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== Record Description  ==
 
  
This Collection will include records from the early years to 1900.<br>
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These records are handwritten cards compiled in 1905 from original town records. 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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== What is in the 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.&nbsp;
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This article describes multiple collections.  
  
Births were recorded to better serve public health needs.  
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The collection "New Hampshire, Birth Records, Early to 1900" consists of an index and images of New Hampshire birth records. Records consist of index cards that give the town and date of the event and often much more information. With the town and date, the original records can usually be located. Normally there is only one index card per child, but occasionally there is a corrected card before or after the original card.  
  
The most reliable information is the date and place of birth.<br>
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The collection also contains handwritten cards compiled in 1905 from original town records for the early years to 1915.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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.
  
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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The collection "New Hampshire, Birth Certificates, 1901-1915" consists of an index and images of birth certificates from the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records in Concord. The Collection is arranged by year, by certificate number, and by name.  
  
{{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.}}
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Images ===
  
<br> [[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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Image:New Hampshire Statewide Births DGS 004146218 00008.jpg|New Hampshire Birth Record
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== Record Content  ==
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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.
  
[[Image:New Hampshire Statewide Births DGS 004146218 00008.jpg|thumb|right]]
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
  
Key genealogical facts found in New Hampshire Statewide Birth index cards are:  
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The certificates 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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*Gender
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*Color
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*Living birth or stillborn
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*Number of children in family
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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:  
  
 
*Child's name and gender  
 
*Child's name and gender  
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*Place where birth was recorded
 
*Place where birth was recorded
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*The full name of your ancestor
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*The birth date of your ancestor
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*The birth place of your ancestor
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*The names of the child's parents
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know a full name. If you do not have the full name, use the surname. Put the name in the boxes on 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. An approximate birth date can help you narrow your list of possible matches.  
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===New Hampshire, Birth Records, Early to 1900===
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=== Search the Index ===
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the '''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1542861/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>
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#Select the appropriate '''Film''' which will take you to the images.
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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===New Hampshire, Birth Certificates, 1901-1915===
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=== Search the Index ===
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{{Search Collection Link
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the '''{{RecordSearch|1876928|Browse Page|access=browse}}''':<br>
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#Select the appropriate '''Year''
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#Select the appropriate '''Certificate Number and Name Range''' which will take you to the images.
  
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:
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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.<br>
  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1542861 New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}<br>
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1876928 New Hampshire Birth Certificates, 1901-1915]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}<br>
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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
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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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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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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.
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
 
*Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*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.  
 
*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 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.
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
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=== I Can't the Person Who I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.  
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*Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
*If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for variant spellings of the names.
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*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.
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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== Related Web Sites  ==
 
 
 
[http://usgwarchives.net/nh/nhfiles.htm New Hampshire USGenWeb Project Archives]
 
 
 
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.  
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
[[New Hampshire]]
 
  
[[New Hampshire Vital Records]]  
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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)]]
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
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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.
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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;Collection Citation:
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{{Collection_citation | text="New Hampshire Birth Certificates, 1901-1915." Database with images. ''FamilySearch''. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : 14 June 2016. New Hampshire Division of Vital Records, Concord.}}
  
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.
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{{Record_Citation}}
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{{Image_Citation}}
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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;Collection Citation:
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{{Collection_citation | text="New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900." Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : 14 June 2016. Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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{{Record_Citation}}
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{{Image_Citation}}
  
"New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900." &nbsp;database and digital images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://familysearch.org]); accessed 31 March 2011). &nbsp;Gary Martin, &nbsp;13 May 1892; , FHL mircofilm 1,001,029; New Hampshire Registrar of Vital Statistics, Concord, New Hampshire.
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
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{{Contributor_invite}}
  
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
New Hampshire, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Birth Records
Collection years Early-1915
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in the Collection?

This article describes multiple collections.

The collection "New Hampshire, Birth Records, Early to 1900" consists of an index and images of New Hampshire birth records. Records consist of index cards that give the town and date of the event and often much more information. With the town and date, the original records can usually be located. Normally there is only one index card per child, but occasionally there is a corrected card before or after the original card.

The collection also contains handwritten cards compiled in 1905 from original town records for the early years to 1915.

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.

The collection "New Hampshire, Birth Certificates, 1901-1915" consists of an index and images of birth certificates from the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records in Concord. The Collection is arranged by year, by certificate number, and by name.

Collection Content

Sample Images

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.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

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 Do I Search the Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The full name of your ancestor
  • The birth date of your ancestor
  • The birth place of your ancestor
  • The names of the child's parents

New Hampshire, Birth Records, Early to 1900

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 appropriate Film which will take you to the images.

New Hampshire, Birth Certificates, 1901-1915

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 appropriate 'Year
  2. Select the appropriate Certificate Number and Name Range which will take you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.



Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

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.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

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.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • 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)

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 Birth Certificates, 1901-1915." 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 Birth Records, Early to 1900." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Bureau of 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.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

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