History Room Collections

Archival Collection: correspondence, ephemera, photographs, postcards, ledgers, journals, manuscripts.

Bath Historical Society Collections and West Bath Historical Society Collections

Cemetery records: transcription of grave inscriptions for the following cemeteries: Arrowsic Island (25); Bailey Island (Harpswell); Bath: Maple Grove, Oak Grove, private cemeteries of Bath (16); Boothbay; Bowdoinham; Bowdoin; Bremen; Bristol; Brunswick; Damariscotta; Dresden; East Harpswell; Edgecomb; Freeport (Wolf’s Neck only); Georgetown; Newcastle; Nobleboro; Phippsburg; Sabattus; South Bristol; Topsham; Waldoboro; West Bath; Westport; Wiscasset; Woolwich; York County (present day).

CD-ROMs: Index to 1860 Federal Census (Maine); Maine Marriages 1892-1966.

Indices (marriages & deaths): 1803-1830 Eastern Argus; 1824-1833 Maine Inquirer; 1838-1842 Lincoln Telegraph; 1847-1848, 1856-1857 Daily Northern Tribune; Aug. 1857-Aug. 1858 Bath Daily Tribune; Jan-March 1853 Kennebec Journal.

Maps: Bath in 1760, 1832, 1851, 1858 (reproductions), 1873, 1878 (Birdseye View); Bath (south end) 1877; Bath street maps 1897-current; Nequassett Plantation (Woolwich) 1740 (reproduction); Noble Arthur Farm Plan of 1743 (reproduction); Maine & “Sagadahok” 1750 (reproduction); Midcoast Maine 1906; Railroads in Maine 1906; Atlas maps of Maine 1885, 1891, 1901, (commercial buildings); Maine in 1933.

Microfiche: Bath Common Council 1848-1948; Bath City Records 1753-1995; Bath Death Records 1892-1995; Bath Marriage Records 1892-1995; IGI Maine Surname.

Microfilm: Federal Census: Lincoln County 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850; Sagadahoc County 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920.
1890 Civil War Schedules.
Maine Old Cemetery Association gravestone inscriptions, all counties.
Newspapers: 1824-1833 (incomplete) Maine Inquirer (Bath); 1838-1842 Lincoln Telegraph (Bath); 1847-48 Daily Northern Tribune (Bath); 1850-1856 Eastern Times (Bath); 1855-1858 Bath Daily Tribune; 1862-1868 Daily Sentinel & Times; 1869 to 1967 Bath Daily Times; 1869-1892 (incomplete) American Sentinel (Bath); 1889-1903 (incomplete) Bath Enterprise; 1894-1961 Bath Independent; 1906-1909 Bath Anvil; 1967-current The Times Record (Bath-Brunswick); 1986-1995 Maine Times.

Passenger Lists: Passengers arriving at miscellaneous ports on the Atlantic 1820-1873 (Bath 1825-1867); Portland & Falmouth 1848-1859.

Vital Records: Arrowsic 1741-1891; Bath compiled 1757-1838, actual 1838-1891; Bowdoinham 1780-1891; Richmond 1786-1891; West Bath 1845-1891; Woolwich 1756-1818.

Periodicals: American-Canadian Genealogist (1993-current); The American Genealogist (1988-1995, except 1994); DAR Magazine (1913-1995 [incomplete]); The Dinghy (Feb 1988-current); Downeast Ancestry (June 1977-Jan 1993); Family Chronicles (1997); Genealogical Helper (Jan 1980-1996); The Highlander (May 1982-Sept 1986); Maine Genealogical Inquirer (May 1969-July 1975); Maine Historical & Genealogical Recorder (Vol 1-8; 1884-1895); New England Historical & Genealogical Register (Jan. 1929-current [incomplete]); Second Boat (May 1980-1995).

Photographs and slides: subjects include: bridges, buildings, Patten Free Library, people, historic and notable residences, transportation.

Scrapbooks: Larrabee’s (1946 to 1976; indexed; Bath and West Bath). Others unindexed.

Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. files: Profiles and photos of 2,000+ houses and buildings in Bath, compiled 1974-1980; South End Survey, 2002-2003.

Vertical Files: Biographical materials; Newsletters of area historical societies; Subject files (only Sagadahoc County: Arrowsic, Bath, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Georgetown, Macmahan Island, Pejepscot, Perkins Township, Phippsburg, Richmond, Sebasco Estates, Small Point, Topsham, West Bath, West Bowdoin, Woolwich).

Volumes: 1,000+ listed on Maine state-wide catalog (Minerva) covering the history and vital records (pre-1892) of the towns in Sagadahoc County.
Bath city directories; family histories & genealogies (125); Revolutionary and Civil War military rolls (Maine soldiers). Also, genealogical resources ranging from basic how-to’s to Mayflower descendants (4 series); Jette’s Dictionnaire a 1730; Langlois’ New Brunswick families; Little’s Genealogical…History of…Maine; Savage’s Genealogical Dictionary of New England; Tanguay’s Dictionaire Genealogique des Familles Canadiennes; Torrey’s New England Marriages. Of special note is Dr. Alfred T. Holt’s “Bath Families of the 19th Century,” a twelve-binder compilation of genealogical information on more than 500 families.

Yearbooks: Many years of Morse High School yearbooks. See which years we have in the collection here.

This resource list is only partial, we have more resource materials coming in all the time.

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