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GENEALOGY RESEARCH
in Manchester NH
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To learn about how to research your family tree in Manchester and throughout the state of New Hampshire VISIT this important section of my web site! Included is how to obtain documents, such as birth, marriage, death, divorce, probate, land deeds, military records, etc.

Also see "Family Trees" on this web site, and also "Family Trees/Biographies of Hillsborough County People"

Only MANCHESTER NH-specific genealogy research information is listed below..


OBTAINING COPIES OF VITAL RECORDS IN MANCHESTER, N.H. -- In addition to the NH Bureau of Vital Statistics, the Manchester City Archives (Town Clerk's Office) maintains copies of birth, marriage and death certificates that occurred in Manchester. The Manchester City Archives do NOT have vital records earlier than 1841.

***Searchable NH Databases (Birth, Death, Marriage, Obituary and Probate (Wills) at FamilySearch***

For more information about vital statistics in New Hampshire, see this page.

  • Abstracts of some Marriage Records - a few notices of Manchester NH marriages, occurring between 1757-1927 (published in a Claremont NH newspaper)

  • The Union Leader - statewide newspaper
    (please note that the Manchester City Library has records of
    older copies of this newspaper if you are seeking obituaries)

    Information available if you visit the Manchester City Library
    - Manchester NH marriages: 1850 to 1947
    - Manchester NH deaths: 1850 to 1947
    - Manchester NH city directories 1840 to present (typically only shows the name of the head of household, spouse, occupation and residence)
    - Manchester NH obituaries: 1863 to present
    The marriages, deaths, city directories and church records are all upstairs in the library, in the "New Hampshire Room". The obituaries are on the first floor in the reading room (on microfiche, from the newspaper. NOTE: If you are researching in NH but NOT in Manchester, look at the "State" edition, rather than the "City" edition).

  • SEE FREE SOURCE OF INFO: EARLY Manchester NH Histories and EARLY TOWN RECORDS of Londonderry, Derryfield and Manchester NH - free online

CEMETERIES IN MANCHESTER, N.H.
Manchester has several city-owned cemeteries, along with several private ones. I've created a unique list showing all of these cemeteries, along with maps and directions. In November of 2004 I took photographs of most of the tombstones in three of the oldest cemeteries -- Centre, Merrill and Hall Cemeteries. These photographs, along with the accompanying tombstone inscriptions are accessed at the link below.

According to the Clerk of Cemeteries for the City of Manchester:
"The Pine Grove Cemetery maintains the records for all the city run cemeteries, and also Valley Cemetery & Pine Grove Cemetery. For the most part we have complete records for Pine Grove, Amoskeag, Merrill, Piscataquog and Valley Cemeteries. For the very small cemeteries, Stowell, Hall, Huse, & Moore, the records are few. At one time a volunteer went to the smaller cemeteries and wrote the names & dates from the monuments that he was able to read and composed a book for the office. That book is located at the Pine Grove Cemetery. If you were interested in a certain person, you could email me their first and last name and I could check our records for a burial. If you have a date of death sometimes it helps if I should have more than one person with the same name, but it isn't absolutely necessary."
Judith Aron
Senior Account Clerk of Cemeteries
Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Department
765 Brown Avenue
Manchester, NH 03103
603-624-6514
Jaron@manchesternh.gov

  • VISIT my Manchester NH Cemetery page (includes cemetery names, and locations for all of the major cemeteries; also stone inscriptions and photographs of both the Merrill and Centre Cemeteries, along with general photographs of Valley Cemetery)

CENSUS RECORDS/TAX LISTS


CITY DIRECTORIES, TOWN HISTORIES & TOWN RECORDS


DIVORCE RECORDS

  • Copies of divorce records may be obtained from the State office or from the Clerk of the Superior Court in the county where the divorce was granted.
  • HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT - SOUTHERN DISTRICT
    30 Spring Street
    P. O. Box 2072
    Nashua, NH 03061-2072
    Clerk: Marshall Buttrick
    Phone: (603) 883-6461


IMMIGRATION/NATURALIZATION


LAND AND DEED RECORDS

  • Manchester NH is located in Hillsborough County
  • The Hillsborough County Registrar duties and responsibilities are mandated by state statute and include the recording, reproduction and indexing of legal documents pertaining to real estate, the reporting to the cities and towns (for tax purposes) of all transfers of property and the maintenance of records dating back to 1771.

    Contact:
    Judith A MacDonald
    Hillsborough County Registrar
    Temple Street Courthouse
    19 Temple Street
    Nashua, NH 03060
    Phone: (603) 882-6933
    Email:
    hilscopies@nhdeeds.com


MILITARY SERVICE OF MANCHESTER NH RESIDENTS


PROBATE/WILLS IN MANCHESTER NH

  • Probate records can usually be found in the court records of the county where the deceased was last living. In some cases, early records have been moved to other depositories such as state archives, to allow for better security, temperature and humidity control, and more space for newer records. As storage space and available facilities change, so do the sites of probate records.

  • Hillsborough County Register of Probate
    30 Spring Street Nashua, NH 03060
    603-882-1231

  • The NH Records and Archives Center has the file of Probate Records from 1623–1771. These have been published in NH Provincial and State Papers vol. 31 – 39. There is a name index. The NH Historical Society has microfilm copies. Each county has Probate records with name indexes from 1772 to the present.


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