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Nashua New Hampshire Family History Center
We serve southern New Hampshire and parts of Massachusetts. Anyone is welcome to visit; we have a wide variety of books, microfilms, and microfiche available for patrons to use.


EMERGENCY CLOSINGS WILL BE POSTED HERE.



Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Address: 110 Concord St Nashua NH 03064.

We are located in the back of the church. There is a parking lot behind the church; park near the left side of the church and enter the doors that do not have steps. The center is right inside the door on the right.

Phone: 1 603-594-8888

E-mail: nashuafhc@gmail.com

Hours of Operation (exceptions noted below in "Upcoming Dates Closed"):

  • Tuesday: 10:00am - 2:00pm, 6:30 - 9:00pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Upcoming dates closed (last updated 15 February 2020)[edit | edit source]

Tuesday morning closings:

February 25

March 10, 17, 24

April 7, 14, 21, 28

May 5, 12, 19, 26

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

July 7, 14, 21, 28

Tuesday evening closings: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

April 7, 14, 21, 28

May 5, 12, 19, 26

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

July 7, 14, 21, 28

Wednesday morning closings: March 18

April 15, 29

May 13, 20, 27

June 10, 17, 24

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Saturday closings:

March 7

April 4, 11, 18, 25

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

June 6, 13, 20, 27

July 4, 11, 18, 25

What's New at the Center[edit | edit source]

Workshops[edit | edit source]

Workshops will resume in January. Please check back often to see what is being offered each month.

Workshops[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch: Person Page - Details Of Your Ancestors[edit | edit source]

Details:

  • Open to the Public
  • Date: TBD
  • Repeats on: TBD
  • Where: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 110 Concord Street, Nashua, New Hampshire, in the Family History Center
  • Cost: Free

This class will cover all aspects of the "Person" page on FamilySearch. Did you know you can rearrange this page to suit your needs? We'll cover how to do that. We will also cover all the modules including life sketch, vital information, labels, family members, other information, sources, discussions, notes, latest changes, tools, search records, research help, research suggestions, print. Information covered will include how to edit each section, how to change the profile picture, how to print reports, what the research help and research suggestions are and how to use them. Other topics may be covered if there is time.

Feel free to bring your own device to work on after the lecture. Staff will be available after the lecture to help you with your research.

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Genealogy Basics: If I Have FamilySearch, Why Do I Need Any Other Sites?[edit | edit source]

Details:

  • Open to the Public
  • Date: TBD
  • Repeats on: TBD
  • Where: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 110 Concord Street, Nashua, New Hampshire, in the Family History Center
  • Cost: Free

This class will explore other genealogical websites such as Ancestry, My Heritage, American Ancestors, etc. Using these sites can assist in finding ancestors that are not found on FamilySearch. Class will review best practices for attaching resources found on other sites to your FamilySearch ancestor. Best ways to search other sites will be reviewed as well.

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LDS Temple Ordinances: Finding Ancestors That Need Ordinances and Printing Temple Cards[edit | edit source]

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Details:

  • Open to the Public
  • Date: TBD
  • Repeats on: TBD
  • Where: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 110 Concord Street, Nashua, New Hampshire, in the Family History Center
  • Cost: Free

For church members seeking to learn how to add ordinances to your "Temple" section on Family Search. Class will cover how to add members of your family to your list, how to share ordinances with others, and how to resolve problems preventing ordinance work from being completed.

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FamilySearch: Basics[edit | edit source]

Details:

  • Open to the Public
  • Date: TBD
  • Repeats on: TBD
  • Where: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 110 Concord Street, Nashua, New Hampshire, in the Family History Center
  • Cost: Free

If you are new to FamilySearch and want to explore the various features this is the workshop for you. Designed for the beginning genealogist, we will cover the basic features of FamilySearch and how to navigate the various pages and what information is found on each. Some basic adding and editing of information will be covered as well.

Feel free to bring your own device to work on since computer resources are limited.

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Genealogy Basics: Basic Internet Research[edit | edit source]

Details:

  • Open to the Public
  • Date: TBD
  • Repeats on TBD
  • Where: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 110 Concord Street, Nashua, New Hampshire, in the Family History Center
  • Cost: Free

This workshop will review basic internet searches for genealogical purposes including online trees, region searches, general genealogical informational searches, using social media for genealogical collaboration, finding information in genealogical online encyclopedias (wikis), available genealogical research websites and how to conduct successful online searches for information.

Feel free to bring your own device and stay after the class to try out your new skills!

