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Spotlight: Conway, New Hampshire, Public Library

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Conway Public Library, New Hampshire


The town of Conway is located in Carroll County and is on the New Hampshire–Maine border. The genealogy and local history resources of the Conway Public Library may be found in the Nella Braddy Henney History Room, which was established in 1976. Its holdings include materials for New Hampshire and Oxford County, Maine, along with family histories, maps, photographs, and other items, most of which pertain to the immediate region. Some of the resources of the Henney History Room have been made available online. These include vital statistics, cemetery records, and local history volumes.


Vital Statistics Since 1880

The source documents of the records in the vital statistics databases are the Annual Reports for the Town of Conway. Birth and death records begin in 1880. There are some marriages records in the database prior to 1880. The records are fully searchable.


The data fields in the birth records database are last name; first name; date of birth; gender; number of child (birth order); father's name; mother's maiden name; residence; father's occupation; father's birthplace; and mother's birthplace. The birth records database includes records for children born as late as 2010.



The data fields in the marriage records database are participant; wed to; date; age; place of marriage; residence; place of birth; occupation; marital status; father's name; father's birthplace; father's occupation; mother's name; and mother's occupation. The marriage database includes records through the end of 1991.



The data fields in the death records database are last name; first name; date of death; place of death; age; place of birth; gender; father's place of birth; mother's place of birth; father's name; and mother's name. The death records database includes records for individuals who died between 1880 and 2010.


Under the Deaths link you will also find a list of Conway cemeteries and searchable cemetery record databases. The data fields in the Cemetery List include cemetery name, cemetery number, description of the cemetery’s location, and the name of the organization that maintains the cemetery. The library has a numbered map showing cemetery locations.


Cemetery Records

The Cemetery Records homepage contains links to databases for the following towns: Albany, Conway — which has forty-six cemeteries — and Eaton in New Hampshire, as well as Brownfield, Maine. The records in the searchable cemetery databases have been updated through 1980. There are also links to the cemetery records of Fryeburg, Maine, found on the Fryeburg Historical Society’s website, and the New Hampshire Old Graveyard Association website. The data fields for all four cemeteries are last name, first name, family, date of birth, date of death, age at death, cemetery name, section, block, and note. Information found in the family field includes names of family members. Information in the notes field includes military service, membership in veteran’s organizations, place of birth, place of death, and name of person who erected the gravestone.

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