Our Genealogy department is located on the second floor, in the Bangor Room. 



BPL subscribes to two popular online resources where you can hunt for ancestors:

1.  Ancestry Library at MARVEL
(use restricted to in-library)

2.  HeritageQuest Online
(contains some of Ancestry's content
which can be accessed at home)
Click for access inside the library, or click for
access outside the library with your BPL barcode.



Major Sources for Bangor and Penobscot County

Vital Records: 

SourceVital Records of Bangor, ME Births 1795-1917, Deaths 1800-1892, Marriages 1834-1892
Location: Births and Deaths in book form at back of room in glass cabinet, 974.131.1 Microfilm found in boxes in the microfilm room.

City Directories: 

SourceBangor/ Brewer City Directories 1834-1869 (scattered years)
1869+ Location: early years are kept in the vault and can be asked for at the Reference Desk those from 1869+ are located in the Bangor Room (974.131.A1)

Obituary Index: 

SourceBangor Daily News Index, contains obituary listings under the heading Families and Individuals-(Name of Family)
Location: in wooden boxes at end of Bangor Room. Source: Bangor Daily Commercial, obituary lists from 1914-1922
Location: in file cabinet in Reference Dept.under heading Bangor-Vital Records. Source: Bangor/Brewer City Directory Death Lists, 1909-1916 Location: in file cabinet in Reference Dept. under the heading Bangor-Vital Records. Source: Obituary Notices of Bangor and Other Maine People Taken From Bangor Newspapers, Feb. 1916 - July 19,1927
Location: in Bangor Room (974.131.O12)

Cemetery Records: 

Source: Mount Hope Cemetery Interment Listing, lists names from 1861+
Location: last shelf on left-hand side of the Bangor Room, or on the Internet at 

Source: Bangor City Cemetery Interment Records Online 

Source: List of Bangor Cemeteries and how to obtain records
Location: Ask for in the Bangor Room

Family Histories: 

Source: One Branch of the Keefe or Keeffe Family of Bangor, ME (this is just one example of a family history )
Location: family histories are found on right-hand side of the Bangor Room in the 929. section alphabetically arranged by surnames

Bangor Histories: 

Source: Bangor Historical Magazine, 1885-1892
Location: in Bangor Room (974.1.M28). Source: Bangor, Maine 1769-1914 : an architectural history
Location: in Bangor Room (974.131.T372.b)

Bangor Church Records: 

Source: The Church Directory of Bangor and Brewer, Containing the Names, Location, List of Officers, Order of Services, and Membership of The Different Churches 1894
Location: in Bangor Room (277.41.B22.1) *This is just one example. Other church records may be found by looking in the
old wooden card catalog under Bangor, ME. (name of church) or Bangor, (ME)- Churches.

Penobscot County Records:

Source: Genealogical Index to Penobscot County History of Maine, 1882
Location: in Bangor Room (974.13.1a). Source: Marriage Returns of Penobscot County, Maine Prior to 1892
Location: in Bangor Room (929.1741.M3495m). Source: Abstracts of Penobscot County Maine Probate Records, 1816-1883
Location: in Bangor Room (929.37413 .A164ab). Source: U. S. Census Records for Penobscot County, 1800-1920
Location: boxes of microfilm found on shelves at end of left-hand side of Bangor Room (929.3741.J137.m), along with book indexes for films

Civil War and War of 1812: 

Source: History of Penobscot County, Maine (lists Bangor participants in these Wars)
Location: in Bangor Room (974.13.1a). Source: Second to None : the story of the 2d Maine volunteer infantry : "the Bangor regiment"
Location: in Bangor Room (973.7441.M923.s). Source: Eastern Maine and the Rebellion : being an account of the principal local events in eastern Maine during the war Location: found in the Bangor Room (973.7441.B3) *for more info. on Maine in the Civil War and individual regiments, check the 973.7441… section in the Bangor Room


Source: Oracle, Bangor High School 1892+
Location: ask for at Reference Desk (373.741.B224.o)

Source: Bapstonian 1946-1957, Crusader 1958+, John Bapst
Location: ask for at Reference Desk (373.741.J62.b)

SourceBangor High School Catalog, 1894-1936, 1953-4
right hand side of Bangor Room (379.741.B22)

Source: Catalogue of the Girl's High School, 1851-1860
right hand side of the Bangor Room (373.741.B22)


***This is by no means a complete list of Bangor and Penobscot County sources, only a starting point for your research. There are many other Maine sources containing genealogical information on Bangor people. Check with a Reference librarian for help.

Genealogy Links:

Mt Hope Cemetery Records

Mt. Pleasant Cemetery

Social Security Death Index
(use Ancestry in Marvel Database)

Maine State Library
Bangor City Cemetery Internment Records