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Biddeford, York County

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York County


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

Incorporated as a City


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


Maine Historical Maps: Biddeford


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

Epitaphs from the Lower Biddeford Burying Ground

Church Records

Biddeford, Maine. First Church of Christ records, 1742-1887.

First Church of Biddeford Admissions

Members of Jefferson Street Free Baptist Church in Biddeford, 1926

Membership, baptisms, marriages of the First Church of Christ in Biddeford, Maine


(Disable ad blocker to view link)Biddeford, Maine Directory, 1890-91 []


Maine Obituaries: Biddeford Journal Tribune

Biddeford-Saco-Old Orchard Beach Courier

Maine Obituaries: Biddeford-Saco-Old Orchard Beach Courier

Biddeford Newspapers - from Digital Archives of McArthur Public Library

The Union and Eastern Journal — at Chronicling America

The Union and Journal — at Chronicling America

Biddeford-Saco-Old Orchard Beach Courier

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

Biddeford Journal (1884-1887) — at Google News Archive

Biddeford Weekly Journal (1893-1930) — at Google News Archive

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

(Disable ad blocker to view link)Obituary Collection: Journal Tribune []

Biddeford Journal Obituaries, Vol. I: Weekly Journal, 1884-1891; Daily Journal, 1884-1918

Biddeford Journal Obituaries, Vol. II: Biddeford Daily Journal, 1919-1946

Biddeford Journal Obituaries, Vol. III: Biddeford Daily Journal, 1947-1964

Biddeford Journal Obituaries, Vol. IV: Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune, 1965-1975

Obituaries in the Journal Tribune (Biddeford, Maine), 2011-2019

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


______, The Business Directory of Saco and Biddeford, for the year 1849 (Saco, Me.: L. O. Cowan and A. A. Hanscom, 1849)

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

______, 1913 Biddeford and Saco Directory (Boston, Mass.: W. A. Greenough & Co., 1913)

______, Manual of the Second Congregational Church, Biddeford, Maine ([Biddeford, Me. : Second Congregational Church], 1922)

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

______, Stories and Legends of Old Biddeford (1945)

______, 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, (Disable ad blocker to view link)Index to History of Biddeford and Saco, written by George Folsom, 1830 [] (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)

Yorke, Dane, A History and Stories of Biddeford (Biddeford, Me.: McArthur Public Library, 1994)

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