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New Hampshire Vital Records - Births, Deaths & Marriages

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Learn how and where to obtain birth, marriage, and death certificates and records in New Hampshire, including the dates for which New Hampshire vital records are available, where they are located, and links to online New Hampshire state vital records databases.

New Hampshire Vital Records:

New Hampshire Department of State
Division of Vital Records Administration
71 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301-2410
Phone: 603-271-4650

What You Need to Know:
Personal check or money order should be made payable to Treasurer, State of New Hampshire. If you are able to visit the office in person, they have a genealogical research vault on the premises that is open to the general public and contains unrestricted (births prior to 1911 and marriages/deaths prior to 1961) vital records dating back to the year 1640 (scattered prior to 1906), which allows you to request all of the records of a particular surname and search through them yourself for clues. It is open to the public Monday through Friday, and volunteers are generally on hand to help you with your research. Call or visit the Web site to verify current fees for mail requests and hours for the research room.

Web site: New Hampshire Division of Vital Records


New Hampshire Birth Records:

Dates: From 1640

Cost of copy: $15.00

Comments: Birth records in New Hampshire less than 100 years old are not considered to be public and access is limited to individuals who have a "direct and tangible interest" in the record (i.e. immediate family members). The State Vital Records office* has records since 1640, though records prior to 1883 usually provide very little information of genealogical value and compliance was irregular. Recent records (births since 1983) may be obtained from any city or town running the Vital Records Automated software called NHVRIN.
Application for a New Hampshire Birth Certificate

* In New England, records are generally kept at the town level, rather than at the county level as in most other U.S. states. All of New Hampshire's 234 local registrars (city and town clerks) may also issue certified copies of birth certificates for births that occurred in their town.

Online:
New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900
(index & images)
New Hampshire Births and Christenings, 1714-1904 (index only)


New Hampshire Death Records:

Dates: From October 1908*

Cost of copy: $15.00

Comments: Death records in New Hampshire less than 50 years old are not considered to be public and access is limited to individuals who have a "direct and tangible interest" in the record (i.e. immediate family members). Death records older than 50 years are open to everyone. The New Hampshire state vital records office has records since 1640, though their records prior to 1883 usually provide very little information of genealogical value, and compliance was irregular. Recent records (deaths since 1990) may be obtained from any city or town running the Vital Records Automated software called NHVRIN.
Application for a New Hampshire Death Certificate

* In New England, records are generally kept at the town level, rather than at the county level as in most other U.S. states. All of New Hampshire's 234 local registrars (city and town clerks) may also issue certified copies of death certificates for deaths that occurred in their town.

Online:
New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947
(index & images)
New Hampshire Deaths and Burials, 1784-1949 (index only)
A List of Deaths in Hampton, 1767-1875


New Hampshire Marriage Records:

Dates: From 1640

Cost of copy: $15.00

Comments: Marriage records in New Hampshire less than 50 years old are not considered to be public and access is limited to individuals who have a "direct and tangible interest" in the record (i.e. immediate family members). Marriage records older than 50 years are open to everyone. The New Hampshire state vital records office has records since 1640, though their records prior to 1883 usually provide very little information of genealogical value, and compliance was irregular. Recent records (marriages since 1989) may be obtained from any city or town running the Vital Records Automated software called NHVRIN.
Application for a New Hampshire Marriage Certificate

New Hampshire Divorce Records:

Dates: From 1808

Cost of copy: $15.00

Comments: Copies of records may be obtained from the New Hampshire State vital records office or from the Clerk of the Superior Court in the county where the divorce was granted.
Application for a Record of Divorce or Dissolution


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