|Belfast Library, present day|
Sitting in the historic library building and visiting the town of Belfast inspired a post about the history of Belfast and resources for research.
Belfast is technically a city, but with a population of just 6,600, it feels like a small town. Its sits by the water, quiet Main street lined with brick buildings, and the city is noted for its beautiful old sea captains' homes and architecture. It's clear the town was prosperous in its shipbuilding days.
|Main Street, Belfast, 1921 (Source: Wikipedia.com)|
Research Resources:Belfast Historical Society and Museum:
Free monthly programs and presentations, April-October, also available ONLINE (check out the archive of past programs!). Museum open during the summer or by appointment.
Belfast Free Library:
The special collections area on the third floor includes old newspapers on microfilm, family histories, historical records, photos, maps, and school yearbooks. View complete list of holdings.
Penobscot Marine Museum:
A terrific museum of Maine maritime history, located "next door" in the town of Searsport. The museum includes ten historic buildings, photo archives, historic boats, marine art, and a shop. If you can't visit in person, try the virtual exhibits for lots of historic photos. The museum also offers Penobscot Bay History Online, featuring history of the area and a searchable collection of old photos, documents, and maps, and three journals chronicling sea voyages from Belfast. These websites could keep you busy for hours. The museum itself is open primarily in the summer months.
Railroad History: The Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad
Belfast genealogy resources on MaineGenealogy.net:
Online maps and records of births, marriages, deaths, town reports, voter lists, and more.
Belfast historical photos on Maine Memory Network
Search Belfast newspaper archives (1820-1838): GenealogyBank
Free online books:
- History of Belfast, Maine, to 1825 (Dr. Herman Abbott, 1900) - Internet Archive.
- History of the City of Belfast in the State of Maine, From its First Settlement in 1770 to 1875, Volume I (Joseph Williamson, 1877) - Google Books
- History of the City of Belfast in the State of Maine, From its First Settlement in 1770 to 1875, Volume II (Joseph Williamson, 1877) - Google Books
- A History of Belfast, with Introductory Remarks on Acadia (William White, 1827) - Internet Archive
- The Belfast Register (H.E. Mitchell, 1907) - Internet Archive
- Rockland, Belfast and Vicinity: its representative business men and its points of interest, embracing Rockland, Belfast, Camden, Rockport, Bucksport, Ellsworth, Thomaston, Waldoboro, Warren, Damariscotta, Wiscasset, Newcastle (George F. Bacon, 1892) - Internet Archive
- Vital records of Belfast Maine, to the year 1892, Volume 1: Births - Internet Archive
- Vital records of Belfast, Maine, to the year 1892, Volume 2: Marriages and Deaths - Google Books