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..
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 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.
- 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.
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 Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 12 Court St., Keene, NH 03431
- Cheshire County Clerk of Superior Court has Court Records from 1771
- Cheshire County Clerk of Probate Court has Probate Records from 1771
- Cheshire County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1771
- Cheshire County Town Clerks has copies of vital records (birth, marriage, divorce and death records) from 1771.
- New Hampshire Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in New Hampshire for current fees and application process. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events. Please be advised that in most cases you will receive your records more quickly from the City and Town locations than from the State Office
- Ordering Vital Records – You can also order Order Electronically Online or You can download an application for New Hampshire Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.
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.