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Online Resources » Portland History
Ancestry Library Edition
In library only
Ancestry® Library Edition is a collection of over 7,000 databases that contain billions of historical records including censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, and maps. Countries for which data is available include the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, China, and others.
Available for In-Library Use only.
Digital Commons is a collection of the Portland Public Library featuring digitized materials that capture and preserve the history and community life of Portland, Maine. These materials are drawn from the library’s own collections and from partnering organizations in the region.
HeritageQuest offers genealogy information, including census data, local history articles, revolutionary war records and more.
Maine Memory Network
The Maine Memory Network, a project of the Maine Historical Society, is a statewide digital museum that provides unprecedented access to over 10,000 historical items from over 160 museums, historical societies, libraries, and other organizations from every corner of Maine.
Maine News Index
The Maine News Index (MNI) is a collection of abstracts that cover substantive Maine- or Portland-related articles published in local newspapers and magazines. MNI Online covers articles published from 1992 on. For the period 1945-1992, please consult the card file index in the Portland Room. Indexed periodicals include Down East, Mainebiz, Island Journal, Portland Monthly, and Casco Bay Weekly.
Each issue of each newspaper is indexed thoroughly, so researchers have access to not only top news stories but also the information contained on the various sections of the papers. The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information but also companies, people, products, etc.