Resources available through the History Room
Archival Collection: correspondence, ephemera, photographs, postcards, ledgers, journals, manuscripts.
Bath Historical Society Collections: in progress.
Cemetery records: transcription of grave inscriptions for the following cemeteries: Arrowsic Island (25); Bailey Island (Harpswell); Bath: Maple Grove, Oak Grove, private cemeteries of Bath (16); Boothbay; Bowdoinham; Bowdoin; Bremen; Bristol; Brunswick; Damariscotta; Dresden; East Harpswell; Edgecomb; Freeport (Wolf’s Neck only); Georgetown; Newcastle; Nobleboro; Phippsburg; Sabattus; South Bristol; Topsham; Waldoboro; West Bath; Westport; Wiscasset; Woolwich; York County (present day).
CD-ROMs: Index to 1860 Federal Census (Maine); Maine Marriages 1892-1966.
Indices (marriages & deaths): 1803-1830 Eastern Argus; 1824-1833 Maine Inquirer; 1838-1842 Lincoln Telegraph; 1847-1848, 1856-1857 Daily Northern Tribune; Aug. 1857-Aug. 1858 Bath Daily Tribune; Jan-March 1853 Kennebec Journal.
Maps: Bath in 1760, 1832, 1851, 1858 (reproductions), 1873, 1878 (Birdseye View); Bath (south end) 1877; Bath street maps 1897-current; Nequassett Plantation (Woolwich) 1740 (reproduction); Noble Arthur Farm Plan of 1743 (reproduction); Maine & “Sagadahok” 1750 (reproduction); Midcoast Maine 1906; Railroads in Maine 1906; Atlas maps of Maine 1885, 1891, 1901, (commercial buildings); Maine in 1933.
Microfiche: Bath Common Council 1848-1948; Bath City Records 1753-1995; Bath Death Records 1892-1995; Bath Marriage Records 1892-1995; IGI Maine Surname
Microfilm: Federal Census: Lincoln County 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850; Sagadahoc County 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920.
- 1890 Civil War Schedules.
- Maine Old Cemetery Association gravestone inscriptions, all counties.
- Newspapers: 1824-1833 (incomplete) Maine Inquirer (Bath); 1838-1842 Lincoln Telegraph (Bath); 1847-48 Daily Northern Tribune (Bath); 1850-1856 Eastern Times (Bath); 1855-1858 Bath Daily Tribune; 1862-1868 Daily Sentinel & Times; 1869 to 1967 Bath Daily Times; 1869-1892 (incomplete) American Sentinel (Bath); 1889-1903 (incomplete) Bath Enterprise; 1894-1961 Bath Independent; 1906-1909 Bath Anvil; 1967-current The Times Record (Bath-Brunswick); 1986-1995 Maine Times.
Passenger Lists: Passengers arriving at miscellaneous ports on the Atlantic 1820-1873 (Bath 1825-1867); Portland & Falmouth 1848-1859.
Vital Records: Arrowsic 1741-1891; Bath compiled 1757-1838, actual 1838-1891; Bowdoinham 1780-1891; Richmond 1786-1891; West Bath 1845-1891; Woolwich 1756-1818.
Periodicals: American-Canadian Genealogist (1993-current); The American Genealogist (1988-1995, except 1994); DAR Magazine (1913-1995 [incomplete]); The Dinghy (Feb 1988-current); Downeast Ancestry (June 1977-Jan 1993); Family Chronicles (1997); Genealogical Helper (Jan 1980-1996); The Highlander (May 1982-Sept 1986); Maine Genealogical Inquirer (May 1969-July 1975); Maine Historical & Genealogical Recorder (Vol 1-8; 1884-1895); New England Historical & Genealogical Register (Jan. 1929-current [incomplete]); Second Boat (May 1980-1995).
Photographs and slides: subjects include: bridges, buildings, Patten Free Library, people, residences, transportation.
Scrapbooks: Larrabee’s (1946 to 1976; indexed; Bath and West Bath). Others unindexed.
Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. files: profiles and photos of 2,000+ houses and buildings in Bath, compiled 1974-1980; South End Survey, 2002-2003.
Vertical Files: Biographical materials; Newsletters of area historical societies; Subject files (only Sagadahoc County: Arrowsic, Bath, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Georgetown, Macmahan Island, Pejepscot, Perkins Township, Phippsburg, Richmond, Sebasco Estates, Small Point, Topsham, West Bath, West Bowdoin, Woolwich).
Volumes: 1,000+ listed on Maine state-wide catalog (Minerva) covering the history and vital records (pre-1892) of the towns in Sagadahoc County.
Bath city directories; family histories & genealogies (125);
Other: Revolutionary and Civil War military rolls (Maine soldiers). Also, genealogical resources ranging from basic how-to’s to Mayflower descendants (4 series); Jette’s Dictionnaire a 1730; Langlois’ New Brunswick families; Little’s Genealogical…History of…Maine; Savage’s Genealogical Dictionary of New England; Tanguay’s Dictionaire Genealogique des Familles Canadiennes; Torrey’s New England Marriages. Of special note is Dr. Alfred T. Holt’s “Bath Families of the 19th Century,” a twelve-binder compilation of genealogical information on more than 500 families.
This resource list is only partial, we have more resource materials coming in all the time.