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Cemetery records often include birth, marriage, and death information. They sometimes have insignia or symbols that provide clues about military service, religion, or membership in a service or fraternal organization. Nearby markers may help identify children who died young or women who were not recorded in family or government documents.

The New Hampshire Historical Society has an extensive collection of cemetery records. Use the historical society’s Internet site for a catalog listing of this collection. In the search box you can type the name of the city or town plus the word cemetery. Some records have been microfilmed and are at the Family History Library. Two Family History Library microfilms, 15566 and 165996, contain some of these cemetery records with various authors, publishers, and computer numbers. Other collections include:

  • Goss, Mrs. Charles C. Colonial Gravestone Inscriptions in the State of New Hampshire: Published by the Historic Activities Committee of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Hampshire, From Collections Made by Committees From 1913 to 1942. (Dover, New Hampshire: National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Hampshire, 1942). (Family History Library book 974.2 V3g; film 823810 item 3.) It is indexed in:
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The New England Mission. Cemetery Records of New Hampshire. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1960). Names are alphabetically arranged within each cemetery listed. (Family History Library book 974.2 V3c; film 908584 item 2.)

A county-by-county list of cemetery record transcripts, and the book and film numbers to locate them at the Family History Library as of 1988, is:

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah). Index to United States Cemeteries. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988). (Family History Library films 1206468-94.) New Hampshire is on film 1206479.

An additional source for New Hampshire cemetery records is:

New Hampshire Old Graveyard Association
Portsmouth Atheneum Library
9 Market Square
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Telephone: 603-431-2538

Online Resources

  • Find a Grave can be searched by the name of a person, family or cemetery. Usually gives birth and death dates and often with a picture of the tombstone. May also give obituaries, biographical information and names of family members. One of the largest cemetery databases.
  • Billion Graves has gravestone photos by name, surname, or cemetery, with GPS location. Can also filter or search by state, county, or even a specific cemetery if it has been photographed to any extent.
  • A Very Grave Matter has photographs and documentation of gravestones of local Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire cemeteries with history and genealogy of early ancestors who settled New England.
  • Names in Stone allows you to search for graves alphabetically or by cemetery; see grave photos and surrounding burials together on a map; flag records of interest to receive e-mail update notices.
  • D'Addezio lists cemeteries alphabetically with links to other New Hampshire cemetery sites.
  • Interment.net is arranged by county, then by cemetery, with alphabetical grave transcripts. Often incomplete lists.
  • Tombstone Transcription Project (NHGenWeb) gives cemetery locations and grave transcripts arranged by county. May have several lists per county. Most names indexed in a county search engine on a separate page.
  • WorldCat has a billion catalog records in 57,000 libraries worldwide on many subjects.



 

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