Vital records, as their name suggests, are connected with central life events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are available only for relatively recent periods. These records, despite their recent creation in the United States, are critically important in genealogical research, often supplying details on family members well back into the nineteenth century. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking.
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Bureau of Vital Records
Health and Welfare Building
6 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
Fax: (603) 271-3447
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The New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records is the state resource for residents who wish to obtain copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death certificates. They also have a genealogical research vault that is open to the general public containing records that date back to the year 1640
Copies of records may be obtained from State office or from City or Town Clerk in place where event occurred. This fee is payable whether of not a record is found. Fees may be waived for state agencies and federal government agencies for non-certified copies, or verification of vital events. Additional copies of the same record issued at the same time are $8.00.
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Check or money order should be made payable to Treasurer, State of New Hampshire. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (603) 271-4654.This will be a recorded message
|Birth Certificate Application $12.00|
|Death Certificate Application $12.00|
|Marriage Certificate Application $12.00|
|Divorce Certificate Application $12.00|
State office has records since1880.