Friday, February 24, 2017


I will edit and add to this in the days ahead as this will be a fairly long blog.   The website may be called Maine Genealogy but I will show you how to access family records from across the United States, Canada, and around the world.  And once you learn how to use the site you can also download free copies of official records from towns, and cities.   The link below should take you to their start up page.


In the top right corner is a search box for first and last names you wish to do a search on.  I have Harold Norwood typed in as an example, to access the second part of the site you need to type in a person who is from Maine or who lived in Maine - feel free to use the example I gave when the time comes.

Once you type in your name, and hit the search all button,  you should come to the following page;

Maine Genealogy Website

By clicking onto the Maine Marriages I am brought to the following page;

From here I can click onto any marriages that match what I am searching for to gain more information.  By hitting the back button I return back to the start up page.  The other search options operate the same way, some options do not show up on the name I typed in because those options don't apply to that name, such as divorce records, enlistment records, and  such.  If no marriage information was not available the Maine Marriages option would not of shown up, so the records you get to explore depend on what is available for the name you type in.

This brings us to the most important section of the site, the Familysearch Maine Databases near the bottom of the first page posted above.  If you were doing a search for someone who never lived in Maine, this option would show - Sorry, there wre no matches and you would not have the option to enter the second section of the website.  If this happens, than use the name Harold Norwood - this will allow you to enter that other section.  Now click onto the Familysearch Maine Databases link and you should see the following page;

This is the section of the website you want to access because the bulk of information available to you is found in this section of the site.  To conduct searches here, type in the first and last name to the far laft and hit your enter key.  If your doing a Maine search, you don't need to change anything, however if you want to do a search of say, Canada records, to the far left below where you typed in a name you will see Any Place and in the box it should say Maine.  Clear Maine from the box and type in Canada, you will now get search resultss for Canada, of any other country you type into the box.
This works the same way for any state within the United States, type in Ohio and you will get search results for Ohio, and so on.  To narrow your search down you could type in a state and a county, such as Starks, Ohio.
An important note here is that your search results will change according to how you type in the name your searching for.  Examples;  James Flynn,  I will get search results for that name as typed.  Now I do a second search including middle name, James Alvin Flynn, now I may get some added information based on the addition of a middle name.  Knowing that people back than often spelled names wrong, I do a search for James Alvin Flinn, and this may give me other finds.  Also where you do your search can make a huge difference in what you find.  Example;  I know that James Flynn was born and lived in Washington Sounty, Maine so by doing a search for Washington County Maine I will find that information but I may miss information showing him living at one time in Rockland, Maine.  So what I do is conduct a search first for the county, than a search for the state; example; James A. Flynn - Washington county, Maine.  Second search - James A. Flynn - Maine.

If there is any user submitted genealogy submitted by site members, it will appear at the bottom of the first page of this section and look something like this below;

A word of caution, the information contained on many of these user submitted pieces is a great tool if used correctly.  In many cases dates listed are not correct, but in many cases the names listed are correct, so it is a good tool for finding out other family members and expanding your family search.  The main reason why dates are often not right is because many people who conduct their family research use the dates they find on census records, and in most cases, those dates are not correct - in fact if you look closely it even states those dates are an estimated date.  People also rely on dates passed down through the family, which also might be close but not correct.
Whenever possible I go first to actual gravestones for dates, followed by cemetery records.

So using the same second section of the Maine Genealogy website, I go down the page and select to look at Harold F. Norwood 1910 census record information.  Once I click on it the following page pops up;

A few things to note here, near the left hand cornoer it says COPY, by clicking onto that is will copy that information onto your mouse.  Now all you have to do is go to notebook and paste the information down.  Or if you have a snip it type took, or a screen shot tool, copy if that way.  What is important here is what is to the far right of the screen, an image of the 1910 census record for Harold Norwood.  Such copies of official files may not always come up but many times they do.  Click onto the image of the census record and it brings you to a download screen where you can download a free copy for your files.
And its not just census records, marriage records, birth and death records, enlistment records and cemetery records all come up on the far right of your searches.

Below is an example of a cemetery record I downloaded for free;

Some cemetery records contain much more information than this one, such as the listing of other family members, and how each is related.  At the bottom of the page are other pages you can go to, by going to page 2 I find and click on Harold Foster Norwood - find a grave.  Find-a-grave is another site that records people buried in each cemetery.  Often times each name also includes a photo of the persons gravestone, and maybe other family information or even a copy of the person's obituary.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Samuel Cole

born;                 about 1761 - 1777      Mass.
died;                 about 1842
married;            about 1785
Martha Twing
born;                about 1764        Mass.
died;                about 1852
her father;        Barnabas  Twing
her mother;      Abigail  Nickerson

Children of Samuel and Martha Cole;

Reuben  Cole

born;               May  1798         Franklin, Maine
died;               19  Oct.  1886   Frankfort, Maine
buried at Coles Cemetery, Winterport, Maine
married;          25  Aug.  1904  Frankfort, Maine
Rebecca  Holbrook
born;              20 Sept. 1798
died;              25  Aug. 1880
he was living in Winterport, she living in Patten at time of marriage.

