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  • New Hampshire Town Histories, Part Two

    Sherry L. Gould

     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:

    • I 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 selections.

    • I then made contact with town offices, historical societies, and/or libraries in each town to learn about reprints and sales data for the chosen histories.

    • 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




    Town Date of Orig. Printing/ Reprint Title Gens.? Index? Author Available from Cost NEHGS Loan? NEHGS Research
    Library?
    Online?
                         
    Acworth 1869
    1988
    History of Acworth, with the Proceedings of the Centennial Anniversary, Genealogical Records & Register of Farms. Y N John Leverett Merrill NEHGS Online Store;
    Acworth Silsby Free
    Library,
    PO Box 179
    Acworth, NH 03601
    603-835-2150
    $30-39 Y Y
    (call number:
    F44/A1
    /M5/1869)
    N
    Albany 1976 The United States bicentennial, 1976: Albany's recollections Y N A. Bernard Perry Town of Albany,
    1972-A NH Route 16,
    Albany, NH 03818
    603-447-6038
    $12 N N N
    Alexandria 1982
    2002
    A little history of a small town: Alexandria, New
    Hampshire
    N N Bernard F. Shattuck Alexandria Historical
    Society
    Ruth Herron
    Worfield Circle,
    Bristol, NH 03222
    $10 N N N
    Allenstown   Currently in Progress               N
    Alstead 1992 Alstead through the years: 1763-1990 N Y Helen H. Frink Town Clerk
    PO Box 65
    Alstead, NH
    03602
    603-835-2242 or
    email
    $30 N N N
    Alton 1960
    1965
    1996?
    The history of Alton Y Y Barton McLain Griffin Alton Town Office
    Main St, PO Box 659
    Alton, NH 03809
    603 875-2161
    $8 N Y N
    Amherst

    1883
    1972
    1987

    History of the town of Amherst, Hillsborough county, New Hampshire Y Y (separate volume) Daniel Franklin Secomb NEHGS Online Store $97 Y Y (call number
    F44/A5
    /S4/1883)
    N
    Andover 1910
    1979
    2001
    History of the town of Andover, New Hampshire, 1751-1906 Y Y John Robie Eastman and George Edwin Emery NEHGS Online Store;
    Andover Historical Society
    PO Box 167
    Andover NH 03216
    $48-50 Y Y (call number
    F44/A6
    /E2/1910)
    N
    Antrim 1880
    1987
    History of the town of Antrim, New Hampshire, from its earliest settlement to June 27, 1877... Y Y Warren Robert Cochrane NEHGS Online Store $131 Y Y (call number
    F44/A7
    /C6/1880)
    N
    Ashland   No town history exists                
    Atkinson 1976
    1999
    Atkinson then and now N Y based on the collections of
    Louise Noyes Barnum
    Atkinson Historical
    Society
    P.O. Box 863
    Atkinson, NH 03811
    603-362-9939
    $30 N N N
    Atkinson 2000 Legends of the Pond: Stories of Big Island Pond, Atkinson, Derry, and Hampstead
    N Y Alfred E. Kayworth amazon.com $11 N N N
    Auburn (see Chester) 1970 Auburn, New Hampshire Y Family Names Carl Cheswell Forsaith Town Clerk
    P.O. Box 309
    Auburn, NH 03032
    603-483-5052
    $10 N N N
    Barnstead 1872
    1990
    History of Barnstead [N.H.] from its first settlement in 1727 to 1872.
    Y N Jeremiah Peabody Jewett and Robert Boodey Caverly NEHGS Online Store;
    Oscar Foss Memorial
    Library
    PO Box 219
    Center Barnstead, NH
    03225
    $15-50 Y Y (call number
    F44/B2
    /J5/1872)
    N
    Barrington 1966 History of Barrington, N.H.
    Y Y Morton H. Wiggin Barrington Historical
    Society
    Barrington, NH
    03225
    $18 N Y
    (call number
    F44/B22
    /W5/1966)
    N
    Bartlett 1990 Bartlett, New Hampshire : in the valley of the Saco Y N Aileen M. Carroll Bartlett Public Library
    PO Box 366
    Bartlett, NH 03812
    603-374-2755
    $22 Y Y N
    Bath 1965
    1998
    Historical notes of Bath, New Hampshire, 1765-1965 Y N Edwin Chamberlin and Stearns Morse

