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  • New Hampshire Town Histories, Part Three

    Sherry L. Gould

     The first installment of this four-part series on New Hampshire town histories gave an overview of resources and repositories. The remainder provides detailed information on the published histories of each New Hampshire town. The previous installment included all town names that start with A to F. This article includes all towns that begin with G to M, and the series 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).

    Researching town histories in New Hampshire has provided an opportunity to talk to a multitude of town clerks and historians across the state. At a time when many of our towns are reeling from astronomical growth, it is clear that the history of our town is still a very important matter to New Hampshireites.

    Each town handles the sales of their histories in their own way. The town clerk is always my first contact for information about histories of a specific town. In many cases, the clerk will have histories available for purchase, but if not, they can direct you to someone who does. As genealogists, we all know how important these folks are when searching for important birth, marriage, and death information. I have found the clerks I spoke with to be very helpful and courteous, although more than one expressed their displeasure about genealogists’ frequent propensity of sharing the entire history of their ancestors! It is a point well taken; they have their work to do. So let’s locate the town history that will help you find more valuable information on your family!

    New Hampshire Town Histories Chart

    Town Date of Orig.
    Printing/
    Reprint
    Title Genealogy Indexed Author Available From Cost NEHGS Loan NEHGS
    Research
    Library
    Gilford (see Gilmanton) 1995 The Gunstock Parish Y Y Adair D. Mulligan Debra Eastman, Town Clerk 47 Cherry Valley Rd
    Gilford, NH 03249
    603-527-4713
    $35 N Y
    (F44/G39/M85/1995)
    Gilford (see Gilmanton) 1962 The Gilford Story some Y Hector L. Bolduc Unavailable   Y Y
    (F44/G38/B6/1962)
    Gilmanton 1845
    1969
    1990
    The History of Gilmanton... Y N Daniel Lancaster NEHGS Online Store

    Belmont Historical Society Wallace Rhodes Hurricane Rd
    Belmont, NH 03220
    $37.50
    to
    $45.00
    Y Y
    (F44/G4/L2/1845)
    Gilsum 1881
    1988
    History of the Town of Gilsum, NH from 1752 to 1879 Y Y Rev. Sylvanus Hayward NEHGS Online Store $53 Y Y
    (F44/G45/H4/1881)
    Goffstown 1922-24
    1993
    History of the Town of Goffstown, 1733-1920 Y Y George Plummer Hadley

    NEHGS Online Store

    Online

    $59.50 Y Y
    (F44/G6/H2/1922)
    Gorham 1882
    1998
    History of Gorham, NH Y in reprint Nathaniel Tuckerman True $27.95 Y Y
    (F44/G64/T79/1998)
    Gloria Sinibaldi, Wonderland Book Store
    10 Exchange St, Gorham, NH 03581 603-466-2123
    Goshen 1957
    1991
    History of Goshen, New Hampshire... Y Y Walter R. Nelson NEHGS Online Store ;

    Deborah Stevens, Town Clerk
    PO Box 58
    Goshen, NH 03752
    603-863-5655
    $49
    (NEHGS); contact town
    clerk for price
    N Y
    (F44.G65/N451 1957)
    Gosport unpublished 1969 Some of the Families of Gosport at the Isles of Shoals 1715–1876... Y N Louise H. Tallman Unavailable   N N
    Grafton 1963 History of Slab City, Grafton, New Hampshire... N N F. Jerome Hoyt Unavailable   N N
    Grantham 1977 Town of Grantham, New Hampshire Y Y Amah R. Howard Unavailable   N N
    Greenfield 1977 Greenfield, New Hampshire: the Story of a Town, 1791–1976 N Y Doris E. Hopkins Greenfield Historical Society Jarvis M Adams III
    Bennington Rd
    Greenfield, NH 03047
    (603)547-3596
    $25 N N
    Greenland 1900
    1979
    Rambles about Greenland in Rhyme Y in reprint Micajah Otis Hall Weeks Public Library
    PO Box 430
    Greenland, NH 03840
    603-436-8548
    $10 Y Y
    (F44/G8/H2/1900)
    Greenville      
    Groton 1990 Baker River Towns N Y Joseph Bixby Hoyt Unavailable   N Y
    (F42/B34/H69/1990)
    Hampstead 1899–1903
    1990
    1999
    A Memorial of the Town of Hampstead, New Hampshire Y Y Harriette Eliza NY NEHGS Online Store ;

    Maurice Randall
    PO Box 17
    Hampstead, NH 03841
    603-329-6959
    $52.00
    (NEHGS); contact Mr.
    Randall for his price
    Y Y
    (F44/H2/N9/1899)
    Hampton 1893
    1970
    1988
    1993
    History of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire... Y Y Joseph Dow

    NEHGS Online Store ;

