Genealogical Services

Thomas Memorial Library

The Town of Cape Elizabeth's municipal library is located at 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth. The Thomas Memorial Library's holdings include a limited collection of local and state genealogical materials. Some of those books are:

  • Maine Families in 1790; in six volumes

  • Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine; in four volumes

  • The Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire

  • Soldiers, Sailors, and Patriots of the Revolutionary War-Maine; in two volumes

  • Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research

  • The Jordan Memorial

  • Jordan Family Descendants

These books can be found in the library's Adult Reference Room. Librarians at the Thomas Memorial Library can be reached by calling (207) 799-1720.

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Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society

The purpose and mission of the Society is to collect and preserve pictures, letters, deeds, dairies, town records and other material related to the history of Cape Elizabeth. Documents of current events are also cataloged and preserved for the use of future generations.

Extensive records of many kinds are maintained in a climate controlled environment at the Public Safety Building, 325 Ocean House Road.

The Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society office is open each Thursday morning, 9 a.m.-noon. Research at other times can be arranged by contacting the Society. For more information regarding the Society, please contact Wayne Brooking at (207) 799-4667.

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Riverside Memorial Cemetery

The Riverside Memorial Cemetery is located on Spurwink Avenue, adjacent to the Spurwink Church. For information please contact the Cape Elizabeth Town Clerk at  (207) 799-7665.

Seaside Cemetery

The Seaside Cemetery, located on Ocean House Road at the Nazarene Church, is a private cemetery maintained by the Seaside Cemetery Corporation. For more information please contact Wayne Brooking at (207) 799-4667.

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Genealogical Resources -- State Level

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

Office of Vital Statistics - Birth, marriage and death   records for each town in the state from 1923 - present. Also maintain divorce records from state courts. Will accept credit cards.

211 State St.
Augusta, ME 04333-0011
(207) 287-6490

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Genealogical Resources -- Regional Level

Maine State Historical Society

Center for Maine History
Library Research Center
485 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101

Military records, Old Census records, Ship’s Passenger Lists, etc.

See website listing for National Archives

Mormon Church Records

See website

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Links to Genealogical websites - 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 - Links to state and county information. - Includes Social Security Death Index - find death records by date of death or SSN; databases; more - Family History Library, Church of the Latter Day Saint/Mormons, Salt Lake City - Links to 42000 genealogy sites - everything from ship’s passenger lists to prison rolls - Internet’s oldest genealogy site - lets you see who is looking for the same surnames you are. - Good place to start genealogy research if you were adopted. - Local History and Genealogy Reading Room, Library of Congress - Online newsletter - National Genealogical Society

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