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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

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

  • 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)




  • Divorce records are considered private and confidential, with access limited to those individuals who have a "direct and tangible" interest in the record. The only exception is divorce records more than 50 years old which are considered public and are open to the public.
  • Copies of divorce records USED to be obtained from the State office or from the Clerk of the Superior Court in the county where the divorce was granted. NOW records for individuals divorced in New Hampshire are available from the City or Town Clerk in your community.
  • In Manchester, NH, you may complete an online application form 'Request for Divorce Decree,' and send with proper payment to the Office of the City Clerk, One City Hall Plaza, Manchester, NH 03101. A self-addressed return envelope with the appropriate postage affixed is required to process all mail requests. [SEE LINK FOR DETAILS].



  • 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.

    Judith A MacDonald
    Hillsborough County Registrar
    Temple Street Courthouse
    19 Temple Street
    Nashua, NH 03060
    Phone: (603) 882-6933



  • 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

  • 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.


  • NH Department of Health & Human Services
    Bureau of Vital Records & Health Statistics
    6 Hazen Drive
    Concord, NH 03301-6527
    TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964
    (603) 271-4650
  • American-Canadian Genealogical Society, Manchester NH -- AN IMPORTANT RESOURCE for anyone of Canadian ancestry.
  • Derry Public Library  has a collection of books and maps of interest to early Manchester researchers
  • Londonderry NH - Leach Library's Historical Collection (pdf listing of holdings only)
  • Manchester Historic Association | Search their Library
  • The Millyard Museum - the museum offers 11,000 years of local history
    in a dynamic series of exhibits
  • New Hampshire Historical Society | Search their Online Catalog
    The Tuck Library
    30 Park Street
    Concord, NH 03301-6394
    Telephone: 603/228-6688
    Fax: 603/224-0463
    email: library@nhhistory.org
  • New Hampshire State Library
    20 Park Street
    Concord, NH 03301
    (603) 271-2392
    (603) 271-6826 (fax)
    email: zmoore@library.state.nh.us
  • Diocese of Manchester (NH) Museum - (which include some baptism records and marriages, photographs/scrapbooks of Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing, Notre Dame Hospital School of Nursing, and CMC Hospital School of Nursing, and more [Their weblink is dead, contact the Diocese of Manchester for more info]
  • State of NH - Division of Records Management & Archives
    • The following information is available:
      • Probate Records (volumes & individual files)
      • Deeds (land transactions)
      • Petitions
      • Military Indexes
      • Provincial (card index)
      • Revolutionary War Index
      • Court Records
      • Provincial (card index)
      • Censuses (1732, 1765, 1776, 1800 + 1850-1880 on microfilm)
      • Town records
      • Miscellaneous Records (Secretary of State); Legislative lists (House and Senate Rosters); Index to Laws; Index to Executive Council Minutes
      • Name Change Index


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