    Online

    $105 Y Y (F44/H3/D68/1988/v.1-2)    
    Hampton Falls 1900-1918
    1993
    History of the Town of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire... N Y Warren Brown NEHGS Online Store $75 Y Y
    (F44/H32/B8/1900)
    Hancock 1889
    1987
    The History of Hancock, New Hampshire, 1764 –1889 Y N William Willis Hayward NEHGS Online Store $97.50 Y Y
    (F44/H4/H4/1889)
    Hanover 1928 A History of Dartmouth College and the Town of Hanover, New Hampshire N Y Frederick Chase; edited by John King Lord Unavailable   Y Y
    (F44/H41/C4/1891)
    Harrisville 1970 Harrisville, New Hampshire Centennial, 1870 –1970... Y N edited by John S. Schmitt Unavailable   N N
    Harrisville 1962
    1965
    1969
    Factory Under the Elms some Y John Borden Armstrong Linda Willett
    Historic Harrisville
    Box 79
    Harrisville, NH 03450
    603-827-3723
    $25 N Y
    (F44/H43/A76/1969)
     
    Hart's Location 1997 Hart's Location in Crawford Ntch: New Hampshire's Smallest Town N Y Marion L. Varney Marion Varney, Town Clerk
    5 Forest Road
    Harts Location, NH 03812 603-374-2436
    $30 N N  
    Haverhill 1919
    1993
    History of the Town of Haverhill, New Hampshire Y Y William Frederick Whitcher NEHGS Online Store $79.50 Y Y (F44/H45/W52/1919)
    Hebron 2001 The Genealogies of the early Settlers of Hebron, NH 1761–1800 Y Y Ronald W. Collins Hebron Historical Society
    16 Brooks Circle
    Hebron, NH 03241
    603-744-3597
    $25 N Y (not yet in circulation)  
    Henniker 1880
    1973
    1989
    History of the Town of Henniker, NH Y Index
    sold
    seperately
    Leander Winslow Cogswell NEHGS Online Store $85 Y Y
    (F44/H5/C6/1880)
    Hill 1991
    2001
    Hill Villiage on the Pemigiwaset River Y Y Hill Historical Society Hill Public Library
    PO Box 257
    Hill, NH 03243
    603-934-9712
    $20 N N
    Hill 1942 The Story of Hill, New Hampshire N N Dan Stiles Unavailable   N N
    Hillsborough 1921-22
    1998
    History of Hillsborough, New Hampshire, 1735 –1921 Y Y George Waldo Browne NEHGS Online Store $58.50 v1
    $69.50 v2
    Y Y
    (F44/H55/B8/1921)
    Hinsdale 1976 Hinsdale, New Hampshire  N N Revolutionary Bicentennial Committee Marguerite Roberts
    Hinsdale Historical Society 183 Power Hill Rd
    Hinsdale, NH 03451
    603-336-5462
    $10 N N
    Holderness 1907
    1997
    Holderness : an Account of the Beginnings of a New Hampshire Town N Y George Hodges NEHGS Online Store softcover; $15 Y Y
    (F44/H6/H5/1907)
    Hollis 1879
    1987
    History of the Town of Hollis, from its First Settlement to 1879 Y N Samuel Thomas Worcester NEHGS Online Store ;

    Mancy Jambard, Town Clerk
    7 Monument Square
    Hollis, NH 03049
    603-465-2064
    $43-$45 N Y
    (NH HOL 5)
    Hooksett 1969 Hooksett Historical Sketches, 1822–1968  Y Y Charles R. Hardy  Online   N N  
    Hopkinton 1890
    1991
    Life and Times in Hopkinton, NH Y Y Charles Chase Lord New Hampshire Antiquarian Society
    300 Main St.
    Hopkinton, NH 03229
    $40 Y Y
    (F44/H8/L8/1890)
    Hudson 1913
    1977
    1988
    History of Hudson, New Hampshire, 1673–1913 Y Y Kimball Webster and George Waldo Browne NEHGS Online Store $69 Y Y
    (F44/H85/W3/1913)
    Jackson 1975 Gilman's Location: A Documentary of Jackson, NH N N Margaret Brown Garland Unavailable   Y Y
    (F44/.J15 1975)
    Jaffrey 1937
    1997
    History of Jaffrey (Middle Monadnock) New Hampshire... Y Y Albert Annett and Alice E. E. Lehtinen NEHGS Online Store $175 Y Y
    (F44/J2/A25)
     
