Land Title Research

Archival Holdings

Collections that might be useful in researching land titles:

Provincial Deeds, 1670-1772

Rockingham County Deeds, 1772-c.1840

Town Charters

Town Records (for some towns)

Masonian Plans (layouts -- some showing lots & ranges -- at the time of charter of the establishment of towns with Masonian Curve)

Town Plans of 1805 (shows boundaries of each town, other detail varies depending on the surveyor)

Surveyors' Records -- plans, field books, research notes

Road and Highway layouts of state roads, c.1790-c.1900. 

Provincial Court Records., c.1650-1772

County Court Records;
Rockingham, 1772-c.1920
Merrimack, c.1825-c.1885
Hillsborough, 1772-c.1880
Sullivan [not processed]
Strafford [not processed]

Provincial Probate;
Provincial: ca. 1650-1771
Rockingham County: 1771-1912
Hillsborough County: 1771-1932
Cheshire County: 1771-1959
Grafton County: 1773-1950
For other counties, contact the Register of Probate
for those counties for records later than these dates.

Perambulations of town boundaries (for many towns)

State boundaries with Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine

Connecticut River boundary dispute records

White Pine Blister rust maps, 1930s, 1950s, for towns affected

Railroad establishment records, c.1840-c.1920

Petitions (to Legislature, to Governor, and Executive Council) (1679-1821+)

Plans of Land -- a small but useful collection of various plots

Title Deeds to state-owned property

Miscellaneous (indexes in Archives Reference Room)
Roll Files
Flat Files

New Hampshire Provincial and State Papers,
40 volumes (c.1625-c.1793 [published 1864-1942]

Index to Laws of New Hampshire, to 1883

Index to Council Records

Records of the Executive Council

Patten Papers, c.1737-1819, at the Supreme Court Law Library on Noble Drive in Concord. Matthew and David Patten were surveyors in the Bedford area.

Land Surveying Terms

NH Bar Title Standards

NH Land Surveyors Association

NH Board of Land Surveyors