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New Hampshire, County Probate Records, 1660-1973
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Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years 1660-1973
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains probate records from the following counties:

  • Belknap
  • Carroll
  • Cheshire
  • Grafton
  • Hillsborough
  • Merrimack
  • Rockingham
  • Strafford
  • Sullivan

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for New Hampshire, County Probate Records, 1660-1973.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees and other court documents.

  • Name of the testator or deceased
  • Names of the heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, and friends
  • Name of the executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residence of the testator
  • Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

County Record Type Years
Belknap Probate record index 1841-1898
Belknap Probate record index 1898-1925
Belknap Probate records 1841-1848
Belknap Probate records 1849-1865
Belknap Probate records 1854-1901
Belknap Probate records 1863-1914
Belknap Probate records 1877-1913
Belknap Probate records 1884-1938
Belknap Probate records 1892-1908
Belknap Probate records 1901-1973
Belknap Probate records 1902-1933
Belknap Probate records 1902-1939
Belknap Probate records 1911-1933
Belknap Probate records 1913-1939
Belknap Probate records 1915-1925
Carroll Administration and guardian records 1840-1866
Carroll Guardian records 1842-1870
Carroll Inventories, widow allowances 1843-1862
Carroll Probate record index no date
Carroll probate records 1840-1936
Carroll probate records 1846-1850
Carroll Wills, claims against estates 1840-1844
Carroll Wills, claims against estates 1844-1850
Carroll Wills, claims against estates 1850-0855
Cheshire Accounts, claims against estates, inventories, wills 1771-1793
Cheshire Accounts, claims against estates, inventories, wills 1792-1800
Cheshire Accounts, claims against estates, inventories, wills 1796-1808
Cheshire Accounts, claims against estates, inventories, wills 1802-1818
Cheshire Accounts, claims against estates, inventories, wills 1812-1815
Cheshire Accounts, claims against estates, inventories, wills 1812-1820
Cheshire Administration records 1823-1851
Cheshire Administration records 1851-1869
Cheshire Claims against estates 1814-1826
Cheshire Claims against estates 1826-1886
Cheshire Guardian records 1824-1853
Cheshire Probate record index 1769-1800
Cheshire Wills 1799-1848
Cheshire Wills 1828-1851
Cheshire Wills 1848-1869
Grafton Administration record index 1773-1900
Grafton Administration record index 1900-1950
Grafton Guardian record index 1773-1900
Grafton Probate record index 1769-1800
Grafton Probate records 1773-1814
Grafton Probate records 1809-1821
Grafton Probate records 1821-1824
Grafton Probate records 1824-1826
Grafton Probate records 1826-1829
Grafton Probate records 1829-1831
Grafton Probate records 1831-1834
Grafton Probate records 1833-1838
Grafton Probate records 1835-1840
Grafton Probate records 1839-1851
Grafton Probate records 1840-1846
Grafton Probate records 1843-1857
Grafton Probate records 1845-1865
Grafton Probate records 1849-1854
Grafton Probate records 1849-1869
Grafton Probate records 1854-1898
Grafton Probate records 1858-1885
Grafton Probate records 1860-1921
Grafton Probate records 1861-1891
Grafton Probate records 1864-1878
Grafton Probate records 1867-1887
Grafton Probate records 1871-1880
Grafton Probate records 1875-1894
Grafton Probate records 1878-1888
Grafton Probate records 1880-1921
Grafton Probate records 1883-1896
Grafton Probate records 1886-1906
Grafton Probate records 1886-1906
Grafton Probate records 1891-1920
Grafton Probate records 1894-1921
Grafton Probate records 1896-1920
Grafton Probate records 1898-1918
Grafton Probate records 1899-1924
Grafton Probate records 1903-1926
Grafton Probate records 1903-1933
Grafton Probate records 1905-1918
Grafton Probate records 1908-1917
Grafton Probate records 1910-1920
Grafton Probate records 1913-1923
Grafton Probate records 1915-1924
Grafton Probate records 1917-1920
Hillsboro Dockets 1885-1886
Hillsboro Dockets 1886-1894
Hillsboro Dockets 1894-1899
Hillsboro Probate record index 1769-1800
Hillsboro Probate record index 1771-1859
Hillsboro Probate record index 1885-1961
Hillsboro Probate records 1771-1957
Hillsboro Probate records 1915-1957
Merrimack Dockets 1828-1844
Merrimack Dockets 1844-1858
Merrimack Guardian card index 1900-1988
Merrimack Probate card index 1823-1899
Merrimack Probate card index 1900-1988
Merrimack Probate record index 1823-1973
Merrimack Probate Records 1823-1943
Merrimack Trustee card index 1900-1988
Rockingham Dockets 1786-1895
Rockingham Insolvency records 1891-1948
Rockingham Minutes 1772-1827
Rockingham Probate card index 1870-1969
Rockingham Probate record index 1660-1859
Rockingham Probate records 1771-1969
Rockingham Will index 1847-1945
Rockingham Wills 1847-1970
Strafford Probate card index 1879-1989
Strafford Probate record index 1769-1982
Strafford Probate records 1773-1946
Sullivan Accounts, dowers, inventories 1842-1859
Sullivan Administration accounts 1856-1921
Sullivan Administration records 1827-1922
Sullivan Administration sales 1858-1915
Sullivan Adoptions, change of names 1908-1947
Sullivan Bonds 1888-1911
Sullivan Claims against estates 1858-1915
Sullivan Distributions 1856-1909
Sullivan Divisions of land 1845-1902
Sullivan Guardian accounts 1866-1915
Sullivan Guardian records 1827-1918
Sullivan Guardian sales 1858-1935
Sullivan Insolvency records 1856-1899
Sullivan Inventories 1856-1916
Sullivan Miscellaneous probate records 1873-1915
Sullivan Probate of wills 1856-1913
Sullivan Probate record index 1827-1927
Sullivan Probate record index no date
Sullivan Probate records 1894-1901
Sullivan Receipts 1872-1921
Sullivan Sales, widow allowances 1867-1971
Sullivan Wills 1827-1914

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 death or probate date
  • The place where your ancestor lived

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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View the Images[edit | edit source]

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

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

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

  • Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives
  • You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents
  • Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date
  • Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period
  • You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have 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
  • Wills are more likely to be found in rural communities than in larger cities and industrial areas

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. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • Consult the New Hampshire Record Finder to find other records

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