Cheshire County, New Hampshire

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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[New Hampshire|New Hampshire]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Cheshire County'''  
 
''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[New Hampshire|New Hampshire]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Cheshire County'''  
  
This guide to '''Cheshire County, New Hampshire genealogy''' shows you how to find birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history books, military records and other useful sources.  
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This guide to '''Cheshire County, New Hampshire genealogy''' shows you how to find birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history books, military records and other useful sources.  
  
 
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'''Towns Organized Before 1800:''' <br>Alstead 1763 <br>Chesterfield 1752 <br>Dublin 1771 <br>Fitzwilliam 1773 <br>Gilsum 1763 <br>Hinsdale 1753 <br>Jaffrey 1773 <br>Keene 1753 - This is the county seat.<br>Marlborough 1776 <br>Marlow 1761 <br>Nelson 1774 <br>Richmond 1752 <br>Rindge 1768 <br>Stoddard 1774 <br>Sullivan 1787 <br>Surry 1769 <br>Swanzey 1753 <br>Walpole 1752 <br>Winchester 1753  
 
'''Towns Organized Before 1800:''' <br>Alstead 1763 <br>Chesterfield 1752 <br>Dublin 1771 <br>Fitzwilliam 1773 <br>Gilsum 1763 <br>Hinsdale 1753 <br>Jaffrey 1773 <br>Keene 1753 - This is the county seat.<br>Marlborough 1776 <br>Marlow 1761 <br>Nelson 1774 <br>Richmond 1752 <br>Rindge 1768 <br>Stoddard 1774 <br>Sullivan 1787 <br>Surry 1769 <br>Swanzey 1753 <br>Walpole 1752 <br>Winchester 1753  
 
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The main courthouse is located at 12 Court St., Keene, NH 03431,&nbsp;tel. 603-352-6902 (Superior Court). The offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.  
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The main courthouse is located at 12 Court St., Keene, NH 03431, tel. 603-352-6902 (Superior Court). The offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.  
  
 
There is an annex at 33 West St. in Keene where the county deeds and some other records are kept (tel. 603-352-0403, fax 603-352-7678.) The office is open Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m.  
 
There is an annex at 33 West St. in Keene where the county deeds and some other records are kept (tel. 603-352-0403, fax 603-352-7678.) The office is open Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m.  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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*On 5 July 1827, the northern half of Cheshire County was established as Sullivan county.&nbsp;<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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*On 5 July 1827, the northern half of Cheshire County was established as Sullivan county. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
  
 
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'''Towns:'''  
 
'''Towns:'''  
  
{{NHCheshireCoTownsMap}}An excellent way to gain information is to contact the local town historical society. The best list of these is found at the&nbsp;[http://www.historicalsocietiesnh.org Association&nbsp;of Historical Societies of New Hampshire]. Click on the Directory tab at that site.  
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{{NHCheshireCoTownsMap}}An excellent way to gain information is to contact the local town historical society. The best list of these is found at the [http://www.historicalsocietiesnh.org Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire]. Click on the Directory tab at that site.  
  
Birth, marriage, and death records of many New Hampshire towns and villages are available on-line at www.familysearch.org, That site has birth records early to 1900, and marriage and death records, early &nbsp;to about 1948. Many of the town birth, marriage, and death records were microfilmed and are listed in the Family History Library Catalog.  
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Birth, marriage, and death records of many New Hampshire towns and villages are available on-line at www.familysearch.org, That site has birth records early to 1900, and marriage and death records, early to about 1948. Many of the town birth, marriage, and death records were microfilmed and are listed in the Family History Library Catalog.  
  
 
Fortunately, authors have prepared books about most of the towns in Cheshire County. These books generally contain a genealogical section in the last part of the book. Following is a list of the towns for which these types of books '''are available''' at the Family History Library and at many other libraries and historical societies: Chesterfield, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Jaffrey, Keene, Marlborough, Nelson, Richmond, Rindge, Stoddard, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Troy, Walpole, and Westmoreland. They are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under the town, and then History, or, Genealogy.  
 
Fortunately, authors have prepared books about most of the towns in Cheshire County. These books generally contain a genealogical section in the last part of the book. Following is a list of the towns for which these types of books '''are available''' at the Family History Library and at many other libraries and historical societies: Chesterfield, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Jaffrey, Keene, Marlborough, Nelson, Richmond, Rindge, Stoddard, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Troy, Walpole, and Westmoreland. They are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under the town, and then History, or, Genealogy.  
  
If you want to seek clues about an ancestor who lived before 1850 you can look at the microfilm of the master index to New Hampshire town records. This is the&nbsp;''Index to Early Town Records of New Hamspshire, Early to 1850&nbsp;''&nbsp;(FHL films 14942-15052). The cards are in alphabetiocal order by the name of the person. The cards list the volume and page number for original town records. Many of the town records are available on microfilms through the Family History Library.  
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If you want to seek clues about an ancestor who lived before 1850 you can look at the microfilm of the master index to New Hampshire town records. This is the ''Index to Early Town Records of New Hamspshire, Early to 1850 '' (FHL films 14942-15052). The cards are in alphabetiocal order by the name of the person. The cards list the volume and page number for original town records. Many of the town records are available on microfilms through the Family History Library.  
  
 
Many town vital records are indexed now on familysearch.org. If you want to study microfilms of the town vital records, following is a list of New Hampshire towns with the dates of the birth, marriage, and death records on Family History Library microfillms. See the Library Catalog for the microfilm numbers.  
 
Many town vital records are indexed now on familysearch.org. If you want to study microfilms of the town vital records, following is a list of New Hampshire towns with the dates of the birth, marriage, and death records on Family History Library microfillms. See the Library Catalog for the microfilm numbers.  
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'''Villages:&nbsp;''' No birth, marriage and death records are listed in the Family History Library Catalog for the following villages, however, the &nbsp;records may be kept in another town's records.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">For example, information about persons in the the towns of East Swanzey, West Swanzey, and North Swanzey might be included in the records of Swanzey.&nbsp;</span>  
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'''Villages: ''' No birth, marriage and death records are listed in the Family History Library Catalog for the following villages, however, the records may be kept in another town's records. <span style="line-height: 1.5em;">For example, information about persons in the the towns of East Swanzey, West Swanzey, and North Swanzey might be included in the records of Swanzey. </span>  
  
 
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
In&nbsp;'''New Hampshire''',&nbsp;[[Hillsborough County, New Hampshire|Hillsborough]]&nbsp;on the East side, and &nbsp;[[Sullivan County, New Hampshire|Sullivan ]]&nbsp;to the North; as to&nbsp;'''Massachusetts,'''&nbsp;[[Franklin County, Massachusetts|Franklin ]]&nbsp;to the southwest, and&nbsp;[[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester ]]&nbsp;to the southeast; and as to&nbsp;'''Vermont''',&nbsp;[[Windham County, Vermont|Windham]]&nbsp;to the East.  
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In '''New Hampshire''', [[Hillsborough County, New Hampshire|Hillsborough]] on the East side, and [[Sullivan County, New Hampshire|Sullivan ]] to the North; as to '''Massachusetts,''' [[Franklin County, Massachusetts|Franklin ]] to the southwest, and [[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester ]] to the southeast; and as to '''Vermont''', [[Windham County, Vermont|Windham]] to the East.  
  
 
=== Resources  ===
 
=== Resources  ===
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
The New Hampshire Old Graveyard Association has the most complete list of cemeteries. This list is available at&nbsp;http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nhoga. &nbsp;See also:  
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The New Hampshire Old Graveyard Association has the most complete list of cemeteries. This list is available at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nhoga. See also:  
  
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/newhampshire/cheshire-nh-cemeteries.htm Cheshire County, New Hampshire Cemetery Records] hosted by Access Genealogy, (accessed 22 August 2011). (This lists just three cemeteries in Alstead as of Feb. 2012.)  
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/newhampshire/cheshire-nh-cemeteries.htm Cheshire County, New Hampshire Cemetery Records] hosted by Access Genealogy, (accessed 22 August 2011). (This lists just three cemeteries in Alstead as of Feb. 2012.)  
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There is a 1776 census substitute available on ancestry.com. See the census section of the main New Hampshire wiki article for the link to this census substitute.  
 
