Records available at the Town Office
The Town of Westport Island issues copies of vital records as follows:
- Birth Certificates: if the child was born on Westport Island or the child’s mother was living on Westport Island at the time of the birth.
- Death Certificates: for those individuals who passed away on Westport Island or for those individuals who were residents of the island when they passed away.
- Marriage Certificates: if the marriage intentions were filed on Westport Island because the couple lived on Westport Island; if the marriage intentions were filed on Westport Island because one party lived on the island; or if the marriage intentions were filed on Westport Island because both parties were from out of state and got married on the island (or chose to file intentions here).
Fees for Certified Records
For certified copies of birth certificates, death certificates or marriage certificates, there is a fee of $15.00 for the first copy and $6.00 for each additional copy requested at the same time. For example, two copies ordered at the same time would cost $21.00.
Who may obtain records
Effective July 12, 2010, a law preventing fraudulent use of vital records went into effect. Maine's law requires a person requesting a copy of birth records less than 75 years old, marriage records less than 50 years old, and death records less than 25 years old to provide documentation establishing their direct and legitimate interest in the records. Those requesting a vital record must show positive identification including, but not limited to, a driver’s license, passport, or other government issued picture identification. See the Vital Records website for more information.
Obtaining records from the State
Maine Vital Records may also be obtained in Augusta at the Maine Vital Records Office or through their online service, VitalChek.
Maine Office of Vital Records
Department of Health & Human Services
244 Water Street
11 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0011
Telephone: (207) 287-3181 or
Toll free 1-888-664-9491
For those researching family genealogy, the Town Office has significant information on Westport families beginning with its settlement. However, prior to 1892, it was not mandated that birth, marriage and death records be filed with the Town Clerk, so these records are not complete. Also, Westport was a part of Edgecomb until it incorporated as a separate town in 1828. To obtain official copies of records that predate 1828, you must contact the Edgecomb Town Office.
Also check with Maine State Archives.