Maine Archives: 138 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

If you are researching your ancestry from Maine, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online ME newspaper archives: 138 titles to help you search your family history in the “Pine Tree State,” providing coverage from 1785 to Today. There are millions of articles and records in our online Maine newspaper archives!

Photo: Portland Head Light Station, Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Credit: Rapidfire; Wikimedia Commons.
Photo: Portland Head Light Station, Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Credit: Rapidfire; Wikimedia Commons.

Dig deep into our online archives and search for articles about your ancestors from Maine in these newspapers. Our ME newspapers are divided into two collections, each with their own search page:

  • Newspaper Archives (complete paper with all articles, including historical obituaries, with a number of very rare single-issue newspapers – many of them are the only known issues of the paper)
  • Obituaries (including both historical and recent obituaries, if obits are specifically what you are searching for)

Search Maine Newspaper Archives (1785 – 1950)

Search Maine Obituaries (1992 – Today)

Illustration: Maine state flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Illustration: Maine state flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is the complete list of Maine newspapers in the online archives. Each newspaper title in this list is an active link that will take you directly to that paper’s search page, where you can begin searching for your ancestors by surnames, dates, keywords and more. The ME newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

CityTitleYears of CoverageIssues AvailableCollection
AugustaAppeal to the Democracy08/07/1838 – 09/14/18443Newspaper Archives
AugustaGospel Banner07/25/1835 – 10/07/1876982Newspaper Archives
AugustaKennebec Journal / Kennebec Journal Sunday11/16/2000 – CurrentObituaries
AugustaMaine Farmer01/04/1844 – 12/30/18761575Newspaper Archives
AugustaAge01/06/1832 – 08/29/1861692Newspaper Archives
AugustaHerald of Liberty02/13/1810 – 09/02/181589Newspaper Archives
AugustaKennebec Gazette09/11/1801 – 07/31/1805172Newspaper Archives
AugustaMaine Patriot and State Gazette11/07/1827 – 12/29/183083Newspaper Archives
AugustaAge01/07/1836 – 04/25/1861585Newspaper Archives
AugustaKennebec Journal01/07/1841 – 01/07/1864175Newspaper Archives
BangorBangor Daily News12/14/1992 – CurrentObituaries
BangorDirigo Rural09/09/1876 – 09/09/18761Newspaper Archives
BangorMechanic and Farmer12/18/1835 – 03/23/18372Newspaper Archives
BangorBangor Weekly Register11/25/1815 – 06/21/1831704Newspaper Archives
BangorDemocratic Flag07/13/1848 – 10/19/184815Newspaper Archives
BangorBangor Courier07/14/1835 – 10/22/18508Newspaper Archives
BangorBangor Journal of Literature, Science, Morals, and Religion06/01/1837 – 05/24/183852Newspaper Archives
BangorDaily Commercial Advertiser08/20/1835 – 05/25/1836190Newspaper Archives
BangorBangor Daily Evening Times10/29/1861 – 07/31/1867336Newspaper Archives
BangorBangor Daily Journal08/26/1854 – 03/04/1861992Newspaper Archives
BathBath Daily Sentinel08/14/1856 – 08/14/18561Newspaper Archives
BathMaine Gazette12/08/1820 – 06/25/1830263Newspaper Archives
BathBath Daily Times06/06/1862 – 12/30/18763797Newspaper Archives
BathEastern times03/14/1850 – 04/24/1856320Newspaper Archives
BathNorthern tribune04/27/1847 – 05/13/1848158Newspaper Archives
BelfastHancock Gazette07/06/1820 – 06/21/1826153Newspaper Archives
BelfastMaine Farmer and Political Register11/04/1829 – 09/22/183031Newspaper Archives
BelfastRepublican Journal01/21/1848 – 12/29/1870284Newspaper Archives
BelfastWaldo Patriot12/30/1837 – 12/21/183852Newspaper Archives
BelfastRepublican Journal01/07/1869 – 12/28/19222808Newspaper Archives