There is a 1776 census substitute available on ancestry.com. See the census section of the main New Hampshire wiki article for the link to this census substitute.  
  
Censuses for 1790 through 1940, except for the 1890 population schedules, are available on several internet sites. The site www.familysearch.org is free. The ancestry.com and heritagequest.com sites are availabe free at Family History Centers. &nbsp;
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Censuses for 1790 through 1940, except for the 1890 population schedules, are available on several internet sites. The site www.familysearch.org is free. The ancestry.com and heritagequest.com sites are availabe free at Family History Centers.
  
 
The 1890 census, except for the list of Civil War veterans or their widows, was destroyed by a fire in Washington, D. C. in 1921. You can search the list of veterans and widows at familysearch.org.  
 
The 1890 census, except for the list of Civil War veterans or their widows, was destroyed by a fire in Washington, D. C. in 1921. You can search the list of veterans and widows at familysearch.org.  
  
An interesting help for 1890 is the&nbsp;[http://docs.unh.edu/hurd/pages/index.htm Town and City Atlas of the State of New Hampshire], published in 1892 in Boston by the D. H. Hurd Company (FHL folio book 974.2 E3). The atlas has maps for almost every city, town, and village in New Hampshire. The maps show the locations of homes, and the map gives the name of the person living in the home. The above web site is from the University of New Hampshire Library.  
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An interesting help for 1890 is the [http://docs.unh.edu/hurd/pages/index.htm Town and City Atlas of the State of New Hampshire], published in 1892 in Boston by the D. H. Hurd Company (FHL folio book 974.2 E3). The atlas has maps for almost every city, town, and village in New Hampshire. The maps show the locations of homes, and the map gives the name of the person living in the home. The above web site is from the University of New Hampshire Library.  
  
 
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If you know the name of the town or city, and the denomination, you may wish to contact the [http://www.hsccnh.org/ Historical Society of Cheshire County], P. O. Box 803, 246 Main St., Keene, NH 03431, tel. 603-352-1895, email: hscc@hsccnh.org. They have volunteers who may be able to send you the names and addresses of churches of that denomination for the town.  
 
If you know the name of the town or city, and the denomination, you may wish to contact the [http://www.hsccnh.org/ Historical Society of Cheshire County], P. O. Box 803, 246 Main St., Keene, NH 03431, tel. 603-352-1895, email: hscc@hsccnh.org. They have volunteers who may be able to send you the names and addresses of churches of that denomination for the town.  
  
Or, if you know the town of residence and the ancestor's denomination, see the [[New Hampshire Church Records|Church Records section]] in the wiki for New Hampshire. That section lists archives and other record keepers for the various religious denominations.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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Or, if you know the town of residence and the ancestor's denomination, see the [[New Hampshire Church Records|Church Records section]] in the wiki for New Hampshire. That section lists archives and other record keepers for the various religious denominations.
  
If you do not know the denomination, search for a marriage record. This may give the name of the minister. Then you can contact a historical society and learn at which church he was the minister. Also search for an obituary, which may mention the church the person attended. The death certificate may list the name of the cemetery. You can then write to the cemetery and ask if it is affiliated with a local church. The death certificate may mention the funeral home. Their file may have the name of the church, cemetery, or a copy of the obituary. Also, relatives might know the denomination.&nbsp;
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If you do not know the denomination, search for a marriage record. This may give the name of the minister. Then you can contact a historical society and learn at which church he was the minister. Also search for an obituary, which may mention the church the person attended. The death certificate may list the name of the cemetery. You can then write to the cemetery and ask if it is affiliated with a local church. The death certificate may mention the funeral home. Their file may have the name of the church, cemetery, or a copy of the obituary. Also, relatives might know the denomination.  
  
Different churches contain &nbsp;a variety of types of records. Many churches keep baptism, marriage, and burial records. Sometimes birth and death information is included. The church records of brothers and sisters, etc. may give clues.  
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Different churches contain a variety of types of records. Many churches keep baptism, marriage, and burial records. Sometimes birth and death information is included. The church records of brothers and sisters, etc. may give clues.  
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
The Court of Common Pleas, Superior Court, and Supreme Judicial Court are the principal court records. &nbsp;The Family History Library has microfilms of the following records:  
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The Court of Common Pleas, Superior Court, and Supreme Judicial Court are the principal court records. The Family History Library has microfilms of the following records:  
  
 
Court of Common Pleas, 1771-1859.  
 
Court of Common Pleas, 1771-1859.  
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Supreme Court, 1813-1816 (replaced the Superior Court for those years), 1865-1902. Indexes are found at the beginning of most volumes.  
 
Supreme Court, 1813-1816 (replaced the Superior Court for those years), 1865-1902. Indexes are found at the beginning of most volumes.  
  
The records from 1771 to 1899 were recently sent to the New Hampshire State Archives. Records since 1899 are still at the Cheshire County courthouse at 12 Court St., Keene, NH 03431, tel. 603-352-6902 (Superior Court). These include civil and criminal court records. &nbsp; The offices are open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.&nbsp;
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The records from 1771 to 1899 were recently sent to the New Hampshire State Archives. Records since 1899 are still at the Cheshire County courthouse at 12 Court St., Keene, NH 03431, tel. 603-352-6902 (Superior Court). These include civil and criminal court records. The offices are open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.  
  
 
==== Gazetteers  ====
 
==== Gazetteers  ====
  
A useful book with information about towns, plus a great deal of family history inforrmation is Hamilton Child's&nbsp;''[http://www.archive.org/details/gazetteerofchesh00chil Gazetteer of Cheshire County, N.H., 1736-1885]''; (<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1314037671750_16" />Syracuse, N.Y., printed at the Journal Office, 1885). This is an online book available through Internet Archive. You can search for family names. A database with searches for surnames and given names is also provided by [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23947 ancestry.com], Ancestry.com is available free at FamilySearch Centers.  
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A useful book with information about towns, plus a great deal of family history inforrmation is Hamilton Child's ''[http://www.archive.org/details/gazetteerofchesh00chil Gazetteer of Cheshire County, N.H., 1736-1885]''; (<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1314037671750_16" />Syracuse, N.Y., printed at the Journal Office, 1885). This is an online book available through Internet Archive. You can search for family names. A database with searches for surnames and given names is also provided by [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23947 ancestry.com], Ancestry.com is available free at FamilySearch Centers.  
  
 
==== Genealogy - How to get started?  ====
 
==== Genealogy - How to get started?  ====
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3. Check familysearch.org and see if your family is listed on the U. S. census records of 1850-1940. You can also see those censuses at the Family History Center using Heritage Quest, and ancestry.com. (The censuses for 1850-1940 list each person in the household. The censues for 1790-1840 list the name of the head of the household).  
 
3. Check familysearch.org and see if your family is listed on the U. S. census records of 1850-1940. You can also see those censuses at the Family History Center using Heritage Quest, and ancestry.com. (The censuses for 1850-1940 list each person in the household. The censues for 1790-1840 list the name of the head of the household).  
  
4.&nbsp;If you know the county where your ancestor lived, take a look at the free internet site [http://usgenweb.org/states/index.shtml www.usgenweb.com]. A volunteer helper gathers information about ancestors who lived in that county. You might find biographies, cemetery records, deeds, obituaries, queries, vital records, etc. You can leave a query.  
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4. If you know the county where your ancestor lived, take a look at the free internet site [http://usgenweb.org/states/index.shtml www.usgenweb.com]. A volunteer helper gathers information about ancestors who lived in that county. You might find biographies, cemetery records, deeds, obituaries, queries, vital records, etc. You can leave a query.  
  
