Thursday, March 6, 2014

Genealogy Research in Derry, New Hampshire

Derry, New Hampshire has two public libraries.  The largest one is located on Broadway, with the New Hampshire room with local history resources.  In 1990 there was an expansion of the original building.  The renovation quadrupled the space and created the New Hampshire room which is full of local history resources.  The library is named for Henry F. MacGregor, whose 1926 will instructed his widow to buy land and build a library for the town of Derry.  It was dedicated on 14 January 1927. Henry MacGregor is a direct descendant of the Reverend James MacGregor, who brought his flock from Aghadowey, Northern Ireland to Nutfield, New Hampshire in 1719.

This stained glass window was originally in the MacGregor home in Houston, Teas. 
 It was installed in the New Hampshire room.  

The collections of the New Hampshire Room

The New Hampshire Room is in the rear of the first floor.  You will need to stop by the reference librarian's desk and sign in before it will be unlocked for you.   This room houses all the local history and genealogy collections.  There is also a microfilm reader for the newspaper archives dating from 1891 to the present. See the link below for a list of the resources in this room. 

There is no published book of Derry vital records, but you can look in the town reports for births, marriages and deaths.  The town clerk also has records of births, marriages and deaths, and copies are sent to the Vital Records Department in Concord, New Hampshire, about a half hour north of Derry, New Hampshire by Route 93. 

Derry Public Library
64 East Broadway
Derry, New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Room resources can be seen at this page:

Derry Town Clerk
located at the Derry Municipal Building
141 Manning Street
Derry, New Hampshire

New Hampshire Vital Records Administration
71 South Fruit Street
Concord, New Hampshire  03301

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