While the Londonderry Historical Society does not maintain a staff genealogical researcher, we are happy to field requests for genealogical inquiries to the best of our abilities. Please note we are an all-volunteer organization, and as such may not be able to answer your inquiry immediately.
Before contacting us, please consult the records and resources listed below to see if your question is already answered somewhere.
There are very few resources for linking the Scots-Irish families (or any other families) from early Londonderry back to Europe, Ireland, or Scotland. The ships of that time did not keep manifests. The Maine Ulster Scots Project hosted a conference in 2018 for the 300th anniversary of the first Ulster Scots arriving in Boston, Maine, and New Hampshire. There were many speakers there from Ireland and Scotland, and a book was produced of their lectures. The Maine Ulster Scots people might be able to suggest one of those historians or genealogists from Ireland to help you.
Books About Londonderry
History of Londonderry by Rev. Edward Parker, 1851. 1851 (includes genealogies in the back) and is available online at the Internet Archive, Google Book Search, and the Hathi Trust for free. Also at Ancestry.com with a subscription.
Willey’s Book of Nutfield by George F. Willey, 1895.
Early Records of Londonderry, Windham and Derry, N.H. 1719-1762 by George Waldo Browne, 1911.
Vital Records of Londonderry, New Hampshire to 1910 by Daniel Annis Gage, 1914. This book only has known records. Be aware that not all the Scots-Irish who passed through Londonderry left vital records, and even the written records are incomplete. This book is available at the Internet Archive and the Hathi Trust websites for free. Also available at Ancestry.com with a subscription. There is also a PDF at the Pelham Library website.
The Londonderry Vital Records, 1722 – 1910 available online at Ancestry.com
Derry New Hampshire newspapers from the year 1880. Other local newspapers can be accessed via the NewsBank subscription at many libraries.
Genealogybank is a subscription online newspaper sitecontaining over 15,000 newspapers and over 260 million obituaries. A seven-day free trial is available.
Town of Londonderry’s cemetery page. From here you can navigate to cemetery maps, which are downloadable.
The Find-a-Grave website for Londonderry Cemeteries is an excellent source for finding the resting places of your ancestors.
Forest Hill Cemetery Project is a compilation of sources to help you locate your ancestors in Nutfield’s original cemetery.
If you choose to hire a researcher, please consult the website for the Association of Professional Genealogists and search by location for New Hampshire.
Other Genealogy Links