5. If you know the town where they lived, look for a town history with a genealogical section. See the section below for how to find out if there is a town history.&nbsp;
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5. If you know the town where they lived, look for a town history with a genealogical section. See the section below for how to find out if there is a town history.  
  
 
6. Read the wiki articles on Cheshire County, and read the New Hampshire [[Www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/New Hampshire|wiki articles]] for ideas of sources. Study the [[New Hampshire Record Selection Table|Records Selection Table]] in the New Hampshire wiki article. This can help you think of new sources to try.  
 
6. Read the wiki articles on Cheshire County, and read the New Hampshire [[Www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/New Hampshire|wiki articles]] for ideas of sources. Study the [[New Hampshire Record Selection Table|Records Selection Table]] in the New Hampshire wiki article. This can help you think of new sources to try.  
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Those towns are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under the town, and then History, or, Genealogy. Major libraries may also have these books. For example, the [http://www.hsccnh.org Historical Society of Cheshire County], 246 Main St., Keene, NH 03431, has those books, and may be able to seach the book of the town history for your family's information.  
 
Those towns are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under the town, and then History, or, Genealogy. Major libraries may also have these books. For example, the [http://www.hsccnh.org Historical Society of Cheshire County], 246 Main St., Keene, NH 03431, has those books, and may be able to seach the book of the town history for your family's information.  
  
There is a &nbsp;helpful way to see if your ancestor was mentioned in a town history. See William Copeley's ''Index to Genealogies in New Hampshire Town Histories''. Concord, New Hampshire: New Hampshire Historical Society, 1988. (FHL book 974.2 D22c, fiche 6010808.) Look under your ancestor's surname and it will tell you which town history books have genealogy information for that surname.  
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There is a helpful way to see if your ancestor was mentioned in a town history. See William Copeley's ''Index to Genealogies in New Hampshire Town Histories''. Concord, New Hampshire: New Hampshire Historical Society, 1988. (FHL book 974.2 D22c, fiche 6010808.) Look under your ancestor's surname and it will tell you which town history books have genealogy information for that surname.  
  
 
==== Genealogy books (family histories), and manuscripts  ====
 
==== Genealogy books (family histories), and manuscripts  ====
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There are large-scale genealogical dictionaries and similar publications listing many New Hampshire residents. See the Genealogy section in the main New Hampshire wiki article for lists of these.  
 
There are large-scale genealogical dictionaries and similar publications listing many New Hampshire residents. See the Genealogy section in the main New Hampshire wiki article for lists of these.  
  
Town historical societies often have genealogy books, or files, on families that lived or now live in their region.&nbsp;A good way to find out if there is an historical society in a town is go to the internet site of the [http://www.historicalsocietiesnh.org/ Association of New Hampshire Historical Societes].  
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Town historical societies often have genealogy books, or files, on families that lived or now live in their region. A good way to find out if there is an historical society in a town is go to the internet site of the [http://www.historicalsocietiesnh.org/ Association of New Hampshire Historical Societes].  
  
Many local historical societies, local public libraries, and large genealogical libraries have family genealogy books and mauscripts. For example the [http://www.hsccnh.org/ Historical Society of Cheshire County], in Keene, NH has genealogy books and manuscripts. The&nbsp;[http://www.nhhistory.org/ New Hampshire Historical Society], [http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/services/public/genealogy.html New Hampshire State Library], and the [http://www.americanancestors.org/library/ New England Historic Genealogical Society] all have family genealogies, and you can search their catalogs on the internet. You can also search the Surname Catalog of the&nbsp;[https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library].  
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Many local historical societies, local public libraries, and large genealogical libraries have family genealogy books and mauscripts. For example the [http://www.hsccnh.org/ Historical Society of Cheshire County], in Keene, NH has genealogy books and manuscripts. The [http://www.nhhistory.org/ New Hampshire Historical Society], [http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/services/public/genealogy.html New Hampshire State Library], and the [http://www.americanancestors.org/library/ New England Historic Genealogical Society] all have family genealogies, and you can search their catalogs on the internet. You can also search the Surname Catalog of the [https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library].  
  
 
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==== Land  ====
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Using the internet you might be able to view the indexes, and, digital images of the Cheshire County deeds. You will need to have an updated computer, and updated programs. See the internet site www.nhdeeds.com. <br>  
 
Using the internet you might be able to view the indexes, and, digital images of the Cheshire County deeds. You will need to have an updated computer, and updated programs. See the internet site www.nhdeeds.com. <br>  
  
Through a Family History Center, you can order films of the deed indexes for 1771- 1900, and deeds for 1771 to 1900. For the film numbers, see the Family History Library Catalog,&nbsp;&nbsp;New Hampshire - Cheshire County - Land and Property.<br>  
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Through a Family History Center, you can order films of the deed indexes for 1771- 1900, and deeds for 1771 to 1900. For the film numbers, see the Family History Library Catalog, New Hampshire - Cheshire County - Land and Property.<br>  
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
[[Image:Cheshire County NH.jpg|thumb|right|235px|Cheshire County NH.jpg]] An excellent way to gain information about family history and local history is to contact the local town historical society. For a list of the societies, see the web site of the [http://www.historicalsocietynh.org/ Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire]. At that site click on the Directory tab, and scroll down to see the alphabetical list of towns and addresses.  
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[[Image:Cheshire County NH.jpg|thumb|right|235px]] An excellent way to gain information about family history and local history is to contact the local town historical society. For a list of the societies, see the web site of the [http://www.historicalsocietynh.org/ Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire]. At that site click on the Directory tab, and scroll down to see the alphabetical list of towns and addresses.  
  
 
From the above internet site you will see there are helpful historical societies or groups in Alstead, Chesterfield, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Hinsdale, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Keene (Historical Society of Cheshre County in Keene), Marlborough, Marlow, Nelson, Richmond, Rindge, Stoddard, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Troy, Walpole, Westmoreland, and Winchester.  
 
From the above internet site you will see there are helpful historical societies or groups in Alstead, Chesterfield, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Hinsdale, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Keene (Historical Society of Cheshre County in Keene), Marlborough, Marlow, Nelson, Richmond, Rindge, Stoddard, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Troy, Walpole, Westmoreland, and Winchester.  
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The Historical Society of Cheshire County, in Keene, New Hampshire is an excellent source for local history information. See the Church section above for how to contact them, They have a large collection of town and county histories, records collections, photographs, and manuscripts. See also:  
 
The Historical Society of Cheshire County, in Keene, New Hampshire is an excellent source for local history information. See the Church section above for how to contact them, They have a large collection of town and county histories, records collections, photographs, and manuscripts. See also:  
  
*[http://www.nh.searchroots.com/cheshire.html Cheshire County New Hampshire Genealogy and History,] (accessed 22 August 2011).&nbsp; This web site is a resource for researchers of family tree (genealogy) and history in Cheshire County, New Hampshire.&nbsp; There is a brief history and genealogical links to the towns and cities of Cheshire County.<br>  
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*[http://www.nh.searchroots.com/cheshire.html Cheshire County New Hampshire Genealogy and History,] (accessed 22 August 2011). This web site is a resource for researchers of family tree (genealogy) and history in Cheshire County, New Hampshire. There is a brief history and genealogical links to the towns and cities of Cheshire County.<br>  
*Hurd, D. Hamilton, ''[http://www.archive.org/details/historyofcheshir00hurd History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties, New Hampshire]'', (Philadelphia&nbsp;: J. W. Lewis;&nbsp;1886, (accessed 22 August 2011).&nbsp; Hosted by Internet Archive. You can also read the book online at familysearch.org - see the Books tab there. The book includes histories for many of the Cheshire County towns. The digitizing was completed by the University of New Hampshire Library.<br>  
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*Hurd, D. Hamilton, ''[http://www.archive.org/details/historyofcheshir00hurd History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties, New Hampshire]'', (Philadelphia : J. W. Lewis; 1886, (accessed 22 August 2011). Hosted by Internet Archive. You can also read the book online at familysearch.org - see the Books tab there. The book includes histories for many of the Cheshire County towns. The digitizing was completed by the University of New Hampshire Library.<br>  
*The [http://www.catalognhsl.nh.gov/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile= New Hampshire State Library]&nbsp;in Concord, New Hampshire has a vast collection of books about New Hampshire towns and counties. Check their internet catalog for a town of interest.  
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*The [http://www.catalognhsl.nh.gov/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile= New Hampshire State Library] in Concord, New Hampshire has a vast collection of books about New Hampshire towns and counties. Check their internet catalog for a town of interest.  
 
