Genealogy Research Using Local Resources

Cab Vinton, Director

Sanbornton Public Library

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Types of Primary Sources / Records

I. Local resources in Sanbornton

II. In-state resources

III. Out-of-state resources

IV. Sanbornton Public Library databases

V. Free, high quality internet resources

Where Do We Go From Here?

List of Websites


Types of Primary Sources / Records

Census materials

Vital records

Parish and other local registers

Cemeteries / Graveyards

Court records

Immigration records

Land records

Military records

Historical maps


City, Telephone, Post Office directories

Colonial and State records

Town and County records

School, Business, Professional, Organization records & directories


I. Local Resources

1. Sanbornton Public Library

a.) Guides to Genealogical Research (929’s)

The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy. 3d rev. ed. Szucs, Loretto Dennis & Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2006.

Complete Idiot’s Guide to Genealogy. 2nd ed. Rose, Christine, & Kay Germain Ingalls. Indianapolis: Alpha Books, 2005.

They Came In Ships: A Guide To Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record. 3rd ed. Colletta, John Philip. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 2002.

Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures. Rose, Christine. San Jose, Calif.: CR Publications, 2004.

Identifying Tartans: The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Urquhart, Blair. London: Apple, 1994.


b.) New Hampshire Collection

Over 400 items:

Published Family Genealogies

Unpublished Family Genealogies

Cemeteries / Gravestones

Town Reports

Town & County Histories

Family papers, including Diaries and Letters

Genealogical periodicals

County atlases and land ownership maps

Reference works, such as biographical dictionaries & bibliographies


c.) Books We Don’t Own

For example:

Taylor, Maureen A. Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs. 2d ed. Family Tree Books. 2005. 138p.

Neagles, James C. U.S. Military Records: A Guide to Federal and State Sources, Colonial America to the Present. Ancestry. 1994. 441p.


d.) Books We Don’t Own / Publishers

Higginson Books


Genealogical Publishing Company

Heritage Books


e.) Books We Don’t Own / Interlibrary Loan

As long as an item is held by a NH library, there’s a good chance we can get a hold of it for you

Cooperative service run by the State Library

Van comes once a week (Fridays), so try to submit your request early in the week


2. Sanbornton Historical Society


Sanbornton burial ground information:


Town Historians/ Locals with Deep Knowledge:

          Milly Shaw

          Evelyn Auger


3. Town Clerk’s Office / 286-4034

Several different inventories of available records over the years:

·           N.H. Historical Records Survey, 1941

·           Sanbornton town records and maps located at the Town Clerk's office and the Town Hall / compiled by Jean Nudd, 1978

·           Sanbornton Historical Documents Foundation inventory, 2006


4. Sanbornton Historical Documents Foundation


Membership, $35 annually; $25 for SHS members

Records available for all:

          Land Use Map for Sanbornton, October 2003

          Sanbornton Tax Maps, current as of April 1, 2007

          Town Hall Restoration Report, June 2003

          Town Reports, 2004, 2005


Restricted access documents:

A History of Sanbornton, Moses T. Runnels

          Text is not transcribed or searchable

Early Settler Meetings, 1750, 1752 & 1753

          Handwritten records of the meetings after the          purchase of the land for the Town

Town Reports, 1822-1827, 1887, 1997-2002

Vital Statistics - Marriages, Births & Deaths

          Ledger (labeled 1824-1845) w/ Index

          Family Pages, 1755-1844


5. Other Local Resources

Other public libraries

Laconia, Franklin, New Hampton, etc.


Laconia Courthouse Registry of Deeds and Registry of Probate

Wills, deeds, probate information


II. In-State Resources

1. New Hampshire State Library

Genealogy Section – Zelda Moore

20 Park Street

Concord, NH 03301



Online catalog: holdings from libraries around NH:


Town, county & family histories

Town reports

City & County directories

NH newspapers on microfilm

Genealogical journals, including columns from the "Boston Transcript"

American Genealogical Index

U.S. Census reports, 1790 to present


Early New Hampshire Town Records, 1640-1840 on microfilm, w/ surname index, including tax assessments:

·           18 towns excluded for reasons unknown: see Catalog of Ancient Towns, Parishes, and Other Divisions of the State as Recorded in the Office of the Secretary of State

·           Minorities under-represented

·           Index to vital records


2. NH Division of Archives and Records Management


71 South Fruit Street

Concord, N.H. 03301



3. NH Division of Vital Records Administration

71 South Fruit Street (note new location!)

Concord, NH 03301



State records dating back to 1640, as well as state archival records

Local genealogists volunteer their time to assist you in locating your family histories

Photo ID required to obtain certified copies of vital records ($12)


Unrestricted access to:

          Birth records, 1640 - 1901

          Death records, 1640 - 1948

          Marriage & divorce records, 1808 – 1948

          Records for Sanbornton are incomplete


4. New Hampshire Historical Society

30 Park Street

Concord, NH 03301



Always call for hours & to lay the groundwork for your visit

Free parking at the Museum of New Hampshire History three blocks away


Print Collection

About 50,000 items:

