Land Title Research


    Collections that might be useful in researching land titles: 

    Provincial Deeds, 1670-1772 

    Rockingham County Deeds, 1772-c.1840 

    Town Charters 

    Town Records (for some towns) 

    Masonian Plans (layouts -- some showing lots & ranges -- at time of charter of establishment of towns with Masonian Curve) 

    Town Plans of 1805 (shows boundaries of each town, other detail varies depending on the surveyor) 

    Surveyors' Records -- plans, fieldbooks, research notes 

    Road and Highway layouts of state roads, c.1790-c.1900.  Not all cities/towns have been digitized at this time however Archives will add them to this site as we are able.

    Provincial Court Records., c.1650-1772 

    County Court Records;
        Rockingham, 1772-c.1920
        Merrimack, c.1825-c.1885
        Hillsborough, 1772-c.1880
        Sullivan [not processed]
        Strafford [not processed] 

    Provincial Probate;
        Provincial: ca. 1650-1771
        Rockingham County: 1771-1912
        Hillsborough County: 1771-1932
        Cheshire County: 1771-1959
        Grafton County: 1773-1950
            For other counties, contact the Register of Probate
            for those counties for records later than these dates. 

    Perambulations of town boundaries (for many towns) 

    State boundaries with Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine 

    Connecticut River boundary dispute records 

    White Pine Blister rust maps, 1930s, 1950s, for towns affected 

    Railroad establishment records, c.1840-c.1920 

    Petitions (to Legislature, to Governor and Executive Council) (1679-1821+) 

    Plans of Land -- a small but useful collection of various plots 

    Title Deeds to state-owned property 

    Miscellaneous (indexes in Archives Reference Room)
        Roll Files
        Flat Files 

    New Hampshire Provincial and State Papers,
    40 volumes (c.1625-c.1793 [published 1864-1942] 

    Index to Laws of New Hampshire, to 1883 

    Index to Council Records 

    Records of the Executive Council 

    Patten Papers, c.1737-1819, at the Supreme Court Law Library on Noble Drive in Concord. Matthew and David Patten were surveyors in the Bedford area. 

    Land Surveying Terms      N.H. Bar Title Standards 

    N.H. Land Surveyors Association      N.H. Board of Land Surveyors