*The [http://nhhistory.library.net/ New Hampshire Historical Society] also in Concord has a very large collection of local history books and other publications.<br>
 
*The [http://nhhistory.library.net/ New Hampshire Historical Society] also in Concord has a very large collection of local history books and other publications.<br>
  
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Atlas/US/9800/Cheshire%20County%201877/ Historic Maps of Cheshire County - 1877], (accessed 22 August 2011).&nbsp;These maps are for sale, but can be viewed online.  
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*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Atlas/US/9800/Cheshire%20County%201877/ Historic Maps of Cheshire County - 1877], (accessed 22 August 2011). These maps are for sale, but can be viewed online.  
*[http://docs.unh.edu/hurd/pages/index.htm Town and City Atlas of the State of New Hampshire],&nbsp;1892, (Accessed 10 March 2012). This has maps for almost every city, town, and village in New Hampshire, and gives the name of the person who lived in the home in 1892. This book is also available at the Family History Library (FHL folio book 974.2 E3).  
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*[http://docs.unh.edu/hurd/pages/index.htm Town and City Atlas of the State of New Hampshire], 1892, (Accessed 10 March 2012). This has maps for almost every city, town, and village in New Hampshire, and gives the name of the person who lived in the home in 1892. This book is also available at the Family History Library (FHL folio book 974.2 E3).  
 
*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/NH/County/cheshire.htm 1895 Cheshire County, New Hampshire], (accessed 22 August 2011).  
 
*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/NH/County/cheshire.htm 1895 Cheshire County, New Hampshire], (accessed 22 August 2011).  
 
*[http://www.nh.searchroots.com/cheshire.html#countymap Color coded map of Cheshire County], (accessed 22 August 2011). This site has links to photos taken in the towns, and links to official town internet sites.
 
*[http://www.nh.searchroots.com/cheshire.html#countymap Color coded map of Cheshire County], (accessed 22 August 2011). This site has links to photos taken in the towns, and links to official town internet sites.
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For a military history of New Hampshire, see:  
 
For a military history of New Hampshire, see:  
  
Potter, Chandler Eastman,&nbsp;''The Military History of the State of New Hampshire''. Concord, N.H.: McFarland and Jenks, 1866. (Family History Library film 1033664; fiche 6046858.) You can search this book on-line by going to google.com. Look for ancestry.com as the internet way to search this book. This history comprises events from the first settlements in New Hampshire to the rebellion in 1861. It includes biographical notices of many of the officers and explanatory notes.<br>  
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Potter, Chandler Eastman, ''The Military History of the State of New Hampshire''. Concord, N.H.: McFarland and Jenks, 1866. (Family History Library film 1033664; fiche 6046858.) You can search this book on-line by going to google.com. Look for ancestry.com as the internet way to search this book. This history comprises events from the first settlements in New Hampshire to the rebellion in 1861. It includes biographical notices of many of the officers and explanatory notes.<br>  
  
 
The following internet site has a partial list of Revolutionary War soldiers of Cheshire County:  
 
The following internet site has a partial list of Revolutionary War soldiers of Cheshire County:  
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Familysearch.org is a free source for locating names of Civil War soldiers and sailors. Ancestry.com is available free at FamilySearch Centers and is also valuable for finding names of soldiers and sailors.  
 
Familysearch.org is a free source for locating names of Civil War soldiers and sailors. Ancestry.com is available free at FamilySearch Centers and is also valuable for finding names of soldiers and sailors.  
  
You can go to ancestry.com and search &nbsp;for names in&nbsp;''The Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866'', by Augustus D. Ayling. This book gives the age, residence, and service information about approximately 32,000 New Hampshire Civil War veterans. The book is also available on microfilm or microfiche from the Family History Library.  
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You can go to ancestry.com and search for names in ''The Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866'', by Augustus D. Ayling. This book gives the age, residence, and service information about approximately 32,000 New Hampshire Civil War veterans. The book is also available on microfilm or microfiche from the Family History Library.  
  
 
Town history books are available through the Family History Library, and other large libraries, for most of the towns in Cheshire County. They often contain extensive information concerning the war and the soldiers. For example:  
 
Town history books are available through the Family History Library, and other large libraries, for most of the towns in Cheshire County. They often contain extensive information concerning the war and the soldiers. For example:  
  
 
*[http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofchester00rand#page/116/mode/2up History of Chesterfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire], by Oran E. Randall. See pages 116-124,Record of the Citizens of Chesterfield Who Enlisted in the Military Service of the United States During the War of the Rebellion 1861-65 - Alphabetical listing.  
 
*[http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofchester00rand#page/116/mode/2up History of Chesterfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire], by Oran E. Randall. See pages 116-124,Record of the Citizens of Chesterfield Who Enlisted in the Military Service of the United States During the War of the Rebellion 1861-65 - Alphabetical listing.  
*[http://www.familybackthroughtime.com/id32.html Civil War Vets Buried in New Hampshire] - Cheshire County - Towns A-J are listed, and at the end there is a place to lead you to the rest of the Cheshire County &nbsp;towns.
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*[http://www.familybackthroughtime.com/id32.html Civil War Vets Buried in New Hampshire] - Cheshire County - Towns A-J are listed, and at the end there is a place to lead you to the rest of the Cheshire County towns.
  
 
*Civil War service men from Cheshire County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are many companies or regiments that were formed from men of Cheshire County.
 
*Civil War service men from Cheshire County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are many companies or regiments that were formed from men of Cheshire County.
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The main newspaper for Cheshire County is the Keene Sentinel, published since 1799. The offices are at 60 West St., Keene, NH 03431, tel. 603-352-1234, e-mail classified@keenesentinel.com. The web site is sentinelsource.com.  
 
The main newspaper for Cheshire County is the Keene Sentinel, published since 1799. The offices are at 60 West St., Keene, NH 03431, tel. 603-352-1234, e-mail classified@keenesentinel.com. The web site is sentinelsource.com.  
  
*At&nbsp;[http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/New_Hampshire/Keene/?kbid=7716&m=14 &nbsp;www.genealogybank.com]&nbsp;(accessed 11 November 2011) you can search for names in the Keene Sentinel for years 1799-1891.  
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*At [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/New_Hampshire/Keene/?kbid=7716&m=14 www.genealogybank.com] (accessed 11 November 2011) you can search for names in the Keene Sentinel for years 1799-1891.  
 
*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=50&ci=9894 Fitchburg, MA newspapers] (1868-1977) covering local news that included Cheshire County residents.  
 
*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=50&ci=9894 Fitchburg, MA newspapers] (1868-1977) covering local news that included Cheshire County residents.  
*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obitsindex/obits_nh_ches_01.htm Obituary Index Cheshire County, New Hampshire,] (accessed 22 August 2011). This has obituaries primarily &nbsp;from 1998 to 2008 as of November 2011.  
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*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obitsindex/obits_nh_ches_01.htm Obituary Index Cheshire County, New Hampshire,] (accessed 22 August 2011). This has obituaries primarily from 1998 to 2008 as of November 2011.  
*The Historical Society of Cheshire County (see address in Church section above) has obituaries taken from the Keene&nbsp;''Sentinel'' newspaper for 1799-1890 and 1985- present.
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*The Historical Society of Cheshire County (see address in Church section above) has obituaries taken from the Keene ''Sentinel'' newspaper for 1799-1890 and 1985- present.
  
