January 1st Offers A New Beginning To Many Maine Natives
Adoptees across the State will have the chance at a new beginning on January 2nd, one day after a new law goes into effect, allowing adults who were placed for adoption in Maine to have access to their original birth records. The law was championed by former State Sen. Paula Benoit R-Phippsburg who is herself adopted.
Benoit and others will be waiting at the doors of the records office on Friday when it will be first open after the New Year holiday, looking for birth certificates which will include their birth mother's name and in some cases the father's name, although often this is not the case.
Understanding your family history is important to many people as it gives us a sense of who we are, where we belong, and where we came from as a family. For adoptees, there is also the added benefits of potentially learning new information about family medical history and connecting with close relatives they may never have met otherwise. Of course, parents who gave their children up for adoption can also fill out a "contact preference" form which will let adoptees know if they want to be contacted or not. Don Lemieux, director of the Maine Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics encourages anyone who has placed a child up for adoption to fill out such a form, which also allows them to release medical history.
For more information on this new law, visit the Kennebec Journal Online at:
Last Updated (Sunday, 28 December 2008 18:05)
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Last Updated (Saturday, 27 December 2008 06:42)
earlyMaine.org Launches Land Records Project
Today we launched a new project at earlyMaine.org called the Land Record Project. This effort is designed to put digitized images of land deeds, mortgage discharges and other related materials online for genealogists to make use of when conducting their research.
Land deeds offer a wealth of information and often "fill in the gaps" between other more widely used records, such as Federal Census. Land deeds give us a glimps of when our ancestors moved to a new location, how long they stayed, where they were physically, and logically amongst neighbors. In some cases we can learn about potential relationships between grantors and grantees. While not considered the most "fun" type of research, because it can often be tedious and time consuming to find the right documents, for the most genealogists, the value of deeds is undeniable.
To see what we have started putting online, select Land Records from the Our Projects menu at the top of this page, or click on the following link:
Last Updated (Monday, 22 December 2008 12:29)