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Rockingham County, New Hampshire

Rockingham County

Rockingham County was founded on March 19, 1771 one of the five original counties identified for New Hampshire in 1769. The county was named in honor of Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham (1730-1782), a two-time Prime Minister of Great Britain (1765-1766, 1782). It was first settled by Europeans moving north from the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts as early as 1623. The government was linked tightly with Massachusetts until New Hampshire became a separate colony in 1679, but counties weren't introduced until 1769.

The Rockingham County Seat is located in Brentwood and the county government website is http://co.rockingham.nh.us/

Areas adjacent to Rockingham County are Strafford County (north), York County, Maine (northeast), Essex County, Massachusetts (south), Hillsborough County (west), Merrimack County (northwest).

Cities and towns (date formed) situated in Rockingham County are Atkinson, Auburn, Brentwood, Candia, Chester, Danville, Deerfield, Derry, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Greenland, Hampstead, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, Londonderry, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, Newton, North Hampton, Northwood, Nottingham, Plaistow, Portsmouth, Raymond, Rye, Salem, Sandown, Seabrook, South Hampton, Stratham, Windham  

Rockingham County does have Federal Census Schedules to help in researching your family tree. United states federal Population Schedules exist for 1790-1890, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Rockingham County Society and Family History Resources

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

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  • New Hampshire State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
  • Hampton Historical Society, PO Box 1601, Hampton, NH 03843-1601; phone: 603-929-0781
  • Portsmouth Public Library - Special Collections, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801-4482
  • Rockingham County Chapter, New Hampshire Society of Genealogists, PO Box 81, Exeter, NH 03833-0081
  • African American Cultural Center, PO Box 4444, Portsmouth , NH  03801-4444; Phone: 603-430-6027 or 436-7629 
  • America's Stonehenge, Phone: 603-893-8300   PO Box 84, North Salem , NH  03073-0084, Website: www.stonehengeusa.com
  • American Independence Museum, Phone: 603-772-2622   1 Governors Ln, Exeter , NH  03833-2420, Website: www.independencemuseum.org
  • Atkinson Historical Society, Phone: 603-362-9317   PO Box 863, Atkinson , NH  03811-0863, Website: atkinsonhistoricalsociety.org
  • Auburn Historical Association, Phone: 603-483-8323   102 Hooksett Rd, Auburn , NH  03032-3225
  • Brentwood Historical Society  Brentwood Town Hall, 1 Dalton Rd, Brentwood , NH  03833-6011
  • Candia Historical Society, Contact:   PO Box 300, 29 High St, Candia , NH  03034-0300
  • Chester Historical Society, Phone: 603-887-4545   PO Box 34, Chester , NH  03036-0034, Website: www.chesterhistorical.org
  • Deerfield Historical Society   PO Box 41, Deerfield , NH  03037-0041
  • Derry Heritage Commission, Phone: 603-434-1247   29 W Broadway, Derry , NH  03038-3220, Website: http://www.derry.nh.us/
  • Epping Historical Society, Phone: 603-679-2944   PO Box 348, Epping , NH  03042-0348
  • Exeter Historical Society, Phone: 603-778-2335  PO Box 924, 47 Front St, Exeter , NH  03833-0924
  • Fitts Museum, Phone: 603-483-8881   PO Box 91, Candia , NH  03034-0091, Website: www.fittsmuseum.org 
  • Fremont Historical Society, Phone: 603-895-4032   225 South Rd, Fremont , NH  03044-3408
  • Ft. Constitution (NH State Park), Phone: 603 436-1552  State of NH, DRED (State Parks), PO Box 1856, Concord , NH  03302-1856, Website: www.nhstateparks.org
  • Ft. Stark (NH State Park), Phone: 603 436-1552  State of NH, DRED (State Parks), PO Box 1856, Concord , NH  03302-1856, Website: www.nhstateparks.org
  • Fuller Gardens, Phone: 603-964-5414   10 Willow Ave, North Hampton , NH  03862-2228, Website: www.fullergardens.org
  • Gilman Garrison House/HNE, Phone: 603-436-3205   143 Pleasant St, Portsmouth , NH  03801-4506, Website: www.historicnewengland.org
  • Governor Langdon House/HNE, Phone: 603-436-3205   143 Pleasant St, Portsmouth , NH  03801-4506, Website: www.historicnewengland.org
  • Hampstead Historical Society, Phone: 603-329-6670   PO Box 654, Hampstead , NH  03841-0654, Website: www.hampsteadhistoricalsociety.org
  • Hampton Falls Historical Society  PO Box 104, 45 Exeter Rd, Hampton Falls , NH  03844-0104
  • Hampton Historical Society, Phone: 603-929-0781  PO Box 1601, 40 Park Ave, Hampton , NH  03843-1601, Website: www.hamptonhistoricalsociety.org
  • Hawke Historical Society, Phone: 603-642-8366   PO Box 402, Danville , NH  03819-0402
  • Historic New England (HNE), Phone: 617-227-3956   141 Cambridge St, Boston, MA, 02114-2702, Website: www.historicnewengland.org
  • Historical Society of Kensington   c/o The Social Library, 126 Amesbury Road, Kensington, NH  03833, Website: www.historicalsocietiesnh.org/kensington/
  • Historical Society of Seabrook, Phone: 603-474-5066   PO Box 414, Seabrook , NH  03874-0414
  • Jackson House/HNE, Phone: 603-436-3205   143 Pleasant St, Portsmouth , NH  03801-4506, Website: www.historicnewengland.org
