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Vital Records of ThomastonOur Vital Records series includes data from early town records as transcribed from images of original documents. Births, Deaths, and Marriages are just some of the records that have been transcribed as part of this collection. Also included in some books are early church records, warnings out, cattle marks, town meeting information and disputes between neighbors.  There is a wealth of information in town vital records and we're extremely proud to be able to share this information with the masses.
As with the Maine Families series, Vital Records books are transcribed by volunteers willing to share their time and passion for Maine genealogical research with others.

Click Here for a list of the most common surnames found in our Vital Records collection.

A complete listing of Vital Records publications is available below in our online store, and in the MGS Booklist

Interested In Transcribing for MGS?

Marlene Groves, a prolific submitter to our Vital Records series has written a Guide for Transcribers of Maine Vital Records for anyone interested in supporting this project.

Vital Records of Greenville & Shirley (#83)

$25.00 each

MGS Special Publication #83

Compiled by Marlene A. Groves
Pages: 170
Every Name Index:  3,342
ISBN: 978-1-949083-01-9
Library of Congress Control Number: 2018912726
Original Publication: Nov 2018

Non-Member Price: $25
Member Price: $18
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About the Book

The towns of Greenville and Shirley are located on the southwestern edge of Piscataquis County in the state of Maine.

The town of Greenville is bordered by the lower western part of Moosehead Lake, the largest lake in Maine, with the town of Shirley lying just to the south of Greenville. First called T9 R10 NWP (or Township 9, Range 10, North of the Waldo Patent), the land was granted about 1812 by the Massachusetts General Court to Thornton Academy in Saco. Nathaniel Haskell, of Westbrook, who was the first settler, purchased the Academy Grant and moved his family into a completed house in 1827. The town was first organized in 1831 as Haskell and later incorporated as the town of Greenville on 6 Feb. 1836 as the 329th town in Maine.

The town of Shirley was originally part of Bingham’s Kennebec Purchase, later being purchased in 1829 by Mr. Shaw and Mr. Jabez True. It was first known as Trues Town and incorporated as the town of Shirley on 4 March 1834 as the 318th town in Maine.


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