A good source of information on a male ancestor can be found for those who belonged to Masonic Lodges. If you even remotely think an ancestor was a member, which most males were during some time in their lives in the late 1800s and into most of the 20th century, you need to find that lodge to see what records are available.
The state of Maine’s Masonic Lodge has made their collection of information now online – Grand Lodge of Maine. This collection has about 200,000 records of deceased members in Maine dating back to 1820. There are even a few dating even earlier before Maine was a state.
With so many, the records have been scanned and grouped by the last name. So the first section would range from Aaron, Henry to Abbott, Nathaniel. Each section of names is in a PDF file. You click on which name section an ancestor’s surname would fit (check variation in family name spellings also) and you download that PDF file. Then scrolling down the names in alphabetical order to look for a specific name. If one is spotted you can download that image. In a few cases you will also see copies of obituaries for certain Masonic members.
There is also a listing of the Maine Masonic Lodges since 1820. If there was one close to an area in Maine you had a relative living it is worth checking.
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