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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Obituaries from 1800's-the present Sanford Maine

The Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library on Elm Street in Sanford Maine, like the nearby Springvale Library and Historical Society, is a surprisingly great resource for genealogical research.

Obituary Index at Goodall Library, click here.  (you can do a surname check online, before physically visiting library to view microfilm.)

The second floor holds a vertical file of index cards with the name of everyone whose obituary appeared in the Sanford Springvale Advocate or other local papers.  They date from mid -1800's - the present.  Each card lists name, date of the newspaper edition, and page number for the obit.  The accompanying microfilm file holds film of the newspapers. 

Besides the obituaries which are hugely illuminating and full of related names and important information, the accompanying local news columns are full of historical clues to the time period for York County.

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