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Reply from Lindsay Fulton, NEHGS Genealogist
According to the Genealogist Handbook for New England Research, the Town of Arundel was incorporated in 1915, which was formerly known as Kennebunkport between 1719 and 1821, and later as North Kennebunkport to 1957. As a result, if your Goodwin ancestors lived in what is now known as Arundel, you may need to search the records of Kennebunkport for an event occurring before 1821.To do so, NEHGS maintains several record collections specific to Kennebunkport and Arundel, Maine including: Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Maine births, deaths, and marriages prior to 1892, Kennebunkport, Maine town and vital records (1678-1891), as well as a database entitled, The Kennebunkport and Arundel (Maine) record book. You should examine these collections for a death record and/or cemetery transcription for John Goodwin. Additionally, because you are an NEHGS member, you could also examine the manuscript, Gravestone inscriptions from Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, Me.If you are unable to locate a burial or death record in the above collections, you could also access several on-line national cemetery databases that offer free access to tombstone inscriptions and photographs. Some sites include: www.findagrave.com; http://billiongraves.com/; http://www.interment.net/ ; http://www.locategrave.org/ Finally, you could search several digitized newspapers, such as the subscription sites, GenealogyBank, Newspaperarchive.com, or Newspapers.com or the free sites, Google News Archive and the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America Collection to locate an obituary for John Goodwin. If you were able to locate an obituary, the article may indicate the place of burial for John Goodwin. Thank you for submitting your questions to the NEHGS Ask a Genealogist service.