Carroll County, New Hampshire Genealogy

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Guide to Carroll County, New Hampshire ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Ossipee
Organized: December 22, 1840
Parent County(s): Strafford
Neighboring Counties
Belknap  • Coös  • Grafton  • Oxford (ME)  • Strafford  • York (ME)
See County Maps
New Hampshire, Carroll County Courthouse.png
Location Map

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Carroll County is located in the east central region of the state. The county was named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton, who had died in 1832, the last surviving signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. [1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Carroll County Courthouse
96 Water Village Rd.
Ossipee, NH 03864
Phone: 855-212-1234
Carroll County Website

Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records.
The Clerk of the Court has divorce and court records from 1859.
Register of Deeds has land records from 1840.
Probate Judge has probate records since 1840 and are at the County Courthouse.
Court records are at the North Circuit Court. [2]

Carroll County, New Hampshire Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1841 1841 1841 1859 1841 1841 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started 1866. General compliance by 1901.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

New HampshireMaineCarroll CountyBelknap CountyStrafford CountyGrafton CountyCoos CountyOxford CountyYork CountyCumberland CountyOssipeeEffinghamWakefieldBrookfieldWolfeboroTuftonboroMoultonboroughSandwichTamworthFreedomEatonMadisonAlbanyConwayChathamJacksonHale's LocationBartlettHart's LocationNew DurhamMiddletonMiltonAltonGilfordBelmontSanborntonLaconiaMeredithNew HamptonCenter HarborAshlandHoldernessCamptonThorntonWaterville ValleyLivermoreLincolnFranconiaBethlehemWhitefieldCarrollCrawford's PurchaseBean's GrantCutt's GrantHadley's PurchaseSargent's PurchaseChandler's PurchaseLow and Burbank's GrantThompson and Meserve's PurchaseMartin's LocationGreen's GrantPinkham's GrantBean's PurchaseSouth OxfordStonehamStowLovellSwedenFryeburgBridgtonDenmarkBrownfieldPorterHiramParsonsfieldCornishLimerickNewfieldShapleighActonSanfordLebanon
Modern town borders in Carroll County, New Hampshire. Cities and towns are named in black and have town records. Green places are unincorporated, and do not keep records.

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Towns Organized Before 1800:
Albany 1766
Brookfield 1794
Chatham 1767
Conway 1765
Eaton 1766
Effingham 1788
Moultonborough 1777
Ossipee 1785
Sandwich 1768
Tamworth 1766
Tuftonborough 1795
Wakefield 1774
Wolfeborough 1770

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • The county was named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton (September 19, 1737 – November 14, 1832) who was a delegate to the Continental Congress and later United States Senator for Maryland. He was the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was the longest lived signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Continental Congress. He lived to age 95.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

For the northern part of Carroll County there is a two-volume set with a great deal of biographical and family history information: Gideon Tibbetts Ridlon, Sr., Saco Valley Settlements and Families, published in 1841, and republished in 1984 (FHL book 974 H2rg 1984; films 202,845 vol. 1; 202,846 vol. 2; fiche 6051275. Many Family History Centers have the fiche.The books can be seen online if you are at the Family History Library or at a Family History Center.

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Carroll County, New Hampshire online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See New Hampshire Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 20,157
1860 20,465 1.5%
1870 17,332 −15.3%
1880 18,224 5.1%
1890 18,124 −0.5%
1900 16,895 −6.8%
1910 16,316 −3.4%
1920 15,017 −8.0%
1930 14,277 −4.9%
1940 15,589 9.2%
1950 15,868 1.8%
1960 15,829 −0.2%
1970 18,548 17.2%
1980 27,931 50.6%
1990 35,410 26.8%
2000 43,666 23.3%
2010 47,818 9.5%
Source: "".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about New Hampshire denominations, view the New Hampshire Church Records Wiki page. For tips on how to determine denomination, view the New Hampshire Research Tips and Strategies Wiki page.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Online Court Indexes and Records

1861-1876 and 1876-1901: Supreme Court, 1861-1876 and 1876-1901
1874-1876: Circuit Court 1874-1876
1901-1916: Superior Court 1901-1916
1861-1916: Court Judgements 1861-1916
1859-1897 and 1897-1928: The records include plaintiff and defendant indexes for 1859-1897, and 1897-1928.

