New Hampshire Archives and Libraries

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In addition to the Family History Library, other record repositories with major collections and services for genealogists are described below. The Family History Library has copies of many of the records at these archives, but most repositories will have additional sources. They often have compiled biographies and family and local histories. Some have maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids. When one of these institutions is referred to elsewhere in this outline, return to this section for the address or web site.

New Hampshire Department of State
Division of Records Management and Archives
71 South Fruit Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
Telephone: 603-271-2236
Fax: 603-271-2272

An inventory for this repository is:

New Hampshire. Department of State. Division of Records Management and Archives. Guide to Early Documents (c. 1680–c. 1900) at the New Hampshire Records Management and Archives Center. Concord, N.H.: Division of Records Management, 1981. (FHL book 974.2 A3n; film 1320570 item3; fiche 6332691.)

National Archives-Northeast Region (Boston)
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, Massachusetts 02154
Telephone: 781-647-8100
Fax: 781-647-8460

New Hampshire State Library
20 Park Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
Telephone: 603-271-6823 or 2144
Fax: 603-271-2205

The University of New Hampshire Library
Dimond Library Special Collections
18 Library Way
Durham, New Hampshire 03824
Telephone: 603-862-2714

New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Telephone: 617-536-5740

Massachusetts State Archives
Columbia Point
220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, Massachusetts 02125
Telephone: 617-727-2816
Internet address:


Computers with modems are important tools for obtaining information, including information from selected archives and libraries. The Internet, certain computer bulletin boards, and commercial on-line services help family history researchers:

  • Locate other researchers.
  • Post queries.
  • Send and receive e-mail.
  • Search large databases.
  • Search computer libraries and on-line catalogs.
  • Join in computer chat and lecture sessions.

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from New Hampshire in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly, and most of the information is available at no cost. The following sites are gateways linking you to more network and bulletin board sites (addresses are subject to change):

FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service. [Salt Lake City]: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 22 March 1999 [cited 6 August 1999]. Available at . At this site you can access the Family History Library Catalog, Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index, SourceGuide, lists of Family History Centers, web sites related to family history, and lists of researchers interested in similar genealogical topics. You can also learn about and order Family History Library publications.

Howells, Cyndi. "U.S.- New Hampshire- NH." In Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet. Puyallup, Washington: Cyndi Howells, 14 December 1999 [cited 14 December 1999]. Available at . This list has more links to other New Hampshire genealogical sites and describes more resources than any other site on the Internet.

"New Hampshire USGenWeb." In The USGenWeb Project. N.p., 10 November 1999 [cited 14 December 1999]. Available at . This is a cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.

"United States Resources: New Hampshire." In RootsWeb. N.p., 12 December 1999 [cited 14 December 1999]. Available at . This list of sites and resources includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.

Guant, Christine. "New Hampshire Resources." In Genealogy Resources on the Internet. N.p., 6 December 1999 [cited 14 December 1999]. Available at This site provides links to vital record offices, genealogical and historical societies, queries, mailing lists, county-by-county Internet sites, and gopher sites.

"NHGenExchange." In Genealogical Exchange & Surname Registry. N.p., 1996-1999 [cited 14 December 1999]. Available at This site brings searchable data to genealogists, including databases (church, cemetery, census, land, immigration, naturalization, and vital records), directories, historical accounts, mailing lists, queries, local surname researchers, and look-up volunteers.

Cleaveland, Richard. "BBSes for New Hampshire." In Richard Cleaveland’s Genealogical Bulletin Board Systems World-wide (GBBS). [Washington, D.C.]: National Genealogical Society, 4 May 1998 [cited 14 December 1999]. Available at Look for answers and post queries on the genealogical electronic bulletin boards of this list.

For further details about using computer networks, bulletin boards, and news groups for family history research see the United States Research Outline  2nd ed., "Archives and Libraries" section.

Some Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch. These computers do not always have access to on-line services, networks, or bulletin boards. You can find these services at many public libraries, college libraries, and private locations.

Further inventories and other information about New Hampshire archives and libraries can be found in the Family History Library Catalog Locality Search under: