Genealogy

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    Researching Your Family at the New Hampshire State Archives (NhAr) 

    71 South Fruit Street   Concord, N.H. 03301   tel. (603) 271-2236
     

    This outline is meant to serve only as a guide to research among the NhAr holdings; it is neither complete nor exhaustive. 

    For birth, death and marriage records, contact the Division of Vital Records directly at 603-271-4650 or write to them at: 

    NH Department of State
    Division of Vital Records Administration
    71 South Fruit Street
    Concord, NH 03301-2410 

    Genealogical and family history information may be found in the following collections: 

    1.   Probate Records
          A.  Provincial Period (1630s – 1771) 
          B.  Cheshire County (1771 – 1899) 
          C.  Grafton County (1773 – 1899) 
          D.  Hillsborough County published index only (1771 – 1882) 
          E.  Merrimack County (1823 – 1984) 
          F.  Rockingham County (1771 – 1918) 

    2.   Land Title Deeds 
          A.  Provincial Period (1630s – 1771) 
          B.  Grafton County (1773 – 1899) 
          C.  Rockingham County (1771 – 1824; Indexed 1771 – 1959) 

    3.   Petitions to the Governor, Council and Legislature (1680 – c. 1850; + 1951) 

    4.   New Hampshire State and Provincial Papers 40 vol. set & cumulative index (1623 – 1800) 

    5.   Military Indices 
          A.  C. E. Potter’s Military History of New Hampshire, 1623 – 1861  
          B.  S. Lanzerdorf’s New Hampshire Militia Officers, 1820 – 1850  
          C.  Revolutionary War Rolls (N.H. State & Provincial Papers)  
          D.  War of 1812 Soldiers Index (21st Regiment)  
          E.  A. D. Ayling’s Civil War Register Index  
          F.  Civil War Pension Index  
          G.  Civil War Enlistment Cards and Papers  
          H.  Civil War Cemetery Records  
          I.   Civil War Death Rolls  
          J.   Civil War Muster Rolls, Descriptive Rolls, & Returns  
          K.  “Military Miscellaneous” V64 (Revolutionary to recent publications)  

    6.  Censuses and Population Information 
          A.  J. M. Holbrook’s New Hampshire Residents, 1633 – 1699  
          B.  “Constructed” Censuses: 1732; 1765; 1776; some towns 1798 
          C.  Published Census Indices Only: 1800; 1810; 1820 
          D.  Federal Census Books: 1850; 1860; 1870; 1880 
          E.  Hillsborough County Census: 1801 
          F.  Strafford County Census: some towns 1840 

    7.  Name Changes 
          A.  Published Indices to N.H. Laws (1643 – 1881; 1885 – 1995)  
          B.  R. P. Roberts’ New Hampshire Name Changes 1768 – 1923  
          C.  Index to N.H. Name Changes (1840 – 1940)  

    8.  Photographs, Portraits and Prints 
          A.  Presidents 
          B.  Foreign Dignitaries 
          C.  Governors 
          D.  Legislators 
          E.  Judicators 
          F.  State Officials 
          G.  Military Service Members & Groups 
          H.  Clergy Members 
          I.   State and Local Buildings, Structures, & Places 
          J.   N.H. Notables & Personalities 
          K.  Town Plans, Documents, & Aerial Photographs 

    9.   Naturalizations 
          A.  Belknap County (1842 – 1975) 
          B.  Grafton County (1773 – 1906) 
          C.  Hillsborough County (1845 – 1990) 
          D.  Merrimack County (1847 – 1948) 
          E.  Rockingham County (1771 – 1919) 
          F.  Sullivan County (1800s – 1900s) 

    10. Voter Checklists (1904 – 2004) 

    11. Guide to the National Archives of Quebec Province microfiche 

    12. Warnings Out of Town 

    13. Secretary of State Miscellaneous Records 

    14. Handwriting and Paleography 
          A.  E. K. Kirkham’s Handwriting of American Records for a Period of 300 Years 
          B.  E. K. Kirkham’s How to Read the Handwriting and Records of Early America 

    15. Prisoners Indices 
          A.  State Prison Mittimus (“Mitt”) Files (1812 – 1973) 
          B.  Rockingham County Prisoners Index (1772 – 1840+) 

    16. Town Records and Town Inventories Indices 

    17. Rosters of N.H. House of Representatives and Senate 

    18. Church of Latter Day Saints’ “Descriptive Index of the New Hampshire Collection” 

    19. Index to N.H. Laws (1643 – 1881; 1885 – 1995) 

    20. Index to Executive Council Minutes 

    21. Marriage Intentions 
          A.  P. J. Oesterlin’s N.H. Marriage Licenses and Intentions, 1709 – 1961 
          B.  Intentions Index (1770s – 1850s) 
          C.  City of Concord Intentions (1830 – 1869) 
          D.  Governor Wentworth Sanctions (1772 – 1775) 
          E.  Out of State Minister Marriage Intentions (1921 – 1961) 

    22. Maps and Plans 
          A.  Masonian Plans (1600s) 
          B.  Carrigain Town Maps (1805) and State Map (1816) 
          C.  County Maps (c. 1858) 
          D.  “Atlas of New Hampshire Towns” (1892) 

    23. County and Town Histories small random collection 

    24. Paupers Indices 
          A.  Paupers Surname Index 
          B.  Alphabetical Paupers Index 
          C.  Rockingham County Paupers Index (1772 – c. 1850) 

    25. New Hampshire Register (1796; 1807; 1810 – 1908; 1919 – 1921; 1942 – 1959) 

    26. Court Records  
          A.  Provincial Period (1630s – 1772) 
          B.  Belknap County unprocessed (1841 – 1899) 
          C.  Grafton County (1773 – 1899; Indexed 1773 – 1805 & 1817 – 1828) 
          D.  Hillsborough County (1772 – 1906+; Indexed 1772 – 1800+) 
          E.  Merrimack County (1823 – 1900; Indexed 1824 – 1853) 
          F.  Rockingham County (1772 – 1980) 
          G.  Strafford County (1775 – 1899; Indexed 1775 – 1830) 
          H.  Sullivan County (1828 – 1972) 

    27. Other genealogy sources in Concord, NH 

    This outline is meant to serve only as a guide to research among the NhAr holdings; it is neither complete nor exhaustive. 

    March 2004