    NEHGS Online Store;
    Town of Bath
    PO Box 88
    Bath, NH 03740
    603-747-454

    $10-21 N Y N
    Bedford 1903
    1997
    History of Bedford, New Hampshire, from 1737... Y N Town History Committee NEHGS Online Store $109.50 Y Y N
    Bedford 1972 History of Bedford, N.H., 1737 - 1971 Y Y Town History Committee Bedford Town Office
    4 N. Amherst Street
    Bedford, NH 03110
    603-472-542;
    Bedford Public Library
    3 Meetinghouse Road
    Bedford, NH 03110
    603-472-2300
    $25 N Y N
    Bedford 1851
    1993
    History of Bedford, New Hampshire... Y Y Peter P. Woodbury, Thomas Savage, William Patten NEHGS Online Store $39.50 Y Y N
    Belmont (see Gilmanton) 1969 Reminiscences of a New Hampshire town : the Belmont centennial,
    1869 - 1969
    N Y Wallace P. Rhodes Unavailable Unavailable N N N
    Bennington (see Hancock) 1989 A pictorial history of Bennington, New Hampshire N Y Bennington Historical Society Unavailable Unavailable N N N
    Benton 1905 Some things about Coventry - Benton, New Hampshire Y Y William F. Whitcher NEHGS Online Store $38.50 Y Y N
    Berlin   No town history exists                
    Bethlehem 1883
    1998
    Early History of the Town of Bethlehem N N Simeon Bolles NEHGS Online Store $15 Y Y N
    Boscawen 1878
    1977
    1992
    The history of Boscawen & Webster, New Hampshire from 1733 to 1878 Y Y Charles C. Coffin NEHGS Online Store $67 Y Y N
    Bow 1975 100 acres more or less: the history of the land and people of Bow, New Hampshire. N Y David A. Bundy Selectman's Office
    10 Grandview Road
    Bow, NH 03304
    603-228-1187 ex. 10
    $20 Y Y N
    Bradford 1976 Two hundred plus, 1771-1976: Bradford, New Hampshire, in
    retrospect
    N Y Mildred H. Gunscheon Bradford Historical
    Society
    27 Old Warner Rd
    Bradford, NH 03221
    603-938-5386
    $25 N Y (Oversize
    F44/B73
    /B72/1976)
    N
    Brentwood 1967
    1976
    Brentwood's 225 years, 1742–1967 Y Place index in reprint Brentwood Historical Society Brentwood Historical
    Society
    1 Dalton Rd.
    Brentwood, NH 03833
    603-772-6997
    $10 N N N
    Bridgewater 1988 A bicentennial history of Bridgewater, New Hampshire,
    1788–1988
    N N Curran

    Ruth Whittier
    2 Central St
    Bristol, NH 03222-3134
    603-744-6272

    $20 N N N
    Bridgewater 1998 The Bridgewater advocate, vol. 2, no. 1... Y N Old Home Association, Worthen and Curren Ruth Whittier (see above) $25 N N N
    Bristol 1904 History of the town of Bristol, Grafton County, New
    Hampshire.
    Y N Richard W. Musgrove NEHGS Online Store $105 Y Y (F44/B76
    /M91/1904 )
    N
    Brookfield 1999 Our yesterdays : the story of Brookfield, New Hampshire N Y Carolyn D. Chase, John E. Bowker, Ann B. Pinkham Virginia McGinley
    Brookfield Town Clerk
    PO Box 800
    Brookfield, NH 03872
    603-522-3688

