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Record Description

The collection consists of images of naturalization and probate records for the following counties:

  • Belknap
  • Grafton
  • Hillsborough
  • Merrimack
  • Rockingham
  • Sullivan

The records were acquired from the state archives in Concord. The collection is being published as images become available. It covers the years 1643 to 1948.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New Hampshire, Naturalization and Probate Records, 1643-1948.

Record Content

The information found in these records varies from one record to another. You may find any of the following:

  • Name of the testator or deceased
  • Names of heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
  • Name of the executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates, since a will was usually written near the time of death)
  • Court where will is filed
  • Date of filing
  • Conditions of the will
  • Land descriptions
  • Inventory of property or estate
  • Residences (including previous residences)
  • Date of immigration
  • Age
  • Court where declaration of intent was filed
  • Date declaration of intent was filed

How to Use the Record

When searching the records it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name of the ancestor
  • Type of event (probate or naturalization)
  • Approximate date of event

Search the Collection

To search the collection
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate County
⇒Select the appropriate Record Category
⇒Select the appropriate Record Type, Record Description and Year Range which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church, land, and census records.
  • Use ages to determine approximate birth dates.
  • Use will filing or probating dates as approximate death dates.
  • Search for records of people in the county who shared a surname. These may have been the couple’s parents, uncles, or other relatives. Your ancestor may have been an heir who sold inherited land that had belonged to parents or grandparents.
  • To find later generations, search the land records a few years before and after a person’s death. Your ancestor may have sold or given land to his or her heirs before death, or the heirs may have sold the land after the individual died. For daughters, the names of their husbands are often provided. For sons, the given names of their wives may be included. Heirs may have sold their interest in the land to another heir even though the record may not indicate this. Continue this process for identifying each succeeding generation.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Some counties were subdivided or the boundaries may have changed. Consider searching neighboring counties as well since that courthouse may have been more convenient for the person.
  • Witnesses and neighbors, even those with a different surname, may have been relatives, in-laws, or even a widowed mother who has remarried. You may want to check the records of these witnesses and neighbors, especially if they are frequently found in your ancestor’s land records.
  • The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for indexes. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Make a list of all residences mentioned in the records within a year or two of when your ancestors came to the county—regardless of surname. Then search the records of places that seem likely or that occur frequently.
  • Create a database for other people with the same surname who lived in the county. Doing this may help you identify which individuals were related. If your ancestor’s records do not contain the information you need, a county database might give you a more complete picture.

Known Issues with This Collection

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How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"New Hampshire, Naturalization and Probate Records, 1643-1948." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2015. Citing State Archives, Concord, New Hampshire.

Image Citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New Hampshire, Naturalization and Probate Records, 1643-1948.


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