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Genealogy Research

Genealogy Research Using Local Resources

Contact the library director at 286-8288 / spl@metrocast.net.


  1. Types of Primary Sources / Records
  2. Local Resources
    1. Sanbornton Public Library Holdings
      1. Guides to Genealogical Research (929’s)
      2. New Hampshire Collection
      3. Books We Don’t Own
      4. Books We Don’t Own / Publishers
      5. Books We Don’t Own / Interlibrary Loan
    2. Sanbornton Historical Society
    3. Town Clerk’s Office / 286-4034
    4. Sanbornton Historical Documents Foundation
    5. Other Local Resources
  3. In-State Resources
    1. New Hampshire State Library
    2. NH Division of Archives and Records Management
    3. NH Division of Vital Records Administration
    4. New Hampshire Historical Society
    5. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center
    6. Town Historical Societies
    7. Genealogical Societies
    8. Hereditary Societies
  4. Out-of-State Resources
    1. New England Historic Genealogical Society
    2. American-French Genealogical Society
    3. National Archives
  5. Sanbornton Public Library Databases
    1. Ancestry Library Edition
    2. HeritageQuest Online
    3. Other NHewLINK Databases
  6. Free, High Quality Internet Resources
    1. Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites
    2. FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service
    3. RootsWeb
    4. GenForum
    5. Google for Genealogy!
    6. WorldCat Database
    7. State and Provincial Papers of New Hampshire
    8. U.S. Genealogy Web Project
    9. About.com Guide to Genealogy
    10. Genealogical Research on the Web — no longer available

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
  • Newspapers
  • City, telephone, post office directories
  • Colonial and state records
  • Town and county records
  • School, business, professional, organization records & directories


Local Resources

Sanbornton Public Library Holdings

Guides to Genealogical Research (929s)

Some highlights:

  • 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.


New Hampshire Collection

Over 400 items including:

  • 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


Books We Don’t Own

The following are examples of sources that we don’t have at the library, but could be useful for your source.

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.


Books We Don’t Own / Publishers

The following are some examples of common publishers for genealogical resources.

  • Higginson Books


  • Ancestry


  • Genealogical Publishing Company


  • Heritage Books



Books We Don’t Own / Inter-library Loan

As long as an item is held by a New Hampshire library, there’s a good chance we can get a hold of it for you. The inter-library loan system is a cooperative service run by the State Library. The State Library van comes once a week (on Friday afternoons) with deliveries and returns, so try to submit your request early in the week for the quickest results.


Sanbornton Historical Society

Visit the Sanbornton Historical Society at its website, http://lanetavern.org/.


Additionally, Sanbornton burial ground information can be quickly accessed with this specific link:



Our town historians as well as other locals with deep knowledge are also excellent resources. We recommend the following:

  • Milly Shaw
  • Evelyn Auger

Town Clerk’s Office / 286-4034

The town clerk’s office has several different inventories of available records from 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

Note: some items described may no longer be available, or may be temporarily inaccessible.


Other Local Resources

Other public libraries in the area (Laconia, Franklin, New Hampton, etc.) are great resources!

The Laconia Courthouse’s Registry of Deeds and Registry of Probate is useful for wills, deeds and probate information.


In-State Resources

New Hampshire State Library

Official website: http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/

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


NH Division of Archives and Records Management


71 South Fruit Street

Concord, N.H. 03301



Official website: http://www.sos.nh.gov/archives/genealogy.html


NH Division of Vital Records Administration

71 South Fruit St.

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


New Hampshire Historical Society

Official website: http://www.nhhistory.org/

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


Library catalog — http://nhhistory.library.net

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 Family Pass holders, members, full-time students, & volunteers

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


Memberships: Family $60 / Couple $50 / Individual $40


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

91 Clinton St.

Concord, NH



Open to the public

Free to use beyond standard photocopying costs

Call for hours & available resources


Town Historical Societies


Association of Historical Societies of New Hampshire website: http://www.historicalsocietiesnh.org/


Be sure to ask about official and unofficial Town Historians


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


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

Donald M. Sumner, Governor

44 Durham Point Road

Durham, NH 03824-3126


N.H. Society of Colonial Wars

John Allen Lighthall, Governor

1311 Chestnut Street

Manchester, NH 03104


Piscataqua Pioneers

Descendants of settlers of southern New Hampshire & Maine



Out-of-State Resources

New England Historic Genealogical Society


Official website: http://www.newenglandancestors.org/


99 Newbury Street

Boston, MA 02116




Oldest genealogical society in the country – founded 1845


Individual Membership: $75

Access to all areas of NewEnglandAncestors.org 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


American-French Genealogical Society

Official Website: http://www.afgs.org/


Genealogical & historical organization for French-Canadian research


78 Earle Street

Woonsocket, RI 02895


National Archives

Official website: http://archives.gov/genealogy/

Branches in Waltham & Pittsfield, MA


  • Military service records, pension indexes
  • Bounty land warrant application files for the Revolutionary War
  • Naturalization petitions
  • Passenger arrival lists
  • Native American records
  • Postmasters and post office reports, 1830s-1950
  • Genealogy workshops


Sanbornton Public Library Databases

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


HeritageQuest Online

Official Website: http://www.heritagequestonline.com

Access from home or library: call for password


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


Other NHewLINK Databases



Full-text of magazine and newspaper articles online

Most databases available from home


Free, High Quality Internet Resources

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites

Website: http://www.cyndislist.com/

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


FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service

Website: http://www.familysearch.org/

Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints



Website: http://www.rootsweb.com/

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.



Website: http://genforum.genealogy.com

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


Google for Genealogy!

Google Books

Website: http://books.google.com/


Genealogy Search on Google

Website: http://www.genealogy-search-help.com/index.html


Easy Google Genealogy Searcher

Website: http://www.searchforancestors.com/google/searcher.html


WorldCat Database

Official website: http://www.worldcat.org/

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


State and Provincial Papers of New Hampshire

40 volume set, with 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 library by request


U.S. Genealogy Web Project

Website: http://www.usgenweb.com/


About.com Guide to Genealogy

Website: http://genealogy.about.com/

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