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.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Lewiston Public Library, Lewiston, Maine

Lewiston Public Library
200 Lisbon St.
LewistonMaine 04240

(Under the Library Service tab, you will see Genealogy and Library Services listed. I've included the library images of these sections below.)

In September, my husband was anxious to use the Lewiston Library because he has ancestors from the area. Since it is in the center of the city, and on a major corner, I was worried about parking, but we got a spot right in front, however, to enter, we had to walk to the opposite side of the library. (Photo of entrance is at the end of this post.)

Main reference desk, from this location we were guided upstairs to the genealogy area.
Facing the Reference desk, the genealogy room is on the right. On the left side is a lovely computer room. Several librarians working there knew their holdings.

My husband signing in.
The knowledgeable staff member looking up something for my husband in the genealogy room. Three photos below were taken in this room. There is an archives area but is off-limits to the public. The librarian did retrieve some material for Bill.

The reference area computer room, next to the genealogy room.

Plenty of books on the 2nd floor.

Entrance to the library. The street below is Lisbon Street (sliver of library shown on the lower right side).

The original library has the green roof, and the new addition has the white roof.


Trying to track down branches of your family tree? Our local genealogy collection has many sources of information to help. The following are just some of the sources we offer. Please also see our Lewiston History resources. The Maine State Library also has a great collection of genealogical materials and services.

Materials (books & electronic files)

Online Services

We offer (in-library use only) and Heritage Quest for online genealogy searches. Both are excellent and comprehensive resources. Learn more on the Genealogy Digital Services page.

Lewiston History

We have historical & genealogical resources on Lewiston, Androscoggin County, and Maine. The non-genealogical materials are detailed below; please see our Genealogy page for those resources.

Lewiston Newspapers

Evening Journal, Daily Sun, & Sun Journal

Lewiston’s first newspaper, The Evening Journal, was begun in 1861. The Daily Sun started publishing in 1896. These two papers combined in 1989 to become the current paper, The Sun Journal. We have the complete print runs of all three papers on microfilm. The microfilm can be browsed here in the library by anyone. However, it is not indexed or searchable by keyword.
Google Newspaper Archive
Google has scanned and indexed many, but not all, of these newspapers. Those archives are available from anywhere:

Other Local Newspapers

Also on microfilm, we hold the complete print runs of:
  • The Maine Times (1968 – 1976)
  • Le Messager (1880 – 1968)

Lewiston Collection (digital resources)

Our Digital Archives has over 5000 images of historical Lewiston/Auburn, as well as 10,000 references to various topics in local media during the past 150 years.

Lewiston Collection (physical materials)

The Lewiston collection is an amazing collection portraying the history of the city through various documents such as:
  • City and County Directories
  • Bates College Theses
  • The Franklin Company papers
  • scrapbooks
  • personal accounts
  • reports & records of organizations

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