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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
These records cover from the early years to 1900.  
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The collection consists of an index and images of birth certificates for the years 1901 to 1909 from the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records in Concord. The Collection is arranged by year, by certificate number, and by name.  
  
== Record Description  ==
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The collection also contains handwritten cards compiled in 1905 from original town records for the early years to 1909.
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Online collections for other websites may include original ledgers from which the 1905 cards were created. The original town records from which the Hancock and Grofton births were transcribed are available on Fold3.com, under the [http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#264%7C New Hampshire Town Records] collection.
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Official records of births occurring in each New Hampshire town or city are kept by the clerk, who sends copies to the Bureau of Vital Records and Health in Concord, New Hampshire. Statewide compilation began with the passing of a law in 1866. Total compliance with the law did not happen until sometime in the 1880’s. Prior to 1883 less than half of the population was listed in the birth records; thereafter the records are more complete and give more genealogical information. When the Bureau of Vital Records was created in 1905 printed cards were distributed and early town records of births dating back to the 1640s were transcribed onto the cards and submitted to the new Bureau.
  
These records are handwritten cards compiled in 1905 from original town records. The original town records from which the Hancock and Grofton births were transcribed are available on Fold3.com, under the [http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#264| New Hampshire Town Records] collection.  
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Births were recorded to better serve public health needs. The most reliable information is the date and place of birth.  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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== Record Content  ==
  
[[Image:New Hampshire Statewide Births DGS 004146218 00008.jpg|thumb|right]]
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Key genealogical facts found in New Hampshire Statewide Birth index cards are:  
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The certificates usually contain the following:  
  
*Name of child
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*Child's name and gender
 
*Date and place of birth  
 
*Date and place of birth  
*Ages of parents
 
*Name of father and mother and their place of birth
 
*Name of physician or midwife
 
 
*Gender  
 
*Gender  
*Color or race  
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*Color  
*Living or stillborn  
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*Living birth or stillborn
*Occupations of parents
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*Number of children in family
*Place recorded
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*Father's name
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*Father's birthplace, race, age, residence and occupation
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*Maiden name of mother
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*Mother's birthplace, color, age and occupation
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*Name and address of physician or midwife attending birth
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*Place where birth was recorded
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The birth index cards usually contain the following:
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*Child's name and gender
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*Date and place of birth
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*Living birth or stillborn  
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*Number of children in family
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*Father's name, age and birth place
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*Father's race, occupation and residence
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*Maiden name of mother her place of birth
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*Mother's race and age
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*Name of physician or midwife attending birth
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*Place where birth was recorded
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
To begin your search you will need to know:
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To begin your search it is helpful to know  
  
 
*The full name  
 
*The full name  
*Approximate birth date  
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*Other identifying information such as the birth date, place or names of parents
*Birth place
 
  
 
==== Search the Collection  ====
 
==== Search the Collection  ====
  
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. Look at the list of entries created by your search. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
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To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
  
 
==== Using the Information  ====
 
==== Using the Information  ====
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
 
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
  
*It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents.
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*It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents.  
*If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents.
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*If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents.  
 
*Search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.  
 
*Search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.  
 
*The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.  
*If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the names.  
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*If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the names.
  
 
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
== Record History  ==
 
 
Official records of births occurring in each New Hampshire town or city are kept by the clerk, who sends copies to the Bureau of Vital Records and Health in Concord, New Hampshire. Statewide compilation began with the passing of a law in 1866. Total compliance with the law did not happen until sometime in the 1880’s. Prior to 1883 less than half of the population was listed in the birth records; thereafter the records are more complete and give more genealogical information. When the Bureau of Vital Records was created in 1905 printed cards were distributed and early town records of births dating back to the 1640s were transcribed onto the cards and submitted to the new Bureau.
 
 
=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
 
 
Births were recorded to better serve public health needs.
 
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
 
The most reliable information is the date and place of birth.<br>
 
  
 
== Related Web Sites  ==
 
== Related Web Sites  ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1542861/waypoints New Hampshire, Birth Records, Early to 1900]
  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
  
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
"New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]); accessed 31 March 2011. entry for Gary Martin, born 13 May 1892; citing Birth Records, FHL mircofilm 1,001,029; New Hampshire Registrar of Vital Statistics, Concord, New Hampshire.  
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
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{{Collection citation | text= "New Hampshire, Birth Records, Early to 1900." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.}}
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->"New Hampshire Birth Records, early to 1900," index and images&nbsp;''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]); from New Hampshire Registrar of Vital Statistics. "Index to births, early to 1900." New Hampshire Registrar of Vital Statistics, Concor, New Hampshire, FHL microfilm, 98 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. <!--bibdescend-->
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[[New Hampshire Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]
  
 
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Record Description

The collection consists of an index and images of birth certificates for the years 1901 to 1909 from the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records in Concord. The Collection is arranged by year, by certificate number, and by name.

The collection also contains handwritten cards compiled in 1905 from original town records for the early years to 1909.

Online collections for other websites may include original ledgers from which the 1905 cards were created. The original town records from which the Hancock and Grofton births were transcribed are available on Fold3.com, under the New Hampshire Town Records collection.

Official records of births occurring in each New Hampshire town or city are kept by the clerk, who sends copies to the Bureau of Vital Records and Health in Concord, New Hampshire. Statewide compilation began with the passing of a law in 1866. Total compliance with the law did not happen until sometime in the 1880’s. Prior to 1883 less than half of the population was listed in the birth records; thereafter the records are more complete and give more genealogical information. When the Bureau of Vital Records was created in 1905 printed cards were distributed and early town records of births dating back to the 1640s were transcribed onto the cards and submitted to the new Bureau.

Births were recorded to better serve public health needs. The most reliable information is the date and place of birth.

Record Content

The certificates usually contain the following:

  • Child's name and gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Gender
  • Color
  • Living birth or stillborn
  • Number of children in family
  • Father's name
  • Father's birthplace, race, age, residence and occupation
  • Maiden name of mother
  • Mother's birthplace, color, age and occupation
  • Name and address of physician or midwife attending birth
  • Place where birth was recorded

The birth index cards usually contain the following:

  • Child's name and gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Living birth or stillborn
  • Number of children in family
  • Father's name, age and birth place
  • Father's race, occupation and residence
  • Maiden name of mother her place of birth
  • Mother's race and age
  • Name of physician or midwife attending birth
  • Place where birth was recorded

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know

  • The full name
  • Other identifying information such as the birth date, place or names of parents

Search the Collection

To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using the Information

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

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
  • The parent’s birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents.
  • If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents.
  • Search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
  • The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
  • If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the names.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: New Hampshire, Birth Records, Early to 1900

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"New Hampshire, Birth Records, Early to 1900." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.