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Belknap County, New Hampshire

Belknap County was founded on December 22, 1840 from Strafford County. The county was named in honor of Jeremy Belknap (1744-1798), early New Hampshire historian..

The Belknap County Seat is located in Laconia (Court was held within the town of Meredith, at a village known as Meredith Bridge on the Winnipesaukee River. In 1855, the town of Laconia was separated from Meredith.) and the county government website is

Areas adjacent to Belknap County are Grafton CountyMerrimack CountyCarroll CountyStrafford County.

Cities and towns (date formed) situated in Belknap County are Alton (1796), Barnstead (1727), Belmont (1859), Center Harbor (1797), Gilford (1812), Gilmanton (1727), Laconia (1855), Meredith (1746), New Hampton (1765), Sanbornton (1748), Tilton (1869)

Belknap County does have Federal Census Schedules to help in researching your family tree. United states federal Population Schedules exist for 1850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

Belknap Co. Mortality Schedules is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Belknap Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Belknap Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. There is free down-loadable and printable census forms to help with your research.

Belknap County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Belknap County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Belknap County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist frequently forget about the great importance of Belknap County court, probate, and land documents as a resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Hidden away in New Hampshire courthouses and archives just about everywhere tend to be the hopes and dreams and worries of the many New Hampshire citizens.

The odds are excellent that your particular forefathers have left a in-depth record of at least some elements of their lives in the Belknap County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not mentioned in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

Please speak to the clerk’s dept to verify hours, mailing address, fees and other facts in advance of visiting or inquiring about information because of occasionally changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Many workers will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the person to complete the research.

The following facts indicates whatever birth, death, marriage, property, wills, and courtroom records are typically in Belknap County. The years indicated below are considered the first noted records data in this county. County courthouse has copies of Strafford County deeds covering land that became part of Belknap after formation in 1840.

Belknap County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Belknap County. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a fee. This is simply a collection that has been collected or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to furnish your own most liked Belknap County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Belknap Co. NH Books, Newspapers & Publications

Belknap Co. NH Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Belknap Co. NH Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Belknap Co. NH Census Records

Belknap Co. NH Cemeteries & Church Records

Belknap Co. NH Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Belknap Co. NH General and History Websites

Belknap Co. NH Immigration & Naturalization

Belknap Co. NH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Belknap Co. NH Military Records

Belknap Co. NH Schools & Directories