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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The Nashua Public Library has an online database called AncestryPlus , which is a collection of genealogical and historical documents.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 & 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 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.

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

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.

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 sizeable genealogical collections including manuscripts and published material.

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 4:00 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).

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, published vital records and newspapers. Additional records can be found at the NH Division of Record Management and 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.


Vital Records

Census Records

Land & Probate Records

Court Records

Military Records

Cemetery Inscriptions

Town Records

Church Records

Change of Name Records

Research Aids

For additional information on what types of records are available through the Office of the City Clerk, please contact:

Office of the City Clerk
229 Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060
(603) 589-3010
E-Mail: City Clerk's Office


If you are aware of government-sponsored, online genealogical resources, please notify us and we will add those sites to this page

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