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New Hampshire Marriage Records

New Hampshire marriage records are NOT open to the public until 50 years after the event .

Frequently Asked Questions:

Frequently Asked Questions about New Hampshire Marriage Records:

Q. When did New Hampshire start recording marriages?
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New Hampshire was first settled in 1623 and records of vital events were kept by both the church and by the town.

Q. How do I verify a New Hampshire marriage record?
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Vital records can be verified these three ways:

  • through the town clerk where the event happened (~1640 to present).
  • through the NH State Library (to 1840).
  • through the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records Administration [DVRA](~1640 to present).  The DVRA also issues certified copies of records and has a genealogy records vault holding various types of records that is open to the public.

NH Department of State
Division of Vital Records Administration
Registration and Certification
71 South Fruit St.
Concord NH 03301-2410

NHSL - Genealogy Section
20 Park Street , Concord NH 03301
Phone:  (603) 271-6823

Q: Are there restrictions on getting copies of New Hampshire vital records?
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New Hampshire vital records are considered to be private, and access is restricted by statute to those individuals who have a "direct and tangible interest" in the record.  (RSA 5-C:105)

Vital Records that are OPEN are:

  • Birth records more than 100 years old
  • Death, Marriage, and Divorce records more than 50 years old

A genealogist may be designated by either the named party on the record or their immediate family as an authorized representative.  This can be done via a written statement from the party or family.  The written statement must be specific and notarized according to the statute.

Q. How to get married in New Hampshire
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The legal age to marry in NH is 18.  Persons under 18 require parental consent and a judicial waiver.  Minimum age before parents can apply for a judicial waiver is 14 for grooms and 13 for brides.

Cousins cannot marry in New Hampshire.

Common Law marriages are not recognized until one party dies; this form of marriage is only valid for probate.

Licenses are issued by the town or county clerks office, cost ~$45 cash and are valid for 90 days.  There is no waiting period (as of 2006 although it may not be reflected on some town/ county websites), no required tests and parties do not have to be residents of New Hampshire to get married there.

Proof of divorce or dissolution must be shown where one or more party has a previous marriage.

Same sex marriages are allowed and recognized as of 2010.  Prior to that, civil unions were allowed (per a 2008 statute).

Q. How is New Hampshire different than other states?
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NH was the first colony to break from England, the first with a ratified state constitution, the first to offer a free public library, the first to hold women's strikes, as well as many other firsts and leading edge actions that helped and continue to shape and forge the American Culture.

New Hampshire is known as the "Live Free or Die" State and that's an attitude pervasive throughout the culture and laws there.  There is no personal income tax, no general sales tax, no helmet or seatbelt laws; also, while the state has general rule, the laws favor municipalities and strong local control.  Personal liberty is also a large part of this attitude.

New Hampshire does not have a dedicated database yet but there are contributed NH marriages here:

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New Hampshire Counties:

New Hampshire counties were formed in 1769 before it achieved statehood. The Five original counties of New Hampshire were Cheshire, Grafton, Hillsborough, Rockingham, and Strafford Counties.

Belknap

Formed in 1840 from parts of Merrimack and Strafford Counties.
County Seat=Laconia

Cities in Belknap County where your ancestors may have had a wedding or lived: Alton, Barnstead, Belmont, Center Harbor, Gilford, Gilmanton, Laconia, Meredith, New Hampton, Sanbornton, Tilton.

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Carroll

Formed in 1840 from part of Strafford County.
County Seat=Ossipee

Cities in Carroll County where your ancestors may have had a wedding or lived: Albany, Bartlett, Brookfield, Chatham, Conway, Eaton, Effingham, Freedom, Hart's Location, Jackson, Madison, Moultonborough, Ossipee, Sandwich, Tamworth, Tuftonboro, Wakefield, Wolfeboro.

Carroll County / Town Clerks

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Cheshire

Formed in 1769, original county.
County Seat=Keene

Cities in Cheshire County where your ancestors may have had a wedding or lived: Alstead, Chesterfield, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Harrisville, Hinsdale, Jaffrey, Keene, Marlborough, Marlow, Nelson, Richmond, Rindge, Roxbury, Stoddard, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Troy, Walpole, Westmoreland, Winchester.

