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1653 as Maine's original county, Yorkshire

Boundary Changes

Parts were set off to form Cumberland County and Lincoln County in 1760, and to Oxford County in 1805

Shire Town

York, 1716-c1717

Kittery, c1717-1718

York, 1718-1735

York and Portland, half shire towns, 1735-1760

York, 1760-1802

Alfred and York, half shire towns, 1802-1832

Alfred, since 1832, when the courts were moved from York


Biddeford, Saco, Sanford


Acton, Alfred, Arundel, Berwick, Buxton, Cornish, Dayton, Eliot, Hollis, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Lebanon, Limerick, Limington, Lyman, Newfield, North Berwick, Ogunquit, Old Orchard Beach, Parsonsfield, Shapleigh, South Berwick, Waterboro, Wells, York

Adjacent Counties

Cumberland County, Carroll County (N.H.), Oxford County, Rockingham County (N.H.), Strafford County (N.H.)


The Tombstone Transcription Project: York County, Maine

York County Genealogy and Cemeteries Cemeteries of York County, Maine

Find A Grave: York County

Land Records

York Deeds (c. 1641-1738): Vol. 1 Vol. 2 Vol. 3 Vol. 4 Vol. 5 Vol. 6 Vol. 7 Vol. 8 Vol. 9 Vol. 10 Vol. 11, part 1 Vol. 11, part 2 Vol. 12, part 1 Vol. 12, part 2 Vol. 14 Vol. 15 Vol. 16 Vol. 17 Vol. 18

York County Registry of Deeds

Naturalization Records

Maine County Naturalization Records, 1800-1990


Map of York County, 1856

Map of York County, 1880

Map of York County, Maine (1894)

Message Boards and Mailing Lists

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

RootsWeb Mailing List: York County

Military Records

Revolutionary Soldiers of York County


Historic American Newspapers Directory: York County

Probate Records

York County, Probate Estate Files, 1690-1917

Maine County Probate Records, 1760-1979

Maine Wills, 1640-1760

Maine Probate Search

Vital Records

York County Marriages, 1686-99

York County Marriage Returns, 1771-1794

General Resources

FamilySearch Catalog: York, Maine

Official Website: York County

Linkpendium: York County

York County MEGenWeb Project

MEGenWeb Archives: York County


______, Biographical review; this volume contains biographical sketches of leading citizens of York County, Maine (PDF) (Boston, Mass.: Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1896)

Anderson, Joseph Cook, II, comp., York County, Maine Will Abstracts 1801-1858 (Camden, Me. : Picton Press, c1997)

Bartlett, Ralph Sylvester, The history of York county, Maine, and a rambling narrative about the town of Eliot and its mother-town old Kittery with personal reminiscences; an address delivered by Ralph Sylvester Bartlett at exercises held in Eliot, Maine, August 29, 1936, in commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the founding of York county in the province of Maine [] (Boston: Jerome Press, c1938)

Clayton, W. Woodford, History of York County, Maine. With illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers (Philadelphia, Pa.: Everts & Peck, 1880)

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

Mountfort, Anne, Witch trot land: being a bit about the mother of Maine, York County, or Yorkshire, or New Somersetshire, from which all Maine counties came: of her hopes and dreams and heart-breaks, and of the first incorporated English city in America [] (unknown: unknown, 1937)

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