  • Over 5,000 genealogies, many unpublished, of New England families
  • Over 4,000 biographical works
  • About 3,000 volumes of periodicals on New England history and genealogy
  • Over 200 volumes of manuscript church records
  • Compilations, mostly unpublished, of cemetery records from over 100 New Hampshire towns
  • Extracts from DAR wills (also at Laconia Public Library)
  • Largest existing collection of New Hampshire newspapers from 1756 to 1900 (about 800,000 pages)
  • Card index of about 30,000 "New Hampshire notables," gathered from biographical dictionaries, local histories, & obituaries


Special Collections

  • 3,000+ manuscripts
  • 200,000+ images (photographs, stereographs, postcards, slides)
  • 1,000+ maps
  • Thousands of printed ephemera



$7 per day for nonmembers, plus photocopying charges

Free for members, full-time students, & volunteers

Research time billed at $30 per hour for members, $40 per hour for non-members


Memberships: Family $50  / Couple $40 / Individual $30


5. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center

90 Clinton Street

Concord, New Hampshire



Open to the public

Free to use beyond standard photocopying costs

Call for hours & available resources


6. Town Historical Societies


Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire


7. Genealogical Societies

New Hampshire Society of Genealogists

P.O. Box 2316

Concord, NH 03302


New book: New Hampshire Families in 1790: a project to document all of the families living in New Hampshire at the time of the 1790 census ($48)

New Hampshire Genealogical Record (quarterly)

New Hampshire Society of Genealogists Newsletter (biannually)

Family Register database: $2 per search for members

Guide to member research & surname interests


American-Canadian Genealogical Society

          P.O. Box 6478

          Manchester, NH 03108


Merrimack Society of Genealogists

          P.O. Box 1035

          Concord, NH 03302


Rockingham County Society of Genealogists

          28 Prentiss Way

          Exeter, NH 03833


Strafford County Society of Genealogists

          P.O. Box 322

          Dover, NH 03821


8. Hereditary Societies

N.H. Sons of American Revolution


New Hampshire Society of Mayflower Descendants


New Hampshire Society Children of the American Revolution


N.H. Founders & Patriots


N.H. Society of Colonial Wars


Piscataqua Pioneers


III. Out-of-State Resources

1. New England Historic Genealogical Society


99 Newbury Street

Boston, MA 02116



Oldest genealogical society in the country – founded 1845


Individual Membership: $75

Access to all areas of website

Unlimited use of Research Library, including rare books and manuscripts, in Boston

Access to premium databases like the Early American Newspapers

Subscriptions to New England Ancestors and The New England Historical and Genealogical Register

Discounts on research services and sales


2. American-French Genealogical Society


Genealogical & historical organization for French-Canadian research


78 Earle Street

Woonsocket, RI 02895


3. National Archives

Branches in Waltham & Pittsfield, MA


Military service records, pension indexes

Bounty land warrant application files for Revolutionary War

Naturalization petitions

Passenger arrival lists

Native American records

Postmasters and post office reports, 1830s-1950

Genealogy workshops


IV. Sanbornton Public Library Databases

1. Ancestry Library Edition

In-library use only


Over 4,000 databases and two billion names, 1300 to present

Includes coverage of United Kingdom, Canada and other areas


Census, vital, church, court, and immigration records

U.S. Federal Census images, 1790 - 1930, w/ full name indexes

More than 1,000 historical maps

American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes)

Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes)

Social Security Death Index (updated monthly)

WWI & WWII Draft Registration Cards


2. HeritageQuest Online

Access from library. Sanbornton residents can call the library for password to access from home.


Over 20,000 book titles, including:

  • nearly 8,000 family histories & compiled genealogies
  • more than 12,000 local histories
  • more than 250 primary source documents such as tax lists, city directories, church and probate records
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI), a comprehensive subject index covering more than 6,300 genealogy and local history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since 1800
  • Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, identifying more than 80,000 Americans who served in the war


3. Other NHewLINK Databases


Full-text of magazine and newspaper articles online

Most databases available from home


V. Free, High Quality Internet Resources

1. Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites

263,000 total links (!), organized into categories for easy reference


2. FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service

From  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


3. RootsWeb

Free, volunteer-run

Hosts thousands of surname discussion lists

Primary documents that have been transcribed / scanned by volunteers: obituaries, county histories, tax lists, cemetery lists, etc.


4. GenForum

Over 14,000 online forums devoted to general topics & specific surnames, US states, countries, etc.


5. Google for Genealogy!

Google Books


Genealogy Search on Google


Easy Google Genealogy Searcher


6. WorldCat Database

Holdings of 41,000 libraries in 82 countries and territories

> 88 million individual items in all formats


Town & County histories

Family histories & genealogies

Person as subject



[Town] – history – sources

Historic buildings – [state] – [town]


7. State and Provincial Papers of New Hampshire

40 volume set, w/ broad range of records from the earliest days of New Hampshire (1623 - 1800)

Revolutionary Rolls, Town Papers, Town Charters, Probate Records, Court Records, etc.


Full-text is available and searchable online:

also at New Hampton by request


8. U.S. Genealogy Web Project


9. Guide to Genealogy


10. Genealogical Research on the Web

Free online genealogy class


Where Do We Go From Here?

Formation of a genealogy/ local history interest group?

Local oral history project?

More classes/ presentations/ speakers?


Thank you and please share your thoughts with the Library & Historical Society!


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List of Websites