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== Title of the Collection  ==
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New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947.
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== Record Description  ==
  
== Record Description  ==
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The collection "New Hampshire, Marriage Records" covers the years 1637 to 1947.
  
This Collection will include records from 1637 to 1947.<br>
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The collection "New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates" covers the years 1948 to 1959.  
  
 
Marriage records were handwritten or later typed on pre-printed forms or cards with single entries on each page. In some cases brides and grooms have separate cards; in others the bride and groom are listed together. The cards are arranged alphabetically by the first and third letter of the groom's surname. More recent marriage records may include certificates of intention of marriage and certificates of marriage.  
 
Marriage records were handwritten or later typed on pre-printed forms or cards with single entries on each page. In some cases brides and grooms have separate cards; in others the bride and groom are listed together. The cards are arranged alphabetically by the first and third letter of the groom's surname. More recent marriage records may include certificates of intention of marriage and certificates of marriage.  
  
Town clerks began recording marriages as early as 1639. However, the earlier records do not give much information and the information varies depending upon the clerk. The earlier records only include part of the population. Records after 1901 give more information and the population coverage is near 100 percent.&nbsp;
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Town clerks began recording marriages as early as 1639. However, the earlier records do not give much information and the information varies depending upon the clerk. The earlier records only include part of the population. Records after 1901 give more information and the population coverage is near 100 percent.  
  
Marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to safeguard the interests of the wife and other legal heirs.&nbsp;
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Marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to safeguard the interests of the wife and other legal heirs.  
  
The marriage date, place, residence of bride and groom, and occupation are fairly reliable. Other information such as age or birth place is dependent on the memory of the informants (usually the bride and groom).&nbsp;
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The marriage date, place, residence of bride and groom, and occupation are fairly reliable. Other information such as age or birth place is dependent on the memory of the informants (usually the bride and groom).  
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947."  Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.}}  
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
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While earlier records are usually less complete, genealogical facts in many marriage records include the following:  
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While earlier records are usually less complete, many '''marriage records''' include the following:  
  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
 
*Date and place of marriage  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to marriages make it possible to access a specific marriage record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
  
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
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*Names of the bride and groom
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*Identifying information such as the marriage date and place.
  
*The county where the marriage occurred.
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=== Search the Collection  ===
*The name of the person at the time of marriage.
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*The approximate marriage date.
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*The marriage place.
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*The name of the intended spouse.
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Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the marriage records. Compare the information in the marriage record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.
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If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection by image. <br>
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For the '''New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959''' collection: ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the "Year" category<br> ⇒Select the "Certificate and or Name Range" category which takes you to the images
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For the '''New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947''' ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "FILM" which takes you to the images.
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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.  
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With either search keep in mind:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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=== Using the Information  ===
  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
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*Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.  
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.  
*Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.  
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.  
 
*Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
 
*Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
*Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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Keep in mind:
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*The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*The information in marriage 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.  
 
*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 marriage record to another record.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.  
 
*Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.  
 
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
 
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.  
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*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|New Hampshire, Marriage Records|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[New Hampshire Archives and Libraries]]. For additional information about this state see the wiki article [[New Hampshire Genealogy]].}}
  
 
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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== Related Web Sites  ==
 
== Related Web Sites  ==
  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/marriages/newhampshire/newhampshire.htm New Hampshire Marriage Project]
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[http://usgwarchives.net/marriages/newhampshire/newhampshire.htm New Hampshire Marriage Project]  
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[New Hampshire]]  
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*[[New Hampshire Genealogy|New Hampshire]]  
 
*[[New Hampshire Vital Records]]
 
*[[New Hampshire Vital Records]]
  
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== How You Can Contribute ==
  
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== Citations for This Collection ==
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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.
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'''Collection Citation''' for "New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947":<br> {{Collection citation | text= "New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947."  Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.}}<br><br>
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'''Collection Citation''' for "New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959":<br> {{Collection citation | text= "New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959."  Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing New Hampshire Division of Vital Records, Concord.}}<br><br>
  
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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|CID=CID1876926
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|title=New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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Latest revision as of 20:31, 7 August 2015

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

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Record Description

The collection "New Hampshire, Marriage Records" covers the years 1637 to 1947.

The collection "New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates" covers the years 1948 to 1959.

Marriage records were handwritten or later typed on pre-printed forms or cards with single entries on each page. In some cases brides and grooms have separate cards; in others the bride and groom are listed together. The cards are arranged alphabetically by the first and third letter of the groom's surname. More recent marriage records may include certificates of intention of marriage and certificates of marriage.

Town clerks began recording marriages as early as 1639. However, the earlier records do not give much information and the information varies depending upon the clerk. The earlier records only include part of the population. Records after 1901 give more information and the population coverage is near 100 percent.

Marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to safeguard the interests of the wife and other legal heirs.

The marriage date, place, residence of bride and groom, and occupation are fairly reliable. Other information such as age or birth place is dependent on the memory of the informants (usually the bride and groom).

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959.
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New Hampshire, Marriage Records 1637-1947.

Record Content

While earlier records are usually less complete, many marriage records include the following:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name
  • Bride's name
  • Residences of the bride and groom
  • Age and race of the bride and groom
  • Occupation of groom
  • Birthplace of each
  • Number of marriages for each
  • Whether widowed or divorced
  • Name of groom's parents and father's occupation
  • Name of bride's parents and father's occupation
  • Name, residence and title of officiator at marriage

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Identifying information such as the marriage date and place.

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection by image.

For the New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959 collection: ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "Year" category
⇒Select the "Certificate and or Name Range" category which takes you to the images

For the New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947 ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "FILM" 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.

With either search 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.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s marriage record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.

Tips to 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.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • The information in marriage 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 marriage record to another record.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Known Issues with This Collection

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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 for "New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947":

"New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for New Hampshire, Marriage Records 1637-1947.

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, Marriage Records 1637-1947.

Collection Citation for "New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959":

"New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing New Hampshire Division of Vital Records, Concord.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959.

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, Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959.

 

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