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The term genealogy is used to describe a variety of records containing family information previously gathered by other researchers, societies, or archives. These records can include pedigree charts, compiled data on families, correspondence, ancestor lists, record abstracts, and collections of original or copied documents. Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. These collections and indexes generally must be researched in person. These sources can save time, but because they are compiled from other sources, they must be carefully evaluated for accuracy.
Statewide and Regional Collections
Many genealogies have been researched and published for the colonial states. Names of the earliest immigrants and settlers have been identified. Many important manuscript collections are at the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the New Hampshire Historical Society. For the addresses of these societies, see New Hampshire Societies.
- New Hampshire Society of Genealogists. The New Hampshire Family Register, 1623–1910. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1987. (On 10 Family History Library films beginning with 1532156.) This register includes family group sheets, names of grooms and brides, and all other persons listed on the family group sheets. These are arranged by surname.
- The New Hampshire Society of Genealogists has published a book, New Hampshire Families in 1790. This is result of their project to document the families who lived in New Hampsihre at the time of the 1790 federal census. On their internet site they have an every-name index to that book. They desire to publish other volumes in that series and ask researchers to submit their family information.
- Daughters of the American Revolution (New Hampshire). Genealogical Collection. Washington, D.C.: DAR Library, 1971. (On 15 Family History Library films beginning with 870152.) The volumes are arranged alphabetically by towns, then subject. This collection contains transcripts of Bible, cemetery, church, and vital records.
- The New Hampshire Notables Card File, cited in the New Hampshire Biography, has over 30,000 cards that contain the names of New Hampshire residents with the date and place of birth and a source title.
- Piscataqua Pioneers. For this collection about early settlers see the Societies section.
- General Society of Colonial Wars. Lineage Records . . . Supplemental Records. In searching for Colonial period ancestors from the 1600s to 1783 you may wish to search the lineage papers of the General Society of Colonial Wars. These are available on Family History Library films. They are a valuable resource.
The lineage papers are well-researched, and well-documented with information on births, marriages, and deaths in family lines from a Colonial period ancestor to someone who applied for membership in the society in the last 100 years.
First order Family History Library film 1,425,262 item 27. This has the book Master Index of Indexes of Ancestors of The Society of Colonial Wars, by Ronald L. Olsen, published in 1992. This is an index to many men of the Colonial period who were in the military or in government leadership positions. Hopefully in the future this book will be available in digital form on familysearch.org.
When you receive the film at a family history center, look for the names of your Colonial-period male ancestor, their father, brothers, uncles, etc. When you find a name, then the next step is to determine the lineage papers' number. For this you will need to order a film for that surname from these films:
528,690 surnames Abbey to Baylor
528,691 surnames Beach to Cruttenden
528,692 surnames Cudworth to Hampton
533,971 surnames Hance to Loper
533,972 surnames Lord to Reynor
533,973 surnames Rhett to Travis
533,974 surnames Treat to Zimmerman
In these alphabetical cards, look up the card for your relative. You will then see the number of the lineage papers or supplemental lineage papers of that ancestor. There will be a lineage papers' number between 1 and 14,199, or a volume number between 1 and 61, with supplemental papers’ number.
Your next step is to order the microfilm of the lineage papers. The films are listed in the Family History Library Catalog in familysearch.org. In the Catalog film number box you can type in the film number for the first film in this collection, film number 528,677. You will then see the list of films with the lineage papers’ numbers, and, supplemental papers’ volumes and papers, with their film numbers.
Order the film for the correct number of the lineage papers or supplemental papers’ volume, and you will receive the film at the center in a few weeks. The lineage records will hopefully give you important information to complete a particular family tree. If you wish to contact the society, see theEncyclopedia of Associations, available at major libraries.
Published Indexes and Guides
- Copeley, William N. Index to Genealogies in New Hampshire Town Histories. Concord, New Hampshire: New Hampshire Historical Society, 1988. This is an index to early families listed in over 260 town histories. It includes family names from many town histories published before 1980. (Family History Library book 974.2 D22c; fiche 6010808.) The New Hampshire Historical Society is working to put this online.
- Greenlaw, William Prescott. The Greenlaw Index of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. 2 vols. Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall, 1979. This source is an index of genealogical information acquired by the New England Historic Genealogical Society after 1900. It is arranged by family names. Any family carried through three or more generations is included. (Family History Library book Q 974 D22g.) (Google Books Vol 1.) (Google Books Vol 2.)
