New Hampshire, Vital and Town Records Index - FamilySearch Historical Records

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New Hampshire, Vital and Town Records Index, 1656-1938
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
New Hampshire, 
United States
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Location of New Hampshire
Record Description
Record Type Vital Index
Collection years 1656-1938
FamilySearch Resources
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Multiple archives, New Hampshire


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of an index to selected births, marriages, and deaths for the years 1656 to1938.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Vital / Town

  • Name of the primary individual
  • Date and place of event
  • Parents' names, their race and residence
  • Name of spouse
  • Residence
  • Ages
  • Gender
  • Marital status

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of the birth, marriage, or death
  • The place where the date, marriage or death occurred

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Search for the family in census records
  • Search for church, land and probate
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Check for a different index. Local historical and genealogical societies may have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of New Hampshire.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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