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These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in New Hampshire.

Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in New Hampshire

Allen County Public Library · American Antiquarian Society · American-Canadian Genealogical Society · Division of Archives and Records Management · Dover Public Library · Haverhill Public Library · Massachusetts State Archives · National Archives at Boston · Nashua Public Library · New England Historic Genealogical Society · New Hampshire Historical Society Library · New Hampshire State Library · University of New Hampshire Dimond Library · Vermont Historical Society Leahy Library

Online Records of New Hampshire

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Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.
National Archives at Boston (in Waltham MA)

National Repositories

National Archives at Boston

National Archives at Boston
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02452-6399
Phone: (781) 663-0130
Fax: (781) 663-0154
Website: National Archives at Boston

The National Archives at Boston has Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont documents, photos, and maps of 80 federal agencies, War of 1812, fortifications, coastal facilities, World War II research at Harvard and MIT, federal bankruptcy courts, First Circuit Court of Appeals, Navy, Coast Guard, westward expansion, ethnology, genealogy, Revolutionary War, Civil War, captured German records, territorial papers, censuses, passenger arrival records for Boston and New England, Canadian border crossings.[1]

NEHGS at 101 Newbury St in Boston

New England Historic Genealogical Society

New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007
Telephone:  617-536-5740; Library 617-226-1231
Fax:  617-536-7307

Best overall collection for New England vital records and probates, and excellent collection for Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and Europe. The manuscript collection for members only has diaries, letters, account books, business papers, church and town records, sermons, maps, wills, deeds, unpublished town and family genealogies, photos, and papers of the region's best genealogists since 1850.[2] The New Hampshire collection has great detail on some early families, unpublished family histories, and many town and county histories.[3]

Statewide Repositories

Division of Archives and Records Management

Division of Archives and Records Management
New Hampshire Department of State
71 South Fruit Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
Telephone: 603-271-2236
Fax: 603-271-2272
Website: Division of Archives and Records Management

They hold the original town and state records.[4]

New Hampshire Historical Society Library

New Hampshire Historical Society Library

Clearly the best genealogical collection in the state including town, county, and state histories, church records, deeds 1640-1770, maps, unpublished genealogies, newspapers, and a 30,000 card index of NH notables.[4]

New Hampshire State Library

New Hampshire State Library in Concord
New Hampshire State Library
20 Park Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
Telephone: 603-271-6823 or 2144
Fax: 603-271-2205
Website: Genealogy and New Hampshire History
They have nearly all published histories and genealogies for New Hampshire.[4]
New Hampshire Genealogy and History at Searchroots, covers all the major record groups and has numerous links to online resources. It even has detailed guides to every county and many towns in the state.

New Hampshire GenWeb Genealogy and History Project This site has transcriptions of censuses from drop down menu, and more.

Regional Respositories

American-Canadian Genealogical Society

American-Canadian Genealogical Society

They have the Drouin Collection of Roman Catholic church records of Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick, a good collection of New Brunswick censuses, and limited material from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. They also have a good New Hampshire and New England marriage collection, PRDH vitial events to 1800, Loiselle, Rivest, and Tanguay.[5]

Dover Public Library

Dover Public Library

Their excellent genealogical collection includes New Hampshire unpublished genealogies, printed books, indexes, cemetery transcripts, obituaries, and biographies.[4]

Nashua Public Library

Nashua Public Library

Their nice genealogy collection is housed in one room. They have northern New England books, family folders, cemetery transcripts, obituaries, and manuscripts.[4]

University of New Hampshire Dimond Library

University of New Hampshire Dimond Library
Dimond Library Special Collections
18 Library Way
Durham, New Hampshire 03824
Telephone: 603-862-2714
E-mail: Ask a librarian contact form
Website: University of New Hampshire Library

The Dimond Library is a federal and state depository, and houses special collections with genealogical and family papers sources.[6]

Allen Co Public Library IN

Outside New Hampshire Repositories

Allen County Public Library

Allen County Public Library
900 Library Plaza
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
Telephone: 260-421-1225
Website: Genealogy Center ACPL

This is the second-largest genealogy collection in the United States[7] and the largest genealogy collection in a public library. Its holdings include more than 350,000 printed volumes and 513,000 items on microfilm and microfiche.[8] It has a premier genealogical periodical collection, local histories, genealogies, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, ethnic sources, and Canadians. They have a great eastern seaboard and New Hampshire collection.[9]

American Antiquarian Society

American Antiquarian Society in Worcester MA
American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1634
Telephone: 508-755-5221
Fax: 508-753-3311
Website: American Antiquarian Society
Best known for its U.S. newspaper collection of over 18,000 bound volumes 1704-1820, history, genealogy, Bibles, maps, biography, directories, Native Americans, women, canals, railroads, photos, manuscripts.[10] They have New Hampshire vital records, newspapers, and town histories. One of the best genealogy centers in America.[3]

Haverhill Public Library

Haverhill Public Library in Massachusetts
Haverhill Public Library
99 Main Street
Haverhill, Massachusetts 01830
Telephone: 978-373-1586
Website: Haverhill Public Library Special Collections
One of New England's largest collections of original manuscripts, books, genealogical periodicals, and surname folders, local history collection, genealogy databases, Massachusetts vital records to 1910, federal and state censuses, 9,000 New England town and family histories. Their collection of New England and New Hampshire sources is larger than most.[3] [11]

Massachusetts State Archives in Boston

Massachusetts State Archives

Massachusetts State Archives
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125
Phone: (617) 727–2816
Website: Massachusetts State Archives

The Massachusetts Archives Index, aka "Colonial Index" lists nearly every New England immigrant including those who settled New Hampshire.[4]

Vermont Historical Society Leahy Library

VT Hist Society Leahy Library in Barre VT
Vermont Historical Society Leahy Library
Vermont History Center
60 Washington Street
Barre, Vermont 05641
Telephone: 802-479-8500
Website: Vermont History Center
VHS is definitely the best research center for early Vermont residents, many of whom migrated from New Hampshire.[4]


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  2. Dollarhide and Bremer, 5, 57, and 59.
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  5. Holdings in American-Canadian Genealogical Society (accessed 13 April 2016).
  6. Genealogy and Family Papers in University of New Hampshire Library (accessd 28 April 2016).
  7. Allen County Public Library in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 28 April 2010).
  8. Genealogy Center in Allen County Public Library (accessed 28 April 2010).
  9. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  10. Dollarhide and Bremer, 59.
  11. Genealogy Resources in Haverhill Public Library (accessed 14 November 2013).