Cheshire County, New Hampshire
Cheshire County was founded on March 19, 1771 one of the five original counties identified for New Hampshire in 1769. The county was named after the English county of Cheshire..
The Cheshire County Seat is located in Keene and the county government website is http://www.co.cheshire.nh.us/
Areas adjacent to Cheshire County are Sullivan County (north), Hillsborough County (east), Worcester County, Massachusetts (southeast), Franklin County, Massachusetts (southwest), Windham County, Vermont (west).
Cities and towns (date formed) situated in Cheshire County are Alstead (1763), Marlborough (1752), Dublin (1771), Fitzwilliam (1773), Gilsum (1763), Harrisville (1870), Hinsdale (1753), Jaffrey (1773), Keene (1753), Marlborough (1776), Marlow (1761), Nelson (1752), Richmond (1752), Rindge (1768), Roxbury (1812), Stoddard (1774), Sullivan (1787), Surry (1769), Swanzey (1753), Troy (1815), Walpole (1761), Westmoreland (1735), Winchester (1733).
Cheshire County does have Federal Census Schedules to help in researching your family tree. United states federal Population Schedules exist for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Cheshire Co. Mortality Schedules is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Cheshire Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Cheshire Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. There is free down-loadable and printable census forms to help with your research.
Cheshire County Society and Family History Resources
A list of Cheshire County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- RAOGK Volunteers for New Hampshire (raogk.org)
- New Hampshire State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Alstead Historical Society, P.O. Box 204, Chesterfield, NH 03443; Phone: 603-363-8018
- Chesterfield Historical Society, PO Box 204, Chesterfield , NH 03443-0204
- Dublin Historical Society, PO Box 415, Dublin , NH 03444-0415; Phone: 603-563-8545
- Fitzwilliam Historical Society, PO Box 87, 66 New Hampshire 119, Fitzwilliam, NH 03447; Phone:(603) 585-7742
- Friends of Pisgah, Inc., PO Box 134, Chesterfield , NH 03443-0134
- Gilsum Historical Society, PO Box 216, Gilsum , NH 03448-0216
- Hinsdale Historical Society, PO Box 194, Hinsdale , NH 03451-0194; Phone: 603-336-8377
- Historic Harrisville, Inc., P.O. Box 79, Harrisville, NH 03450; 603-827-3722
- Historical Society of Cheshire County, PO Box 803, 246 Main St, Keene , NH 03431-0803; Phone: 603-352-1895
- Horatio Colony House Museum & Nature Preserve, 199 Main St, Keene , NH 03431-3780; Phone: 603-352-0460
- Jaffrey Center Village Improvement Society PO Box 772, Jaffrey , NH 03452-0772
- Jaffrey Historical Society, 40 Main St, Jaffrey , NH 03452-6144; Phone: 603-532-6527
- Marlborough Historical Society, PO Box 202, Marlborough , NH 03455-0202
- Nelson Town Archives, HCR 33, Box 660, Nelson , NH 03457-9703; Phone: 603-847-9945
- Park Hill Meeting House Society, PO Box 255, Westmoreland , NH 03467-0255
- Richmond Historical Society, 171 Fitzwilliam Rd, Richmond , NH 03470-4304; Phone: 603-239-6486
- Rindge Historical Society, PO Box 543, School Street, Rindge, NH 03461; Phone:(603) 899-2341
- Stoddard Historical Society, PO Box 213, Stoddard , NH 03464-0213
- Sullivan Public Library Archives, PO Box 92, Sullivan , NH 03445-0092; Phone: 603-847-3458
- Surry Historical Committee, 24 Village Rd, Surry , NH 03431-8314
- Swanzey Historical Museum, PO Box 416, 720 W Swanzey Rd, West Swanzey , NH 03469-0416; Phone: 603-352-4579
- Marlow Historical Society, PO Box 12, Marlow , NH 03456-0012; Phone: 603-446-2292
- Troy Historical Society, PO Box 593, Troy , NH 03465-0593
- Walpole Historical Society, PO Box 292, Walpole , NH 03608-0292; Phone: 603-756-3449
- Westmoreland Historical Society, PO Box 105, Westmoreland , NH 03467-0105; Phone: 603-357-0966
- Winchester Historical Society, 403 Back Ashuelot Road, Ashuelot, NH 03441; 603-239-7399
- Cheshire County, New Hampshire Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com)
- USGenWeb Archives for Cheshire County (usgwarchives.net)
Cheshire County Courthouse and Government Records
Genealogist frequently forget about the great importance of Cheshire County court, Probate, and land records as a source of genealogy and family history information. Buried away in New Hampshire courthouses and archives everywhere are the dreams and frustrations of many New Hampshire citizens. The chances are great that your ancestors have left a detailed record of at least some aspects of their lives in the Cheshire 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 indicates what vital, land, Probate, and court records are in Cheshire County. The years indicated below are considered the first noted records data in this county.
Cheshire County Links
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Cheshire 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 Cheshire County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.
Cheshire Co. NH Books, Newspapers & Publications
Cheshire Co. NH Birth, Marriage & Death Records
Cheshire Co. NH Court, Probate Land and Tax Records
Cheshire Co. NH Census Records
Cheshire Co. NH Cemeteries & Church Records
Cheshire Co. NH Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
Cheshire Co. NH General and History Websites
- See Also State History for New Hampshire
- Cheshire County, New Hampshire Wikipedia (wikipedia.org)
- A history of the town of Sullivan, New Hampshire, 1777-1917 (search.ancestry.com)
- The history of Dublin, N.H. : containing the address by Charles Mason, and the proceedings at the centennial celebration, June (search.ancestry.com)
- History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties, New Hampshire (search.ancestry.com)
- A history of the town of Keene : from 1732, when the township was granted by Massachusetts, to 1874, when it became a city (search.ancestry.com)
- History of the town of Richmond, Cheshire County, New Hampshire : from its first settlement, to 1882 (search.ancestry.com)
- Cheshire County, New Hampshire Wiki (familysearch.org)
- Cheshire Co. NH Genealogy (kindredtrails.com)
- Family History Library (familysearch.org)
- Cheshire County, New Hampshire (linkpendium.com)
- Cyndi's List - United States - New Hampshire - Counties - Cheshire (cyndislist.com)
- Cheshire County New Hampshire (genealogytrails.com)
- Cheshire Co. NHGenweb (rootsweb.ancestry.com)
- Cheshire County Genealogy Queries (cousinconnect.com)
- Cheshire Co. Data Collections (search.ancestry.com)
Cheshire Co. NH Immigration & Naturalization
Cheshire Co. NH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
Cheshire Co. NH Military Records
Cheshire Co. NH Schools & Directories