Chesire County / Town Clerks

  • Marriages from the day book of Thompson Barron, Unitarian Minister 1838-1860, Windsor County, VT, Cheshire and Merrimack Counties
  • Ware/Nichols/Kent/Dinsmore Bible from Alstead, Cheshire County ...
    files.usgwarchives.net/nh/cheshire/bibles/warebible.txt
  • Trow-Davis Family Bible from Alstead, Cheshire County, New ...
    files.usgwarchives.net/nh/cheshire/bibles/trowdavisbible.txt
  • Crain-Marvin Bible from Alstead, Cheshire County, New Hampshire
    files.usgwarchives.net/nh/cheshire/bibles/crainmarvinbible.txt
  • Noah Porter Family Marriages

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Coos

Formed in 1803 from part of Grafton County.
County Seat=Lancaster

Cities in Coos County where your ancestors may have had a wedding or lived: Berlin, Carroll, Clarksville, Colebrook, Columbia, Dalton, Dummer, Errol, Gorham, Jefferson, Lancaster, Milan, Northumberland, Pittsburg, Randolph, Shelburne, Stark, Stewartstown, Stratford, Whitefield.

Coos County / Town Clerks

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Grafton

Formed in 1769-original county.
County Seat=North Haverhill

Cities in Grafton County where your ancestors may have had a wedding or lived: Alexandria, Ashland, Bath, Benton, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Bristol, Campton, Canaan, Dorchester, Easton, Ellsworth, Enfield, Franconia, Grafton, Groton, Hanover, Haverhill, Hebron, Holderness, Landaff, Lebanon, Lincoln, Lisbon, Littleton, Lyman, Lyme, Monroe, Orange, Orford, Piermont, Plymouth, Rumney, Sugar Hill, Thornton, Warren, Waterville Valley, Wentworth, Woodstock.

Grafton County / Town Clerks

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Hillsborough

Formed in 1769-original county.
County Seat=Manchester and Nashua

Cities in Hillsborough County where your ancestors may have had a wedding or lived: Amherst, Antrim, Bedford, Bennington, Brookline, Deering, Francestown, Goffstown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hancock, Hillsborough, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Lyndeborough, Manchester, Mason, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, New Boston, New Ipswich, Pelham, Peterborough, Sharon, Temple, Weare, Wilton, Windsor.

Hillsborough County / Town Clerks

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Merrimack

Formed in 1823 from parts of Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties.
County Seat=Concord

Cities in Merrimack County where your ancestors may have had a wedding or lived: Allenstown, Andover, Boscawen, Bow, Bradford, Canterbury, Chichester, Concord, Danbury, Dunbarton, Epsom, Franklin, Henniker, Hill, Hooksett, Hopkinton, Loudon, New London, Newbury, Northfield, Pembroke, Pittsfield, Salisbury, Sutton, Warner, Webster, Wilmot.

Merrimack County / Town Clerks

  • 1888 - 1890 Epsom New Hampshire Marriage Records
  • Marriages from the day book of Thompson Barron, Unitarian Minister 1838-1860, Windsor County, VT, Cheshire and Merrimack Counties

Town of Franklin:

  • 1869-1870 Marriages (A-M)
  • 1869-1870 Marriages (N-Z)
  • 1887 Marriages
  • 1889 Franklin New Hampshire Marriage Records
  • 1890 Franklin New Hampshire Marriage Records
  • 1891 Marriages

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Rockingham

Formed in 1769-original county.
County Seat=Brentwood

Cities in Rockingham County where your ancestors may have had a wedding or lived: Atkinson, Auburn, Brentwood, Candia, Chester, Danville, Deerfield, Derry, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Greenland, Hampstead, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, Londonderry, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, Newton, North Hampton, Northwood, Nottingham, Plaistow, Portsmouth, Raymond, Rye, Salem, Sandown, Seabrook, South Hampton, Stratham, Windham.

Rockingham County / Town Clerks

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Strafford

Formed in 1769-original county.
County Seat=Dover

Cities in Strafford County where your ancestors may have had a wedding or lived: Dover, Barrington, Durham, Farmington, Lee, Madbury, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Rochester, Rollinsford, Somersworth, Strafford.

Strafford County / Town Clerks

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Sullivan

Formed in 1827 from part of Cheshire County.
County Seat=Newport

Cities in Sullivan County where your ancestors may have had a wedding or lived: Acworth, Charlestown, Claremont, Cornish, Croydon, Goshen, Grantham, Langdon, Lempster, Newport, Plainfield, Springfield, Sunapee, Unity, Washington.

Sullivan County / Town Clerks