New Hampshire, Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947 .

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Collection Time Period&nbsp

This collection includes information for the years 1639 to 1948. However the majority of the records are after 1900.

Record Description

The record is a printed form for later records that was filled in by hand or typed.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in most records of the New Hampshire Statewide Deaths are:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death Age
  • Length of time in the community
  • Date and place of birth
  • Gender
  • Color or race
  • Occupation
  • Marital status
  • Name of father and mother (including maiden name) and their place of birth
  • Name of spouse
  • Place and date of interment

How to Use the Collection

Death records are the best source of death and burial information. The death record may provide clues for further research: date and place of birth of the individual, names of parents, place of residence, etc. In addition to the information listed below, the later records also contain the name and address of the informant, the usual residence of the deceased, and if foreign born how long in the U.S.

Record History

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.

Why This Record Was Created

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.

Record Reliability

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.

Related Web Sites

  As noted, the place of interment is often noted in these records. Some of the cemeteries in New Hampshire have listings on this page at

Related Wiki Articles

New Hampshire Vital Records

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

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  • United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet ( September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
  • Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet ( April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023

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Sources of Information for This Collection

"New Hampshire Death Records, 1901-1948," database, FamilySearch Record Search, 2010; from New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics. “New Hampshire Death Records, 1901-1948." Bureau of Vital Records, Concord. FHL microfilm, 316 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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