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This collection includes information for the years 1654 to 1947. However the majority of the records are after 1900.
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
This collection includes records from the New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics as well as records from individual town and country clerks. The earlier records are handwritten. Later records are handwritten or typed on printed forms.  
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The "New Hampshire, Death Certificates, 1938-1959" collection consists of images of death certificates from the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records in Concord. The Collection is arranged by year, by certificate number, or by surname letter.  
  
Town clerks began recording deaths as early as 1640. However, the earlier records do not give much information and the information varies depending upon the clerk.&nbsp;
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
In 1866, the state passed laws requiring the registration of vital events. It is estimated that by 1883 almost half of the population was listed in the vital records with 90 percent coverage by the end of the decade.&nbsp;
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The Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics was created in 1905. They have copies of records made by the town clerks dating from about 1640 to the present.
 
  
Deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.  
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The "New Hampshire, Death Records, 1654-1947" collection consists of a name index and images of New Hampshire death records. Records consist of index cards that give the name of the deceased, date and place of death, plus often much more information, such as age, place of birth and names of parents. With the town and date of death, the original records can usually be located.  
  
The most reliable information is the date and place of death or burial. Other information will only be as reliable as the informant’s knowledge or memory.
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=== General Information About These Records ===
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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Town clerks began recording deaths as early as 1640. However, the earlier records do not give much information and the information varies depending upon the clerk.
  
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.<br>
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In 1866, the state passed laws requiring the registration of vital events. It is estimated that by 1883 almost half of the population was listed in the vital records with 90 percent coverage by the end of the decade.  
  
{{Collection citation | text= "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947."  Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Bureau Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.}}
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The Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics was created in 1905. They have copies of records made by the town clerks dating from about 1640 to the present.
  
[[New Hampshire Statewide Deaths (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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== Collection Content ==
  
== Record Content  ==
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=== Sample Images ===
  
 
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Image:New Hampshire Statewide Death Records DGS 4243441_2632_2633_3332_3333 4244249_1886 Example 1.jpg|Death Record Example 1
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Image:New Hampshire Statewide Death Records DGS 4243441_2632_2633_3332_3333 4244249_1886 Example 2.jpg|Death Record Example 2
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Image:New Hampshire Statewide Death Records DGS 4243441_2632_2633_3332_3333 4244249_1886 Index.jpg|Death Record Index
 
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Key genealogical facts found in New Hampshire Statewide Deaths may include:  
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==What Can this Collection Tell Me?==
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Information found in New Hampshire statewide '''death records''' may include:  
  
 
*Name of deceased  
 
*Name of deceased  
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*Place and date of interment
 
*Place and date of interment
  
== How to Use the Collection ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
 
 
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to deaths make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
 
 
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
 
  
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
 
*The place where the death occurred  
 
*The place where the death occurred  
 
*The name of the person at the time of death  
 
*The name of the person at the time of death  
 
*The approximate death date
 
*The approximate death date
  
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestor in the death records. Some on-line indexes, such as indexes to FamilySearch Historical Records, will take you directly to an image. Compare the information in the death record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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===New Hampshire, Death Certificates, 1938-1959===
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=== Search the Index ===
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With either search 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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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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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 [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
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==What Do I Do Next?==
  
When you have located your ancestor’s death 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. Add this new information to your records of each family.  
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When you have located your ancestor’s death 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. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
  
For example:
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.  
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*Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.  
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.  
*Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
 
*The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members.  
 
*The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members.  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.  
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
  
Keep in mind:  
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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)]].
  
*The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
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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)]].  
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=New-Hampshire-Death-Records-1654-1947-known-issues&lang=en article]. If you encounter additional problems, plea se email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
  
== Known Issues with This Collection ==
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[New Hampshire Statewide Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
  
== Related Web Sites  ==
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;Collection Citation:
  
[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nhcemeteries/cemeterylist.htm New Hampshire Cemetery List]
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"New Hampshire Death Certificates, 1938-1959." Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. New Hampshire Division of Vital Records, Concord.=
  
[http://www.interment.net/us/nh/index.htm Interment.net] - Listings of some of the cemeteries in New Hampshire
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*[[New Hampshire]]
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"New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947." Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Bureau Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.
*[[New Hampshire Vital Records]]
 
  
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New Hampshire


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New Hampshire, Death Certificates, 1938-1959  and New Hampshire, Death Records, 1654-1947.
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
New Hampshire, United States
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Location of New Hampshire
Record Description
Record Type Death Certificates
Collection years 1654-1959
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
  • Interment.net - Listings of some of the cemeteries in New Hampshire


What is in the Collection?

The "New Hampshire, Death Certificates, 1938-1959" collection consists of images of death certificates from the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records in Concord. The Collection is arranged by year, by certificate number, or by surname letter.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New Hampshire, Death Certificates, 1938-1959.


The "New Hampshire, Death Records, 1654-1947" collection consists of a name index and images of New Hampshire death records. Records consist of index cards that give the name of the deceased, date and place of death, plus often much more information, such as age, place of birth and names of parents. With the town and date of death, the original records can usually be located.

General Information About These Records

Town clerks began recording deaths as early as 1640. However, the earlier records do not give much information and the information varies depending upon the clerk.

In 1866, the state passed laws requiring the registration of vital events. It is estimated that by 1883 almost half of the population was listed in the vital records with 90 percent coverage by the end of the decade.

The Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics was created in 1905. They have copies of records made by the town clerks dating from about 1640 to the present.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Information found in New Hampshire statewide death records may include:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Age in year, months and days
  • Length of residence in community
  • Institution where died
  • Date and place of birth
  • Gender, race, marital status, and occupation
  • Cause of death
  • Parents names, including maiden name of mother
  • Parents' birth place
  • Father's occupation
  • Name of spouse, if married
  • Name of physician or person reporting death and their residence
  • Place and date of interment

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the death occurred
  • The name of the person at the time of death
  • The approximate death date

New Hampshire, Death Certificates, 1938-1959

Search the Index

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

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Year category
  2. Select the Name Range or Certificate Number Range category which takes you to the images.

New Hampshire, Death Records, 1654-1947

Search the Index

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

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the "Film" category which takes you to the images

With either search 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.


How Do I Analyze the Results?

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?

When you have located your ancestor’s death 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. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • 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 or area of residence in the county.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • The information in these 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 one record to another record.

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

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

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, plea se email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"New Hampshire Death Certificates, 1938-1959." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. New Hampshire Division of Vital Records, Concord.=

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
Collection Citation

"New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Bureau Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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