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Can you offer some suggestions for researching my ancestor William Whitaker in 18th century Gouldsboro, Maine?
The NEHGS library has a copy of Historical Researches of Gouldsboro, Maine, a book of 108 pages, published in 1904 by the Daughters of Liberty. Unfortunately the book has no index.
Gouldsboro is in Hancock County. Hancock County only came into existence in 1789 when it was carved out of Lincoln County. I would suggest searching the Lincoln County deeds (which begin in 1760) to see whether (1) William Whitaker, the original settler, ever purchased land, and (2) if so, do the records indicate where he came from? NEHGS has these on microfilm. The originals are at the Lincoln County courthouse in Wiscasset, and they are also available on microfilm from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Many of the families that settled the Ellsworth area were from the southeastern Massachusetts counties of Plymouth, Bristol and Barnstable counties. It would not be a bad strategy to search for any 18th century Whitakers that lived there.