This is a new
project for Maine and we hope to make it a success by
getting many local newspapers involved!
You Can Help:
- You can help us
by submitting a letter to the publisher of any
local Maine Newspaper and get permission for
current obits to be published. A sample letter
can be found here.
- Go through old
newspapers (published prior to 1929) and copy the
obituaries found. We will also accept single
obituaries that you have in your files. You can
submit either complete obituaries or abstracts
(just the facts) of the obituaries. Check with
your local library to see what old newspapers
they have on microfilm.
The Maine Obituary
Project will abide by today's copyright laws. Obituaries
published after December 31, 1929, unless:
- you were the
original author of the obituary, or
- the newspaper
in question grants permission to reprint the
- the obituary is
that of a family member (you must give the
- you submit an
abstract of your obituaries. A good abstract
might give the paper's name, name of deceased,
age, date of death, and date that the obituary
appears in the paper (in parenthesis) .