    $30 Y Y
    (F44/B77
    /C43/1999)
    N
    Brookline 1914 History of Brookline, formerly Raby, Hillsborough County,
    New Hampshire...
    Y N Edward E. Parker NEHGS Online Store;
    Brookline Town Office
    P.O. Box 360
    Brookline, NH
    03033-0360
    603-673-8855

    $71.50
    (NEHGS);
    contact
    town
    office for
    price

    Y Y
    (F44/B8
    /P4/1914)
    N
    Cambridge   No town history exists                
    Campton 1868 The centennial celebration of the town of Campton, N. H.,
    September 12th, 1867.
    N N Isaac Willey Campton Historical
    Society
    PO Box 160
    Campton, NH
    03223
    or email;
    Walt Stockwell,
    Thorton, NH
    726-3813
    $10 N Y (F44/C13
    /C46/1868)
    N
    Canaan 1910
    1988
    The history of Canaan, New Hampshire Y Y William A. and James B. Wallace NEHGS Online Store;
    Donna Zani Dunkerton
    156 NH-Rte 118
    Canaan, NH 03741
    603-523-7960
    $76-79 Y Y (F44/C15
    /W3/1910)
    Y
    Candia 1893
    1991
    History of the town of Candia, Rockingham County, N.H. Y Y Jacob B. Moore and George W. Browne NEHGS Online Store;
    Fitz Museum Foundation
    PO Box 340
    Candia, NH 03034
    603-483-8189 or
    email
    $55 Y Y (F44/C2
    /M8/1893)
    N
    Candia 1852
    1988
    History of Candia: once known as Charmingfare... Y Y Francis B. Eaton NEHGS Online Store;
    Fitz Museum
    Foundation (see above)
    $25 Y Y (F44/C2
    /E1/1852)
    N
    Canterbury 1912
    1990
    History of the town of Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1727-1912 Y Y James O. Lyford

    NEHGS Online Store;
    Pam Jackson
    PO Box 600
    Canterbury, NH
    0324-0600
    603-783-4493 or
    email
    [put "Canterbury
    History"
    in subject line]

    $95
    (2 vols.,
    NEHGS
    Store);
    contact
    Pam Jackson
    for her price
    Y Y (F44/C23
    /L9/1912)
    N
    Carroll 1972 Carroll, New Hampshire : the first 200 years, 1772 - 1972 N N Lehr John Gardiner
    Twin Mountain-Bretton
    Woods
    PO Box 464
    Twin Mountain, NH
    03595
    603-846-5573 or
    email
    $20 N N N
    Center Harbor   No town history exists                
    Charlestown 1876
    1985
    2001
    History of Charlestown, New Hampshire, the old No. 4. Y Y Henry H. Saunderson Selectman's Office
    PO Box 385
    Charlestown, NH 03603
    603-826-4400
    $30 Y Y
    (F44/C4
    /S2/1876)
    N
    Chatham   No town history exists                
    Chester (Auburn) 1926
    1987
    History of Chester, New Hampshire, including Auburn. A
    supplement to the History of old Chester
    Y Y John C. Chase NEHGS Online Store $59 Y Y (F44/C5
    /C45/1926)
    N
    Chester 1860   Y N Bell Unavailable Unavailable N N N
    Chester (Auburn) 1869
    2000
    History of old Chester from 1719 to 1869 Y Y Benjamin Chase NEHGS Online Store $74 Y Y
    (F44/C5
    /C4/1869)
    N
    Chesterfield 1882
    1987
    History of Chesterfield, Cheshire county, N.H.... Y Y Oran E. Randall NEHGS Online Store $57 Y Y
    (F44/C6
    /R2/1882)
    N
    Chichester 1977
    2001
    A history of Chichester... N N Chichester History Committee Chichester Historical Society
    14 Perry Road
    Chichester, NH 03258
    603-798-5825
    $10 N Y
    (F44/C63
    /H57/1977)
    N
    Claremont 1895
    1995
    History of the town of Claremont, New Hampshire... Y N Otis F. R. Waite NEHGS Online Store $59 Y Y
    (F44/C65
    /W3/1895)
    N
    Clarksville   No town history exists               N
    Colebrook 1970
    1993
    (rev. ed.)
    Colebrook; a place up back of New Hampshire N Y William H. Gifford Colebrook Public Library
    PO Box 58
    Colebrook, NH 03576
    603-237-4808 or
    email
    $25 N Y (F44.C68
    /G5)
    N
    Columbia   No town history exists               N
    Concord 1865
    1987
    The history of Concord Y Y Nathaniel Bouton NEHGS Online Store $82 Y Y (RareBook
    F44/C7
    /B8/1856 )
    N
    Conway 1963 Conway through the years and whither Y N Ruth B. Horne Unavailable Unavailable Y Y (F44/C73
    /H67/1963)
    N
    Conway 1998 Conway, New Hampshire, 1765-1997 Y Y Janet McAllister Hounsel and Ruth Burnham Davis
    Horne