Directories[edit | edit source]

City directories were printed for some towns and cities in Carroll County. For example, has a Conway 1905 city directory. This was very much like a census. Contact the local historical society or the New Hampshire State Historical Society in Concord, New Hampshire to find out about available directories.

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Genealogy - Town Histories often have Genealogical Sections
For the northern part of Carroll County there is a two-volume set with a great deal of biographical and family history information: Gideon Tibbetts Ridlon, Sr., Saco Valley Settlements and Families, See the Biography section above.

For Carroll County the Family History Library has genealogical books or manuscripts for the following towns:

Conway - There is an alphabetical genealogical collection on six microfilms.

Eaton - There is the Keith Henney Family Records Card File, 1760-1947 on one film.

Tamworth - A collection is available on one microfilm with forms sent out by the town clerk to be completed by families.

Tuftonboro - A history book was written by John William Hayley in 1923. It has 111 pages. It has historical information but does not have a genealogical section. The Family History Library has the book. It is not on film.

Wakefield - There is a film with various records compiled about 1949 by members of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

NOTE: For most of the towns in Carroll County, the birth records to 1900, and marriage and death records to 1947, are on microfilms or in book form available through the Family History Library. These include Albany, Bartlett, Brookfield, Chatham, Conway, Eaton, Effingham, Freedom, Hart's Location, Jackson, Madison, Moultonboroough, Ossipee, Tamworth, Tuftonboro, Wakefield, and Wolfeboro.

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents. See New Hampshire Land and Property for additional information about early New Hampshire land grants. A

Online Land Indexes and Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section New Hampshire Local Histories.

There are many local history books available for Carroll County, and, towns in Carroll County. See the FamilySearch Catalog and type New Hampshire, Carroll for county histories and genealogies. See New Hampshire - Carroll - [name of town] - Genealogy or History for town genealogy and history books. Following are examples:

The New Hampshire State Library at Concord, New Hampshire has a vast collection of books about New Hampshire towns and counties. Check their internet catalog for a town of interest.

The New Hampshire Historical Society also in Concord has a very large collection of local history books and other publications.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Strafford CountyBelknap CountyGrafton CountyCoös CountyOxford CountyYork CountyNH CARROLL.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

For historical publications and online resources for the state, see the pages: New Hampshire Maps and New Hampshire Gazetteers.

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

American Revolution

The most complete listing of New Hampshire Revolutionary War soldiers is found in volumes 14-17 of the New Hamsphire State Papers. You can go to, and look forNew Hampshire State Papers with the link to There you will find a name index to voloumes 14-17, then you can go to the needed volume and page for information on the soldier. Often the place of residence is given.

For a military history of New Hampshire, see: Potter, Chandler Eastman, The Military History of the State of New Hampshire. Concord, N.H.: McFarland and Jenks, 1866. (Family History Library film 1033664; fiche 6046858.) You can search this book on-line by going to Look for as the internet way to search this book. This history comprises events from the first settlements in New Hampshire to the rebellion in 1861. It includes biographical notices of many of the officers and explanatory notes.

Civil War

Regiments.' Civil War service men from Carroll County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are many companies or regiments that were formed from men of Carroll County:

- 1st Regiment, New Hampshire Heavy Artillery, Company K.
- 2nd Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company F.
- 3rd Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company G.
- 4th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company D.
- 5th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company H.
- 6th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company D.
- 8th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company I.
- 11th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company C.
- 12th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Companies G and K.
- 13th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company A.
- 16th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company B.
- 18th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Companies A, C, and E.

World War I
A very helpful source for World War I is an index at of World War I draft registration records, 1917-1918. All men between ages eighteen and forty-five were required to register. Their birth date and place, address, and sometimes the name of nearest kin, are listed on the card. Many of these men served in the war.