BelfastMaine Working Men’s Advocate11/03/1830 – 07/23/1835211Newspaper Archives
BiddefordJustice de Biddeford05/14/1896 – 03/02/19502578Newspaper Archives
BiddefordBiddeford-Saco-Old Orchard Beach Courier03/01/2012 – CurrentObituaries
BiddefordUnion and eastern journal02/17/1854 – 05/28/1858218Newspaper Archives
BiddefordUnion and journal01/06/1860 – 12/30/1870570Newspaper Archives
BiddefordMaine Democrat10/13/1868 – 09/29/187016Newspaper Archives
Biddeford, SacoJournal Tribune04/29/2009 – 10/12/2019Obituaries
BrunswickMaine Baptist Herald05/24/1825 – 11/25/182926Newspaper Archives
BrunswickTimes Record11/22/2011 – CurrentObituaries
BrunswickMaine Intelligencer09/23/1820 – 12/29/182015Newspaper Archives
BucksportGazette of Maine Hancock Advertiser07/25/1805 – 04/10/1812221Newspaper Archives
CastineEagle11/14/1809 – 03/19/1812103Newspaper Archives
CastineEastern American12/26/1827 – 12/17/182829Newspaper Archives
CountyCenter Square Maine12/20/2019 – CurrentObituaries
CountyMaine Monitor10/25/2020 – CurrentObituaries
Dover-FoxcroftPiscataquis Farmer08/25/1842 – 08/08/18444Newspaper Archives
EastportEastport Sentinel08/31/1818 – 08/15/1832662Newspaper Archives
EllsworthEastern Farmer08/31/1861 – 08/31/18611Newspaper Archives
EllsworthEllsworth American01/12/1855 – 12/29/19263720Newspaper Archives
FalmouthFalmouth Gazette and Weekly Advertiser01/01/1785 – 03/30/178665Newspaper Archives
FarmingtonFranklin Register and Sandy River Farmer01/04/1844 – 11/21/18442Newspaper Archives
FryeburgRussel’s Echo02/22/1798 – 01/11/179914Newspaper Archives
GardinerGardiner Ledger and Farmer’s Journal03/03/1843 – 06/09/18434Newspaper Archives
GardinerChristian Intelligencer and Eastern Chronicle01/05/1827 – 04/11/1834268Newspaper Archives
GardinerMaine Rural02/19/1859 – 04/21/186058Newspaper Archives
HallowellAmerican Advocate08/23/1809 – 01/28/18351332Newspaper Archives
HallowellHallowell Gazette02/23/1814 – 12/26/1827672Newspaper Archives
HallowellKennebec Gazette11/14/1800 – 08/28/180143Newspaper Archives
HallowellMaine Cultivator and Hallowell Gazette10/04/1839 – 03/10/1870527Newspaper Archives
KennebunkAnnals of the Times01/13/1803 – 01/03/180572Newspaper Archives
KennebunkEagle of Maine07/01/1802 – 09/30/18026Newspaper Archives
KennebunkWeekly Visiter06/24/1809 – 06/30/1821626Newspaper Archives
KennebunkKennebunk Post03/09/2012 – CurrentObituaries
KennebunkYork County Coast Star11/18/2016 – CurrentObituaries
LewistonSun-Journal01/13/2010 – CurrentObituaries
LewistonJacksonian09/18/1868 – 11/06/18683Newspaper Archives
LewistonLewiston Evening Journal04/20/1861 – 12/30/18764736Newspaper Archives
LimerickVillage Register and Farmers’ Miscellany06/24/1840 – 06/24/18401Newspaper Archives
LimerickMaine Free-Will Baptist Repository06/01/1851 – 06/01/18511Newspaper Archives
MadawaskaSt. John Valley Times08/06/2008 – CurrentObituaries
NorridgewockWorkingman and People’s Press12/14/1843 – 12/14/18431Newspaper Archives
North YarmouthChristian Pilot07/23/1835 – 07/14/183652Newspaper Archives
ParisOxford democrat02/12/1850 – 12/27/19213631Newspaper Archives
ParisJeffersonian07/11/1827 – 04/30/183362Newspaper Archives
PortlandJackson Mirror and Maine Tory; or, Office-holders’ Advocate09/04/1834 – 09/04/18341Newspaper Archives
PortlandMaine Sunday Telegram03/06/1994 – CurrentObituaries
PortlandPortland Press Herald03/01/1994 – CurrentObituaries
PortlandSentinel04/02/1853 – 04/02/18531Newspaper Archives
PortlandVoice from the Belfry08/17/1860 – 10/02/18603Newspaper Archives
PortlandCampaign Argus08/31/1855 – 08/26/18584Newspaper Archives
PortlandChristian Pilot07/19/1832 – 07/10/1834103Newspaper Archives
PortlandCumberland Gazette07/20/1786 – 12/26/1791277Newspaper Archives
PortlandDaily Eastern Argus08/05/1837 – 03/17/18882371Newspaper Archives
PortlandEastern Argus09/30/1824 – 12/30/18351076Newspaper Archives
PortlandEastern Farmer, and Journal of News01/06/1842 – 12/22/184226Newspaper Archives