 
{{NH Newspaper abstracts|Cheshire}}  
 
{{NH Newspaper abstracts|Cheshire}}  
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A vast number of articles are written each year about families and their history. There is an index to family history periodicals called PERSI (Periodical Source Index). This index is available on the internet through several libraries or companies.  
 
A vast number of articles are written each year about families and their history. There is an index to family history periodicals called PERSI (Periodical Source Index). This index is available on the internet through several libraries or companies.  
  
For example you can go to a Family History Center and search ancestry.com which has PERSI as one of its searches. Go to their Card Catalog, and type in Periodical Source Index. In the PERSI search box type the full name of the ancestor, with their birth date and place, and death date and place if known. You can also access heritagequestonline.com which also has PERSI. This is &nbsp;free at the FamilySearch Centers and many public libraries.  
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For example you can go to a Family History Center and search ancestry.com which has PERSI as one of its searches. Go to their Card Catalog, and type in Periodical Source Index. In the PERSI search box type the full name of the ancestor, with their birth date and place, and death date and place if known. You can also access heritagequestonline.com which also has PERSI. This is free at the FamilySearch Centers and many public libraries.  
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
The Registry of Probate office is at 12 Court St., Keene, NH 03431, tel. 603-357-7786. The probate records for 1771-1885 are at the New Hampshire Division of Records Management, 71 S. Fruit St., Concord, NH 03301. You can request and search those records there. They are on microfilms also &nbsp;- see below.  
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The Registry of Probate office is at 12 Court St., Keene, NH 03431, tel. 603-357-7786. The probate records for 1771-1885 are at the New Hampshire Division of Records Management, 71 S. Fruit St., Concord, NH 03301. You can request and search those records there. They are on microfilms also - see below.  
  
 
Probate records for 1886 to the present are still at the court house in Keene. The Registry of Probate office has an index to those persons for whom probate records were filed. There is an index on Family History Library film 2316239 item 3 for 1771-1885.  
 
Probate records for 1886 to the present are still at the court house in Keene. The Registry of Probate office has an index to those persons for whom probate records were filed. There is an index on Family History Library film 2316239 item 3 for 1771-1885.  
  
The Family History Library has microfilms of probate records for &nbsp;wills, 1769-1885; administrations, 1823-1869; and alphabetical probate estate files, 1769-1885. There is an index on film for 1769-1885. See the Family History Library Catalog, New Hampshire - Cheshire County - Probate Recorde. The Historical Society of Cheshire County, in Keene also has films of the records for 1771-1885,  
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The Family History Library has microfilms of probate records for wills, 1769-1885; administrations, 1823-1869; and alphabetical probate estate files, 1769-1885. There is an index on film for 1769-1885. See the Family History Library Catalog, New Hampshire - Cheshire County - Probate Recorde. The Historical Society of Cheshire County, in Keene also has films of the records for 1771-1885,  
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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Many town tax records have been preserved by town clerks and town tax officials. Town tax records were generally taken each year. The Family History Library has many town records on microfilms. For film numbers see the Family History Library Catalog under New Hampshire - Cheshire County - [name of town] - Town Records.  
 
Many town tax records have been preserved by town clerks and town tax officials. Town tax records were generally taken each year. The Family History Library has many town records on microfilms. For film numbers see the Family History Library Catalog under New Hampshire - Cheshire County - [name of town] - Town Records.  
  
There is an index to the town records (which include many tax records) &nbsp;from the early settlement of the town to about 1850. This&nbsp;is the&nbsp;''Index to Early Town Records of New Hampshire, Early to 1850'' ({{FHL|310817|item|disp=FHL films 14942-15052}}). The index cards list volume and page numbers for the town records, many of which are on Family History Library microfilms. The records are listed in the catalog in the manner mentioned in the paragraph above.  
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There is an index to the town records (which include many tax records) from the early settlement of the town to about 1850. This is the ''Index to Early Town Records of New Hampshire, Early to 1850'' ({{FHL|310817|item|disp=FHL films 14942-15052}}). The index cards list volume and page numbers for the town records, many of which are on Family History Library microfilms. The records are listed in the catalog in the manner mentioned in the paragraph above.  
  
 
Ancestry.com has online images of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax lists for New Hampshire and many other states for 1862-1866. Only persons who owned businesses, or valuable items such as carriages, were listed. You may wish to check ancestry.com to see if your ancestor was listed. The record gives the person's name, town of residence, business or valuable item, and amount of tax.  
 
Ancestry.com has online images of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax lists for New Hampshire and many other states for 1862-1866. Only persons who owned businesses, or valuable items such as carriages, were listed. You may wish to check ancestry.com to see if your ancestor was listed. The record gives the person's name, town of residence, business or valuable item, and amount of tax.  
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*{{RecordSearch|1601211|New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947}} are available online from FamilySearch.
 
*{{RecordSearch|1601211|New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947}} are available online from FamilySearch.
  
Some vital records links are found at&nbsp;[http://www.mygenealogist.com/new-hampshire-genealogy/cheshire-county.htm MyGenealogist.com], (accessed 22 August 2011).&nbsp;&nbsp; Most of the links listed are by town or city. There are also links to cemetery records.  
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Some vital records links are found at [http://www.mygenealogist.com/new-hampshire-genealogy/cheshire-county.htm MyGenealogist.com], (accessed 22 August 2011). Most of the links listed are by town or city. There are also links to cemetery records.  
  
The internet site of the Keene Public Library has&nbsp;[http://www.keenepubliclibrary.org/library/vital-records/index vital records]&nbsp;information on-line for Keene:  
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The internet site of the Keene Public Library has [http://www.keenepubliclibrary.org/library/vital-records/index vital records] information on-line for Keene:  
  
 
birth records, 1753-1910  
 
birth records, 1753-1910  
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death records, 1742-1941  
 
death records, 1742-1941  
  
The marriage and death entries from 1887 through 1938 often give birth place, parents' names, parents' birthplaces, age, and other useful information. &nbsp;&nbsp;
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The marriage and death entries from 1887 through 1938 often give birth place, parents' names, parents' birthplaces, age, and other useful information.  
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
 
*[http://www.hsccnh.org Historical Society of Cheshire County].  
 
*[http://www.hsccnh.org Historical Society of Cheshire County].  
*[http://www.historicalsocietynh.org/ The Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire].&nbsp;
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*[http://www.historicalsocietynh.org/ The Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire].  
 
*[http://library.public-libraries.org/county/NH/CheshireCounty.html Cheshire County Public Libraries], (accessed 22 August 2011).  
 
*[http://library.public-libraries.org/county/NH/CheshireCounty.html Cheshire County Public Libraries], (accessed 22 August 2011).  
 
*[http://www.mygenealogist.com/new-hampshire-genealogy/cheshire-county.htm Historical Societies for Cheshire County] listed by MyGenealogist.com, (accessed 22 August 2011).
 
*[http://www.mygenealogist.com/new-hampshire-genealogy/cheshire-county.htm Historical Societies for Cheshire County] listed by MyGenealogist.com, (accessed 22 August 2011).

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This guide to Cheshire County, New Hampshire genealogy shows you how to find birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history books, military records and other useful sources.