World War II

There is an index on of the 1942 World War II draft registrations for New Hampshire, of men forty-five to sixty-five. Some of these men served in that war. The records contain name, address, birth date and place, name of kin or friend, name and address of employer, and signature. (See for further information.) The following book may be helpful:

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

The New Hampshire State Library, in Concord, New Hampshire, has a large collection of newspapers.

Several companies are putting newspapers on the internet. They are indexed by ancestors' names. One company is They are adding newspapers regularly. They have many newspapers from New Hampshire, for example, newspapers of Concord, for 1790-1890, and some from the years 2002 to the present. You can do some searching free, and then you can purchase a subscription for a fee if you desire.

Other companies include and has some Portsmouth, New Hampshire newspapers. Type the name of the city and state in the Card Catalog Search.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in New Hampshire, probate records have been kept by the county. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Carroll County probate records begin with 1840 one year before the county was established from Strafford county. The Carroll County records are kept at the county courthouse at Ossipee. For probate records from the 1770s to 1840 see the records of Strafford County.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Online Tax Indexes and Records
Many town tax records have been preserved by town clerks and town tax officials. Town tax records were generally taken each year. The Family History Library has many town records on microfilms. For film numbers see the FamilySearch Catalog under New Hampshire - Carroll County - [name of town] - Town Records.

There is an index to the town records (which include many tax records) from the early settlement of the town to about 1850. This is the Index to Early Town Records of New Hampshire, Early to 1850 (FHL films 14942-15052). The index cards list volume and page numbers for the town records, many of which are on Family History Library microfilms. The town records are listed in the Family Hiistory Library Catalog in the manner mentioned in the paragraph above. has online images of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax lists for New Hampshire and many other states for 1862-1866. Only persons who owned businesses, or valuable items such as carriages, were listed. You may wish to check to see if your ancestor was listed. The record gives the person's name, town of residence, business or valuable item, and amount of tax.

Town Records[edit | edit source]

Town records are an important source of family history information from the 1600s to about the 1940s. The early New Hampshire town records to about 1850 have an every-name index. The index and film numbers are listed just above in the Taxation section. Many town records are still in the town offices.

To see the types of family history information you might find in town records please go to the heading Town Records in our New Hampshire wiki article.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Certified copies of of birth, death, and marriage records are available from the State Division of Vital Records Administration or from the local city and town clerk where the event took place. Original records are kept by the city or town clerk and copies are sent to the state. In 1905, when the state created the Bureau of Vital Records and Health, printed cards were distributed to the local clerks and earlier vital records were transcribed onto the cards and submitted to the state.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Archives and Libraries
A useful way to become acquainted with the types of records kept by county officials is to study the Inventory of the County Archives of New Hampshire, No. 2, Carroll County (Ossipee). This inventory was made by the U. S. Government in 1939 (FHL book 974.242 A3, film 982,203). Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Carroll County Public Libraries, (accessed 20 August 2011).Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Carroll County Historical Societies as listed by CountyOffice.orgWebsite

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

1. Check and see if your ancestor's information is listed there.

2. Check and see if your family's vital records of births, marriages, and deaths are listed.

3. Check and see if your family is listed on the U. S. census records of 1850-1940. You can also see those censuses at the Family History Center using Heritage Quest, and

4. If you know the county where your ancestor lived, take a look at the free internet site A volunteer helper gathers information about ancestors who lived in that county. You might find biographies, cemetery records, deeds, obituaries, queries, vital records, etc. You can leave a query.

5. If you know the town where they lived, look for a town history with a genealogical section. See the section below for how to find out if there is a town history.

6. Read the wiki articles on Carroll County, and on New Hampshire, for ideas of sources. Study the Records Selection Table in the New Hampshire article. This can help you think of new sources to try.

7. Enter your ancestor's information on,, or You can also share your quest with the local historical society, genealogical socieety, or town library and ask for help. Send them a family group form and a pedigree chart.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Carroll County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_New_Hampshire accessed 25 September 2018.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Carroll County, New Hampshire page 452, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Carroll County, New Hampshire. Page 452-453. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 436.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), New Hampshire.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Carroll County, New Hampshire," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_New_Hampshire, accessed 7 November 2018.