Carroll County, New Hampshire Genealogy

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Guide to Carroll County, New Hampshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Carroll County, New Hampshire
Map of New Hampshire highlighting Carroll County
Location in the state of New Hampshire
Founded December 22, 1840
County Seat Ossipee
Address Carroll County Courthouse
95 Water Village Rd.
Ossipee, NH 03864
Phone: 603.539.7751
Carroll County Website

Carroll County, New Hampshire Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1841 1841 1841 1859 1841 1841 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started 1866. General compliance by 1901.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Carroll County Courthouse

Deed record since 1840 are kept at the County Courthouse, 96 Water Village Rd. (also known as Rt. 171), Ossipee, NH 03864, tel. 603-539-4872, (mailing address P. O. Box 163), open Mon.-Fri. 8-5.

Probate records since 1840 are at 95 Water Village Rd., (across the street from the deeds location), Ossipee, NH 03864, tel. 603-539-4123 (mailing address P. O. Box 419), open Mon.-Fri. 8 1/2 - 4.

Court records for the southern towns of the county are at: North Circuit Court, 96 Water Village Rd., Box 3, Ossipee, NH 03864, tel. 1-855-212-1234, open Mon.- Fri. 8-4. To learn the names of the towns in the southern and northern regions see this internet site.

Court records of the northern towns of the county are at North Circuit Court, E. Conway Rd., (Rt. 302), North Conway, NY, (maiing address P. O. Box 940, Conway, NH 03818-0940), tel. 1-855-212-1234 (same number as for southern area court above), open Mon.- Fri. 8-4.

The Clerk of the Court has divorce and court records from 1859.
Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records.
The Probate Judge has probate records, and the Register of Deeds has land records.[2]

Towns Organized Before 1800:
Albany 1766
Brookfield 1794
Chatham 1767
Conway 1765
Eaton 1766
Effingham 1788
Moultonborough 1777
Ossipee 1785
Sandwich 1768
Tamworth 1766
Tuftonborough 1795
Wakefield 1774
Wolfeborough 1770

History[edit | edit source]

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

Go to to find published materials for this town.

  • The county was named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton (September 19, 1737 – November 14, 1832) who was a delegate to the Continental Congress and later United States Senator for Maryland. He was the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was the longest lived signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Continental Congress. He lived to age 95.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

Created 22 December 1840 from Strafford County. [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

Carroll County is located in the east central region of the state. The county was named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton, who had died in 1832, the last surviving signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Strafford County was a large county established in 1769.  In 1840 part of Strafford County was taken to form Carroll County, In 1840 also part of Strafford County was taken to form Belknap County.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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Modern town borders in Carroll County, New Hampshire. Cities and towns are named in black and have town records. Green places are unincorporated, and do not keep records.

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Resources[edit | edit source]

Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

A useful way to become acquainted with the types of records kept by county officials is to study the Inventory of the County Archives of New Hampshire, No. 2, Carroll County (Ossipee). This inventory was made by the U. S. Government in 1939 (FHL book 974.242 A3, film 982,203). 

Biography[edit | edit source]

For the northern part of Carroll County there is a two-volume set with a great deal of biographical and family history information: Gideon Tibbetts Ridlon, Sr., Saco Valley Settlements and Families, published in 1841, and republished in 1984 (FHL book 974 H2rg 1984; films 202,845 vol. 1; 202,846 vol. 2; fiche 6051275. Many Family History Centers have the fiche.The books can be seen online if you are at the Family History Library or at a Family History Center.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
NHGenWeb Archives WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project FamilySearch Places
Billion Graves
See New Hampshire Cemeteries for more information.

Cemetery Records: Courtesy of the Conway Public Library

  • The Findagrave organization provides a way for you to request that a volunteer will take a photograph of a gravestone. Often a volunteer will respond and will e-mail you the photo and add it to the web site.
  • If the above internet sources do not list your ancestor's name, you may wish to contact the cemetery sexton, town clerk, town library, or town historical society. Also check the FamilySearch Catalog at, since the records may have been microfilmed.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 20,157
1860 20,465 1.5%
1870 17,332 −15.3%
1880 18,224 5.1%
1890 18,124 −0.5%
1900 16,895 −6.8%
1910 16,316 −3.4%
1920 15,017 −8.0%
1930 14,277 −4.9%
1940 15,589 9.2%
1950 15,868 1.8%
1960 15,829 −0.2%
1970 18,548 17.2%
1980 27,931 50.6%
1990 35,410 26.8%
2000 43,666 23.3%
2010 47,818 9.5%
Source: "".

Censuses for 1790 through 1940, except for the 1890 population schedules, are available on several internet sites. The site has indexed almost all of these census records.

