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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

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 1790-189019001910192019301940.

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.

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

Cheshire Co. NH Immigration & Naturalization

Cheshire Co. NH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Cheshire Co. NH Military Records

Cheshire Co. NH Schools & Directories