    Jaffrey 1881
    1997
    1999
    History of the Town of Jaffrey, New Hampshire... Y Y Daniel Bateman Cutter NEHGS Online Store $69.50 Y Y
    (F44/J2/C9/1881)
    Jefferson 1927
    1996
    History of the Town of Jefferson, New Hampshire, 1773–1927 Y Separately at NHHS George C. Evans NEHGS Online Store $41 Y Y
    (F44/J4/E9/1927)
    Keene 1904 The History of Keene, New Hampshire Y Y Simon Goodell Griffin, Frank H. Whitcomb,  and Octavius Applegate Jr. 
    Willow Bend Books
    65 E. Main St
    Westminster, MD 21157-5026
    800-876-6103
    $54.50 Y Y
    (F44/K2/G8/1904)
    Kensington 1946
    1997
    History of Kensington, New Hampshire, 1663–1945... N Y Rev. Roland Douglas Sawyer NEHGS Online Store ;

    Water Street Bookstore
    Exeter, NH
    603-778-9731
    $47 Y Y
    (F44/K37/S3/1946)
    Kilkenny      
    Kingston 1969
    1998
    History of Kingston, 1694–1969  Y N Town Committee NEHGS Online Store $16.50 N N
    Laconia 1899
    1995
    The Illustrated Laconian N Y Charles W. Vaughn NEHGS Online Store $34.50 N Y
    (F44/L1/V38/1899)
    Laconia 1915 Historic Sketches of Lakeport N N Horace Whittier Unavailable   N N
    Lancaster 1899
    1987
    History of Lancaster, New Hampshire N Y Rev. Amos Newton Somers NEHGS Online Store $68 Y Y
    (F44/L2/S6/1899)
    Landaff 1966
    1997
    History of Landaff, New Hampshire Y N Stanley P. Currier and Edgar T. Clement NEHGS Online Store ;

    Donna Bronson, Town Clerk PO Box 125
    Landaff, NH 03585
    603-838-6220
    $12.50
    to
    $21.50
    Y Y
    (F44/L22/C87/1966)
     
    Langdon 1932
    1976
    1997
    History and Genealogical Register of theTown of Langdon... Y Y Frank Burnside Kingsbury NEHGS Online Store

    Town Clerk
    5 Walker Hill Road
    Langdon, NH 03602
    603-835-2389
    (Mondays and Tuesdays)
    $81.00
    (NEHGS);
    contact town
    clerk for
    their price
    Y Y
    (F44/L24/K5/1932)
    Lebanon 1908
    1990
    History of Lebanon, 1761–1887  N Y Rev. Charles Algernon Downs NEHGS Online Store $49.50 Y Y
    (F44/L4/D68/1908)
    Lee (see Durham and Dover) 1916 Old Home Week, Lee, New Hampshire, August 23, 1916... N N John Scales Unavailable   N Y
    (F44/L47/S33/1916)
    Lempster 2000 The History of Lempster, New Hampshire, 1735–1999 N N Jonathan Nelson Unavailable   N N
    Lincoln 1964 Bicentennial Commemorative Book of the Town of Lincoln, New Hampshire, 1764 – 1964 N Separately at NHHS None given Unavailable   N N  
    Lisbon 1963
    1983
    (rev. ed.)
    Lisbon's Ten Score Years, 1763–1963 Y N Hazel Ash Pickwick assisted by Mabel S. Jesseman Lisbon Public Library
    45 School St, Lisbon, NH 03585
    603-838-6615
    $10 N Y
    (F44.L5/P5 1963)
    Litchfield (see Nashua)    
       
    Littleton 1905
    1991
    History of Littleton, New Hampshire in Three Volumes Y Y James Robert Jackson NEHGS Online Store $189.00 set, each vol. $75.00 Y Y
    (F44/L7/J2)
    Livermore 1993 Glimpses of Livermore : Life and Lore of an Abandoned White Mountains Woods Community Y Y Peter Joseph Crane University Microfilms
    300 North Zeeb Road
    PO Box 1346, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346,
    800-521-0600 Order dissertation # 9413819 online.
    Priced by media type N
    Londonderry (Derry) 1851
    1974
    1988
    The History of Londonderry Comprising the Towns of Derry and Londonderry, NH Y in reprint Rev. Edward Lutwyche Parker;
    Rep. edited by Ferne F. Schmidtchen.
    NEHGS Online Store

    Londonderry Historical Society
    P O Box 136
    Londonderry, NH 03053 603-432-2005
    $45.00 (NEHGS);
    contact LHS for price
    Y Y
    (F44/L8/P2/1851)
    Londonderry (Derry) 1895,
    several
    reprints
    The History of Londonderry, Vol. 2 : Excerpts from Willey's Book of Nutfield Y one edition George Franklyn Willey / compiled and edited by Jessie I. Beckley and Melvin E. Watts Unavailable   N N
    Loudon 1973 Loudon, New Hampshire Bicentennial Celebration, 1773–1973 N N Dennis Chesley Peter Bartlett,
    Loudon Historical Society,
    South Village Road,
    Loudon, NH, 03307
    Free N N
    Lyman 1903
    1997
    1998
    Historical Sketches of Lyman, New Hampshire Y in reprint Elkanah Barney Hoskins NEHGS Online Store $27 Y Y
    (F44/L88/H8/1903)
    Lyme 1976 Patterns and Pieces : Lyme, New Hampshire, 1761–1976  N Y Luane Cole

