Genealogists’ Sources & Links

Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society

Those truly interested in tracking down their Deer Isle, Maine, ancestors will want to join the Society.  Note levels of membership listed here along with the annual dues:

            Individual ------- $15

            Family------------ $35

            Supporting-------$50

Members receive an interesting and informative newsletter, semi-annually. Back issues of the newsletters are generally available. The library and museum are located in the "Salome Sellers" house on Route 15A in Sunset.  They are open: 

            July to mid-September —  Weds, Thurs. & Fri. 1 - 4 PM

            Winter hours for the Archives only: —  Weds. & Fri. 1 - 4 PM

Inquire about a list of their publications for sale and also for their research rates.

Many books are available at the Historical Society; check the website for the most up-to-date list.  Here are some favorites:

"Deer Isle, Maine," (from pre-history to the present ) by Edith Spofford Watts: hardcover, pub. 1997 takes reader from A.D. 400.  Includes list of war veterans, town census, history of schools, churches, photos of documents, etc.

"An Island Woman," a biography of Salome Sellers by Caroline Rittenhouse (1998)

"A Maine Town in the Civil War," by Vernal Hutchinson. Chronicle of the town of Old Deer Isle 1861-1865.

"Historical Sketch of the Town of Deer Isle, Maine," by George Hosmer: hardcover, interesting and informative.

Deer Isle and Stonington ("Images of America" by Arcadia Press) $20/copy + s & h - great book! many photos. 

Contact: 

Deer Isle - Stonington Historical Society
P O Box 652
Deer Isle, ME 04627
207-348-6400

Doctor Noyes’ Archives:
Perhaps the most valuable source of genealogical information at the Society are the archives of the late Dr. B. Lake Noyes.  People with island roots and looking for information about their forebears owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to this man and his genealogical contributions.

"Island Ad-Vantages,"
PO Box 36, Main Street
Stonington, ME 04681 

This weekly newspaper serves Deer Isle, Stonington and surrounding communities. They frequently have diaries from the past that contain genealogical information. The paper also sells historical publications. Several of the more popular ones are listed here.

"Stonington, Past and Present," a 60-page story of the town. A lot of good work by the Centennial Committee.

"Island Chronicles,”  a lot of interesting stories about the Island and its people. Author, the late Clayton Gross.

"Centennial: A Century of Island Newspapers." You'll find anything and everything in here. Author, James Aldrich.

"Deer Isle Remembered - 1789 − 1989"  Many pictures plus a book list. An excellent book to have. Thanks to the Deer Isle Bicentennial Committee.

Civil war tax lists for Deer Isle and several mainland towns (courtesy of Sioux Stoekle, author of the Penobscot page)

Deer Isle Granite Museum: 

This museum is located in Stonington and a trip to the Island would not be complete without a visit to it. They also have an historical publication - Stone Slabs and Iron Men - for sale. The museum is usually open in July.

A website of the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society