Informational Guide To Conducting
Genealogy Research in the
Town of West Bath, Maine
Genealogy is the number one hobby in America today. As a result, municipal clerks offices receive numerous requests each week for information. Requests are received in person, in the mail, via email and over the phone. Municipalities have different polices regarding conducting genealogy research - some charge by the hour, some charge per search. This pamphlet is developed with the intent to provide information to citizens conducting genealogy research on ancestors from West Bath, Maine. Specific questions regarding office policy for genealogy research in West Bath should be directed to the West Bath Town Clerk at 207-443-4342.
1) Prior to 1892, towns were not required to file records of birth, marriage and death. Some towns have records before 1892, but these are not a complete recording of events.
2) From October 1967 to September 1985 the town of residence was not entitled to a copy of the birth certificate from out-of-wedlock births.
3) Unsure where the event took place? Begin by contacting the state (The Maine State Archives in Augusta); they maintain copies of records from every town in Maine.
4) Be sure to check family bibles, city directories, obituaries, old maps, old photographs, town history books and old newspapers of information.
5) State Archives keeps a list of professional genealogists who will provide research for a fee.
Town of West Bath Municipal Records:
There is no public access to birth, marriage or death records in the Town of West Bath. Birth, Marriage and Death records for West Bath date back to the late 1800s. Records before 1892 are not a complete listing.
Fees (which go to the cost of book restoration):
1) All fees are to be paid in advance.
2) There is an initial search fee of $5.00 for the first name, and a then $1.00 for each additional name listed in the request. If a record is found, the fee includes a photocopy with a note This is not a legal document written on the copy.
3) For a legal certified copy of birth, death or marriage records there is a fee of $10.00 for the 1st copy and $5.00 for each additional copy requested at the same time (if original record is available).
4) Make check payable to the Town of West Bath.
5) Include all known information with the written request – name(s), maiden name, dates, location, etc.
Office hours are:
Mon – Wed & Fri 8:30am – 4:00pm, and Thur 8:30am – 3:00pm
1) Mail – Town Clerk of West Bath, 219 Fosters Point Rd, West Bath ME 04530
2) Phone – 1-207-443-4342
3) Fax – 1-207-443-3256
4) Email – email@example.com
Other local sources of genealogy records are:
Patten Free Library Genealogy Room/Bath Historical Society
Regarded as the best genealogy history room in Maine. 33 Summer St., Bath, ME 04530
If ancestors had a shipping or maritime background. Washington St., Bath, ME 04530
Sagadahoc County Register of Probate
Adoptions, legal change of names, wills. 752 High St, Bath ME 04530
Sagadahoc County Register of Deeds
Land records, property deeds, and titles to property. 752 High St, Bath ME 04530
State Level Resources:
Maine State Archives
Birth, marriage and death records for each town in the State from 1892 - 1922.
84 State House Station, Cultural Building, Augusta, ME 04333-0084.
Search Room (207) 287-5788
State Records Center (207) 287-5792
Also maintain divorce records from state courts. Will accept credit cards.
211 State St, Augusta, ME 04333-0011. (207) 287-6490
Regional and National Resources:
Maine State Historical Society
Center for Maine History
Library Research Center, 485 Congress St., Portland ME 04101
Exclusive cemetery indexes, data from graves of Revolutionary War soldiers, and more. (202)879-3229
Nation's oldest society. (617) 536-5740
See website listing for National Archives http://www.nara.gov
Maine Maritime Museum
If ancestors had a shipping or maritime background.
Washington St., Bath ME 04530
See web site http: //www.familysearch.org
Helpful Internet Websites:
http://www. cyndislist.com/me.htm - Cyndi's List of Maine Genealolgy Sites.
http://www.nara.gov - National Archives site - census records from 1790 -1920 military records Revolutionary War to WW1; military pension records; passport applications back to 1795; ship passenger lists; naturalization; more
http://www.usgenweb.org - Links to state and county information.
http://www.ancestry.com - Includes Social Security Death Index -find death records by date of death or SSN; databases; more
http://www.familysearch.org - Family History Library, Church of the Latter Day Saint/Mormons, Salt Lake City
http:wwwcydislist.com - Links to 42000 genealogy sites - everything from ship’s passenger lists to prison rolls
http://adoptions.com- Good place to start genealogy research if you were adopted.
http://www.lcweb.loc.gov/rr/genealogy - Local History and Genealogy Reading Room, Library of Congress
http://www.genealogynews.com - Online newsletter
http://www.ngsgenalogy.org - National Genealogical Society
http://www.rootsweb.com- The Internet’s oldest genealogy site - lets you see who is
looking for the same surnames you are.