  • James E. Walley Museum & Library, Phone: 603-436-3712   351 Middle St, Portsmouth , NH  03801-5009, Website: whalleymuseum.org
  • James House Association, The   PO Box 234, Hampton , NH  03843-0234, Website: www.jameshousemuseum.org
  • Kingston Improvement & Historical Society/Friends of the Church on the Plains   PO Box 663, Kingston , NH  03848-0663
  • Kingston Museum   PO Box 24, Kingston , NH  03848-0024
  • Londonderry Historical Society, Phone: 603-432-2005   PO Box 136, Londonderry , NH  03053-0136, Website: londonderryhistory.org
  • Moffat-Ladd House & Garden, Phone: 603-436-8221   154 Market St, Portsmouth , NH  03801-3730, Website: www.moffattladd.org
  • New Castle Archives & Records Committee, Phone: 603-431-6854 , New Castle , NH  03854
  • New Castle Historical Society   PO Box 89, New Castle , NH  03854-0089
  • New Market Historical Society, Phone: 603 659-7420   PO Box 534, Newmarket , NH  03857-0534, Website: www.newmarketnhhistoricalsociety.org
  • Newfields Historical Society   PO Box 126, Newfields , NH  03856-0126
  • Newington Historical Society   205 Nimble Hill Rd, Newington , NH  03801-2726
  • Newton Historical Society  PO Box 289, 22 S Main St, Newton , NH  03858-0289, Website: www.newton-nh.gov/Pages/newtonnh_historical/index
  • North Hampton Historical Society   PO Box 17, North Hampton , NH  03862-0017
  • Northwood Historical Society   PO Box 114, Northwood , NH  03261-0114
  • Nottingham Historical Society, Phone: 603-679-5022   PO Box 241, Nottingham , NH  03290-0241, Website: nottinghamnh.virtualtownhall.net/Pages/NottinghamNH_Historic/index
  • Plaistow Historical Society, Phone: 603-382-1675   PO Box 434, Plaistow , NH  03865-0434, Website: www.plaistowhistorical.org
  • Portsmouth Athenaeum, Phone: 603-431-2538   PO Box 848, Portsmouth , NH  03802-0848, Website: www.portsmouthathenaeum.org
  • Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, Inc., Phone: 603-431-2768   143 Pleasant St, Portsmouth , NH  03801-4506, Website: www.pbhtrail.org
  • Portsmouth Historical Society, Phone: 603-436-8420   PO Box 728, Portsmouth , NH  03802-0728, Website: www.portsmouthhistory.org
  • Raymond Historical Society, Contact:, Phone: 603-895-2866  PO Box 94, 1 Depot Rd, Raymond , NH  03077-0094
  • Robert Frost Farm (NH State Park), Phone: 603-432-3091  State of NH, DRED (State Parks), PO Box 1856, Concord , NH  03302-1856, Website: www.nhstateparks.org
  • Rundlet-May House/HNE, Phone: 603-436-3205   143 Pleasant St, Portsmouth , NH  03801-4506, Website: www.historicnewengland.org
  • Rye Historical Society   PO Box 583, Rye , NH  03870-0583, Website: www.ryehistoricalsociety.blogs.com
  • Salem Historical Society   310 Main St, Salem , NH  03079-2498, Website: www.historicalsocietiesnh.org/salem/
  • Sandown Historical Society, Phone: 603-887-6100   PO Box 300, Sandown , NH  03873-0300
  • Sandown Old Meeting House Association, Phone: 603-887-3946   PO Box 377, Sandown , NH  03873-0377
  • Stratham Historical Society, Phone: 603-778-0434   PO Box 39, Stratham , NH  03885-0039, Website: www.strathamhistsoc.org
  • Strawbery Banke Museum, Phone: 603-433-1100   PO Box 300, Portsmouth , NH  03802-0300, Website: www.strawberybanke.org
  • Taylor Sawmill Historic Site (NH State Park), Phone: 603-271-3556  State of NH, DRED (State Parks), PO Box 1856, Concord , NH  03302-1856, Website: www.nhstateparks.org
  • Tobias Lear House, Phone: 603-436-4406   PO Box 563, Portsmouth , NH  03802-0563, Website: www.wentworthgardnerandlear.org
  • Warner House Association, Phone: 603-436-5909  PO Box 895, 150 Daniel St, Portsmouth , NH  03802-0895, Website: www.warnerhouse.org
  • Wentworth Gardener House, Phone: 603-436-4406   PO Box 563, Portsmouth , NH  03802-0563, Website: www.wentworthgardnerandlear.org
  • Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion (NH State Park), State of NH, DRED (State Parks), PO Box 1856, Concord , NH  03302-1856  Phone: 603-436-6607, Website: www.nhstateparks.org
  • Windham Historical Society   PO Box 741, Windham , NH  03087-0741
  • Rockingham County, New Hampshire Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com)
  • Rockingham County, New Hampshire Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com)
  • USGenWeb Archives for Rockingham County (usgwarchives.net)

Rockingham County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist frequently forget about the great importance of Rockingham 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 Rockingham 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 Rockingham County. The years indicated below are considered the first noted records data in this county.

Rockingham County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Rockingham 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 Rockingham County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Rockingham Co. NH Books, Newspapers & Publications

Rockingham Co. NH Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Rockingham Co. NH Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Rockingham Co. NH Census Records

Rockingham Co. NH Cemeteries & Church Records

Rockingham Co. NH Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Rockingham Co. NH General and History Websites

Rockingham Co. NH Immigration & Naturalization

Rockingham Co. NH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Rockingham Co. NH Military Records

Rockingham Co. NH Schools & Directories

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