Jan 31

Online Sources from the NH State Archives

As a twenty-seven year resident of the state of Georgia, and as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer, it’s been several years since I’ve had (or made time) to work on my family. This week, I’ve changed that and have been attending the Advanced New England track at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). This is the first year that I have attended SLIG and surely hope that it will not be the last time.

A couple of years ago, I visited the website of the New Hampshire State Archives and must stay that I was not particularly impressed. When trying to answer one of the questions concerning my New England ancestors this week (“Did Stephen Woodward who was in Plaistow, NH, as early as 1757 serve during the Revolutionary War?”). During a consultation with David Dearborn of NEGHS, one of our instructors this week, he suggested that I look at the NH State Papers. I have several volumes in my personal library and had planned to look at the volumes in the book collection on the third floor of the Family History Library while I’m here in Salt Lake. Learning that the entire collection as well as a compiled index to the collection is online. Hot Dog!

So if you have New Hampshire archives you’ll love the online State Papers. Each volume is available in PDF format which you may browse online or download the PDF file. Many of those have been “OCR’ed” which allows searching within the volume but at least one volume (shucks, I didn’t make a note of that specific volume) was apparently stitched into a PDF file from digital images and searching within the volume is not possible.

Another nice feature of the New Hampshire State Archives website is the collection of “Archives Guides,” PDF files, that are organized alphabetically with distinct PDF files for each letter of the alphabet.

From the home page select “Publications & Collections” to access the digitized collections of “Guide to Archives,” “Civil War Records, ” “the New Hampshire State Papers, “1850 Constitutional Convention Journal,” and “Seal and Flag of the State of New Hampshire.”

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