The 1890 census, except for the list of Civil War veterans or their widows, was destroyed by a fire in Washington, D. C. in 1921. An interesting help for 1890 is the Town and City Atlas of the State of New Hampshire, published in 1892 in Boston by the D. H. Hurd Company. The atlas has maps for almost every city, town, and village in New Hampshire. The maps show the locations of homes, and the map gives the name of the person living in the home. The above web site is from the University of New Hampshire Library. The website images are not yet clear enough to have legible names.

Note: the 1890 census veterans' schedules for New Hampshire were preserved. They are available at United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890 at - How to Use this Collection, and, also on microfilms from the Family History Library. You can search for veterans' names or their widows' names.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

If you know the name of the town or city, and the denomination, you may wish to contact the local town historical society. They may be able to send you the names and addresses of churches of that denomination for the town.

Or, if you know the town of residence and the ancestor's denomination, see the Church Records section in the general information for New Hampshire. That section lists archives and other record keepers for the various religious denominations.

If you do not know the denomination, search for a marriage record. This may give the name of the minister. Then you can contact a historical society and learn at which church he was the minister. Also search for an obituary, which may mention the church the person attended. The death certificate may list the name of the cemetery. You can then write to the cemetery and ask if it is affiliated with a local church. The death certificate may mention the funeral home. Their file may have the name of the church, cemetery, or a copy of the obituary. Also, relatives might know the denomination.

Different churches contain a variety of types of records. Many churches keep baptism, marriage, and burial records. Sometimes birth and death information is included. The church records of brothers and sisters, etc. may give clues.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

On 1 July 2011, the New Hampshire legislature merged the District Court, Probate Court and Family Division Court into one Circuit Court system to improve the court system and to improve services. Jurisdictions for the Circuit Court are the same as their prior jurisdictions. There are now ten (10) circuit courts, one for each of the states counties. Some of the largest counties have more than one circuit court clerk assigned to manage divisions in more than one city or town. The locations of the district, family, and probate divisions are listed by county and/or town at: New Hampshire Judicial Branch.

Carroll County court records are kept at the courthouse at Ossipee, New Hampshire. Some records may begin in 1841 when the county was established from Strafford county. For information before 1841 see the wiki sections for Strafford county.

The Family History Library has microfilms of the following Carroll County court records:

1861-1876 and 1876-1901: Supreme Court, 1861-1876 and 1876-1901

1874-1876: Circuit Court 1874-1876

1901-1916: Superior Court 1901-1916

1861-1916: Court Judgements 1861-1916

1859-1897 and 1897-1928: The records include plaintiff and defendant indexes for 1859-1897, and 1897-1928.

Some New Hampshire counties are transferring their county records to the New Hampshire State Archives in Concord, New Hampshire. You may wish to contact the County Clerk or State Archives to learn if records have been transferred.

Directories[edit | edit source]

City directories were printed for some towns and cities in Carroll County. For example, has a Conway 1905 city directory. This was very much like a census. Contact the local historical society or the New Hampshire State Historical Society in Concord, New Hampshire to find out about available directories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Strafford CountyBelknap CountyGrafton CountyCoös CountyOxford CountyYork CountyNH CARROLL.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Genealogy - How to get started?[edit | edit source]

1. Check and see if your ancestor's information is listed there.

2. Check and see if your family's vital records of births, marriages, and deaths are listed.

3. Check and see if your family is listed on the U. S. census records of 1850-1940. You can also see those censuses at the Family History Center using Heritage Quest, and

4. If you know the county where your ancestor lived, take a look at the free internet site A volunteer helper gathers information about ancestors who lived in that county. You might find biographies, cemetery records, deeds, obituaries, queries, vital records, etc. You can leave a query.

5. If you know the town where they lived, look for a town history with a genealogical section. See the section below for how to find out if there is a town history.

6. Read the wiki articles on Carroll County, and on New Hampshire, for ideas of sources. Study the Records Selection Table in the New Hampshire article. This can help you think of new sources to try.

7. Enter your ancestor's information on,, or You can also share your quest with the local historical society, genealogical socieety, or town library and ask for help. Send them a family group form and a pedigree chart.

Genealogy - Town Histories often have Genealogical Sections[edit | edit source]

For the northern part of Carroll County there is a two-volume set with a great deal of biographical and family history information: Gideon Tibbetts Ridlon, Sr., Saco Valley Settlements and Families,  See the Biography section above.

For Carroll County the Family History Library has genealogical books or manuscripts for the following towns:

Conway - There is an alphabetical genealogical collection on six microfilms.

Eaton - There is the Keith Henney Family Records Card File, 1760-1947 on one film.