- Historical Records Survey (New Hampshire). Guide to Depositories of Manuscript Collections in the United States: New Hampshire. Manchester, New Hampshire: New Hampshire Historical Records Survey, 1940. (Family History Library book 974.2 A3hr; film 2055358 item 3.)
- New Hampshire Historical Society. Card Index to Genealogies. Published and Manuscript. Concord, NH: New Hampshire Historical Society, 1975. This is a catalog, indexed by surname, of thousands of published and manuscript New Hampshire and New England genealogies. (Family History Library films 1001440–41.)
- Cutter, William Richard. New England Families: Genealogical and Memorial. 4 vols. 1913. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing, 1914. These volumes include portraits and detailed biographical information of the achievements of New England families. Each volume has an every-name index. (Family History Library book 974 D2c 1914; films 962340–41; vols.1–3 on fiche 6051510–512.) A consolidated surname index to Cutter’s Nine Genealogy Series is:
- Ireland, Norma Olin and Winifred Irving. Cutter Index: A Consolidated Index of Cutter’s Nine Genealogy Series. Fallbrook, California: Ireland Indexing Service, 197–?. It includes an index to genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and central and western New York and an index to historic homes and memoirs of families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts. (Family History Library book 974 D22i; film 1036507, item6; fiche 6046737.)
- English Origins of New England Families: From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, First Series. 3 vols. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1984. (Family History Library book 974 D2e; fiche 6047919-21.) Second series. 3 vols. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1985. (Family History Library book 974 D2en; fiche 6047922-24.) These volumes contain articles and genealogies of New England families, and the sources are well documented. Each volume is individually indexed.
- Noyes, Sybil, Charles Thornton Libby, and Walter Goodwin Davis. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire. 1928–1939. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1983. This dictionary is an extensive list of inhabitants from the first settlements through 1700 and includes three generations of the families listed. Alphabetically arranged by surname. Information on each family includes dates of birth, marriage, and death, sometimes to the 1770s. The children and their marriages are listed, and historical information is given on some of the families. For an on-line search, go to ancestry’s Card Catalog, type in Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire. On ancestry.com you can see two indexed versions. You can do name searches in each of them. (Family History Library book 974 D2n; films 476892 and 599337 item4; fiche 6046621;.)
- Pope, Charles H. The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623 to 1660. 1908. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1965. This source contains a descriptive list of pioneers that was taken from records of the colonies, towns, churches, courts, and other sources. It includes an index. (Family History Library book 974 D2po 1965; fiche 6049825; film 9724.)
- Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England. 4 vols. 1860– 1862. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1965. This dictionary shows the settlers of New England through the first three generations of those who came before May 1692. Information on each family includes names and dates of birth, marriage, and sometimes death. The genealogies are arranged alphabetically through the four volumes. (Family History Library Online version; book 974 D2s 1986; fiche 6019972; films 1351–53.) An online copy, searchable by family name is found at archive.org.
- Stearns, Ezra S. Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire. 4 vols. New York: Lewis Publishing, 1908. This genealogical history is a record of the achievements of the people in the making of the commonwealth. The volumes include illustrations, portraits, and an index. (Family History Library Online Version; book 974.2 D2s; film 1000198; fiche 6046857.) (That link goes to volume three. For the four-volume set and an index to them please see hhtp://babel.hathitrust.org.)
- Towle, Glenn C. New Hampshire Genealogical Digest, 1623-1900. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1986. This is an alphabetical index to many New Hampshire books. (Family History Library book 974.2 D32t.)
You will find information about some of your ancestors in important nationwide genealogical indexes. These indexes are described in the following Wiki articles:
- United States Genealogy
- United States Census
- United States Periodicals
- United States Vital Records
Writing and Sharing Your Family History
Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:
- It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
- It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
- It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
- It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.
- See also:
Web Sites about Your Family
Family History Library
Family History Library Catalog, Last name Search, allows a search of the family histories in the Family History Library, and gives information about the book with its FHL book or film number.
Other genealogical records of New Hampshire can be found in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
NEW HAMPSHIRE- GENEALOGY
NEW HAMPSHIRE, [COUNTY]- GENEALOGY
NEW HAMPSHIRE, [COUNTY], TOWN]- GENEALOGY
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