Family History Research

The Nichols Library has a collection of local records and online resources to aid you with family history research.

Vitals Card File and Cemetery Records.  The Nichols Library has a card file of marriages, births and deaths from 1800-1900.  Vitals for years after 1990 can be searched in our collection of town reports.   The library also a book cemetery records, which contains a name index and maps, compiled by the Center harbor Historical Society.

HeritageQuest Online is a web-based collection of American resources.  Users can access HQ online.  Login using the password in our brochure.  The HQ database includes U.S. census data, local and family histories, city directories, veterans records,  serials, and bank records. Features include convenient research guides, interactive census  maps, and more.

Ancestry Library Edition  which includes data from the US, UK and inter-national sources.  Access to ancestry is through our three desktop workstations at the library. Users make an appointment or come by on a drop-in basis.    Ancestry is the world’s largest online resource for family history with more than 2.5 million paying subscribers across all family history sites.Their mission is to “help everyone discover, preserve and share their family history”. The foundation of their service is an extensive collection of billions of historical records (census, marriage and death records, ship manifests) that Ancestry has digitized, indexed and put online since 1996.

Access to HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library Edition is provided in cooperation with the New Hampshire State Library.

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