Tamworth - A collection is available on one microfilm with forms sent out by the town clerk to be completed by families.

Tuftonboro - A history book was written by John William Hayley in 1923. It has 111 pages. It has historical information but does not have a genealogical section. The Family History Library has the book. It is not on film.

Wakefield - There is a film with various records compiled about 1949 by members of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

NOTE: For most of the towns in Carroll County, the birth records to 1900, and marriage and death records to 1947, are on microfilms or in book form available through the Family History Library. These include Albany, Bartlett, Brookfield, Chatham, Conway, Eaton, Effingham, Freedom, Hart's Location, Jackson, Madison, Moultonboroough, Ossipee, Tamworth, Tuftonboro, Wakefield, and Wolfeboro. 

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

The Registry of Deeds at the county courthouse at Ossipee, New Hampshire has the deed records beginning in 1841. Some county records may be transferred from time to time to the New Hampshire State Archives in Concord, New Hampshire. You may wish to check with the county clerk, or the State Archives to ask if records have been transferred.

The Family History Library has microfilms of the following deed records:

Grantor (seller) indexes 1841-1860, and 1861-1909

Grantee (buyer) indexes 1841-1860, and 1861-1909

Deed volumes, 1-115, for 1841-1901.

Please go to the FamilySearch Catalog at and look under Carroll, New Hampshire - Land and Propery, for the film numbers.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

There are many local history books available for Carroll County, and, towns in Carroll County.  See the FamilySearch Catalog and type New Hampshire, Carroll for county histories and genealogies. See New Hampshire - Carroll - [name of town] - Genealogy or History for town genealogy and history books. Following are examples:

The New Hampshire State Library at Concord, New Hampshire has a vast collection of books about New Hampshire towns and counties. Check their internet catalog for a town of interest.

The New Hampshire Historical Society also in Concord has a very large collection of local history books and other publications.

Maps[edit | edit source]

  • Map of Carroll County, New Hampshire 1861,  You can purchase 1861 maps at this site. (accessed 20 August 2011).
  • Contact the local historical society or public library. They may be able to photocopy a map or a section of a map for a small fee.

Military Records[edit | edit source]

American Revolution[edit | edit source]

The most complete listing of New Hampshire Revolutionary War soldiers is found in volumes 14-17 of the New Hamsphire State Papers. You can go to, and look forNew Hampshire State Papers with the link to There you will find a name index to voloumes 14-17, then you can go to the needed volume and page for information on the soldier. Often the place of residence is given.

For a military history of New Hampshire, see:

Potter, Chandler Eastman, The Military History of the State of New Hampshire. Concord, N.H.: McFarland and Jenks, 1866. (Family History Library film 1033664; fiche 6046858.) You can search this book on-line by going to Look for as the internet way to search this book. This history comprises events from the first settlements in New Hampshire to the rebellion in 1861. It includes biographical notices of many of the officers and explanatory notes.

Online Records

War of 1812[edit | edit source]

See Potter's book above for information on the War of 1812. See also the New Hampshire Online Records box at the beginning of this wiki article.

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Regiments. Civil War service men from Carroll County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are many companies or regiments that were formed from men of Carroll County:

- 1st Regiment, New Hampshire Heavy Artillery, Company K.
- 2nd Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company F.
- 3rd Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company G.
- 4th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company D.
- 5th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company H.
- 6th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company D.
- 8th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company I.
- 11th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company C.
- 12th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Companies G and K.
- 13th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company A.
- 16th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Company B.
- 18th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry, Companies A, C, and E.

Additional Resources for soldiers from Carroll County: is a free source for locating names of Civil War soldiers and sailors. is available free at FamilySearch Centers and is also valuable for finding names of soldiers and sailors.

You can go to and search for names in The Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, by Augustus D. Ayling. This book gives the age, residence, and service information about approximately 32,000 New Hampshire Civil War veterans. The book is also available on microfilm or microfiche from the Family History Library.

Town history books are available through the Family History Library, and other large libraries, for some of the towns in Cheshire County. They often contain extensive information concerning the war and the soldiers.

World War I[edit | edit source]

A very helpful source for World War I is an index at of World War I draft registration records, 1917-1918. All men between ages eighteen and forty-five were required to register. Their birth date and place, address, and sometimes the name of nearest kin, are listed on the card. Many of these men served in the war.

World War II[edit | edit source]

In the years 1938-1946, men enlisted in World War II. These records are available online at Look for this collection in the Military Records section under: U. S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946. These record often list birth date and birth place.

