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Vital Records and Genealogy

The Town Clerk’s Office is responsible for the permanent storage of all vital records (i.e. birth, marriage and death records).  Individuals may request certified copies of a vital record from the Clerk’s Office for a fee of:

  • $15.00 for the first copy; and
  • $6.00 for each additional copy of the same record 

MAINE'S NEW LAW REGARDING ACCESS TO VITAL RECORDS (Effective July 12, 2010):

On July 12, 2010, a new law preventing fraudulent use of vital records went into effect.  Vital records include birth certificates, fetal death and death certificates, marriage certificates, and domestic partner registrations.  Maine’s new law will require a person requesting a copy of records less than 100 years old to provide documentation establishing their direct and legitimate interest in the records. 

Until now, Maine has been one of just a handful of states that have allowed anyone, including individuals with bad intentions and for profit entities, access to these records.  Information from vital records will become completely open to the public 100 years from the date of the event.

Individuals who may access vital records less than 100 years old include:

  • The person named on the record;
  • The person’s spouse or registered domestic partner;
  • The parent(s) named on the record;
  • Descendants of the person named on the record;
  • Registrant’s legal custodian, guardian, or conservator or respective authorized representative (includes attorney, physician, or funeral director); and
  • Genealogists who have a Maine CDC issued researcher identification card.

Proof of identity must also be presented to the municipal and city clerks or state Vital Records Office staff.  A brief application for securing a copy of the vital record must be filled out and presented, along with positive identification such as a driver’s license, passport, or other government issued picture identification that clearly shows that the person requesting the record is who they say they are.  Proof of direct lineage is also required when requesting records of a parent or grandparent.  Identification and lineage requirements apply whether the records are requested in person or by mail.

More information on this issue may be found at www.mainepublichealth.gov.

Birth Certificates are filed with:

  • The City or Town in which the child was born;
  • The City or Town in which the mother was living at the time of the birth; and
  • The State Office of Health Data and Program Management (formerly known as the Office of Vital Records) 

Marriage Certificates are filed with:

  • The City or Town in which intentions were filed and the license was issued; and
  • The State Office of Health Data and Program Management (formerly known as the Office of Vital Records) 

Death Certificates are filed with:

  • The City or Town of residence at the time of death;
  • The City or Town where the death occurred; and
  • The State Office of Health Data and Program Management (formerly known as the Office of Vital Records) 

GENEALOGY RESEARCH
Genealogy is the number one hobby in America today.  As a result, municipal clerks offices receive numerous requests for information.  Birth, marriage and death records for Camden residents date back to 1794.  However, records before 1892 are not a complete listing.  

Please direct mail requests to:                   
Town Clerk’s Office                        
Town of Camden
PO Box 1207
Camden, Maine  04843

Direct email requests to:  koakes@camdenmaine.gov

When requesting genealogy information, please include all known information – names, dates, and location.  

Specific questions regarding office policy for genealogy research in Camden should be directed to the Town Clerk’s Office at 207-236-3353.

Helpful Hints:

1)  Prior to 1892, towns were not required to file records of birth, marriage and death.  Some towns have records before 1892, but these may not be a complete recording of events.

2)  Unsure where the event took place?  Begin by contacting the State.  They maintain copies of records from every town in Maine.

3)  Be sure to check family bibles, city directories, obituaries, old maps, old photographs, town history books and old newspapers for information.

4)  State Archives keeps a list of professional genealogists who provide research for a fee.

Get in Touch

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PO Box 1207
29 Elm Street
Camden ME  04843
Hours of Operation:
Mon -Fri 7:30 am to 3:30 pm