Genealogy at Rice Public Library
Discover your roots in Kittery and beyond
Ancestry Library Edition is available for use at home through December 31, 2021!
If you are outside of Maine, you will need to enter your library barcode number.
The Maine Room
The Maine Room is closed while the library is under contstruction. All materials are in offsite storage and cannot be accessed until reopening in 2022. Please explore our list of Virtual Resources during this time.
The Maine Room is the library's local history and genealogy room. Inside, you will find records, books, photographs, and other artifacts relating to Kittery and Seacoast history.
The Maine Room contains many archived and irreplaceable books. In order to safeguard these items, we have the following measures in place:
- The room will remain locked at all times. To gain entry, please sign the log sheet located at the main circulation desk. A staff member will then bring you downstairs.
- No backpacks, large purses or other bags are allowed inside.
- No pens are allowed inside. Please take notes in pencil only. You can also bring a laptop or tablet along with you.
- Nothing in the Maine Room leaves the library. If you have specific books you're looking for, a staff member can retrieve them for you to use elsewhere in the building. You can also bring materials to the copier on the main floor.
- Security cameras are in use (as they are throughout the library.)
- If you live out of town and are unable to come into the library, there is a flat fee of $10 to have materials copied and shipped. We can also scan and email documents to you.
- There is no dedicated genealogist on staff. While we can locate records and answer some questions, we cannot do extensive research for you. However, we are happy to help you with as much as we can. Please call us if you would like additional help and we can set up an appointment with you.
There's plenty to explore online while the Maine Room is closed!
Old Kittery and Her Families
A 1903 history of town written by Everett S. Stackpole, digitized in full by the Internet Archive in 2007. Read the complete book for free.
A PDF map and directory of all Kittery and Kittery Point burial grounds, including the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the Isles of Shoals. Compiled by Gary Beers for Kittery Naval & Historical Museum in 2018.
Complete directory (Excel spreadsheet- use the tabs at the bottom to search a specific cemetery.) Includes all markers and inscriptions.
An online archive of photographs, documents, maps and virtual exhibits created by the Maine Historical Society.
A comprehensive guide to genealogical websites from all around the world.
The online catalog for the state government archives, dating back to the 1630s. Military records through World War I, land deeds, prison records, and war correspondences are included in this collection. Be aware not every record will be scanned and visible online.
Online exhibits with historic photographs, maps, and newspapers from across the state. clicking 'selections from Maine communities' will show artifacts by town.
The National Archives has several pages to help with genealogy research:
-Military service (by branch)
Kittery at the Turn of the Last Century: A Roadmap
A new virtual postcard exhibit is available on the Kittry 375th website all year long. The interactive page features 46 historic postcards from the library's collection, which together tell the story of over a dozen local points of interest where Kittery's past is being preserved.
Be sure and check out our Facecbook page for more historic postcards and the stories behind them.