There is an index on of the 1942 World War II draft registrations for New Hampshire, of men forty-five to sixty-five. Some of these men served in that war. The records contain name, address, birth date and place, name of kin or friend, name and address of employer, and signature. (See for further information.) The following book may be helpful:

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

There are naturalization records at the Carroll Countycourthouse in Ossipee, New Hampshire. The Family History Library has microfilms of those naturalization records for the time period 1871-1942. These are records in the various courts in Carroll County. See the FamilySearch Catalog, New Hampshire, Carroll, Naturalization and Citizenshsip for the microfilm numbers.

If you are looking for naturalization records during the years 1861-1870 you might possibly find them among the court records. See the Court Records section above for information on the indexes and records.

Online Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

A good way to find newspaper birth, marriage, death records, and obituaries is to contact the local historical society or public library They may be able to tell you which organization has the newspapers for their region. Go to the internet site of to see if there is a historical society in the town or region where your people lived. Look on the internet for a public library in the town.

The New Hampshire State Library, in Concord, New Hampshire, has a large collection of newspapers.

Several companies are putting newspapers on the internet. They are indexed by ancestors' names. One company is They are adding newspapers regularly. They have many newspapers from New Hampshire, for example, newspapers of Concord, for 1790-1890, and some from the years 2002 to the present. You can do some searching free, and then you can purchase a subscription for a fee if you desire.

Other companies include and has some Portsmouth, New Hampshire newspapers. Type the name of the city and state in the Card Catalog Search.

Finding More New Hampshire Newspapers[edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Carroll County, New Hampshire Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Carroll County probate records begin with 1840 one year before the county was established from Strafford county. The Carroll County records are kept at the county courthouse at Ossipee. For probate records from the 1770s to 1840 see the records of Strafford County.

Fortunately the Family History Library has microfilms of indexes to the probate packets for 1840-1936, and microfilms of the probate packets for 1840-1936. The packets often contain wills, administration records, settlements, court accounts, etc. See the FamilySearch Catalog, Place Search for New Hampshire, Carroll  -  Probate Records for the microfilm numbers. 

The Family History Library also has microfilms of several volumes of early probate court records:

Administrations, 1840-1866

Guardianships, 1840-1870

Inventories and widows' records, 1843-1862

Wills and claims, 1840-1855

If you think your ancestor should be listed in the records above, but you do not find the records, there is a microfilm with unfiled propate papers, 1840-1936. These are mostly in alphabetical order.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Many town tax records have been preserved by town clerks and town tax officials. Town tax records were generally taken each year. The Family History Library has many town records on microfilms. For film numbers see the FamilySearch Catalog under New Hampshire - Carroll County - [name of town] - Town Records.

There is an index to the town records (which include many tax records) from the early settlement of the town to about 1850. This is the Index to Early Town Records of New Hampshire, Early to 1850 (FHL films 14942-15052). The index cards list volume and page numbers for the town records, many of which are on Family History Library microfilms. The town records are listed in the Family Hiistory Library Catalog in the manner mentioned in the paragraph above. has online images of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax lists for New Hampshire and many other states for 1862-1866. Only persons who owned businesses, or valuable items such as carriages, were listed. You may wish to check to see if your ancestor was listed. The record gives the person's name, town of residence, business or valuable item, and amount of tax.

Town Records[edit | edit source]

Town records are an important source of family history information from the 1600s to about the 1940s. The early New Hampshire town records to about 1850 have an every-name index. The index and film numbers are listed just above in the Taxation section. Many town records are still in the town offices.

To see the types of family history information you might find in town records please go to the heading Town Records in our New Hampshire wiki article.

Online Records

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Certified copies of of birth, death, and marriage records are available from the State Division of Vital Records Administration or from the local city and town clerk where the event took place. Original records are kept by the city or town clerk and copies are sent to the state.

In 1905, when the state created the Bureau of Vital Records and Health, printed cards were distributed to the local clerks and earlier vital records were transcribed onto the cards and submitted to the state.

NOTE: For most of the towns in Carroll County, the birth records to 1900, and marriage and death records to 1947, are on microfilms or in book form available through the Family History Library. These include Albany, Bartlett, Brookfield, Chatham, Conway, Eaton, Effingham, Freedom, Hart's Location, Jackson, Madison, Moultonboroough, Ossipee, Tamworth, Tuftonboro, Wakefield, and Wolfeboro.

Online Records

Birth[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Courtesy of the Conway Public Library and constructed from the Annual Reports for the Town of Conway:

Marriages[edit | edit source]
Deaths[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Carroll County, New Hampshire. Page 452-453. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 436.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Carroll County, New Hampshire page 452, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Carroll County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_New_Hampshire accessed 25 September 2018.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Carroll County, New Hampshire," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_New_Hampshire, accessed 7 November 2018.