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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.
You will find information about some of your ancestors in the following important nationwide genealogical indexes. These indexes are described in:
Ancestral File (United States Genealogy. Also available on the FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service.)
Family History Library Catalog Surname Search ("Introduction" and "Genealogy" sections. Also available on the FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service.)
International Genealogical Index United States Genealogy. Also partially available on the FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service.)
Old Surname Index File United States Genealogy.)
Pedigree Resource File consists of unedited, lineage-linked pedigrees submitted over the Internet to the Family History Department since 1999. It also includes the associated family groups, descendancy charts, and sometimes notes or sources. It is available for purchase at the Family History Library for use on personal computers.
Social Security Death Index (United States Vital Records.) This index is also available on the Internet at http://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com/ or on compact disc from several companies. The Internet version sometimes includes a few more recently reported deaths than compact disc versions. For details about the FamilySearch compact disc version, see the research guide at http://genealogy.about.com/od/vital_records/a/ssdi.htm
U.S. Military Death Index lists deaths of service men and women in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. It is available at most Family History Centers as part of FamilySearch. For details, see the Military Index Resource Guide.
These indexes are available at the Family History Library and many libraries with family history collections. For another nationwide index important to New Hampshire, see:
American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Vols.1–198+. Middletown, Connecticut: Godfrey Memorial Library, 1952–. (Family History Library book 973 D22am ser. 2; on 31 films beginning with 1698167.) This is a continuing series. An earlier edition of 48 volumes was published as The American Genealogical Index, 1942–1951. The expanded edition consists of 198+ volumes indexing over 12 million brief citations (name, date, and source) to over 1,150 manuscripts, periodicals, or books. This index is also available through:
"American Genealogical Biographical Index (AGBI)." In Ancestry.com. [Orem, Utah]: Ancestry, 1999. Available at .www.ancestry.com
This online database is available only to Ancestry.com members for a subscription fee. It is also available on CD-ROM.
To help interpret citations and locate the original sources, use the colored pages in some volumes, or:
Key Title Index to the American Genealogical Biographical Index: Register of Family History Library Call Numbers. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990. (Family History Library book 973 D22am index; film 1698167, item 4; fiche 6088377.) This shows which sources are at the Family History Library and their call numbers.
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
Search the Internet for family history web sites about your surname. Use the "Search for Ancestors" feature of the FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service at www.familysearch.org/default.asp to help you find such sites.
Statewide and Regional Collections
Manuscript Collections. Many genealogies have been researched and published for the colonial states. Names of the earliest immigrants and settlers have been identified.
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.
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.
Other 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.
Published Collections. Indexes and major published genealogical collections for New Hampshire are:
Copeley, William N. Index to Genealogies in New Hampshire Town Histories. Concord, New Hampshire: New Hampshire Historical Society, 1988. (Family History Library book 974.2 D22c; fiche 6010808.) This is an index to early families listed in over 260 town histories. It includes family names from many town histories published before 1980.
Cutter, William Richard. New England Families: Genealogical and Memorial. 4 vols. 1913. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing, 1914. (Family History Library book 974 D2c 1914; films 962340–41; vols.1–3 on fiche 6051510–512.) These volumes include portraits and detailed biographical information of the achievements of New England families. Each volume has an every-name index. 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–? (Family History Library book 974 D22i; film 1036507, item6; fiche 6046737.) 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.
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.
Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire. 4 vols. New York: Lewis Publishing, 1908. (Family History Library book 974.2 D2s; film 1000198; fiche 6046857.) This genealogical history of is a record of the achievements of the people in the making of the commonwealth. The volumes include illustrations, portraits, and an index.
Greenlaw, William Prescott. The Greenlaw Index of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. 2 vols. Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall, 1979. (Family History Library book Q 974 D22g.) 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.
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. (Family History Library films 1001440–41.) This is a catalog, indexed by surname, of thousands of published and manuscript New Hampshire and New England genealogies.
Noyes, Sybil, Charles Thornton Libby, and Walter Goodwin Davis. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire. 1928–1939. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1983. (Family History Library book 974 D2n; films 476892 and 599337 item4; fiche 6046621; .) 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. The children and their marriages are listed, and historical information is given on some of the families.
Pope, Charles H. The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623 to 1660. 1908. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1965. (Family History Library book 974 D2po 1965; fiche 6049825; film 9724.) 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.
Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England. 4 vols. 1860– 1862. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1965. (Family History Library book 974 D2s 1981; fiche 6019972; films 1351–53.) 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.
Towle, Glenn C. New Hampshire Genealogical Digest, 1623-1900. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1986. (Family History Library book 974.2 D32t.) This is an alphabetical index to many New Hampshire books.
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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