Genealogy Research

The Nashua Public Library has an online database called AncestryPlus, which is a collection of genealogical and historical documents. This genealogy research product provides access to a variety of research databases, including US Census Records from 1790 to 1930, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index , Biography, and Genealogy Master Index. It also includes immigration, vital, military, court, church, and ethnic records, city directories, Social Security Death Index, and more. Visit or contact the Nashua Public Library for additional information about this service.

Passenger Records
Passenger records from ships that brought immigrants to America through Ellis Island and the Port of New York are available online from the American Family Immigration History Center. More than 22 million passengers and members of ships' crews entered the United States through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924. Information about each person was written down in ships' passenger lists, known as "manifests." Manifests were used to examine immigrants upon arrival in the United States. Now you can search these millions of records for information on individual Ellis Island passengers.

Resources for Teachers & Students
The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service maintains a page of Resources for Teachers and Students which includes suggestions for finding information on 1's own immigrant background.

The Genealogy Page
The National Archives and Records Administration offers The Genealogy Page which provides finding aids, guides and research tools that can prepare researchers for a visit to one of its facilities or for requesting records from NARA.

UK Family History Online
If researching family origins in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you may wish to visit UK Family History Online to access resources that include the UK Public Record Office, the National Archives of Scotland, the India Office, and the National Library of Wales.

The Dartmouth College Library and Dover and Keene Public Libraries have sizable genealogical collections including manuscripts and published material.

NH Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics
The NH Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, 6 Hazen Drive, Concord, maintains a research facility for individuals who are engaged in the study of family history. A volunteer guide from the local genealogical society is on duty each workday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (excluding state holidays) to assist visitors in their research efforts. There is no charge for these services. Please call ahead of time to confirm hours (603-271-4650).

NH Historical Society & State Library
The NH Historical Society and the NH State Library have large collections of publications of value to the genealogical researcher. These include family histories, indexes to genealogical publications, town histories, church records, cemetery inscriptions, published vital records and newspapers. Additional records can be found at the NH Division of Record Management and Archives.

NH State Archives
The Collections at NH State Archives include: Probate Records from the Provincial Period (1630's - 1772), Rockingham County (1772 - 1918) and Grafton County (to 1900); Deeds (land transactions) from the Provincial Period, Rockingham County (1772 - 1918) plus indexes to 1959, and Grafton County (1772 - 1829) plus indexes to 1870; military records of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars; Court records from the Provincial Period and some counties from 1772; name changes; some naturalization records; Paupers and Warnings Out; and some town records. State Archives has virtually no county records from Carrol, Cheshire, and Coos Counties.

Public Records in Private Hands

Periodically, we become aware of municipal records which are for sale by dealers or private individuals. In NH, as in other states, government records are the property of those governments and may not be sold or alienated. Under NH RSA 41:68: “All municipal records belong to the public in perpetuity and shall not be destroyed, maliciously damaged or retained by any person not entitled to keep them."