Free Online Maine City Directories

City and business directories are available online from all over the U.S. and are what I consider another important set of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

This activity of presenting links is a collaborative effort between The Ancestor Hunt and Miriam Robbins, who for years has made available the Online Historical Directories website, which presents links to directories of all types that are available online, including free collections as well as those available only via subscription. I wish to thank Miriam for her help in launching this category of records at The Ancestor Hunt.

So, what kinds of directories are available to the researcher?  Naturally city and business directories, but also telephone directories, and alumni, farm, lodge, rural, and social directories.

What can you find in these records? How about:

  • Full names, including middle names
  • Spouse name
  • Occupation
  • Widows, working women, and adult children at home.
  • Maps
  • Businesses (and index to advertisers).
  • Addresses and maps of churches, schools, funeral homes, cemeteries, post offices, courts, hospitals, benevolent associations, and newspapers.
  • Whether a woman is a widow (including the name of her husband).
  • List of marriages and deaths of the previous year.
  • Death date.
  • etc.

Here are a few good primers on the benefits of searching historical city and other directories:​

And here are various places where you can find other city directories online: 

Note: Some of the links listed take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital. To take full advantage, please make sure that you are logged in to FamilySearch. The results may be different if you are signed in, rather than not.

(Updated October 2022)

Links to these free collections are presented initially with statewide collections, followed in alphabetical order by city or county. Generally, the publishing company is included in the reference to the collection, along with the collection title, and the date(s) of the directory:

Statewide

Albion

Alfred

Androscoggin County

Appleton

Augusta

Bangor

Belfast

Biddeford

Bridgton

Brunswick

Camden

Casco

Casco Bay

China

East Somerset County

Ellsworth

Exeter

Farmington

Gorham

Harrison

Kennebec County

Lewiston

Lincolnville

Meredith

Mt. Vernon

Naples

Orono

Oxford County

Portland

Raymond

Richmond

Rockport

Saco

Sanford

Sidney

St. George

Vassalboro

Vineyard

Warren

Waterford

Waterville

Westbrook

Winthrop

Wolfeboro

Yarmouth​

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For all Free Maine Links, click on the category of interest:

Newspapers
Yearbooks
Births
Marriages
Deaths
BMD Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records
Church Records
Coroner Records
Criminal Records
Digital Archives
Directories
Divorce Records
Immigration Records
Institutional Records
Military Records
Mortuary Records
Naturalizations
Obituaries
Photos
Place Finder
Probate and Wills
Research Toolkit
School Records
Tax Records
Voter Records

One reply on “Free Online Maine City Directories”

I love all the resources you’ve compiled. However, this list has one error. Wolfeboro is in New Hampshire, not Maine. I spent summers on Lake Winnipesaukee and had many ice cream cones in Wolfeboro. 🙂

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