New Hampshire

This guide was last updated in 2011

New Hampshire vital records date to 1640, but the state didn’t keep copies until 1866; full compliance with statewide recording didn’t occur until 1905.

Each town records vital events, with copies sent to the state Bureau of Vital Records. Records of births prior to 1901 and marriages, deaths, and divorces prior to 1948 are public – request by mail from the Bureau of Vital Records (

Annual town reports, published by towns throughout New England, often contain details of births, marriages and deaths that occurred during a year; a set for New Hampshire towns until c1830/40 is available at New Hampshire State Library (

Counties were formed in New Hampshire in 1769, and land transactions since about 1771 are recorded in each county. Most deeds filed in the earlier Provincial period are in the New Hampshire Archives ( Probate records are also filed by county, with microfilm copies of many earlier probate records available via your local Family History Centre and through the NEHGS.


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