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New Hampshire Birth Certificates, 1901-1915  and New Hampshire, Birth Records, Early to 1900
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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 Birth
Collection years Early-1915
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection "New Hampshire, Birth Records, Early to 1900" consists of an index and images of New Hampshire birth records. Records consist of index cards that give the town and date of the event and often much more information. With the town and date, the original records can usually be located. Normally there is only one index card per child, but occasionally there is a corrected card before or after the original card.

The collection also contains handwritten cards compiled in 1905 from original town records for the early years to 1915.

Online collections for other websites may include original ledgers from which the 1905 cards were created. The original town records from which the Hancock and Grofton births were transcribed are available on Fold3.com, under the New Hampshire Town Records collection.

The collection "New Hampshire, Birth Certificates, 1901-1915" consists of an index and images of birth certificates from the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records in Concord. The Collection is arranged by year, by certificate number, and by name.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New Hampshire Birth Certificates, 1901-1915.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth Early to 1900

  • Child's name and gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Living birth or stillborn
  • Number of children in family
  • Father's name, age and birth place
  • Father's race, occupation and residence
  • Maiden name of mother her place of birth
  • Mother's race and age
  • Name of physician or midwife attending birth
  • Place where birth was recorded

Births 1901-1915

  • Child's name and gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Living birth or stillborn
  • Number of children in family
  • Father's name
  • Father's birthplace, race, age, residence and occupation
  • Maiden name of mother
  • Mother's birthplace, color, age and occupation
  • Name and address of physician or midwife attending birth
  • Place where birth was recorded


Official records of births occurring in each New Hampshire town or city are kept by the clerk, who sends copies to the Bureau of Vital Records and Health in Concord, New Hampshire. Statewide compilation began with the passing of a law in 1866. Total compliance with the law did not happen until sometime in the 1880’s. Prior to 1883 less than half of the population was listed in the birth records; thereafter the records are more complete and give more genealogical information. When the Bureau of Vital Records was created in 1905 printed cards were distributed and early town records of births dating back to the 1640s were transcribed onto the cards and submitted to the new Bureau.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. The list does not contain any description of the DGS folder's content. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900 Digital Folder Number List.


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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The full name of your ancestor
  • The birth date of your ancestor
  • The birth place of your ancestor
  • The names of the child's parents

New Hampshire, Birth Records, Early to 1900[edit | edit source]

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

View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:
  1. Look at the Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images


New Hampshire, Birth Certificates, 1901-1915[edit | edit source]

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

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select New Hampshire Birth Certificates, 1901-1915
  2. Select the Year
  3. Select the appropriate Certificate Number and Name Range to view the images.

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 birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. 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]

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records
  • The parent’s birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents
  • If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents
  • Search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • Consult the New Hampshire Record Finder to find other records

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]

New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900[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.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

New Hampshire Birth Certificates, 1901-1915[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.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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