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Maine Resource Guide: Biddeford, York County

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County · Incorporated · Incorporated as a City · Previous Designations · Boundary Changes · Prominent Islands · Villages, Locations and Settlements · Adjacent Towns and Townships · Maps · Cemeteries · Church Records · Directories · Newspapers · Vital Records · Military Records · General Resources · Bibliography

County

York County


Incorporated

1653 as the town of Saco; name changed to Biddeford in 1718


Incorporated as a City

1855


Previous Designations

The region, especially that around Biddeford Pool, was first called Winter Harbor; also called in early years Saco East.


Boundary Changes

Pepperellborough (now Saco) was set off as a district in 1762


Prominent Islands

Wood Island


Villages, Locations and Settlements

Biddeford, Biddeford Pool, Five Points, Fort Hill, Fortunes Rock (Fortune Rocks), Granite Point, Guinea Corner, Hills Beach, Hoyt Neck, Newtown, Oak Ridge, Tattle Corner, Tea Kettle Corner, Timber Point


Adjacent Towns and Townships

Arundel, Dayton, Kennebunkport, Saco


Maps

Historical USGS Maps of Biddeford, Maine

Map of Saco and Biddeford, 1885

Maps of Mount Desert Island, Scarborough, Old Orchard, Saco and Biddeford, 1885

City of Biddeford, York Co. (1894)

Parts of towns of Scarborough and Old Orchard and the cities of Saco and Biddeford (1894)


Cemeteries

St. Joseph and St. Mary's Cemeteries (Maine Catholic Cemetery Committee's online database)

Epitaphs from the Lower Biddeford Burying Ground


Church Records

First Church of Biddeford Admissions


Directories

Biddeford, Maine Directory, 1890-91 [Ancestry.com]

Biddeford and Saco Directory, 1913


Newspapers

Biddeford-Saco-Old Orchard Beach Courier

Journal Tribune

Google News Archive: The (Biddeford) Union and Journal (1879-1884)

Google News Archive: Biddeford Journal (1884-1887)

Google News Archive: Biddeford Weekly Journal (1893-1930)

Google News Archive: La Justice de Biddeford (1909-1950)

Obituary Collection: Journal Tribune [Ancestry.com]


Vital Records

Early Vital Records of Saco and Biddeford

First Church of Biddeford Marriages, 1742-1781

First Church of Biddeford Baptisms, 1742-1777


Military Records

World War I Soldiers Index: Biddeford


General Resources

FamilySearch Catalog: Biddeford, York, Maine

Official Website: City of Biddeford

Maine Memory Network: Biddeford

Maine Community Heritage Project: Biddeford


Bibliography

______, Biddeford, Saco, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport souvenir, 1907 (1907)

______, Jefferson Street Baptist Church (Biddeford, Maine) Directory (1926)

______, Souvenir of Biddeford Centennial, 1955 (City of Biddeford, 1955)

______, Marriages, St. Mary's Parish: 1850-1989 Biddeford, Maine (Biddeford, Me.: Franco-American Genealogical Society of York County Me., [1989?])

Beatty, John D., comp., Vital records of Biddeford, Maine, prior to 1856 (Rockport, Me.: Picton Press, 1998)

Deering, Frank Cutter, Index to History of Biddeford and Saco, written by George Folsom, 1830 [Ancestry.com] (unknown: unknown, [1922?])

Folsom, George, History of Saco and Biddeford: with notices of other early settlements, and of proprietary governments, in Maine, including the provinces of New Somersetshire and Lygonia (Saco Me.: Printed by A.C. Putnam, 1830)

Greene, Frances., Material for a genealogy of the Hill family of Biddeford-Saco, Maine (Bridgton, Me., 1961)

Labonté, Youville, comp., Marriages of St. Andre, Biddeford, Maine (1899-1978) (Auburn, Me.: The Author, [1979])

Labonté, Youville, comp., Marriages of St. Joseph, Biddeford, Maine (1870-1979) (Auburn, Me.: Labonté, [1980])

Locke, John Staples, Shores of Saco Bay: a historical guide to Biddeford Pool, Old Orchard Beach, Pine Point, Prouts's Neck (Boston, Mass.: J. S. Locke & Co., 1880)

Ridlon, Gideon Tibbetts, Saco Valley settlements and families: historical, biographical, genealogical, traditional, and legendary... (Portland, Me.: G.T. Ridlon, 1895)

Tatterson, Estelle M., Three centuries of Biddeford: an historical sketch (unknown: unknown, 1916?)

Twambley, Ida F. (copyist), Transcript of the early records of Biddeford, from 1733 to 1786 (typescript, 1906)

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