Genealogy & Local History

The Bangor Public Library is home to a Local History Department. Resources that are available to you in person include:

  • Information on Bangor, the Penobscot Valley, the State of Maine, and New England
  • Genealogical resources and historical references
  • Rare books on various topics
  • Photographs and archival collections that preserve Bangor's history for future generations

We are located on the Second Floor and we are staffed Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm.

Contact us at 207-947-8336 ext 103 or

What will I find in the Local History Department?

  • Bangor Daily News Index
  • Bangor Weekly Register 1815-1831
  • County Histories
  • Family Records – published resources, as well as, donated research
  • Genealogy Handbooks – for research by cultural groups or locations
  • Information and Histories on other New England States
  • Local History Resources such as Bangor City Directories
  • Passenger/Immigrant Ship Information
  • Bangor Area Community Archives Project
  • Scanned photos through the Maine Memory Network
  • Bangor Community Digital Commons
  • State and Federal Census State
  • Resources such as the Maine Register Town Histories