    Conway Historical Society
    PO Box 1949
    Conway, NH 03818
    603-447-5551
    or email

      N N N
    Cornish 1911?
    1975
    History of the town of Cornish, New Hampshire... Y Y William H. Child Cornish Town Clerk
    PO Box 183
    Cornish Flat, NH 03746
    603-675-5207 or
    email
    $30 Y Y (F44/C8
    /C5)
    N
    Croydon 1867
    1997
    Croyden, 1866: Proceedings at the Centennial Celebration Y N Edmund Wheeler NEHGS Online Store $29 Y Y (F44/C9
    /W5/1867)
    N
    Dalton   No town history exists               N
    Danbury 1995 Danbury, New Hampshire 1795-1995 : 200 years of history N N Danbury Bicentennial Committee Sylvia Hill
    Danbury Town Clerk
    4-A High Street
    Danbury, NH 03230
    603- 768-5448
    $15 N N N
    Danville 1976
    1999
    The history of Danville, New Hampshire N N Ruth J. Rich Unavailable Unavailable Y Y
    (F44/D2
    /R53/1999)
    N
    Deerfield (see Nottingham) 1966   Y N Historical Committee Unavailable Unavailable N N N
    Deerfield 1964 Souvenir book of the Deerfield bicentennial... Y N Wasson Unavailable Unavailable N N N
    Deering 1977 Welcome home to Deering, New Hampshire N Y Evangeline K. Poling Unavailable Unavailable Y Y (F44/D425
    /P64/1977 )
    N
    Derry (see Londonderry in next installment)                   N
    Dixville   No town history exists               N
    Dorchester 1972 Dorchester's bicentennial year, 1772 - 1972 N N Ashley Unavailable Unavailable N N N
    Dover 1923
    1977
    1989
    1997
    History of Dover, New Hampshire Y Y John Scales NEHGS Online Store $55 Y Y (F44/D7
    /S22/1923)
    N
    Dublin 1920
    1997
    2001
    The history of Dublin, N.H.
    Y Y Levi Leonard, Josiah Seward, and Charles Mason NEHGS Online Store $99 Y Y
    (F44/D8
    /D82/1920)
    N
    Dummer 1974
    1998
    History of Dummer, New Hampshire, 1773-1973 Y N Dummer Bicentennial Committee NEHGS Online Store $35 N Y
    (F44/D86
    /D8/1973)
    N
    Dunbarton 1860 History of the town of Dunbarton, Merrimack County, New
    Hampshire...
    Y Y Caleb Stark NEHGS Online Store $37 Y Y (F44/D9
    /S8/1860)
    N
    Dunbarton 1883
    1990
    2001
    Sketch of Dunbarton, New Hampshire N N Ella Mills Town Clerk
    1011 School Street
    Dunbarton, NH 03046
    603-774-3547
    $13 Y Y (F44/D9
    /M6/1902)
    N
    Dunbarton 1976 Where the winds blow free : Dunbarton, New Hampshire Y Y Alice M. Hadley Unavailable Unavailable Y Y (F44/D9
    /H3/1976)
    N
    Durham 1913
    1985(?)
    1999 (?)
    History of the town of Durham, New Hampshire Y Y E.S. Stackpole, L. Thompson, W.S. Meserve