Cheshire County, New Hampshire
Map
Map of New Hampshire highlighting Cheshire County
Location in the state of New Hampshire
Facts
Founded March 19, 1771
County Seat Keene
Courthouse
Address Cheshire County Courthouse
33 W Street
Keene, NH 03431-3355
Phone: 603.352.6902
Cheshire County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

link=http://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/New Hampshire_Online_Genealogy_Records New Hampshire
Online Records

Town or City Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial.
The County Clerk has divorce and court records.
The Register of Probate has probate records.
The Register of Deeds has land records.[1]


Towns Organized Before 1800:
Alstead 1763
Chesterfield 1752
Dublin 1771
Fitzwilliam 1773
Gilsum 1763
Hinsdale 1753
Jaffrey 1773
Keene 1753 - This is the county seat.
Marlborough 1776
Marlow 1761
Nelson 1774
Richmond 1752
Rindge 1768
Stoddard 1774
Sullivan 1787
Surry 1769
Swanzey 1753
Walpole 1752
Winchester 1753

The main courthouse is located at 12 Court St., Keene, NH 03431, tel. 603-352-6902 (Superior Court). The offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

There is an annex at 33 West St. in Keene where the county deeds and some other records are kept (tel. 603-352-0403, fax 603-352-7678.) The office is open Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m.

History

  • The county was named for Cheshire County in England. See the nh.searchroots.com site for a brief history of Cheshire County, and histories of the towns in Cheshire County. Click here for some beautiful photos taken mostly in Cheshire County.

Cheshire County was established on 19 March 1771 from the Colonial lands. [1]

Boundary Changes

  • On 5 July 1827, the northern half of Cheshire County was established as Sullivan county. [1]

Record Loss

One record source that would be helpful, but was destroyed, is the 1890 census. There was a fire in Washington, D. C. in 1921 which badly damaged the records. None of the New Hampshire population records remain. The 1890 census veterans' lists were kept in a different building and were saved. They are available on microfilms and at www.ancestry.com. You can search for veterans' or widows' names.

An interesting help for 1890 is the Town and City Atlas of the State of New Hampshire, published in 1892 in Boston by the D. H. Hurd Company (FHL folio book 974.2 E3). The atlas has maps for almost every city, town, and village in New Hampshire. The maps show the locations of homes, and the map gives the name of the person living in the home. The above web site is from the University of New Hampshire Library. The web site does not have clear images yet with readable names of home owners. Hopefully this will be possible in the future.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

City:

  • Keene - a city of approximatley 24,000 residents, in the central portion of Cheshire County.

Towns:

New HampshireMassachusettsVermontCheshire CountyHillsborough CountySullivan CountyMerrimack CountyWorcester CountyFranklin CountyWindham CountyWindsor CountyKeeneRindgeFitzwilliamRichmondWinchesterHinsdaleJaffreyTroySwanzeyChesterfieldMarlboroughDublinHarrisvilleRoxburyNelsonSullivanGilsumSurryWestmorelandWalpoleAlsteadMarlowStoddardCharlestownLangdonAcworthUnityLempsterGoshenWashingtonNewburyBradfordWarnerHennikerHillsboroughWindsorAntrimDeeringBenningtonHancockGreenfieldPeterboroughSharonTempleNew IpswichChesterSpringfieldGraftonRockinghamAthensBrooklineWestminsterPutneyDummerstonBrattleboroGuilfordVernonBernardstonNorthfieldWarwickOrangeRoyalstonWinchendonAtholPhillipstonTempletonGardnerWestminsterAshburnhamAshby
Modern town borders in Cheshire County, New Hampshire.

An excellent way to gain information is to contact the local town historical society. The best list of these is found at the Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire. Click on the Directory tab at that site.

Birth, marriage, and death records of many New Hampshire towns and villages are available on-line at www.familysearch.org, That site has birth records early to 1900, and marriage and death records, early to about 1948. Many of the town birth, marriage, and death records were microfilmed and are listed in the Family History Library Catalog.

Fortunately, authors have prepared books about most of the towns in Cheshire County. These books generally contain a genealogical section in the last part of the book. Following is a list of the towns for which these types of books are available at the Family History Library and at many other libraries and historical societies: Chesterfield, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Jaffrey, Keene, Marlborough, Nelson, Richmond, Rindge, Stoddard, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Troy, Walpole, and Westmoreland. They are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under the town, and then History, or, Genealogy.

If you want to seek clues about an ancestor who lived before 1850 you can look at the microfilm of the master index to New Hampshire town records. This is the Index to Early Town Records of New Hamspshire, Early to 1850 (FHL films 14942-15052). The cards are in alphabetiocal order by the name of the person. The cards list the volume and page number for original town records. Many of the town records are available on microfilms through the Family History Library.

Many town vital records are indexed now on familysearch.org. If you want to study microfilms of the town vital records, following is a list of New Hampshire towns with the dates of the birth, marriage, and death records on Family History Library microfillms. See the Library Catalog for the microfilm numbers.

  • Alstead (b m,d 1821-1915)
  • Chesterfield (b,m,d, 1732-1917)
  • Dublin (b,m,d, 1760-1915)
  • Fitzwilliam (b,m,d,1854-1915)
  • Gilsum (b,m,d, 1754-1915)
  • Harrisville (b,m,d, 1872-1915)
  • Hinsdale (b 1754-1900, m 1764-1915, d 1764-1915)
  • Jaffrey (b 1775-1875, m 1773-1854, d 1790-1904)
  • Keene (b and d 1738-1901, m (1762-1900)+Whitcomb register.
  • Marlborough (b,m,d, 1832-1915)
  • Marlow (b 1744-1845, m 1769-1849, d 1776-1885)
  • Nelson (b,m,d, 1747-1911)
  • Richmond (b,m,d, 1750-1911)
  • Rindge - (b and m 1769-1915, d 1812-1913)
  • Roxbury (b,m,d, 1812-1831?)
  • Stoddard (b,m,d, 1761-1937)
  • Sullivan (b,m,d, 1787-1845, b to 1853)
  • Surry (b 1759-1900, m 1759-1914, d 1759-1915)
  • Swanzey (b 1741-1913, m 1741-1915, d 1741-1915)
  • Troy (b,m,d, 1815-1915, d to 1925)
  • Walpole (b, 1850-1865, 1894-1913, m and d 1850-1913)
  • Westmoreland (b,m,d, 1752-1840)
  • Winchester (b,m,d, 1740-1930)

Villages: No birth, marriage and death records are listed in the Family History Library Catalog for the following villages, however, the records may be kept in another town's records. For example, information about persons in the the towns of East Swanzey, West Swanzey, and North Swanzey might be included in the records of Swanzey.

  • Ashuelot
  • Chesham
  • Drewsville
  • East Alstead
  • East Swanzey
  • East Westmoreland
  • East Rindge
  • Fitzwilliam Depot
  • Mill Hollow
  • Mill Village
  • Munsonville
  • North Swanzey
  • North Walpole
  • Poocham
  • Spofford
  • West Swanzey
  • Westport

Neighboring Counties

In New Hampshire, Hillsborough on the East side, and Sullivan to the North; as to Massachusetts, Franklin to the southwest, and Worcester to the southeast; and as to Vermont, Windham to the East.

Resources

Biography

There are many town history books with biographical and genealogical information published about the towns in Cheshire County. The Family History Library, the Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene, New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord, New Hampshire, and other major family history libraries should have most of those books. For a list of the towns for which there are these town history books see the Places - Towns section above.

The Historical Society of Cheshire County (see address in Church section) has collected information from all of the towns in Cheshire County. They have town histories, family histories, biographical manuscripts, photographs, city directories, newspapers, business records, and other biographical information. The New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord, New Hampshire is a good source for similar materials.

Cemeteries

The New Hampshire Old Graveyard Association has the most complete list of cemeteries. This list is available at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nhoga. See also:

The findagrave organization is an excellent way tor find tombstones. It also provides a way for you to request that a volunteer will take a photograph of a gravestone. Often a volunteer will respond and will e-mail you the photo and add it to the web site.

If the above internet sources do not list your ancestor's name, you may wish to contact the cemetery sexton, town clerk, town library, town historical society, or the Historical Society of Cheshire County (see Church records section for their address). Also check the Family History Library Catalog at www.familysearch.org, since the records may have been microfilmed.

Census

There is a 1776 census substitute available on ancestry.com. See the census section of the main New Hampshire wiki article for the link to this census substitute.

