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The Daily Genealogist: Gorham Historical Society, Maine

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Gorham Historical Society, Maine

The town of Gorham is located in southeastern Maine. The Gorham Historical Society has made a number of resources available on its website. You must download these databases, in Microsoft Excel format, to your computer before opening them. Click on the Databases tab to open a new page with links to the society’s databases. The online resources include the following:

Vital Records from Town Reports
There are three vital records databases — births, marriages, and deaths. The databases cover the period from 1893 through 1944. There are about 2,500 birth records in the Town Report Births database. The data fields include family name, father, mother, date of birth, and son or daughter. The Town Report Deaths database contains nearly 3,500 records. The data fields include last name, first name, date of death, age, and cause of death. The Town Reports Marriage database contains 1,860 records. The data fields include groom’s last and first name, groom’s residence, bride’s last and first name, bride’s residence, date of marriage, and name of officiant.

Early Records of Gorham
The information in this database appears to have been extracted from Gorham’s early town records. It covers only surnames beginning with the letters A, B, and C. The data fields include last name, first name, event (birth/death/marriage), date of event, father’s name, mother’s name, spouse name, volume and page, and miscellaneous. Information found in the miscellaneous field includes information about where the individual came from, age, where born, spouse’s name, who married, and where married.

Town of Gorham Cemetery Records
This database contains more than 8,000 records of burials in Gorham cemeteries. The data fields include last name, first name, cemetery name, section, lot, gravesite, date of burial, and comments. Information found in the comments field includes lot ownership data, birth date, age, where buried when the burial took place outside of Gorham, name of spouse or parents, name of person the individual is buried next to, cremation, and location within the lot.

First Parish Church Membership Records
This database contains records of the membership of the First Parish Church in Gorham. There are nearly 5,000 individual records. The earliest record of admission dates from 1803 and the latest date of dismissal is in 2008. The data fields include last name, first name, date of admission, date of dismissal, reason for dismissal, record book or report information, and comments. Information included in the comments field most often contains names of individuals related to the church member. Data in the dismissal field may include the location to which dismissed members moved.

There is also a brief chronology of historical events that occurred in the town of Gorham between 1736 and 2007. Click on the Events tab to access it.


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