New Hampshire, Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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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 This 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 These Records Tell Me?

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 This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person at the time of death
  • The place where the death occurred
  • 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 to view 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

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.

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

  • Search for the family in census records
  • Search for other vital records, such as birth and marriage
  • Search for an obituary or cemetery record
  • Search for military records
  • Search for church records

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

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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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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