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Genealogy Research Tools and Local History Resources

computerOnline Library Resources:

The Library subscribes to a genealogy database:

  • Ancestry Plus - Census data, birth, marriage & death records, immigration records, military records, and family history records (available only from within the library at public Internet stations)

  • The Library has scanned the Vital Records of Keene, N.H. (births, marriages, & deaths) and these are now online and searchable.

For other Keene vital records information, see the City Clerk's Vital Records page. For Keene cemetery information, see the Dept. of Parks and Recreation Cemetery Division page. They now have a Cemetery Lookup tool that lets you search the cemeteries!

The Library has also scanned the two large histories of Keene which include much genealogical information. They are available as searchable pdfs:

The Library has scanned a large collection of historical photos (currently about 1500) from our own collection and from the Historical Society of Cheshire County. These can be viewed at Flickr and are in the Flickr Commons.

The Library has also scanned many historical pamphlets for Keene and Cheshire County and these are also available online.

books  Book Resources:
  • The Library has town histories for most NH towns available for in-library use. Do a subject search in the catalog by town name to find out which have published histories. 

  • Vital records for Keene are available for the years 1742-1941, as well as City Directories for 1871 to date and scattered years from 1831-1871. (Vital records are also online.)

  • Other genealogical reference works and how-to books are located on our shelves at call numbers 929.1 and REF 929.1

  • Most of the materials from the former "Wright Room's" genealogy and New England history collection have been moved to the Historical Society of Cheshire County, located at 246 Main St., Keene, NH 03431 (603-352-1895).

World Wide Web Recommended websites:

Disclaimer: Due to the ever-changing nature of the Internet, we cannot guarantee that the above links will remain valid. Similarly, we cannot be responsible for changes in the content of the sources to which we link, or the content of sources accessed through secondary links. As with printed information, users are encouraged to evaluate the validity of information found. Keene Public Library provides these links as a convenience to our users, and the inclusion of any links does not imply endorsement.