New Hampshire Compiled Genealogies
The term genealogy is used to describe a variety of records containing family information previously gathered by other researchers, societies, or archives. These records can include pedigree charts, compiled data on families, correspondence, ancestor lists, record abstracts, and collections of original or copied documents. Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. These collections and indexes generally must be researched in person. These sources can save time, but because they are compiled from other sources, they must be carefully evaluated for accuracy.
Statewide and Regional Collections
Many genealogies have been researched and published for the colonial states. Names of the earliest immigrants and settlers have been identified. Many important manuscript collections are at the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the New Hampshire Historical Society. For the addresses of these societies, see New Hampshire Societies.
- New Hampshire Society of Genealogists. The New Hampshire Family Register, 1623–1910. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1987. (On 10 Family History Library films beginning with 1532156.) This register includes family group sheets, names of grooms and brides, and all other persons listed on the family group sheets. These are arranged bysurname.
- Daughters of the American Revolution (New Hampshire). Genealogical Collection. Washington, D.C.: DAR Library, 1971. (On 15 Family History Library films beginning with 870152.) The volumes are arranged alphabetically by towns, then subject. This collection contains transcripts of Bible, cemetery, church, and vital records.
- The New Hampshire Notables Card File, cited in the New Hampshire Biography, has over 30,000 cards that contain the names of New Hampshire residents with the date and place of birth and a source title.
Indexes and major published genealogical collections for New Hampshire are:
- Copeley, William N. Index to Genealogies in New Hampshire Town Histories. Concord, New Hampshire: New Hampshire Historical Society, 1988. This is an index to early families listed in over 260 town histories. It includes family names from many town histories published before 1980. (Family History Library book 974.2 D22c; fiche 6010808.)
- Cutter, William Richard. New England Families: Genealogical and Memorial. 4 vols. 1913. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing, 1914. These volumes include portraits and detailed biographical information of the achievements of New England families. Each volume has an every-name index. (Family History Library book 974 D2c 1914; films 962340–41; vols.1–3 on fiche 6051510–512.) A consolidated surname index to Cutter’s Nine Genealogy Series is:
- Ireland, Norma Olin and Winifred Irving. Cutter Index: A Consolidated Index of Cutter’s Nine Genealogy Series. Fallbrook, California: Ireland Indexing Service, 197–?. It includes an index to genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and central and western New York and an index to historic homes and memoirs of families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts. (Family History Library book 974 D22i; film 1036507, item6; fiche 6046737.)
- English Origins of New England Families: From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, First Series. 3 vols. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1984. (Family History Library book 974 D2e; fiche 6047919-21.) Second series. 3 vols. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1985. (Family History Library book 974 D2en; fiche 6047922-24.) These volumes contain articles and genealogies of New England families, and the sources are well documented. Each volume is individually indexed.
- Greenlaw, William Prescott. The Greenlaw Index of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. 2 vols. Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall, 1979. This source is an index of genealogical information acquired by the New England Historic Genealogical Society after 1900. It is arranged by family names. Any family carried through three or more generations is included. (Family History Library book Q 974 D22g.) (Google Books Vol 1.) (Google Books Vol 2.)
- Historical Records Survey (New Hampshire). Guide to Depositories of Manuscript Collections in the United States: New Hampshire. Manchester, New Hampshire: New Hampshire Historical Records Survey, 1940. (Family History Library book 974.2 A3hr; film 2055358 item 3.)
- New Hampshire Historical Society. Card Index to Genealogies. Published and Manuscript. Concord, NH: New Hampshire Historical Society, 1975. This is a catalog, indexed by surname, of thousands of published and manuscript New Hampshire and New England genealogies. (Family History Library films 1001440–41.)
- Noyes, Sybil, Charles Thornton Libby, and Walter Goodwin Davis. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire. 1928–1939. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1983. This dictionary is an extensive list of inhabitants from the first settlements through 1700 and includes three generations of the families listed. Alphabetically arranged by surname. Information on each family includes dates of birth, marriage, and death. The children and their marriages are listed, and historical information is given on some of the families. (Family History Library book 974 D2n; films 476892 and 599337 item4; fiche 6046621;.)
- Pope, Charles H. The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623 to 1660. 1908. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1965. This source contains a descriptive list of pioneers that was taken from records of the colonies, towns, churches, courts, and other sources. It includes an index. (Family History Library book 974 D2po 1965; fiche 6049825; film 9724.)
- Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England. 4 vols. 1860– 1862. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1965. This dictionary shows the settlers of New England through the first three generations of those who came before May 1692. Information on each family includes names and dates of birth, marriage, and sometimes death. The genealogies are arranged alphabetically through the four volumes. (Family History Library Online version; book 974 D2s 1986; fiche 6019972; films 1351–53.)
- Stearns, Ezra S. Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire. 4 vols. New York: Lewis Publishing, 1908. This genealogical history is a record of the achievements of the people in the making of the commonwealth. The volumes include illustrations, portraits, and an index. (Family History Library book 974.2 D2s; film 1000198; fiche 6046857.)
- Towle, Glenn C. New Hampshire Genealogical Digest, 1623-1900. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1986. This is an alphabetical index to many New Hampshire books. (Family History Library book 974.2 D32t.)
You will find information about some of your ancestors in important nationwide genealogical indexes. These indexes are described in: United States Genealogy, FamilySearch, (United States Census, (United States Periodicals, United States Vital Records
Family History Library Catalog Surname Search ("Introduction" and "Genealogy" sections. Also available on the FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service.)
Writing and Sharing Your Family History
Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:
- It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
- It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
- It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
- It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.
- See also:
Web Sites about Your Family
Search the Internet for family history web sites about your surname. Use the "Search for Ancestors" feature of the FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service at FamilySearch to help you find such sites.
Other genealogical records of New Hampshire can be found in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
NEW HAMPSHIRE- GENEALOGY
NEW HAMPSHIRE, [COUNTY]- GENEALOGY
NEW HAMPSHIRE, [COUNTY], TOWN]- GENEALOGY