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== Collection Time Period  ==
 
  
This collection includes records from 1640 to 1947.  
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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in This Collection? ==
  
Marriage records were handwritten or later typed on pre-printed forms or cards with single entries on each page. In some cases brides and grooms have separate cards; in others the bride and groom are listed together. The cards are arranged alphabetically by the first and third letter of the groom's surname. More recent marriage records may include certificates of intention of marriage and certificates of marriage.  
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The collection "New Hampshire, Marriage Records" covers the years 1637 to 1947.  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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The collection "New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates" covers the years 1948 to 1959.
  
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Marriage records were handwritten or later typed on pre-printed forms or cards with single entries on each page. In some cases brides and grooms have separate cards; in others the bride and groom are listed together. The cards are arranged alphabetically by the first and third letter of the groom's surname. More recent marriage records may include certificates of intention of marriage and certificates of marriage.  
Image:New Hampshire Marriage Records Example 1.jpg
 
Image:New Hampshire Marriage Records Example 2.jpg
 
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While earlier records are usually less complete, genealogical facts in many marriage records include:
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Town clerks began recording marriages as early as 1639. However, the earlier records do not give much information and the information varies depending upon the clerk. The earlier records only include part of the population. Records after 1901 give more information and the population coverage is near 100 percent.
  
*Groom
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Marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to safeguard the interests of the wife and other legal heirs.  
*Bride with her maiden name
 
*Officiator
 
*Residence of the Officiator
 
*Official position or title of the Officiator
 
*Date of the license or intention
 
*Date of the marriage
 
*Age of the bride and groom
 
*Birth places of the bride and groom
 
*Race of the bride and groom
 
*Occupation of the bride and groom
 
*Number of marriage (1st, 2nd, etc.) for the bride and groom
 
*Parents of the bride and groom
 
*Birth places of the Parents
 
*Residences of the Parents
 
*Age of the Parents
 
*Race of the Parents
 
*Occupation of the Parents
 
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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The marriage date, place, residence of bride and groom, and occupation are fairly reliable. Other information such as age or birth place is dependent on the memory of the informants (usually the bride and groom).
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to marriages make it possible to access a specific marriage record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.  
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==What Can These Records Tell Me?==
 
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Marriage records include:
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:  
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*Groom's name
 
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*Bride's name
*The county where the marriage occurred.
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*Date and place of marriage
*The name of the person at the time of marriage.
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*Residences of the bride and groom
*The approximate marriage date.
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*Age and race of the bride and groom
*The marriage place.
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*Occupation of groom
*The name of the intended spouse.
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*Birthplace of each
 
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*Number of marriages for each
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the marriage records. Compare the information in the marriage record to what you already know about your ancestors 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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*Whether widowed or divorced
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*Name of groom's parents and father's occupation
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*Name of bride's parents and father's occupation
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*Name, residence and title of officiator at marriage
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Images ===
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Image:New Hampshire Marriage Records Example 2.jpg|Marriage Records Example 2
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=== Coverage Map ===
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/NH_FRM.html New Hampshire marriages, click here].
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*The names of the bride and groom
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*The approximate date of marriage  
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*The place where the marriage occurred
  
When you have located your ancestor’s marriage 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:
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=== New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959 ===
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=== Search the Index ===
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*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1876926 New Hampshire Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's 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 to locate church and land 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. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
 
*Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married 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.
 
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
  
Keep in mind:
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=== New Hampshire, Marriage Records 1637-1947 ===
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=== Search the Index ===
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*The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900.  
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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]].
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
 
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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==What Do I Do Next?==
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When you have located your ancestor’s marriage 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.
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Search for birth and death records
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*Search for the family in census records
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
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*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records
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*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion
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=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Check for variant spellings of the surnames
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*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known
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*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 counties
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*Consult the [[New Hampshire Record Finder]] to find other records
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[New Hampshire Marriage Records (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.  
*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.  
 
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
  
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  ==
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
Town clerks began recording marriages as early as 1639. However, the earlier records do not give much information and the information varies depending upon the clerk. The earlier records only include part of the population. Records after 1901 give more information and the population coverage is near 100 percent.  
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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.
  
=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
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;Collection Citation:
  
Marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to safeguard the interests of the wife and other legal heirs.  
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"New Hampshire Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959." Database and images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : 14 June 2016. New Hampshire Division of Vital Records, Concord.
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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The marriage date, place, residence of bride and groom, and occupation are fairly reliable. Other information such as age or birth place is dependent on the memory of the informants (usually the bride and groom).
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== Related Web Sites ==
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"New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947." Database and images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : 14 June 2016. Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.
  
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
 
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== Sources of This Collection  ==
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<!--bibdescbegin-->“New Hampshire Statewide Marriage Records Early to 1947,” database, FamilySearch, 2009; from New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records. “Marriage Records.” New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord. FHL microfilm. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->
 
 
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
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 citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|More information about citing or documenting your sources can]]  
 
 
 
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
 
 
 
New Hampshire Marriage Records 1637-1947., digital images, From FamilySearch Internet ([https://www.familysearch.org/ www.familysearch.org]: February 18, 2011). Marriage of Willie J. Ballou and Ama Whipple--24 June 1880--Royalston,,Mississippi--film number 1000965.
 
 
 
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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 Marriage Records
Collection years 1637-1959
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What is in This Collection?

The collection "New Hampshire, Marriage Records" covers the years 1637 to 1947.

The collection "New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates" covers the years 1948 to 1959.

Marriage records were handwritten or later typed on pre-printed forms or cards with single entries on each page. In some cases brides and grooms have separate cards; in others the bride and groom are listed together. The cards are arranged alphabetically by the first and third letter of the groom's surname. More recent marriage records may include certificates of intention of marriage and certificates of marriage.

Town clerks began recording marriages as early as 1639. However, the earlier records do not give much information and the information varies depending upon the clerk. The earlier records only include part of the population. Records after 1901 give more information and the population coverage is near 100 percent.

Marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to safeguard the interests of the wife and other legal heirs.

The marriage date, place, residence of bride and groom, and occupation are fairly reliable. Other information such as age or birth place is dependent on the memory of the informants (usually the bride and groom).

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Marriage records include:

  • Groom's name
  • Bride's name
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Residences of the bride and groom
  • Age and race of the bride and groom
  • Occupation of groom
  • Birthplace of each
  • Number of marriages for each
  • Whether widowed or divorced
  • Name of groom's parents and father's occupation
  • Name of bride's parents and father's occupation
  • Name, residence and title of officiator at marriage

Collection Content

Sample Images

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of New Hampshire marriages, click here.

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The names of the bride and groom
  • The approximate date of marriage
  • The place where the marriage occurred

New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959

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


New Hampshire, Marriage Records 1637-1947

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 marriage 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 birth and death records
  • Search for the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
  • 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

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

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • Consult the New Hampshire Record Finder to find other 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 Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please 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 Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959." Database and 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 Marriage Records, 1637-1947." Database and 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.

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