Children of Reuben and Rebecca Cole;

Fairfield  Cole

born;             12 Dec. 1842      Winterport, Maine
died;              27 July 1920      Winterport, Maine
 buried Coles Cemetery, Winterport, Maine
married;        15 Apr. 1871      Winterport, Maine
Eliza M.  Snaw
born;           1 Mar. 1851        Winterport, Maine
died;           10 Dec. 1939     
  buried Coles cemetery, Winterport, Maine

John  Cole

born;          1834                   Winterport, Maine
died;           1927
   buried  Coles cemetery, Winterport, Maine
married;      19 June 1864      Winterport, Maine
Sarah  E.  Crockett
born;           1841
died;            1925
  buried  Coles cemetery, Winterport, Maine

Samuel  Cole

born;           1822                 Winterport, Maine
died;            12 Nov. 1900    Winterport, Maine
   buried Oak Hill cemetery, Winterport, Maine
married;      12 Dec. 1849
Rebecca  Ann  Mayo
born;           27 May 1832     Carmel, Maine
died;           5 Dec. 1906      Winterport, Maine
her father;    Isaih  Mayo
born;            12 Aug. 1803
her mother;   Eunice   Littlefield
born;             12 Dec. 1801

Melissa   Cole
born;            1839
died;             1875             Winterport, Maine
   buried Oak Hill cemetery, Winterport, Maine
married;       4 May 1864    Winterport, Maine
John  H.  Severance
born;            1840
died;             1907
  he later  marr.  Louisa F. Flinn  (Flynn?) in 1876


Saphronia   Cole
born;            about 1821         Maine


Mary  Cole


Martha  Cole

Children of John and Sarah Cole;


Leroy  Crockett  Cole
born;            9 Dec. 1880     Maine
died;            1948                Winterport, Maine
   buried Cole cemetery, Winterport, Maine
married;       6 Aug 1904     Parren, Maine
Clara   Gilman
her father;          John  H.  Gilman
her mother;        Octavia  W.  Reed


George  W.  Cole
born;           about 1869
Alice  E.  Wheelden
born;            ?
her father;    Nathan  Wheelden
her mother;   Maria  Colson


Albert  Cole
born;           about 1865
married;      13 Aug 1892          Winterport, Maine
Effie   Sullivan
born;          1871
her father;    Bradford   Sullivan
her mother;   Addie  Kneeland


Bertie   Cole

The Children of Fairfield and Eliza Cole;


Lottie  E.  Cole
born;            17 June 1873
died;            11 Sept 1889       Winterport, Maine
  buried Cole cemetery, Winterport, Maine


Ada  B.  Cole
born;           15 May 1879
died;            11 May 1886
   buried Cole cemetery, Winterport, Maine


Raymond  F.  Cole
born;          29 June 1885       Winterport, Maine
died;          1963
  buried Coles cemetery, Winterport, Maine
married;      30 June 1910      Winterport, Maine
Sarah   'Sadie'  Conant
born;           ?
her father;    Isaac   Conant
her mother;   Jane     ?


Isa  Manier  Cole
born;            ?
?       Couillard

The Children of Samuel and Rebecca Cole;


Stephen  Cole
born;            30 Jan 1851
died;             15 Aug 1874


Samuel Edgar  Cole  Jr.
born;            30 May 1853
died;             21 Oct 1918         Winterport, Maine
Annie  Maria  Turner
born;            30 Dec 1850         Isle  Haute, Maine
died;             15 Jan 1931         Winterport, Maine
her father;     Hiram  Turner
her mother;   Maria   Collins


Herbert  Isaih  Cole
born;           2 July 1856         Frankfort, Maine
died;            30 Mar 1934       Winterport, Maine
   buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Winterport, Maine
Flora  Etta  Simpson
born;            1862
died;             1944


Cora  Ida  Cole
born;           29 Nov 1861
died;            8 Sept 1899
Fred  C.  Baker


Fred  Cole
born;            15 Jan 1867        Winterport, Maine
died;             4 Mar 1944
   buried Oak Hill cemetery, Winterport, Maine
married;        24 Mar 1891
Iva  M.  Kneeland
born;            30 Oct 1869       Winterport, Maine
died;             29 May 1929      Winterport, Maine
  buried Oak Hill cemetery, Winterport, Maine
her father;     Elias  Kneeland
her mother;    Dora  Downes


Edgar  S.  Cole
born;            about 1853
died;            21 Oct 1918      Winterport, Maine

The Children of John and Melissa  (Cole) Severance

Maud  Severance
born;            1875
died;             1881

The children of Leroy and Clara  (Gilman)  Cole;

Marion  F.  Cole
born;           about 1906             Maine
died;            26    DEC    1990   St Petersburg Florida
  (she was a school teacher)
married;      24 Dec 1927      Stockton Springs, Maine
Clifford  R.  Cummings
born;           about 1902             Maine
Note;  They had no children of their own.  They adpoted Patricia Juanita Rice who was age 2 at time of adoption, born in a Belfast Maine hospital.    Patricia was the second child of Grace Lois (Rice) Anthony.  Grace was divorced from Raymond L. Anthony of Ohio and was a live-in house keeper in Winterport when she had her second child. 
Grace's parents were Clyde Garvey Rice and Etta May Burns of Northfield, Maine.  After her house keeping job ended, Grace returned to Northfield, Maine with her first daughter, where they lived in a one room log cabin with no electricty or running water, across the road from the Rice farmstead where her brother and parents lived.
Patricia  went on to marry Roger M. Miller and later married William Ashcroft.
Clifford, Marion and Patricia Cummings lived on a farm in Stockton Springs, Maine until the farm burned down.  They moved in with Marion's parents on their farm in Winterport, Maine and lived there for some years.

Reuben Cole

John Cole

Fairfield Cole

Leroy Cole

Samuel Cole