Today, many use the internet to seek information about their ancestry. Often they'll know that a family relative was a member of the fraternity of Freemasons - the Masons - and will want to know what information this group might have that could help them with their 'brick wall'.
As we preserve our history, we've been busy with projects that might benefit you as a genealogical researcher. It is important to remember, however, that Freemasonry in Maine - similar to most other Masonic jurisdictions worldwide - only collects information from a candidate so that the lodge may properly vote on his suitability to become a member.
Below you will find links to the nearly 200,000 3x5 cards that record those deceased members who joined between 1820 and 1995. There are also cards for some who joined prior to 1820 before Maine became a state and its own Grand Lodge was formed. Those who joined before 1995 but who were still living at that time are NOT included.
It is important to understand that due to the limitations of optical character recognition, not every card is machine-searchable. You are advised to scroll through these PDF files manually to see if the person you are seeking is included. There are approximately 250 cards in each grouping so as to not be too onerous.
More information about the abbreviations found on our membership cards is HERE.
Some additional information:
There are three degrees in Freemasonry: the Entered Apprentice (EA), Fellowcraft (FC) and Master Mason (MM). Sometimes they are enumerated as first, second, and third.
Dimitted (demitted/demit) is the date a Mason in good standing voluntarily surrendered his lodge membership. In the early days of Freemasonry (and in Maine up through 2006), the procedure involved in changing lodges was that a Mason had to first demit from his present lodge. Thus, on some cards, you will see a demit date along with notes about membership beginning in a different lodge. Also, in the early days in most of the Masonic world, one could only hold membership in one lodge. It would be erroneous, therefore, to assume that the member lost interest: he might have easily been planning a move and after having done so just never got around to rejoining. The love of members to the Fraternity of Freemasonry is attested to by the millions of millions of Masonic emblems on gravestones all across our land - far, far more than that of any other group.
Our list of all Maine Masonic lodges is found HERE. Currently operating lodges appear numerically while closed/merged lodges are at the end of the listing.