Censuses for 1790 through 1940, except for the 1890 population schedules, are available on several internet sites. The site www.familysearch.org is free. The ancestry.com and heritagequest.com sites are availabe free at Family History Centers.

The 1890 census, except for the list of Civil War veterans or their widows, was destroyed by a fire in Washington, D. C. in 1921. You can search the list of veterans and widows at familysearch.org.

An interesting help for 1890 is the Town and City Atlas of the State of New Hampshire, published in 1892 in Boston by the D. H. Hurd Company (FHL folio book 974.2 E3). The atlas has maps for almost every city, town, and village in New Hampshire. The maps show the locations of homes, and the map gives the name of the person living in the home. The above web site is from the University of New Hampshire Library.


Church

If you know the name of the town or city, and the denomination, you may wish to contact the Historical Society of Cheshire County, P. O. Box 803, 246 Main St., Keene, NH 03431, tel. 603-352-1895, email: hscc@hsccnh.org. They have volunteers who may be able to send you the names and addresses of churches of that denomination for the town.

Or, if you know the town of residence and the ancestor's denomination, see the Church Records section in the wiki for New Hampshire. That section lists archives and other record keepers for the various religious denominations.

If you do not know the denomination, search for a marriage record. This may give the name of the minister. Then you can contact a historical society and learn at which church he was the minister. Also search for an obituary, which may mention the church the person attended. The death certificate may list the name of the cemetery. You can then write to the cemetery and ask if it is affiliated with a local church. The death certificate may mention the funeral home. Their file may have the name of the church, cemetery, or a copy of the obituary. Also, relatives might know the denomination.

Different churches contain a variety of types of records. Many churches keep baptism, marriage, and burial records. Sometimes birth and death information is included. The church records of brothers and sisters, etc. may give clues.

Court

The Court of Common Pleas, Superior Court, and Supreme Judicial Court are the principal court records. The Family History Library has microfilms of the following records:

Court of Common Pleas, 1771-1859.

Superior Court, 1772-1812, and 1817-1855. Indexes are at the front of most volumes.

Supreme Court, 1813-1816 (replaced the Superior Court for those years), 1865-1902. Indexes are found at the beginning of most volumes.

The records from 1771 to 1899 were recently sent to the New Hampshire State Archives. Records since 1899 are still at the Cheshire County courthouse at 12 Court St., Keene, NH 03431, tel. 603-352-6902 (Superior Court). These include civil and criminal court records. The offices are open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Gazetteers

A useful book with information about towns, plus a great deal of family history inforrmation is Hamilton Child's Gazetteer of Cheshire County, N.H., 1736-1885; (Syracuse, N.Y., printed at the Journal Office, 1885). This is an online book available through Internet Archive. You can search for family names. A database with searches for surnames and given names is also provided by ancestry.com, Ancestry.com is available free at FamilySearch Centers.

Genealogy - How to get started?

1. Check familysearch.org and see if your ancestor's information is listed there.

2. Check familysearch.org and see if your family's vital records of births, marriages, and deaths are listed.

3. Check familysearch.org and see if your family is listed on the U. S. census records of 1850-1940. You can also see those censuses at the Family History Center using Heritage Quest, and ancestry.com. (The censuses for 1850-1940 list each person in the household. The censues for 1790-1840 list the name of the head of the household).

4. If you know the county where your ancestor lived, take a look at the free internet site www.usgenweb.com. A volunteer helper gathers information about ancestors who lived in that county. You might find biographies, cemetery records, deeds, obituaries, queries, vital records, etc. You can leave a query.

5. If you know the town where they lived, look for a town history with a genealogical section. See the section below for how to find out if there is a town history.

6. Read the wiki articles on Cheshire County, and read the New Hampshire wiki articles for ideas of sources. Study the Records Selection Table in the New Hampshire wiki article. This can help you think of new sources to try.

7. Enter your ancestor's information on familysearch.org., genforum.com, or ancestry.com. You can also share your quest with the local historical society, genealogical socieety, or town library and ask for help. Send them a family group form and a pedigree chart.

Genealogy - Town Histories often have Genealogical Sections

Following is a list of the Cheshire County towns for which the Family History Library has town history books with a section of genealogies of families of that town:

Chesterfield, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Jaffrey, Keene, Marlborough, Nelson, Richmond, Rindge, Stoddard, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Troy, Walpole, and Westmoreland.

Those towns are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under the town, and then History, or, Genealogy. Major libraries may also have these books. For example, the Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St., Keene, NH 03431, has those books, and may be able to seach the book of the town history for your family's information.

There is a helpful way to see if your ancestor was mentioned in a town history. See William Copeley's Index to Genealogies in New Hampshire Town Histories. Concord, New Hampshire: New Hampshire Historical Society, 1988. (FHL book 974.2 D22c, fiche 6010808.) Look under your ancestor's surname and it will tell you which town history books have genealogy information for that surname.

Genealogy books (family histories), and manuscripts

There are large-scale genealogical dictionaries and similar publications listing many New Hampshire residents. See the Genealogy section in the main New Hampshire wiki article for lists of these.

Town historical societies often have genealogy books, or files, on families that lived or now live in their region. A good way to find out if there is an historical society in a town is go to the internet site of the Association of New Hampshire Historical Societes.

Many local historical societies, local public libraries, and large genealogical libraries have family genealogy books and mauscripts. For example the Historical Society of Cheshire County, in Keene, NH has genealogy books and manuscripts. The New Hampshire Historical Society, New Hampshire State Library, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society all have family genealogies, and you can search their catalogs on the internet. You can also search the Surname Catalog of the Family History Library.

Land

Cheshire County land records are available from 1771 to the present. The Cheshire County Registry of Deeds is at 33 West St., P. O. Box 584, Keene, NH 03431, tel. 603-352-0403, fax 603-352-7678. The office is open Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The office has grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer) indexes, 1771-present, and deeds for the same time period. The following internet site may be helpful:

Cheshire County Registry of Deeds, (accessed 22 August 2011). As of May 2012, at that internet site you can view deed indexes and deeds from about the 1950s to 2012.

Using the internet you might be able to view the indexes, and, digital images of the Cheshire County deeds. You will need to have an updated computer, and updated programs. See the internet site www.nhdeeds.com.

Through a Family History Center, you can order films of the deed indexes for 1771- 1900, and deeds for 1771 to 1900. For the film numbers, see the Family History Library Catalog, New Hampshire - Cheshire County - Land and Property.

Local Histories

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An excellent way to gain information about family history and local history is to contact the local town historical society. For a list of the societies, see the web site of the Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire. At that site click on the Directory tab, and scroll down to see the alphabetical list of towns and addresses.

From the above internet site you will see there are helpful historical societies or groups in Alstead, Chesterfield, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Hinsdale, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Keene (Historical Society of Cheshre County in Keene), Marlborough, Marlow, Nelson, Richmond, Rindge, Stoddard, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Troy, Walpole, Westmoreland, and Winchester.

The Historical Society of Cheshire County, in Keene, New Hampshire is an excellent source for local history information. See the Church section above for how to contact them, They have a large collection of town and county histories, records collections, photographs, and manuscripts. See also:

  • Cheshire County New Hampshire Genealogy and History, (accessed 22 August 2011). This web site is a resource for researchers of family tree (genealogy) and history in Cheshire County, New Hampshire. There is a brief history and genealogical links to the towns and cities of Cheshire County.
  • Hurd, D. Hamilton, History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties, New Hampshire, (Philadelphia : J. W. Lewis; 1886, (accessed 22 August 2011). Hosted by Internet Archive. You can also read the book online at familysearch.org - see the Books tab there. The book includes histories for many of the Cheshire County towns. The digitizing was completed by the University of New Hampshire Library.
  • The New Hampshire State Library in Concord, New Hampshire has a vast collection of books about New Hampshire towns and counties. Check their internet catalog for a town of interest.
  • The New Hampshire Historical Society also in Concord has a very large collection of local history books and other publications.

