New Hampshire Vital Records

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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.

 
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Vital Records Reference Dates

New Hampshire's vital records start the following years:

Birth Records Marriage Records Death Records
1600s
1600s
1600s


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.

Online Records

Birth Records

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.


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. For further explanation on using these records, see New Hampshire State Vital Records Index

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Adoption Records

The following have information about adoptions in New Hampshire:

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:

It is also on film called Index to Marriages, Early to 1900.[2]The records are indexed by the groom’s surname using the first and third letter.

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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.

Film versions of New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947 are:

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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.

Substitute Records

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

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Archives, Libraries and Societies

New Hampshire Archives and Libraries gives a list of archives and libraries with addresses, phone numbers, and links to their Websites.

New Hampshire Societies  gives a list of societies with addresses, phone numbers, and links to their Websites.

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 FamilySearch Catalog Place 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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