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The U.S. Census records for the extreme northern strip of land in Maine were missing for more than 150 years. The microfilms of the 1820 U.S. Census do not contain records for the towns of the Upper St. John River Valley in what is today Aroostook County, Maine. That was a problem for me, as several of my ancestors lived in the area in 1820 and were not listed in the 1820 U.S. Census. Or at least, I couldn't find them.
However, there is good news for those of us looking for ancestors in the Upper St. John River Valley. The records were located some years ago, although long after the microfilm copies had been made. In fact, a transcription of those missing census records is even available on the World Wide Web. I found some of my ancestors listed on the Web site, more than thirty years after I first looked for them in the National Archives microfilm!
The transcriptions are not available on Ancestry.com or on HeritageQuest Online as the transcriptions on those web sites apparently were made from the microfilm images.
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