Vital Records & Genealogy Research

Vital Records

The City Clerk’s office is responsible for the management of vital records, such as birth certificates, death certificates and marriage licenses. For a complete list of who can obtain a certified or non-certified copy of a vital record, in accordance with MRSA Title 22, Section 2706, please click here.

To request a copy of a birth certificate, please complete the Birth Record Request Form.

To request a copy of a death certificate, please complete the Death Certificate Request Form.

To request a copy of your marriage license, please complete the Certified Marriage License Request.

Are you getting married? You will need to come in to the City Clerk’s office and fill out your intentions. Bring proof of residency (driver’s license, state ID).

If you have never been married, you must be a resident of Brewer, unless you are from out-of-state.

If you have been married before, you must show a certified copy (not a photocopy) of your divorce decree (has a raised seal), and also be a resident of Brewer.

Genealogy Research

The Brewer City Clerk’s office has records of birth, deaths and marriages from 1812 to present. To see if the records are on file with the Brewer City Clerk’s office, contact the office by phone at 207.989.7050. For inquiries involving numerous records, it is advisable to call the office to schedule an appointment. Appointments are necessary to allow our staff time to assist patrons with their genealogy research. We also welcome written requests for record searches. There will be a charge for research and response to written requests for genealogical information based on the amount of time required to fulfill such requests.

Persons interested in genealogical research should also know that the State of Maine Archives has information on births, deaths and marriages for all towns and cities in the State, including the City of Brewer. Indexes of those records may be obtained from the State of Maine’s archives site:

Marriage Index – a State of Maine index

Death Index – a State of Maine index

Birth Index is not available due to confidentiality rules.

Records prior to 1812 may be available from:
Orrington Town Clerk
29 Center Drive, P. O. Box 159
Orrington, Maine 04474-0159
Telephone 207.825.3340
FAX 207.825.4138

Burial Records: Some cemetery records are available for those buried in Brewer.

Keep exploring your family history at Ellis Island’s American Family Immigration History Center at www.EllisIsland.org.

The Brewer Public Library has a free subscription to ancestry.com for their members – check it out today!