumes of Collection 4. Access this remotely through the Members Only section.
This database is also from Manuscript Collection 4 in the Maine Historical Society. It lists those who filed naturalization record papers in the town of Deering from 1873 to 1898. Find name, date on which the papers were filed, and in what court. This data is from Volume 82 of Collection 4. Access this remotely through the Members Only section.
Forms & Charts (PDF files)
Pedigree Chart – List four generations of direct ancestors.
Family Group Chart – List one family group per sheet.
Research Log – Keep track of sources and information you find.
Correspondence Log – Keep track of genealogy requests that you send by email or letters.