How to Find New Hampshire Birth Records

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Records of births occurring in each New Hampshire town or city have been kept by town clerks since the early 1600s. Statewide registration began in 1866. Total compliance with the law was not accomplished until the 1880s, and even then the practice was not uniform. By this point, less than half of the population was listed in the birth records. Total compliance began in 1905 with the establishment of the Bureau of Vital Records.

Next Step: When did the birth occur?

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Births before 1905

Town clerks in New Hampshire have been keeping record of births since the 1600s. In 1866, law required town clerks to send copies of birth records to the state government. Between 1866 and 1905, compliance was not enforced and many birth records were not sent to the state.

Try these databases.
First three databases are indexes only. Last database includes images.
Database Name Link or links to access database
Ancestry, New Hampshire, Births and Christenings Index, 1714-1904 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription
Ancestry, New Hampshire, Births Records, 1659-1900 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription
FamilySearch, New Hampshire, Births and Christenings, 1714-1904 Free, index to birth, baptism and christening records. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and FamilySearch Centers.
FamilySearch, New Hampshire, Birth Records, Early to 1900 Free, index and images of New Hampshire birth records

Obtain the Certificate

If your ancestor appeared in one of the indexes, there are two options:

  • - If the indexed information contained a GS microfilm number you can order the microfilm from the Family History Library.
  • Individual Town Clerk Office - You may contact the town clerk where your ancestor was born and order a copy of the birth record.

If you did not find your ancestor in the above indexes, try searching for birth information in substitute records. You may also contact the town clerk where your ancestor was born to obtain the birth record.

Records that give birth information:
Death Records
Cemetery Records
Church Records
Military Records
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Births after 1905

The New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records was established in 1905, bringing about full compliance to statewide registration of births that started in 1866. Since 1905, birth records have been kept at the town and state level.

Obtain the Certificate

To Order Birth Certificates
Town clerk's offices New Hampshire Dept of State Division of Vital Records Administration
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state Town/city websites can be more difficult to use Has an expedited service on Vital Chek May be more expensive than ordering from the town/city

See restrictions below to find if you "qualify" to order a certificate. You must have full name, exact date and place of the birth to order from the New Hampshire Department of State Division of Vital Records Administration. If you do not have the exact information, contact the Vital Records Office for more information.

Restrictions to qualify for certificates for persons born within the last 100 years:
To obtain a copy of the certificate, you must be:

  • The person on the certificate
  • The parents shown on the certificate
  • Individuals who have a "direct and tangible interest"

If you do not want to order the birth record, there are other records with birth information you can search.

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