The first installment of this four-part series on New Hampshire town
histories gave an overview of resources and repositories The three
remaining installments will provide detailed information on the
published histories of each New Hampshire town. This first installment
will include all town names that start with A to F. The next section
will include all towns that begin with G to M, and the third part will
conclude with the remainder of New Hampshire towns.
The following information on the histories for each town is included:
town name; date of original printing/date of subsequent editions;
title; genealogies (yes or no); index (primarily yes or no, although if
the index is in the reprint and not in the original it is so noted, also
if the index is specific [i.e. places, names, etc] rather than a
general index the type is listed); author; available from (includes
where the volume may be purchased and as much contact information as was
possible to obtain — it is imperative that would-be buyers make contact
to determine method of payment and any applicable shipping charges in
advance of placing an order); cost (this represents the cost of the book
and does not include any applicable shipping charges); NEHGS Loan
(indicates whether the volume is available for loan to NEHGS members
through the circulating library — yes or no); and NEHGS Research Library
(indicates whether the volume is available at the NEHGS Research
Library in Boston - yes or no).
I used the following methodology to collect the data:
began with a list of all towns in New Hampshire.
• Next I looked at William Copeley's Index to Genealogies in New
Hampshire Town Histories to identify the towns that have a published
history with genealogies. I then searched the New Hampshire Historical
Society's Tuck Library catalog online to try to determine which
histories Bill had referenced in his index based on their listing as
both history and genealogy for the given town. The list was then sent to
the Tuck Library for review and a follow up visit finalized the
• I then made contact with town offices, historical societies, and/or
libraries in each town to learn about reprints and sales data for the
• Next I went to the Higginson Books website and took information
from their online sales page for towns that indicated their histories
were not in reprint or not available and towns where I had not been able
to reach anyone.
• Finally I searched the NEHGS online catalog and online store to
determine which volumes were available to view at their research library
in Boston, to borrow through their circulating library service, and to
purchase via their online store at www.NewEnglandAncestors.org.
I hope these results are as helpful to the genealogical community as
they have been fun to collect!
New Hampshire Town Histories Chart
NEHGS Online Store; Town of BathPO Box 88Bath, NH 03740603-747-454
Ruth Whittier2 Central StBristol, NH 03222-3134603-744-6272
$71.50(NEHGS); contact townoffice for price
NEHGS Online Store; Pam Jackson PO Box 600Canterbury, NH 0324-0600
"Canterbury History" in subject line]
Conway Historical SocietyPO Box 1949Conway, NH 03818603-447-5551
NEHGS Online Store;Durham Historic Association c/o Mrs.
Donald Sumner44 Durham Point RoadDurham, NH 0384603 868-2579