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FamilySearch: Using the Gallery on FamilySearch[edit | edit source]

Details:

  • Open to the Public
  • Date: TBD
  • Repeats on TBD
  • Where: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 110 Concord Street, Nashua, New Hampshire, in the Family History Center
  • Cost: Free

This class will review the gallery on FamilySearch and how to use its various features.

Attendees should have the following:

  • A FamilySearch account with some family data already entered
  • Digital media to add to their account including photos, documents, audio files, or video files. Files should be smaller than 15MB
  • May bring your own device for this class

Topics to be covered include:

  • Various ways to access the gallery
  • Uploading photos, documents, audio and video
  • Tagging and identifying uploaded media
  • Organizing your gallery into albums
  • Personalizing your family tree with the photos/documents uploaded to make your tree more personal

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Genealogy Basics: Census Research[edit | edit source]

Details:

  • Open to the Public
  • Date: TBD
  • Repeats TBD
  • Where: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 110 Concord Street, Nashua, New Hampshire, in the Family History Center
  • Cost: Free

This class will review census records and how they can be used for Family History Research. We will focus on United States research but other countries' censuses will be covered briefly.

Attendees should have the following:

  • No special equipment is required. However, if desired, a FamilySearch or Ancestry.com account can be used during the hands-on portion of this class
  • Attendees may bring their own device to use for the hands-on portion of the class
  • An ancestor to research

Topics to be covered include:

  • What types of census records are available
  • What the purpose of the census is and how it was compiled (federal)
  • The various types of schedules and how they can be used for genealogical research (federal)
  • State censuses and how they are useful if you have already found your ancestor on the federal census
  • How to search the census for your ancestor
  • Techniques for how to find an elusive ancestor
  • Substitute databases for the 1890 census

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Center Resources[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog: We will continue to have films/fiches at the center. Please search the catalog online. If you find a film you wish to view, check the film cabinets or index at the front desk to determine if we have the film.
  • Patrons' Microfiche Collection -- a collection of fiche ordered by our patrons, assorted titles. Contain family histories, vital records on United States, including individual states, Ireland, United Kingdom including Scotland and Wales, Italy, and various other countries.
  • Indefinite Film Collection -- a collection of films on United States, including individual states, Ireland, United Kingdom including Scotland and Wales, Italy, and various other countries
  • Book Collection -- We have a wide variety of books on various genealogical topics including New England research, international research, general research aids, gazetteers, maps, city directories, etc.

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

  • FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access to premium subscription family history websites and databases that generally charge for subscriptions. The portal also allows patrons to view restricted films that have been digitized. All is free for our patrons. Please ask any of our staff for access to these portals and tools.

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • 4 computers for patron use
  • 1 Microfilm reader
  • 1 High-magnification microfilm reader
  • 1 combination microfilm/microfiche reader
  • 1 Microfiche reader
  • 1 printer/scanner
  • 1 flatbed scanner
  • 1 Digital camera, card reader, and monopod

Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

Nashua[edit | edit source]

Nashua Historical Society
Nashua Public Library Hunt Room at the Nashua Public Library - has an extensive collection of local genealogical resources.

Links[edit | edit source]

New Hampshire research[edit | edit source]

Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Nashua Family History Center Facebook page
New Hampshire Online Records
New Hampshire Directories
New Hampshire Search Strategies

General research[edit | edit source]

Genealogy Gophers - a website with over 40,000 searchable genealogy books
Tree Connect - easily adds online records to your FamilySearch or Ancestry account. Download the button onto your toolbar to use. This tool is on all family history center computers.
Spelling Substitution Tables for the United States and Canada - a list of common spelling errors indexers make. Useful for trying to figure out alternate spellings of names and places.

Genealogy Research Communities on Facebook[edit | edit source]

These Facebook community pages are dedicated to certain areas of the world and are a great place to post questions, comments, share resources, etc., with other people searching for information in the same area you are researching.

Southern Europe and Mediterranean area for Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Vatican City
Eastern Europe for Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Ukraine
British Isles for Channel Islands, England, Ireland, Isles of Man, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Scandinavia for Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden
Central Europe for Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland
Southeastern United States for Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia
Midwestern United States for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota,& Wisconsin
Northeastern United States for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Western United States and Alaska for Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
Pacific Rim for Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand
Acerra, Italy, Research Group for research specifically in Acerra, Italy.

Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

We are always happy to have volunteers. A love of genealogy is the primary qualification. You must be comfortable with computers and be available at least twice a month during our regularly scheduled hours of operation. Please contact the Family History Center directors if you are interested in helping to staff the center. They can be reached via email at nashuafhc@gmail.com

Next training meetings for staff:[edit | edit source]

None scheduled at this time.