    Long River Studios
    1 Lyme Common
    Lyme, NH 03768
    603-795-4909

    $30 Y Y
    (F44/L89/P37/1976)
    Lyndeborough 1906
    1997
    The History of the Town of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire, 1735–1905 Y Y Rev. Dennis Donovan and Jacob Andrews Woodward NEHGS Online Store $29.50 Y Y
    (F44/L9/D6/1906)
    Madbury 1968
    1998
    Madbury :Its People and Places Y N Eloi A. Adams NEHGS Online Store $22.50 Y Y
    (F44/M13/A3/1968)
    Madison 1925 A Brief History of Madison  N N Madison Mens Club et. el. Unavailable   N Y
    (F44/M14/M3/1979)
    Manchester 1856
    1994
    History of Manchester, formerly Derryfield in New Hampshire N N Chandler Eastman Potter

    NEHGS Online Store

    Online

    $79 Y Y
    (F44/M2/P8/1856)
     
    Londonderry (includes early Manchester) 1895
    1997
    Willey's Book of Nutfield : a History of that Part of New Hampshire Comprised Within the Limits of the Old Township of Londonderry from its Settlement in 1719 to the Present Time Y Seperately at NHHS George Franklyn Willey NEHGS Online Store $47.00 N Y
    (Technical Services Pres. NH MAN 21)
    Marlborough 1881
    1974
    1990
    History of the Town of Marlborough, Cheshire County, NH Y Y Charles Austin Bemis

    NEHGS Online Store

    Ellen Orkins, Town Clerk
    PO Box 487
    Marlborough, NH 03455
    603-876-4529

    $69.50 (NEHGS);
    call town clerk for price
    Y Y
    (F44/M3/B4/1974)
     
    Marlow unpublished 1941
    2002
    (rev. ed.)
    Notes on History of the Town of Marlow, NH N N Patricia Ann Allen and Elgin A. Jones Mary Blanc,
    Marlow Historical Society
    PO Box 12
    Marlow, NH 03456
    603-446-6201
    $15 N Y
    (Mss A 226)
    Mason 1858
    1992
    History of the Town of Mason, New Hampshire Y Y John Boynton Hill NEHGS Online Store $38 Y Y
    (F44/M4/H6/1858)
    Meredith 1932
    1997
    Meredith, New Hampshire: Annals and Genealogies Y Y Mary Elizabeth Neal Hanaford NEHGS Online Store $79.50 N N  
    Merrimack 1976 The History of Merrimack, New Hampshire: with Genealogies of Merrimack Families Y Y Merrimack Historical Society Board of Selectman Office
    PO Box 940, Merrimack, NH 03054 603-424-2331
    $40 N Y
    (F44.M58/M4 1976)
     
    Middleton 1976 The History of Middleton, New Hampshire From the First Settlement to the Present Time N N Florence E. Casavant Unavailable   N N  
    Milan 1971
    1998
    2003
    Historical Ntes and pictures of Milan, New Hampshire, 1771–1971 Y N Bicentennial History Committee NEHGS Online Store $44 Y Y (F44/M59/M55/1971)
    Milford 1901
    1990
    History of Milford, N.H., 1738– 1901  Y Y George Allen Ramsdell and William P. Colburn NEHGS Online Store $125 Y Y
    (F44/M6/R35/1901)
     
    Millsfield
    Milton 1976 History of the town of Milton, New Hampshire 1976 N N Milton Heritage Committee Unavailable   N Y
    (F44/M7/H57/1976)
    Monroe 1955
    1994
    The History of Monroe, New Hampshire, 1761 –1954 Y Y Frances Ann Johnson NEHGS Online Store

    Marilyn Bedell, Town Clerk
    PO Box 63
    Monroe, NH 03771 603-638-2644
    $67 (NEHGS);
    call town clerk for price
    Y Y
    (F44/M8/J6/1955)
     
    Monson 1902 Historical Address at the Memorial Stone Dedication on the Proposed Site for Monson Meeting House : The Story of a Lost Town N N John E. Foster Unavailable   N N
    Mont Vernon 1907
    1988
    History of the Town of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire Y Gen. Only Charles James Smith NEHGS Online Store

    Town Secretary
    PO Box 444
    Mont Vernon, NH 03057
    603-673-6080

    $47.00 (NEHGS);
    call town clerk for price

    Y Y
    (F44/M9/S6/1907)
     
    Moultonborough 1980 The Mountain People of Moultonboro, 1790–1914 N N Gilbert M. Hewins Moultonborough Country Store,
    Main Street, Moultonborough, NH 03254
    $5.00 N N
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