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Our Genealogy Helper for Calais ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Calais (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this our Genealogical Helper for Calais. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Calais is located in Washington County.

To see how the shape of Maine's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Washington County: Aroostook, Hancock & Penobscot.

Below are the counties that are near Calais. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Calais:

  • Washington County     (The home county of Calais)
    • Red Beach [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Beach
      • Red Beach [Washington County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Calais
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Beach
    • Baring [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baring
      • Baring [Washington County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Calais
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 239 people
      • Baring has also been known as:
      • Baring Plantation
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baring
    • Robbinston [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Robbinston
      • Robbinston [Washington County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Calais
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 571 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Robbinston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Robbinston<2>
    • Charlotte [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Charlotte
      • Charlotte [Washington County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Calais
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 320 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Charlotte have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Charlotte
    • Woodland [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodland
      • Woodland [Washington County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Calais
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,141 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodland have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodland
    • North Perry [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Perry
      • North Perry [Washington County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Calais
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Perry
    • Meddybemps [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meddybemps
      • Meddybemps [Washington County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Calais
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 149 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meddybemps
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Meddybemps<2>
    • Baileyville [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baileyville
      • Baileyville [Washington County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the west of Calais
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,456 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Baileyville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baileyville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Baileyville<2>
    • Pembroke [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pembroke
      • Pembroke [Washington County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Calais
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 796 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pembroke
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pembroke<2>
    • West Pembroke [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Pembroke
      • West Pembroke [Washington County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Calais
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Pembroke
    • Alexander [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alexander
      • Alexander [Washington County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Calais
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 486 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alexander have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alexander<2>
    • Perry [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Perry
      • Perry [Washington County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Calais
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 934 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Perry have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Perry

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Calais, see our County-by-County Page for Calais.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Calais ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 18 newspapers that have been published in the area around Calais.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Calais. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Calais and those printed in the larger area surrounding Calais.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 18 miles [29 km] of Calais.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Calais:

  • Genealogy information for nearby counties
  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Maine
    • Stories from New Brunswick

Cemeteries Near Calais ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Calais.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Calais covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Calais had a population of 7,290 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Calais had a population of 3,026 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Calais, with the one closest to Calais listed first.

  • Calais [Washington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Calais
    • Calais [Washington County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Calais
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 7,290 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,026 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Calais had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Calais have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Calais
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Calais<2>
  • Red Beach [Washington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Beach
    • Red Beach [Washington County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Calais
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 270 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Red Beach had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Beach
  • Milltown [Washington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Milltown
    • Milltown [Washington County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Calais
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 876 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Milltown had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Milltown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Milltown
  • Baring [Washington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baring
    • Baring [Washington County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Calais
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 93 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 239 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Baring had a post office and railroad service
    • Baring has also been known as:
    • Baring Plantation
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baring
  • Robbinston [Washington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Robbinston
    • Robbinston [Washington County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Calais
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 150 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 571 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Robbinston had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Robbinston
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Robbinston<2>
  • Charlotte [Washington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Charlotte
    • Charlotte [Washington County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Calais
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 168 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 320 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Charlotte had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Charlotte have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Charlotte
  • Continue List ...
    • South Robbinston [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Robbinston
      • South Robbinston [Washington County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Calais
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 92 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, South Robbinston had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for South Robbinston have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Robbinston
    • Meddybemps [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meddybemps
      • Meddybemps [Washington County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Calais
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 149 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Meddybemps had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meddybemps
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Meddybemps<2>
    • North Perry [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Perry
      • North Perry [Washington County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Calais
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 27 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, North Perry had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Perry
    • Baileyville [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baileyville
      • Baileyville [Washington County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the west of Calais
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 26 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,456 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Baileyville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Baileyville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baileyville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Baileyville<2>
    • Alexander [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alexander
      • Alexander [Washington County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Calais
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 87 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 486 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Alexander had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alexander have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alexander<2>
    • West Pembroke [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Pembroke
      • West Pembroke [Washington County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Calais
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 243 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, West Pembroke had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Pembroke
    • Pembroke [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pembroke
      • Pembroke [Washington County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Calais
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 457 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 796 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Pembroke had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pembroke
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pembroke<2>
    • Perry [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Perry
      • Perry [Washington County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Calais
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 225 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 934 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Perry had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Perry have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Perry
    • Dennysville [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dennysville
      • Dennysville [Washington County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the south of Calais
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 254 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 331 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Dennysville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dennysville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dennysville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dennysville<2>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Calais. See our List of 1890's Communities around Calais.

Mentions & References for Calais

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About Maine

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Calais. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Maine: https://www.maine.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Calais) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Calais. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from CalaisOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Calais. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.1341, Longitude: -67.2238       In this case, the coordinates for Calais have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Calais, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.




 

 

 

 

 


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