PortlandEastern Herald01/02/1792 – 12/27/1802598Newspaper Archives
PortlandFreeman’s Friend09/19/1807 – 06/09/1810131Newspaper Archives
PortlandGazette04/16/1798 – 12/30/18281612Newspaper Archives
PortlandHerald of Gospel Liberty04/27/1810 – 06/21/181131Newspaper Archives
PortlandImpending Crisis, and Irrepressible Conflict03/27/1860 – 03/27/18601Newspaper Archives
PortlandIndependent Statesman07/14/1821 – 05/06/1825193Newspaper Archives
PortlandJeffersonian02/24/1834 – 07/25/1836124Newspaper Archives
PortlandOriental Trumpet12/15/1796 – 11/05/1800142Newspaper Archives
PortlandPortland Advertiser01/03/1824 – 12/29/1840639Newspaper Archives
PortlandPortland Courier and Mechanic and Farmer’s Advocate03/25/1832 – 06/22/18338Newspaper Archives
PortlandPortland Daily Advertiser10/08/1833 – 08/23/18982142Newspaper Archives
PortlandPortland Daily Press09/03/1870 – 03/09/18823530Newspaper Archives
PortlandPortland Weekly Advertiser10/12/1830 – 01/30/18641580Newspaper Archives
PortlandSpirit of ’2810/29/1828 – 10/29/18281Newspaper Archives
PortlandSpirit of ’3808/28/1838 – 08/28/18381Newspaper Archives
PortlandSpirit of ’4007/08/1840 – 10/28/184010Newspaper Archives
PortlandWeekly Eastern Argus09/08/1803 – 12/30/18801710Newspaper Archives
PortlandYankee Advertiser01/09/1828 – 07/09/182826Newspaper Archives
PortlandPortland Price-current09/28/1861 – 01/25/186820Newspaper Archives
PortlandMaine Wesleyan Journal05/10/1832 – 09/09/183710Newspaper Archives
PortlandCasco Bay breeze07/30/1903 – 09/06/1917118Newspaper Archives
PortlandPortland Daily Press06/23/1862 – 09/30/190413043Newspaper Archives
PortlandAmerican Patriot05/20/1825 – 11/15/1828162Newspaper Archives
PortlandPortland Phoenix12/06/2007 – 03/14/2013Obituaries
PortlandPortland gazette04/07/1818 – 09/21/1824338Newspaper Archives
PortlandZion’s Advocate11/11/1828 – 03/28/1877849Newspaper Archives
PortlandMaineBiz09/14/2007 – CurrentObituaries
PortlandGazette04/16/1798 – 04/22/179950Newspaper Archives
PortlandPortland gazette03/18/1805 – 07/16/180518Newspaper Archives
PortlandChristian Mirror07/13/1822 – 12/30/18762803Newspaper Archives
RichmondRising Sun09/21/1859 – 04/11/18602Newspaper Archives
SacoFreeman’s Friend08/21/1805 – 08/15/1807105Newspaper Archives
SacoMaine Palladium08/16/1826 – 04/28/183086Newspaper Archives
SacoMaine Free-Will Baptist Register07/08/1843 – 07/08/18431Newspaper Archives
SacoMaine Democrat07/21/1830 – 07/12/18641181Newspaper Archives
SanfordSanford News01/21/2010 – 08/24/2017Obituaries
SanfordJustice de Sanford02/26/1925 – 12/27/1928191Newspaper Archives
ScarboroughScarborough Leader04/05/2012 – CurrentObituaries
SkowheganSomerset Farmer01/22/1863 – 01/22/18631Newspaper Archives
SkowheganIndependent-reporter09/09/1909 – 12/25/1924797Newspaper Archives
SkowheganSomerset reporter01/07/1885 – 09/02/19091294Newspaper Archives
South Portland, Cape ElizabethSouth Portland-Cape Elizabeth Sentry04/06/2012 – CurrentObituaries
WatervilleMorning Sentinel / Sunday Sentinel11/14/2003 – CurrentObituaries
WatervilleWatervillonian05/29/1841 – 05/30/184251Newspaper Archives
WellsMaking It at Home10/11/2012 – 10/11/2012Obituaries
WinthropMaine Farmer and Mechanic’s Advocate01/08/1842 – 12/30/1843100Newspaper Archives
WiscassetEastern Repository06/16/1803 – 06/23/180762Newspaper Archives
WiscassetLincoln Intelligencer11/01/1821 – 10/24/182252Newspaper Archives
WiscassetLincoln Telegraph02/15/1820 – 10/18/182126Newspaper Archives
WiscassetWiscasset Argus12/30/1797 – 01/13/17983Newspaper Archives
WiscassetWiscasset Telegraph12/10/1796 – 03/09/179935Newspaper Archives
WiscassetLincoln Telegraph04/05/1838 – 03/24/1842208Newspaper Archives
YorkYork Weekly11/11/2016 – CurrentObituaries

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Note on the header image: the Maine State House, Augusta, Maine. Credit: Albany NY; Wikimedia Commons.

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