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G E N E A L O G Y Research - MERRIMACK NH


To learn about how to research your family tree in Merrimack NH and in the state of New Hampshire VISIT this important section of my web site.

Only Merrimack NH specific documents, located on this web site, or available to the public on-line are listed here.


OBTAINING VITAL RECORDS

Where you look depends on the time-frame in which the event occurs and whether you need a certified copy or not. You should look first on FamilySearch, which should have many original document prior to 1930.

If you know the year that the event occurred, you should look in the Merrimack Town Reports, that contain vital records for each year.

FOR CERTIFIED RECORDS, In New Hampshire, birth, death and marriage records since 1640 may be obtained EITHER from the City or Town Clerk in the city or town where the event occurred, OR from the NH Bureau of Vital Records.

Please note that the State of NH did not require town clerks to send records to the Bureau until the early 1800's. You probably want to first check with the Merrimack NH town clerk to see what records they do maintain.

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

Merrimack NH Town Clerk /Tax Collector's Office

Diane Pollock Trippett or Linda Hall
Town Clerk/Tax Collector
Town of Merrimack
PO Box 27
6 Baboosic Lake Road
Merrimack, NH 03054
Phone: (603) 424-3651
Fax: (603) 424-0461

A few years ago the Town of Merrimack went to putting all of the vital records into a database so when you request a copy they print out a new one. ALWAYS ask for a copy, or certified copy OF THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT since the original may have information that is not in the "new" template.


BIRTH, MARRIAGE, DEATH RECORDS ON THIS SITE

Start Here: FamilySearch page with direct links to databases (births, marriages, deaths, naturalizations, and probate/wills) in New Hampshire.

-- South Merrimack Church Baptisms
- 1831-1860 - PDF file

-- MERRIMACK TOWN REPORTS (abt 1950-1992, a few missing with births, marriages and deaths for each year) -- Internet Archive

-- Deaths in Merrimack NH - between 1775 and 1858
(compiled from town records) - PDF file

-- Later Deaths in Merrimack NH - generally between 1859 and 1940, but some earlier and later, alphabetical by surname (PDF files):

A to B | C to F | G to H | I to L | M to O| P to R | S to U | V to Z

CEMETERIES (Tombstone inscriptions) - this site

Other sources of Vital Records (Births, Marriages and Deaths)

-- Annual Reports of the town of Merrimack, NH (including vital records) for years: 1851-1861 [kindly scanned and posted on Flickr by Marc Nozell]

-- . Annual Reports of the Town of Merrimack, New Hampshire (including vital records) for years: 1950, 1952, 1954-1993, 1995-1997 1999, 2000-2011

OBITUARIES

  • Nashua Telegraph - current obituaries and a contact person for ones not so recent

FREE BOOKS ONLINE (Searchable) RELATING TO MERRIMACK NH

-- Online Book: Reminiscences of Old Dunstable, by John B. Hill, E.H. Spalding, Nashua NH 1878 (includes early history of area, the Bunker Hill Battle, the story of Joe English, Chamberlain and Paugus, plus genealogies of Hon. Jonathan Blanchard, Rev. Thomas Weld, John Lovewell, Tyng, the Farwell Family, Branches of the Bancroft Family, Some Branches of the Fletcher Family, Rev. Harland Weld, and John Cromwell - Internet Archive - PDF

. Address delivered on occasion of centennial celebration of the town of Merrimack, N.H., By Stephen Thompson Allen, 1901 - Internet Archive

.Vital records of Dunstable, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849; Published 1913 by Essex Institute in Salem, Mass . - Internet Archive

. History of the old township of Dunstable including Nashua, Nashville, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, and Merrimac, N.H. ; Dunstable and Tyngsborough, Mass., by Charles J. Fox. - Internet Archive

.Bi-centennial of old Dunstable. Address by Hon. S.T. Worcester, October 27, 1873. Also Colonel Bancroft's personal narrative of the battle of Bunker Hill, and some notices of persons and families of the early times of Dunstable, including Welds, Tyngs, Lovewells, Farwells, Fletchers, Bancrofts, Joneses and Cutlers (1878)

. The diary of Matthew Patten of Bedford, N.H 1719-1795 (pub 1903) [Merrimack abuts Bedford, so many of the early families are mentioned in his diary].

. Addresses at the dedication of the monument erected to the memory of Matthew Thornton at Merrimack, N. H., September 29, 1892, published 1894.

. - Matthew Thornton of New Hampshire : a patriot of the American Revolution - Adams, Charles Thornton, 1903.

. The family of James Thornton, father of Hon. Matthew Thornton - Adams, Charles Thornton, 1905

. The Merrimack River, by J. W. Meader 4 editions (2 ebooks) - first published in 1869 - Internet Archive

. A week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, By Henry David Thoreau - Internet Archive

. The Early Grants of Land in the Wildernesse North of Merrimack, by George Augustus Gordon - Internet Archive - PDF

. Passaconaway in the White Mountains, by Charles Edward Beals, Jr.; illustrated from photographs., Published 1916 by R. G. Badger; [etc., etc. in Boston .


CENSUS RECORDS


FOR LAND/DEED RECORDS, DIVORCE, ADOPTION, PROBATE, OTHER MILITARY RECORDS, TOWN RECORDS, AND MORE IN HILLSBOROUGH CO, NH - VISIT THIS SECTION OF MY WEB SITE

FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE STATEWIDE RESEARCH - VISIT THIS SECTION

MERRIMACK VETERANS

-- List of Merrimack residents in the American Revolution

-- List of Merrimack residents in the War of 1812 [from Merrimack Historical Society web site, PDF file]
-- List of Merrimack residents in the "War of the Rebellion" (Civil War)

--- Lists and mention of various veterans of other wars (from Merrimack NH)

SEE Photographs of Armistice Day (1918) in Merrimack NH at the end of World War 1.


ALSO SEE ON THIS SITE:

- "History of Merrimack" - this history contains the names of many of the early settlers, merchants and manufacturers

-
Family Trees of Merrimack NH - there are several family trees on this web site, and it is still growing. In addition to the town history, I've traced many of them back several more generations. A MUST SEE!


OTHER MERRIMACK RECORDS ONLINE [Merrimack was originally part of "Old Dunstable"

MERRIMACK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Purpose is to bring together those interested in history, especially the history of the town of Merrimack. Activities include the preservation of town artifacts, research of town history, assistance to residents and school children, and other scheduled programs. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month, from September to June, at 7:00 PM at the #12 Schoolhouse, 520 Boston Post Road in Merrimack. Membership is open to everyone, and all meetings are open to the public. Membership is $10; $8 for seniors and those under 16.


STORIES & TALES

1913 - A tale by Susan Blunt, age 85, of her reminiscences growing up in the Thornton Ferry section of Merrimack [goes to archived page as original has changed]

Journal of a general store, in or near Merrimack, New Hampshire. (1851)


My personal thanks to Joyce Bishop, Lorraine Demers and Jo Kilbourn for the extensive work they performed to compile information from Merrimack cemeteries,church records and other sources.

I am especially grateful to Jo Kilbourn who scanned the original documents into PDF format and provided them for this web site.


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