RESOURCES

Online Sources for New Hampshire Research

Here are a few suggestions for furthering your Granite State research...

RECORDS

HISTORICAL

CONTEXT

State History
New Hampshire state website: Concise state histories, with clues for location of earliest records

nh.gov/almanac
 

Excellent summary and guide to early records: 

nh.gov/almanac/guide.htm
 

Local History
• Guide to New Hampshire towns and their websites nh.gov
• New Hampshire State Papers, particularly vols. XI-XIII sos.nh.gov
• Numerous town and county histories archive.org

Vital Records

Family Search has digitized New Hampshire births to 1915, marriages to 1959, and deaths to 1959. These are the state records copied from original town records.
 

 

Town Records

Many New Hampshire town records have been digitized and are online at Family Search 
 

 

Probate Records
Provincial probate records are included with the Rockingham County records. Selected records are available in vols. 31-39 of the New Hampshire State Papers, downloadable from the State Archives. Many microfilmed records are online at Family Search.

Land Records
New Hampshire Land Records Online offers the following records.

  • Belknap Co. – Old Index Books 1841-1955;
    deeds 1955-present

  • Carroll Co. – Old Index Books 1840-1961;

       Deeds 1962-present

  • Cheshire Co. – Old Index Books 1870-1969;

       Deeds 1970-31 July 2018

  • Coos Co. – Deeds 1977-present

  • Grafton Co. – 1960-present

  • Hillsborough Co. – Old Index Books 1951-1960;

       Deeds 1961-present

  • Merrimack Co. – Free-access index 1823-present;

       images by subscription

  • Rockingham Co. – 1629-present (includes provincial deeds)

  • Strafford Co. – 1921-present

  • Sullivan Co. – Old Index Books 1827-1970 (account required); 

       Deeds 1965-present

Court Records
For a very general timeline of the state’s court system, see “New Hampshire Court Records” on the Family Search Research Wiki. Transcribed court record books (1640-1692) appear in the
New Hampshire State Papers, Vol. 40.
 

Military Records
Most pre-1800 military records are maintained at the state level and were transcribed in the New Hampshire State Papers. Later records are available at the state archives - online guide.

 

Executive and Legislative Records
Petitions to the Executive and Legislative Branches of the state government are maintained at the State Archives. Click HERE for the index (1680-1819). Select “General Court Records” to download the index. A comprehensive Index to Laws of New Hampshire, 1679-1883 is at Google Books. Several volumes of the Laws of New Hampshire are available online at Google Books and Archive.org.


1623-1679
1679-1702
1702-1745
1745-1774
1776-1784*
1784-1792
1792-1801
1801-1811
1811-1820
1821-1828
1829-1835

 

* This volume includes the Journal of the Committee of Safety, a very important source for Revolutionary War research.

NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE PAPERS

This 40-volume set includes provincial papers, colonial grants, town papers (esp. relating to settlement) to 1800, transcribed provincial court and probate records, and Revolutionary War records.

 

The volumes are available for download free of charge from the State Archives 

SELECTED REPOSITORIES

American Canadian Genealogical Society, Manchester acgs.org

Dimond Library, University Of New Hampshire, Durham library.unh.edu

Historical Society Of Cheshire County hsccnh.org

New England Historic Genealogical Society americanancestors.org

New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord nhhistory.org

New Hampshire Law Library, Concord courts.state.nh.us

New Hampshire State Archives, Concord sos.nh.gov/arch_rec_mgmt.aspx

New Hampshire State Library, Concord nh.gov/nhsl

Rauner Special Collections Library, Dartmouth College dartmouth.edu

Portsmouth Athenaeum portsmouthathenaeum.org