    NEHGS Online Store;
    Durham Historic
    Association
    c/o Mrs. Donald Sumner
    44 Durham Point Road
    Durham, NH 0384
    603 868-2579

    $142.00 (2 vols) Y Y (F44/D96
    /S7/1913 )
    N
    East Kingston 1976 East Kingston, 1738-1800 N N Bicentennial History Committee Unable to Determine   N N N
    Easton 1976
    2002
    Looking back at Easton Y N Ruth W. Towne and Christine M.
    Jerome
    Town Clerk
    PO Box 741
    Franconia, NH 03580
    603-823-8017 or
    email
    $8.00 N N N
    Eaton 1976 Soldiers of Eaton and Madison, 1776-1865 Y Y Henney Unavailable Unavailable N Y (F44/E18
    /G4/1976)
    N
    Eaton 1972 The Eaton records N Y Nella B. Henney Unavailable Unavailable N Y (F44/E18
    /H43/1972)
    N
    Effingham 1988 Tales of Effingham Y Y Lawrence P. Hall Billy Taylor,
    Ye Olde Sale Shoppe
    1543 Province Lake Rd
    Effingham, NH 03882
    603-539-7910
    $17.50 N Y (F44/E2
    /H3/1988 )
    N
    Ellsworth 1969 200 years of Ellsworth, New Hampshire, 1769 - 1969 N N Aria Cutting Roberts Unable to Determine   N N N
    Enfield   Currently in Progress N Y Historical Committee Enfield Historical Society
    PO Box 612
    Enfield, NH 03748
      N N N
    Epping 1941 History of Epping, New Hampshire, 1741 - 1941 N N John J. Tilton Unavailable Unavailable N N N
    Epsom 1909-10 Early Settlers of Epsom Y family names John M. Moses online free N N Y
    Errol 1974
    1999
    (rev. ed.)
    Errol on the Androscoggin, 1774 - 1974 Y N Errol Bicentennial Committe L. L. Cote
    25 Main St
    PO Box 190
    Errol, NH 03579
    603-482-7777
    $30 N N N
    Exeter

    1888
    1979

    History of the town of Exeter, New Hampshire Y Y (in reprint) Charles Henry Bell NEHGS Online Store;
    Exeter Historical Society
    PO Box 94
    Exeter, NH 03833
    603-778-2335 or
    email
    $58 Y Y (F44/E9
    /B45/1888)
    N
    Farmington 1997 Farmington, New Hampshire N ? Farmington Historical Society Unavailable Unavailable N N N
    Fitzwilliam 1888
    1995
    2001
    The history of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire from 1752 to 1887
    Y Y John F. Norton and Joel Whittemore NEHGS Online Store $87 Y Y (F44/F5
    /N8/1888)
    N
    Francestown

    1895
    1987

    History of Francestown, N.H. Y Y Warren R. Cochrane and George K. Wood NEHGS Online Store $97 Y Y (F44/F8
    /C6/1895)
    N
    Franconia 1972 A history of Franconia, New Hampshire N N Sarah Nelson Welch Selectman's Office
    PO Box 900
    Franconia, NH 03580
    603-823-7752 or
    email
    $10 N N N
    Franklin (see Andover, Northfield, Sanbornton and Salisbury) 1957
    1996
    History of Franklin Y N Alice M. Shepard Pauline Feuerstein
    801 Central St
    Franklin, NH 03235
    603-934-3849
    $30 N N N
    Franklin 2002 Official History of Franklin, New Hampshire N Y Albert Garneau Albert Garneau
    5 Garneua Road
    Franklin, NH 03235
    603-934-2540
    $50 N N N
    Freedom 1903 Freedom, N. H. old home week N N Charles H. Andrews Unavailable Unavailable N N N
    Fremont 1998 History of Fremont, New Hampshire Y Y Matthew E. Thomas Unavailable Unavailable N N N
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