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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Can you explain the abbreviations I saw on the New Hampshire Town Records index on microfilm at NEHGS.  When I looked up Jonathan Gilman I saw page numbers for various towns, but also MR and FR.


Answer:  In the New Hampshire town records you will often just see volume and page associated with a given person. These references from the town records can be varied entries.  Most entries deal with taxes, town offices the person held, and sometime cattle marks. However if you happen to find a reference with M.R. or F.R. this contains genealogical information with vital statistics.  M.R. stands for a Marriage Record, either a marriage intention or license, or the actual marriage ceremony itself.  An entry with F.R. stands for Family record, and contains various births, marriages and deaths relating to a couple, and or their immediate family.  At NEHGS we have microfilm for most of the New Hampshire cities in town covering the 17th through early 19th century for the Town Records series.

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