Grafton County, New Hampshire
Grafton County was founded on March 19, 1771 one of the five original counties identified for New Hampshire in 1769. The county was named Augustus Henry Fitzroy, 3rd Duke of Grafton (1735-1811), , who had been a supporter of American causes in Parliament, and who was serving as Prime Minister of Great Britain (1768-1770) at the time.
Areas adjacent to Grafton County are Caledonia County, Vermont, Orange County, Vermont, Windsor County, Vermont, Merrimack County, Sullivan County, Belknap County, Carroll County, Coos County, Essex County, Vermont.
Cities and towns (date formed) situated in Grafton County are Alexandria (1753), Ashland (1868), Bath (1761), Benton (1839), Bethlehem (1799), Bridgewater (1786), Bristol (1819 ), Campton (1761), Canaan (1761), Dorchester (1761), Easton (1867), Landaff (), Ellsworth (1802), Enfield (1761), Franconia (1782), Grafton (1761), Groton (1792), Hanover (1761), Haverhill (1763), Hebron (1792), Cockermouth (), Holderness (1751), Landaff (1774), Lebanon (1761), Lincoln (), Lisbon (1824), Littleton (1784), Livermore (), Lyman (1761), Lyme (1761), Monroe (1854), Orange (1790), Orford (1761), Piermont (1764), Plymouth (), Rumney (1761), Sugar Hill (1962), Thornton (1763), Warren (1764 ), Waterville Valley (1976), Wentworth (1766), Woodstock (1840)
Grafton Co. Mortality Schedules is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Grafton Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Grafton Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. There is free down-loadable and printable census forms to help with your research.
Grafton County Society and Family History Resources
A list of Grafton County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- New Hampshire State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Alexandria Historical Society, Phone: 603-744-5831 c/o Pat Moore, 317 Shem Valley Rd, Alexandria , NH 03222-6110
- Ashland Historical Society PO Box 175, Ashland , NH 03217-0175, Website: www.oldashlandnh.org
- Bath Historical Society, Phone: 603-747-2454 PO Box 44, Bath , NH 03740-0044
- Bethlehem Heritage Society, Phone: 603-869-3330 PO Box 148, Main St, Bethlehem , NH 03574-0148, Website: www.bethlehemheritagenh.com
- Bridgewater Historical Society c/o Ruth Whittier, 1785 Summer St, Bristol , NH 03222-3243
- Bristol Historical Society, Contact: Lucille Keegan, Pres; 603 744-2751; , Phone: 603-744-9108 PO Box 400, Bristol , NH 03222-0400, Website: www.bristolhistoricalsociety.com
- Campton Historical Society PO Box 160, 529 NH Route 175, Campton , NH 03223-0160, Website: www.camptonhistorical.org
- Canaan Historical Society PO Box 402, Canaan , NH 03741-0402, Website: www.rootsweb.com/~nhchs
- Crossroads of America, Phone: 603-869-3919 6 Trudeau Rd, Bethlehem , NH 03574-5106, Website: http://members.tripod.com/~s_scale/index.html
- Dartmouth College Archives, Phone: 603-646-0538 Special Collections, 6065 Webster Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover , NH 03755-3519, Website: www.dartmouth.edu/~speccoll/
- Dorchester Historical Society No mailing address., Open Sun., 2-4pm, Memorial Day to Columbus Day and Old Home Days all weekend., Admission free,
- Enfield Historical Society PO Box 612, Enfield , NH 03748-0612
- Enfield Shaker Museum, Phone: 603-632-4346 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield , NH 03748-3503, Website: www.shakermuseum.org
- Franconia Area Heritage Council, Phone: 603-823-5000 PO Box 169, Franconia , NH 03580-0169, Website: www.FranconiaHeritage.org
- Groton Historical Society PO Box 50, Rumney , NH 03266-0050
- Hanover Historical Society, Phone: 603-646-3371 PO Box 142, 32 N Main St, Hanover , NH 03755-0142
