Coos County, New Hampshire
Coos County was founded on December 24, 1803 from Grafton County. The county was name Coös derives from the Algonquian Indian term meaning crooked, the Indian name of the Connecticut River, which rises in the northernmost end of the county.
Cities and towns (date formed) situated in Coos County are Berlin, Carroll , Clarksville, Colebrook, Columbia, Dalton, Dummer, Errol, Gorham , Jefferson, Lancaster, Milan, Northumberland , Pittsburg, Randolph, Shelburne, Stark, Stewartstown , Stratford , Whitefield
Coos County does have Federal Census Schedules to help in researching your family tree. United states federal Population Schedules exist for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Coos Co. Mortality Schedules is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Coos Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Coos Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. There is free down-loadable and printable census forms to help with your research.
Coos County Society and Family History Resources
A list of Coos County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- New Hampshire State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Berlin & Coos County Historical Society, PO Box 52, Berlin , NH 03570-0052; Phone: 603-752-4590
- Cohos Historical Society, PO Box 262, North Stratford , NH 03590-0262; Phone: 603-922-8337
- Colebrook Area Historical Society, PO Box 32, 17 Bridge St, Colebrook , NH 03576-0032
- Dalton Historical Society, 220 Union Rd, Dalton , NH 03598-5640
- Dummer Historical Society, 1344 E Side River Rd, Dummer , NH 03588-5423; Phone: 603-449-6628
- Gorham Historical Society and Railroad Museum, PO Box 351, Gorham , NH 03581-0351; Phone: 603-466-5338
- Jefferson Historical Society, PO Box 143, Jefferson , NH 03583-0143; Phone: 603-586-7021
- Lancaster Historical Society, PO Box 473, 226 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584; Phone:(603) 788-3004
- Northumberland Historical Society, 292 Lancaster Rd, Groveton , NH 03582-4019; Phone: 603-636-1450
- Pittsburg Historical Society, PO Box 2, Pittsburg , NH 03592-0002
- Poore Family Farm Foundation, RR 1, BOX 328A, Colebrook , NH 03576; Phone: 603-237-5500
- Shelburne Heritage Commission, 259 North Rd, Shelburne , NH 03581-3105; Phone: 603-466-2621
- Twin Mountain-Bretton Woods Historical Society, PO Box 464, Twin Mountain , NH 03595-0464; Phone: 603-846-5573
- Whitefield Historical Society, PO Box 21, Whitefield , NH 03598-0021
- Coos County, New Hampshire Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com)
- Coos County, New Hampshire Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com)
- USGenWeb Archives for Coos County (usgwarchives.net)
Coos County Courthouse and Government Records
Genealogist frequently forget about the great importance of Coos County court, probate, and land documents as a resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Hidden away in New Hampshire courthouses and archives just about everywhere tend to be the hopes and dreams and worries of the many New Hampshire citizens.
The odds are excellent that your particular forefathers have left a in-depth record of at least some elements of their lives in the Coos County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not mentioned in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her appearing in court records.
The following facts indicates whatever birth, death, marriage, property, wills, and courtroom records are typically in Coos County. The years indicated below are considered the first noted records data in this county. Fire damaged thirty-three volumes of the pre-1887 deeds and all of the probate records before that date. Damaged deeds were transcribed when possible and are retained in the courthouse. Seven volumes of Grafton deeds relating to Coos County before formation are kept in a separate series with separate indexes covering 1772-1803.
- Coos County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 55 School Street, Suite 104, Lancaster, NH 03584
- Coos County Clerk of Superior Court has Court Records from 1887
- Coos County Clerk of Probate Court has Probate Records from 1887
- Coos County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1887
- Coos County Town Clerks has copies of vital records (birth, marriage, divorce and death records) from 1803.
- New Hampshire Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in New Hampshire for current fees and application process. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events. Please be advised that in most cases you will receive your records more quickly from the City and Town locations than from the State Office
- Ordering Vital Records – You can also order Order Electronically Online or You can download an application for New Hampshire Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.
Coos County Links
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Coos County. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a fee. This is simply a collection that has been collected or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to furnish your own most liked Coos County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.