New Hampshire Marriage Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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New Hampshire Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959  and New Hampshire Marriage Records 1637-1947
This article describes a collection of records at
New Hampshire, 
United States
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Location of New Hampshire
Record Description
Record Type Marriage Records
Collection years 1637-1959
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection "New Hampshire, Marriage Records" covers the years 1637 to 1947.

The collection "New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates" covers the years 1948 to 1959.

Marriage records were handwritten or later typed on pre-printed forms or cards with single entries on each page. In some cases brides and grooms have separate cards; in others the bride and groom are listed together. The cards are arranged alphabetically by the first and third letter of the groom's surname. More recent marriage records may include certificates of intention of marriage and certificates of marriage.

Town clerks began recording marriages as early as 1639. However, the earlier records do not give much information and the information varies depending upon the clerk. The earlier records only include part of the population. Records after 1901 give more information and the population coverage is near 100 percent.

Marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to safeguard the interests of the wife and other legal heirs.

The marriage date, place, residence of bride and groom, and occupation are fairly reliable. Other information such as age or birth place is dependent on the memory of the informants (usually the bride and groom).

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Groom's name
  • Bride's name
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Residences of the bride and groom
  • Age and race of the bride and groom
  • Occupation of groom
  • Birthplace of each
  • Number of marriages for each
  • Whether widowed or divorced
  • Name of groom's parents and father's occupation
  • Name of bride's parents and father's occupation
  • Name, residence and title of officiator at marriage

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. The list does not contain any description of the DGS folder's content. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at New Hampshire Marriage Records Digital Folder Number List.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The names of the bride and groom
  • The approximate date of marriage
  • The place where the marriage occurred

New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959[edit | edit source]

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:
  1. Select the year
  2. Select the certificate number or name
  3. Select arrow through the documents or numbers to view the images

New Hampshire, Marriage Records 1637-1947[edit | edit source]

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:
  1. Look at the Hampshire Marriage Records Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Search for birth and death records
  • Search for the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of New Hampshire.

Known Issues[edit | edit source]

Click here for a list of known issues with this collection.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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