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1789 from part of Lincoln County

Boundary Changes

Parts were later set off to form Penobscot County in 1816 and Waldo County in 1827, and additional land was annexed to Lincoln County

A full account of boundary changes may be found here

Shire Town

Penobscot, 1789-1796

Castine, 1796-1814

Castine and Bangor, half shire towns, 1814-1838

Ellsworth, since 1838




Amherst, Aurora, Bar Harbor, Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Bucksport, Cranberry Isles, Dedham, Deer Isle, Eastbrook, Franklin, Frenchboro, Gouldsboro, Great Pond, Hancock, Lamoine, Mariaville, Mount Desert, Orland, Osborn, Otis, Penobscot, Sedgwick, Sorrento, Southwest Harbor, Stonington, Sullivan, Surry, Swans Island, Tremont, Trenton, Verona, Waltham, Winter Harbor

Adjacent Counties

Knox County, Penobscot County, Waldo County, Washington County


The Tombstone Transcription Project: Hancock County, Maine Cemeteries of Hancock County, Maine

Find A Grave: Hancock County

Land Records

Hancock County Registry of Deeds

Naturalization Records

Maine County Naturalization Records, 1800-1990


Map of the Lottery Townships, c. 1785

Map of Hancock County, 1860

Map of Hancock Co., Maine (1885)

Stuart's map of the timber lands of Maine. No. 2. (1885)

Stuart's map of the timber lands of Maine. No. 3. (1885)

Map of Hancock Co., Maine (1894)

Stuart's map of the timber lands of Maine. No. 2. (1894)

Stuart's map of the timber lands of Maine. No. 3. (1894)

Message Boards and Mailing Lists

Maine Genealogy Network Forum: Hancock County Message Board: Hancock County

RootsWeb Mailing List: Hancock County


Historic American Newspapers Directory: Hancock County

Probate Records

Hancock County Registry of Probate

Maine County Probate Records, 1760-1979

Hancock County Probate Index

Maine Probate Search

General Resources

Official Website: Hancock County

Hancock County Genealogical Society

FamilySearch Catalog: Hancock, Maine

Linkpendium: Hancock County

Hancock County MEGenWeb Project

MEGenWeb Archives: Hancock County


______, Biographical review: containing life sketches of leading citizens of Somerset, Piscataquis, Hancock, Washington, and Aroostook counties, Maine (Boston, Mass.: Biographical Review, 1898)

Frost, John Eldridge , comp., Maine Probate Abstracts (Camden, Me. : Picton Press, 1991)

Halfpenny, H. E., and J. E. Stuart, Atlas of Hancock County, Maine; compiled and published under the direction of Geo. N. Colby by S.F. Colby & Co. Drawn from official plans, U.S. coast survey charts, and actual surveys (Ellsworth, Me., 1881)

Wasson, Samuel, A survey of Hancock County, Maine (Augusta Me.: Sprague, Owen & Nash, printers to the state, 1878)

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