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New Hampshire Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
New Hampshire Background
Local Research Resources
The FamilySearch moderator for New Hampshire is Jabhammons
United States  go to  New Hampshire

Welcome to New Hampshire,
the Granite State

State Motto: "Live Free or Die" 

Diana's Baths, North Conway, NH, (the Granite State).
Most unique genealogical features:
  • Massachusetts has many NH records for the years 1641-1679 when the two areas were under the same jurisdiction.[1]
  • In NH the main record keeper is the town clerk. You will find vital records in the  town records A knowledge of town records and townships is critical for NH research.
  • Many statewide NH birth, marriage, and death records are found in Record Search
  • Land records and probate records are found at the county level.
  • Town histories with good genealogies are abundant in New Hampshire[2]
  • Many pre-Revolutionary War court records are now at the New Hampshire State Archives in Concord.
  • The New Hampshire State Historical Society has a large collection of published genealogy books. They have a booklet that is a surname guide to the genealogies.


Click on the map below to go to a county page. Hover over a county to see its name. To see a larger version of the map, click here.

Cheshire CountyHillsborough CountyRockingham CountyMerrimackSullivan CountyStrafford CountyBelknap CountyGrafton CountyCarroll CountyCoos CountyNew-hampshire-county-map.gif

Extinct or Renamed Jurisdictions:  Albany · Dominion of New England · Massachusetts Bay Colony · Norfolk (old) · Washington

Major Repositories

New Hampshire State Archives · New Hampshire Historical Society · New Hampshire State Library · American-Canadian Genealogical Society · Allen County Public Library · New England Historic Genealogical Society · National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)

Migration Routes

Connecticut River · Merrimack River · Saco River · Kennebunk Road · King's Highway

Featured Content

The New Hampshire State Papers is a 40 volume set of resources with information for New Hampshire researchers. It includes information about the founding of towns, early families, Revolutionary War service rolls, probate record abstracts (1635-1771), court records (1640-1692), and a multitude of other information valuable to the genealogist. To begin your search in this valuable resource click here.

Did you know?

  • Of the thirteen original colonies, New Hampshire was the first to declare its independence from Mother England -- a full six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed.
  • The highest wind speed recorded at ground level is at Mt. Washington, on April 12, 1934. The winds were three times as fast as those in most hurricanes.
  • New Hampshire is the only state that ever played host at the formal conclusion of a foreign war. In 1905, Portsmouth was the scene of the treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War.
  • The first potato planted in the United States was at Londonderry Common Field in 1719.
  • In 1833 the first free public library in the United States was established in Peterborough.

Research Tools

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Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Things you can do

Below list some of the many tasks you can help with:


  1. Alice Eichholz, ed., Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 429. (FHL Book 973 D27rb). WorldCat entry.
  2. Eichholz, 431.