See the heading Biography under Cheshire County for additional suggestions.

Maps

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Military

American Revolution

The most complete listing of New Hampshire Revolutionary War soldiers is found in volumes 14-17 of the New Hamsphire State Papers. You can go to rootsweb/ancestry.com. There you will find an every-name index to volumes 14-17, then you can go to the needed volume and page for information on the soldier. Often the place of residence is given.

For a military history of New Hampshire, see:

Potter, Chandler Eastman, The Military History of the State of New Hampshire. Concord, N.H.: McFarland and Jenks, 1866. (Family History Library film 1033664; fiche 6046858.) You can search this book on-line by going to google.com. Look for ancestry.com as the internet way to search this book. This history comprises events from the first settlements in New Hampshire to the rebellion in 1861. It includes biographical notices of many of the officers and explanatory notes.

The following internet site has a partial list of Revolutionary War soldiers of Cheshire County:

Civil War

The National Park Service, with help from the Family History Library and others, prepared an index to Civil War soldiers.

Familysearch.org is a free source for locating names of Civil War soldiers and sailors. Ancestry.com is available free at FamilySearch Centers and is also valuable for finding names of soldiers and sailors.

You can go to ancestry.com and search for names in The Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, by Augustus D. Ayling. This book gives the age, residence, and service information about approximately 32,000 New Hampshire Civil War veterans. The book is also available on microfilm or microfiche from the Family History Library.

Town history books are available through the Family History Library, and other large libraries, for most of the towns in Cheshire County. They often contain extensive information concerning the war and the soldiers. For example:

  • Civil War service men from Cheshire County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are many companies or regiments that were formed from men of Cheshire County.
- 1st Regiment, New Hampshire Cavalry, Troops A, B, E, G, H, and K.
- 2nd Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company A.
- 3rd Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company I.
- 5th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company F.
- 6th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Companies E, F, and K.
- 9th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company G.
- 14th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Companies A, B, C, F, and G.
- 15th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company H.
- 16th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Companies F and I.
- 18th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company A.
- New Hampshire Sharpshooters, 2nd Company F.
World War I

A very helpful source for World War I is an index at www.ancestry.com of World War I draft registration records, 1917-1918. All men between ages eighteen and forty-five were required to register. Their birth date and place, address, and sometimes the name of nearest kin, are listed on the card. Many of these men served in the war.

World War II

There is an index on www.ancestry.com of the 1942 World War II draft registrations for New Hampshire, of men forty-five to sixty-five. Some of these men served in that war. The records contain name, address, birth date and place, name of kin or friend, name and address of employer, and signature. (See www.ancestry.com for further information.)

If the soldier died in World War II, see this internet site:

Naturalization and Citizenship

Cheshire County naturalization records are kept at the county courthouse at 12 Court St., Keene, NH 03431. The records for 1831-1859 are included in the county volumes titled "Roads and Session Records." For the film numbers go to the Family History Library Catalog --- New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Public Records.

You can search Family History Library microfilms of naturalization records for 1860-1945 kept by the Supreme Judicial Court. They include records of the Circuit Court, 1874-1876, and the Superior Court, 1901-1904. See the Library Catalog, New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Naturalization and Citizenship.

Volunteers, in recent years, arranged most of the naturalization records in aphabetical order. The Historical Society of Cheshire County, in Keene, has photocopies through the early 1900s.

Newspapers

The main newspaper for Cheshire County is the Keene Sentinel, published since 1799. The offices are at 60 West St., Keene, NH 03431, tel. 603-352-1234, e-mail classified@keenesentinel.com. The web site is sentinelsource.com.

  • At www.genealogybank.com (accessed 11 November 2011) you can search for names in the Keene Sentinel for years 1799-1891.
  • Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Fitchburg, MA newspapers (1868-1977) covering local news that included Cheshire County residents.
  • Obituary Index Cheshire County, New Hampshire, (accessed 22 August 2011). This has obituaries primarily from 1998 to 2008 as of November 2011.
  • The Historical Society of Cheshire County (see address in Church section above) has obituaries taken from the Keene Sentinel newspaper for 1799-1890 and 1985- present.
Finding More New Hampshire Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Cheshire County, New Hampshire newspapers in online catalogs like:

Periodicals

A vast number of articles are written each year about families and their history. There is an index to family history periodicals called PERSI (Periodical Source Index). This index is available on the internet through several libraries or companies.

For example you can go to a Family History Center and search ancestry.com which has PERSI as one of its searches. Go to their Card Catalog, and type in Periodical Source Index. In the PERSI search box type the full name of the ancestor, with their birth date and place, and death date and place if known. You can also access heritagequestonline.com which also has PERSI. This is free at the FamilySearch Centers and many public libraries.

Probate

The Registry of Probate office is at 12 Court St., Keene, NH 03431, tel. 603-357-7786. The probate records for 1771-1885 are at the New Hampshire Division of Records Management, 71 S. Fruit St., Concord, NH 03301. You can request and search those records there. They are on microfilms also - see below.

Probate records for 1886 to the present are still at the court house in Keene. The Registry of Probate office has an index to those persons for whom probate records were filed. There is an index on Family History Library film 2316239 item 3 for 1771-1885.

The Family History Library has microfilms of probate records for wills, 1769-1885; administrations, 1823-1869; and alphabetical probate estate files, 1769-1885. There is an index on film for 1769-1885. See the Family History Library Catalog, New Hampshire - Cheshire County - Probate Recorde. The Historical Society of Cheshire County, in Keene also has films of the records for 1771-1885,

Taxation

Many town tax records have been preserved by town clerks and town tax officials. Town tax records were generally taken each year. The Family History Library has many town records on microfilms. For film numbers see the Family History Library Catalog under New Hampshire - Cheshire County - [name of town] - Town Records.

There is an index to the town records (which include many tax records) from the early settlement of the town to about 1850. This is the Index to Early Town Records of New Hampshire, Early to 1850 (FHL films 14942-15052). The index cards list volume and page numbers for the town records, many of which are on Family History Library microfilms. The records are listed in the catalog in the manner mentioned in the paragraph above.

Ancestry.com has online images of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax lists for New Hampshire and many other states for 1862-1866. Only persons who owned businesses, or valuable items such as carriages, were listed. You may wish to check ancestry.com to see if your ancestor was listed. The record gives the person's name, town of residence, business or valuable item, and amount of tax.

Town Records

Town records are an important source of family history information from the 1600s to about the 1940s. The early New Hampshire town records to about 1850 have an every-name index, Index to Early Town Records of New Hampshire, Early to 1850 (FHL films 14942-15052). Many town records are still in the town offices.

To see the types of family history information you might find in town records please go to the heading Town Records in our New Hampshire wiki article.

Vital Records

Below are links to online images of New Hampshire birth, marriage, and death records that are included in familysearch.org.

Certified copies of of birth, marriage, and death records are available from the State Division of Vital Records Administration or from the local city and town clerk where the event took place. Original records are kept by the city or town clerk and copies are sent to the state.

In 1905, when the state created the Bureau of Vital Records and Health, printed cards were distributed to the local clerks and earlier vital records were transcribed onto the cards and submitted to the state.

Births
Marriages
Deaths

Some vital records links are found at MyGenealogist.com, (accessed 22 August 2011). Most of the links listed are by town or city. There are also links to cemetery records.

The internet site of the Keene Public Library has vital records information on-line for Keene:

birth records, 1753-1910

marriage records, 1762-1855, and 1886-1941

death records, 1742-1941

The marriage and death entries from 1887 through 1938 often give birth place, parents' names, parents' birthplaces, age, and other useful information.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

As of May 2103 there were Family History Centers in New Hampshire at: Concord, Derry Public Library, Exeter, Lebanon, Nashua, North Hampton Public Library, Randolph, and Wolfeboro. By going to the site below you can find the address, directions, hours open, and telephone number for Family History Centers in New Hampshire and neighboring states.

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cheshire County, New Hampshire page 452, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.