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Strafford County, New Hampshire

Strafford County was founded on March 19, 1771 (organized in 1771) one of the five original counties identified for New Hampshire in 1769. The county was named in honotr of William Wentworth, 2nd Earl of Strafford (1626-1695), an English noble who owned colonial lands.

The Strafford County Seat is located in Dover and the county government website is

Areas adjacent to Strafford County are Carroll County (north), York County, Maine (east), Rockingham County (south), Merrimack County (west), Belknap County (northwest).

Cities and towns (date formed) situated in Strafford County are Barrington, Dover, Durham, Farmington , Lee, Madbury, Middleton, Milton , New Durham, Rochester, Rollinsford, Somersworth, Strafford

Strafford County does have Federal Census Schedules to help in researching your family tree. United states federal Population Schedules exist for 1790-189019001910192019301940.

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

Strafford County Society and Family History Resources

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

Strafford County Courthouse and Government Records

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

Strafford County Links

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

Strafford Co. NH Books, Newspapers & Publications

Strafford Co. NH Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Strafford Co. NH Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Strafford Co. NH Census Records

Strafford Co. NH Cemeteries & Church Records

Strafford Co. NH Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Strafford Co. NH General and History Websites

Strafford Co. NH Immigration & Naturalization

Strafford Co. NH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Strafford Co. NH Military Records

Strafford Co. NH Schools & Directories