New Hampshire Research Tips and Strategies

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The New Hampshire Research Tips and Strategies page consists of links to specific research strategies for New Hampshire. It also contains general tips and other resources for finding your ancestors in this locality.



New Hampshire Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Research Tips[edit | edit source]

These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in New Hampshire.

  • Birth information: Statewide birth registration began in 1866. Total compliance with the law was not accomplished until the 1880s, and even then the practice was not uniform. A helpful substitute record to find birth information is a death record. However, date and place of birth on a death record is considered secondary information, as it was not recorded at the time of the birth event. The birth information should be corroborated with other substitute records to improve accuracy.
  • Finding Parents: Statewide death registration began in 1866. Total compliance with the law was not accomplished until the 1880s, and even then the practice was not uniform. They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. Search New Hampshire death records
  • Look in all censuses: Always look for your ancestor in every possible census. There are clues regarding immigration, naturalization, and occupation that can lead to other records. Sometimes parents can be found living with their children later in life. Search U.S. Censuses.

New Hampshire Record Finder[edit | edit source]

This brief Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research. For a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see New Hampshire Record Finder.

1. What you are looking for: 2. Try these records first: 3. Other useful records

Birth information

Marriage information
Death information
Parents

Maiden name

Immigration date

Naturalization

Physical description

Further New Hampshire Research[edit | edit source]