Your Research

The resources below may be of assistance to you:

Town History

The History of Hancock, New Hampshire, 1764-1889 – Hayward, William Willis, b. 1834
pt. I. History of Hancock. – pt. II. Genealogical register. You can download this important volume in a number of different formats. The book has been scanned by computer so you will encounter occasional typos. This is a book we frequently refer to in our own research.

Town Records

The town of Hancock has been working to preserve the town archives which include vital records (births, deaths and marriages), maps, mortgages, inventories, cemetary records and annual reports. You may contact the selectmen’s office at (603) 525-4441 for information on these documents. Some of the Town Archives are available online.


See The History of Hancock, above.

A copy of inscriptions on the gravestones in the old cemetery, or Pine Ridge cemetery, so called, in Hancock, New Hampshire  (1910) We are grateful for the foresight of early town members who undertook this project; many of these inscriptions are no longer legible.

NH Genealogy & History – a guide for people researching history and genealogy in the State of New Hampshire, USA.

NH History Links – Cyndi’s List – a great collection of links including genealogy how-to’s, government resources, newspapers, history and culture sites, libraries, museums, genealogy mailing lists and newsgroups, blogs, maps and gazetteers, military sites and archives from the Civil War to Vietnam, prison and convict records, NH Native American tribes and villages, old yearbooks, census records and more. A must-see if you are researching anyone from NH.

Preservation & Old House Research

New Hampshire Preservation Alliance – a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic properties and landmarks. Educational workshops range from window restoration to historical landscape strategies and provide valuable information to help you solve problems in your historic home or guide work on a local civic project. They can also help put you in touch with restoration contractors. New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources – this state agency provides guidance, mediation and resources for the preservation of our state’s historical resources. From cellar holes and covered bridges to historically valuable buildings and even graveyards, this agency is concerned with the preservation of our architectural and archeological history. House Histories, A Guide to Tracing the Genealogy of Your Home by Sally Light. History Detectives – PBS show devoted to exploring the complexities of historical mysteries, searching out the facts, myths and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects. Do History on Your Own – Toolkit – short essays designed to help the beginning historian conduct and organize his or her own historical research. Includes using primary resources, how to read 19th century writing, step-by-step guide to oral histories, how to read probate records, how to search deeds, how to “read” a graveyard and more. Big House Little House Back House Barn by Thomas Hubaka. A study of a particular form on New England vernacular architecture that is still visible throughout New England today but tells volumes about the life and struggles of the people that built these farmsteads.1892 NH County Maps Saco Valley Printing – try the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough NH. A Building History of Northern New England by James Garvin

Other Noteworthy History Links

Historic Deerfield has an excellent bookstore for Old House fans
Strawberry Banke Museum is another great place to shop for books on history and homes of New England.
The New Hampshire Historical Society – located in Concord NH. Has a nice library for public use.