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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.
Vital Records Reference Dates
New Hampshire's vital records start the following years:
Records of Births, Marriages, and Deaths
Official records of births, marriages, and deaths occurring in each New Hampshire town or city have been kept by town clerks since the early 1600s. The town clerk sends copies to the Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics in Concord, New Hampshire. The original records of every town, early to 1900, are available at the Bureau and have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library, and family history centers.
Until 1883 less than half the population was listed in 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.
Birth records usually show the name and sex of the child, date and place of birth, 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.
- New Hampshire, Births and Christenings, 1714-1904 is a free name index. The information includes date and place of birth, names of parents, and occasionally additional information. Description.
- Index to Births, Early to 1900 is a free name index. The information includes date and place of birth, names of the parents, and occasionally additional information. Description.
- This index is also on film.The film index cards are filed alphabetically by surname using the first and third letter of the name. For further explanation on using these records, see New Hampshire State Vital Records Index
The following have information about adoptions in New Hampshire:
- New Hampshire. Health and Human Services. Information for Adoptees and Birth Family Members.
- New Hampshire. Health and Human Services. Private Adoption Agencies
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:
- New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947 is a free, online index that includes the names of the bride and groom, the place of the marriage, and usually the towns of residence of both.
- It is also on film called Index to Marriages, Early to 1900.The records are indexed by the groom’s surname using the first and third letter.
- New Hampshire, Marriages, 1720-1920 is another free online index. It has basically the same information with some overlap of the above index.
- Bride’s Index, 1640–1900 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 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 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 This source lists marriage intentions and licenses for 1709– 1911, plus out-of-state ministers’ licenses, 1921–1961. An index is included.
- Gretna Greens. When an eloping New Hampshire couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places like Elkton, Cecil, Maryland, or Prince William County, VA.
- New Hampshire. Registrar of Vital Statistics. Index to Divorces and Annulments Prior to 1938. The records are indexed by surname, using the first and third letters. 8 FHL films 1001323-1001330
- New Hampshire. Bureau of Vital Records. Divorce Certificates, 1938-1947. Records are arranged by surname, using the first and third letters. 2 FHL films 2320731 and 2320502
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.
Film versions of New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947 are:
- Index to Deaths, Early to 1900 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 These certificates are arranged alphabetically using the first and third letters of the surname.
Other 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.
- New Hampshire Links from fhlfavorites.info - Free
- Hampshire New Hampshire Databases listed on Rootsweb.com - Free
- USGenWeb.org New Hampshire Site - Free
- New Hampshire Collections on FamilySearch.org - Free
- The Vital Records Search and Information Directory for New Hampshire - Free/$
- Online Links for New Hampshire Birth and Marriage and Death Records - Free/$
- Linkpendium Links for New Hampshire Genealogy and History, including individual Counties - Free/$
- Progenealogists Links for the United States. Press Ctrl + F on the keyboard to search for New Hampshire or NH - Free/$
- Search the New Hampshire Birth, Marriage & Death Records at Ancestry.com - $
- Order New Hampshire Certificates online. Also has addresses of where to write, costs, restrictions, and helpful remarks.
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.
- 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
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
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
- ↑ 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.)
- ↑ 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.)
- ↑ 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.)
- ↑ 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.)
- ↑ 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.)
- ↑ Oesterlin, Pauline J. New Hampshire Marriage Licenses and Intentions, 1709–1961. Bowie, Maryland.: Heritage Books, 1991. (Family History Library book 974.2 V2o.)
- ↑ 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
- ↑ 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.)
- ↑ 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.)
Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:
- New Hampshire Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- New Hampshire Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- New Hampshire Statewide Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- New Hampshire Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- New Hampshire, Manchester, Hillsborough County, Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- New Hampshire Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- New Hampshire Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)