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Welcome to New Hampshire,
the Granite State

State Motto: "Live Free or Die" 

Diana's Baths, North Conway, NH, (the Granite State).
Most unique genealogical features:
  • Massachusetts has many NH records 1641-1679 when the two combined[1]
  • In New England the main record keeper is the town clerk. New Hampshire town records are where you will find vital records. A knowledge of town records and townships are criticle to New Hampshire research.
  • Statewide NH birth, marriage, & death indexes are found in Record Search
  • Town histories with good genealogies are abundant in New Hampshire[2]


Click on the map below to go to a county page. Hover over a county to see its name. To see a larger version of the map, click here.

Cheshire CountyHillsborough CountyRockingham CountyMerrimackSullivan CountyStrafford CountyBelknap CountyGrafton CountyCarroll CountyCoos CountyNew-hampshire-county-map.gif

Extinct Counties:  Albany · Norfolk (old) · Washington

Major Repositories

New Hampshire State Archives · New Hampshire Historical Society · New Hampshire State Library · American-Canadian Genealogical Society · Allen County Public Library · New England Historic Genealogical Society · National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)

Migration Routes

Connecticut River · Merrimack River · Saco River · Kennebunk Road · King's Highway

Featured Content

The New Hampshire State Papers is a 40 volume set of resources with information for New Hampshire researchers. It includes information about the founding of towns, early families, Revolutionary War service rolls, probate record abstracts (1635-1771), court records (1640-1692), and a multitude of other information valuable to the genealogist. To begin your search in this valuable resource click here.

Did you know?

  • Of the thirteen original colonies, New Hampshire was the first to declare its independence from Mother England -- a full six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed.
  • The highest wind speed recorded at ground level is at Mt. Washington, on April 12, 1934. The winds were three times as fast as those in most hurricanes.
  • New Hampshire is the only state that ever played host at the formal conclusion of a foreign war. In 1905, Portsmouth was the scene of the treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War.
  • The first potato planted in the United States was at Londonderry Common Field in 1719.
  • In 1833 the first free public library in the United States was established in Peterborough.

Research Tools

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Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Things you can do

Below list some of the many tasks you can help with:


  1. Alice Eichholz, ed., Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 429. (FHL Book 973 D27rb). WorldCat entry.
  2. Eichholz, 431.


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