My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

York Public Library, Genealogy Collection -- York, Maine

York Public Library in the center of York, Maine is so large, I couldn't figure out how to enter the building. Unlike many others I've visited, this is new, with little or no character on the inside. I asked several questions, but nobody knew the answers, like when was it built, where was the old one, was the lovely foundation part of a barn or old building. However, they have a good-sized genealogy/history collection. I didn't do any research but should have, as both my husband and I have ancestors from there.
Main entrance at the back of the library, the view below is what you see first. This was the first time I'd seen it, we had to ask where it was. Easy to get to, once we knew, and plenty of parking on two sides.

I wondered if the same architect built this as the Topsham, Maine Library. Both very similar to their main great room, reading room with lots of windows, and many side rooms.

Fortunately, there is a genealogy and history collection. Shown above are the family genealogies. Most libraries don't have that, so I give this library kudos.
There was an extensive collections of York books.

I loved the stone foundation, on the side entrance, but the door is not used, so it was a waste of energy and time to walk up it. You need to use the back entrance.