- Haverhill Historical Society PO Box 25, Haverhill , NH 03765-0025
- Hebron Historical Society, Phone: 603-744-1048 PO Box 89, Hebron , NH 03241-0089, Website: wwww.hebronhistsoc.org
- Holderness Historical Society, Phone: 603-968-7575 PO Box 140, Holderness , NH 03245-0140
- Lebanon Historical Society PO Box 18, Lebanon , NH 03766-0018, Website: www.lebanonnhhistory.org
- Lisbon Area Historical Society, Phone: 603-838-6615 Lisbon Public Library, 45 School St, Lisbon , NH 03585-6512
- Littleton Area Historical Society, Phone: 603-444-6435 120 Main St, Littleton , NH 03561-4074, Website: www.golittleton.com/littleton_history.php
- Lyme Historians, Phone: 603-795-2508 PO Box 41, Lyme , NH 03768-0041
- Mary Baker Eddy Historic House – Rumney, Phone: 603-786-9943 PO Box 464, Rumney , NH 03266-0464
- Monroe Historical Society, Phone: 603-638-4104 c/o Charles Hammer, 60 Fairfield Rd, Monroe , NH 03771-3274
- New England Ski Museum, Phone: 603-823-7177 PO Box 267, Franconia , NH 03580-0267, Website: www.skimuseum.org
- Old Man of the Mountain Museum PO Box 893, Franconia , NH 03580-0893
- Orford Historical Society, Phone: 603-353-9307 PO Box 44, Orford , NH 03777-0044,
- Pemi Baker Valley Historical Society Council c/o Michelle Betts, 10 Palmer Rd, Campton , NH 03223-4422
- Piermont Historical Society, Phone: 603-272-4359 PO Box 273, Piermont , NH 03779-0273, Open on request.,
- Plymouth Historical Society, Contact: Lisa Lundari, President, 603-536-1646, , Phone: 603-536-2337 PO Box 603, Plymouth , NH 03264-0603, Website: www.plymouthnh-historicalsociety.org
- Rumney Historical Society PO Box 945, Rumney , NH 03266-0945
- Sugar Hill Historical Museum, Phone: 603-823-5336 PO Box 591, Route 117, Main St, Sugar Hill , NH 03586-0591, Website: www.franconianotch.org
- The Frost Place Museum, Phone: 603-823-5510 PO Box 74, Franconia , NH 03580-0074, Website: www.frostplace.org
- Thornton Historical Society Thornton Town Hall, 16 Merrill Access Rd, Thornton , NH 03285-6127
- Township of Grafton Historical Society PO Box 173, Grafton , NH 03240-0173
- Upper Pemigewasset Historical Society, Phone: 603-745-8159 PO Box 863, Lincoln , NH 03251-0863, Website: www.logginginlincoln.com
- Warren Historical Society, Phone: 603-764-9949 PO Box 114, Warren , NH 03279-0114
- Wentworth Historical Society PO Box 13, Wentworth , NH 03282-0013
- Grafton County, New Hampshire Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com)
- Grafton County, New Hampshire Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com)
- USGenWeb Archives for Grafton County (usgwarchives.net)
Grafton County Courthouse and Government Records
Genealogist frequently forget about the great importance of Grafton 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 Grafton 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 facts indicates whatever birth, death, marriage, property, wills, and courtroom records are typically in Grafton County. The years indicated below are considered the first noted records data in this county.
- Grafton County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 3785 Dartmouth College Highway, Box 3, North Haverhill, NH 03774
- Grafton County Clerk of Superior Court has Court Records from 1773
- Grafton County Clerk of Probate Court has Probate Records from 1773
- Grafton County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1773
- Grafton County Town Clerks has copies of vital records (birth, marriage, divorce and death records) from 1773.
- 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.
Grafton County Links
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Grafton 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 Grafton County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.