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Official records of births, marriages, and deaths occurring in each [[New Hampshire|New Hampshire]] town or city are kept by the clerk, who sends copies to the Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics in Concord, New Hampshire. The original records of every town, early to 1900, have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library.  
 
Official records of births, marriages, and deaths occurring in each [[New Hampshire|New Hampshire]] town or city are kept by the clerk, who sends copies to the Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics in Concord, New Hampshire. The original records of every town, early to 1900, have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library.  
  
*[http://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1542861 ''Index to Births, Early to 1900''] is free, online, and name searchable. The information includes the place of birth, the names of the parents, and occasionally additional information.
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*[http://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1542861 ''Index to Births, Early to 1900''] is free, online, and name searchable. The information includes the place of birth, the names of the parents, and occasionally additional information, such as mother's maiden name.
  
:This index is also on film.<ref>New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics. ''Index to Births, Early to 1900''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974. ({{FHL|285935|title-id|disp=On 98 Family History Library films beginning with 1000480}}.)</ref>The film index cards are filed alphabetically by surname using the first and third letter of the name.
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:This index is also on film.<ref>New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics. ''Index to Births, Early to 1900''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974. ({{FHL|285935|title-id|disp=On 98 Family History Library films beginning with 1000480}}.)</ref>The film index cards are filed alphabetically by surname using the first and third letter of the name.<br>
  
 
Until 1883 less than half the population was listed in the vital records. These records often gave little information about parents and their birthplaces. After 1901 the records are more complete and give much more genealogical information.  
 
Until 1883 less than half the population was listed in the vital records. These records often gave little information about parents and their birthplaces. After 1901 the records are more complete and give much more genealogical information.  

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United States  Gotoarrow.png  New Hampshire  Gotoarrow.png  Vital Records

New Hampshire Birth, Marriage and Death Records

Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the New Hampshire Vital Records State Department of Health or the Town Clerk's office of the town where the event occurred. See also records at the Family History Library, online at FamilySearch.

Contents

 
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Vital Records Reference Dates

New Hampshire's vital records start the following years:

Birth Records Marriage Records  Death/Will Records
1600s
1600s
1600s


New Hampshire Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating New Hampshire Vital Records which consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths.  Most online resources for New Hampshire Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Birth Records

See also: New Hampshire State Vital Records Index

Birth records usually show the name and sex of the child and the parents’ names. They may also show the parents’ birthplaces and ages, mother’s maiden name, father’s occupation, and number of children born to the mother. A year by year search may reveal other children born to the couple.

Records of Births and Deaths

Official records of births, marriages, and deaths occurring in each New Hampshire town or city are kept by the clerk, who sends copies to the Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics in Concord, New Hampshire. The original records of every town, early to 1900, have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library.

  • Index to Births, Early to 1900 is free, online, and name searchable. The information includes the place of birth, the names of the parents, and occasionally additional information, such as mother's maiden name.
This index is also on film.[1]The film index cards are filed alphabetically by surname using the first and third letter of the name.

Until 1883 less than half the population was listed in the vital records. These records often gave little information about parents and their birthplaces. After 1901 the records are more complete and give much more genealogical information.

Marriage Records

Marriage records usually mention the names of the bride and groom, the date and place of the marriage, and the home town of both the bride and groom. They may also show the names of the parents of each of them.

Town clerks recorded marriages as early as 1639. Many of these records are on microfilm (see New Hampshire Town Records). Records after 1901 give more information. The following marriage records and indexes are available:

  • Index to Marriages, Early to 1900 [2]The records are indexed by the groom’s surname using the first and third letter. The information on the cards includes the names of the bride and groom, the place of the marriage, and usually the towns of residence of both.
  • Bride’s Index, 1640–1900 [3]These records include an index to brides and the names of the mothers of the brides and grooms. They are arranged alphabetically by the first and third letter of the surname.
  • Marriage Certificates, 1901–1937 [4]These are films of original records in the Bureau of Vital Records and are arranged alphabetically by the first and third letters of the surname.
  • Marriage Record Corrections and Additions, 1677–1937 [5]This film of the original records in the Bureau of Vital Records is arranged alphabetically by surname.
  • New Hampshire Marriage Licenses and Intentions, 1709–1961 [6]This source lists marriage intentions and licenses for 1709– 1911, plus out-of-state ministers’ licenses, 1921–1961. An index is included.

New Hampshire Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Divorce Records

Death Records

Death records usually have the deceased’s name, age, birth date, and birthplace. They also may include the names of parents, the date and place of death, and the cause of death. The informant may be a close relative, and the names of the physician and mortician may be provided.

  • Index to Deaths, Early to 1900 [8]These records are arranged alphabetically by surname using the first and third letter being as in other New Hampshire vital records.
  • Death Certificates, 1901–1937 [9]These certificates are arranged alphabetically using the first and third letters of the surname.

Substitute Records

These links will take you to wiki pages describing alternate sources for birth, marriage and death records.

  • Church Records: Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
  • Cemetery Records: Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information.  These records may also reveal family relationships.
  • Census Records: Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search.
  • Newspapers: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices.  Also check newspaper social columns for additional information.
  • Periodicals: Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.
  • Military Records:  Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information,  In addtion, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.
  • Probate Records: If no death record exists, probate records may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century often contain the exact death date.
  • History:  Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the Family History Library catalog.

Tips

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.  Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.  The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.  A family BIble may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your  access to some vital records.  Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.
  • Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Records.  Search for New Hampshire to locate records filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by the county.

Archives, Libraries and Societies

New Hampshire Archives and Libraries

New Hampshire Societies

You can obtain copies of the state records by writing to:

Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics
Health and Welfare Building
6 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
Telephone: 603-271-4651
Internet address: New Hampshire Vital Records Office

Since vital records were kept from the founding of a town, also search the town records for the original information. See New Hampshire Town Records for details. Vital records can be found in the Family History Library Catalog Locality Search under:

NEW HAMPSHIRE- VITAL RECORDS
NEW HAMPSHIRE, [COUNTY]- VITAL RECORDS
NEW HAMPSHIRE, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- VITAL RECORDS

References

  1. New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics. Index to Births, Early to 1900. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974. (On 98 Family History Library films beginning with 1000480.)
  2. New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics. Index to Marriages, Early to 1900. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1975–1976. (On 101 FHL films beginning with 1001120.)
  3. New Hampshire. Division of Vital Statistics. Bride’s Index, 1640–1900. Concord, New Hampshire: Division of Vital Statistics, 197?–. (Family History Library films 975678–94.)
  4. New Hampshire. Bureau of Vital Records. Marriage Certificates, 1901–1937. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1996–1997. (On 110 Family History Library films beginning with 2057170.)
  5. New Hampshire. Bureau of Vital Records. Marriage Record Corrections and Additions, 1677–1937. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1997. (Family History Library film 2070819 item3.)
  6. Oesterlin, Pauline J. New Hampshire Marriage Licenses and Intentions, 1709–1961. Bowie, Maryland.: Heritage Books, 1991. (Family History Library book 974.2 V2o.)
  7. Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in Genealogy Blog at http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19
  8. New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics. Index to Deaths, Early to 1900. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974. (Family History Library films 1001058–117.)
  9. New Hampshire. Bureau of Vital Records. Death Certificates, 1901–1937. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1997–1998. (On 205 Family History Library films beginning with 2070820.)

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