New Hampshire Fast Facts

By Dana Schmidt Premium

Statehood: 1788

Colony founded: 1623
First federal census: 1790
Statewide birth, death andmarriage records begin: 1866
State-land state
Counties: 10
Contact for vital records:

Division of Vital Records Administration
Archives Building
71 S. Fruit St.
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-4650

Web Sites


  • Colonial Gravestone Inscriptions in the State of New Hampshire by Mrs. Charles Carpenter Goss (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
  • Digging for Genealogical Treasure in New England Town Records by Ann Smith Lainhart (NEHGS)
  • Directory of Repositories of Family History in New Hampshire by Scott E. Green (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
  • Early Maine and New Hampshire Settlers CD (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
  • The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists edited by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Erin Nevius (Family Tree Books)
  • Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire by Sybil Noyes, Charles T. Libby and Walter G. Davis (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
  • The History of New Hampshire by Jeremy Belknap (Bradford and Read)
  • New Hampshire Families in 1790 by Diane Florence Gravel and David Watson Kruger (New Hampshire Society of Genealogists)
  • New Hampshire Name Changes: 1768-1923 by Richard P. Roberts (Heritage Books)
Organizations and Archives
  • Massachusetts Archives, 220 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125, (617) 727-2816,<>
  • NARA Northeast Region—Boston, Frederick C. Murphy Federal Center, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02452, (781) 663-0130, <>
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, (617) 536-5740, <>
  • New Hampshire Division of Records Management and Archives, 71 S. Fruit St., Concord, NH 03301, (603) 271-2236, <>
  • New Hampshire Historical Society, Tuck Library, 30 Park St., Concord, NH 03301, (603) 228-6688, <>
  • New Hampshire Society of Genealogists, Box 2316, Concord, NH 03302, <>
  • New Hampshire State Library, 20 Park St., Concord, NH 03301, (603) 271-2144, <>
  • 1679 New Hampshire becomes a separate royal province1769 The Granite State’s first counties are formed
  • 1804 The first cotton mill opens in New Ipswich
  • 1846 Manchester becomes the state’s first incorporated city
  • 1916 New Hampshire holds its first presidential primary
  • 1918 The Navy finishes its first submarine at Portsmouth Navy Yard
  • 1938 Berlin native Earl Tupper invents Tupperware
  • 1986 Concord native Christa McAuliffe becomes the first private citizen to travel into space
  • 1998 New Hampshire is first state to install a green LED traffic light

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From the March 2009 Family Tree Magazine