New Hampshire Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections

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This entry was originally written by George F. Sanborn Jr., FASG, and Alice Eichholz, Ph.D, CG for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
the New Hampshire Family History Research series.
History of New Hampshire
New Hampshire Vital Records
Census Records for New Hampshire
Background Sources for New Hampshire
New Hampshire Maps
New Hampshire Land Records
New Hampshire Probate Records
New Hampshire Court Records
New Hampshire Tax Records
New Hampshire Cemetery Records
New Hampshire Church Records
New Hampshire Military Records
New Hampshire Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
New Hampshire Archives, Libraries, and Societies
New Hampshire Immigration
Native Americans of New Hampshire
New Hampshire County Resources
New Hampshire Town Resources
Map of New Hampshire


Periodicals

The New Hampshire Genealogical Record (Dover, N.H., 1903–10), originally short-lived (only seven volumes were published), has been revived under the auspices of the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists. Publication resumed in July 1990. It is devoted to compiled genealogies, source records, book reviews, and the like.

The New Hampshire Historical Society has published Historical New Hampshire since 1944 in quarterly editions as a magazine of state and local history.

The Granite Monthly, a sixty-two-volume magazine published between 1877 and 1930, does not concentrate on family history but is a rich source of local and state history and includes some marriage records and other genealogical data. It is indexed in Jacobus (see page 10).

American-Canadian Genealogist is the quarterly publication distributed to members of the American-Canadian Genealogical Society in Manchester (see New Hampshire Archives, Libraries, and Societies), publishing materials and articles concentrating on Canadian-American (Quebec and New England, principally) research.

Newspapers

No newspapers were published in New Hampshire before the 1750s, although items referring to residents before that date may be found in Massachusetts newspapers (see Massachusetts Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections). For the provincial period, the Boston Athenaeum’s Index of Obituaries in Boston Newspapers, 1704–1800, 3 vols. (Boston, 1968), may prove helpful.

The New Hampshire Historical Society is the principal repository for pre-1900 newspapers in the state, holding what remains extant of the Granite State’s newspapers beginning with the New-Hampshire Gazette in 1758 until 1900. The society had a grant to microfilm the most fragile pre-1900 newspapers in its collection. Post-1900 newspapers are often on microfilm at the New Hampshire State Library along with some pre-1900 microfilms. Original newspapers between 1900 and 1945 may not be used.

  • Hammond, Otis G. Notices from the New Hampshire Gazette, 1765–1800. Lambertville, N.J.: Hunterton House, 1971. Vital events appearing in the first newspaper and a valuable place-name index are included.

Manuscripts

The three major sources of collections in New Hampshire can be found at the New Hampshire Records and Archives, New Hampshire State Library, and New Hampshire Historical Society. Baker Library at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, has a significant manuscript collection, but other helpful collections exist around the state as well, notably three: the Dimond Library at the University of New Hampshire in Durham; the Exeter Historical Society, Exeter, New Hampshire; and the Agnes Bartlett Collection on Portsmouth families, available on microfilm at the New Hampshire Historical Society and New England Historic Genealogical Society. The latter institution is also the repository for some of the finest New Hampshire genealogical manuscripts and original source records, rivaling the New Hampshire Historical Society.

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