OBTAINING CERTIFIED COPIES OF VITAL RECORDS
NH Vital records are considered to be private and access to them is restricted to those individuals with a “direct and tangible interest”. The applicant, a member of his/her immediate family, his/her guardian or respective legal representatives shall be considered to have a “direct and tangible interest” when information is needed for determination or protection of a personal property right.
“Immediate Family” means: a person related either by blood or marriage and includes the following: mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, husband, wife, grandfather, grandmother, grandson, granddaughter, great-grandchild, step-parents, step-children, aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces (no cousins).
The Town Clerk’s Office is not limited to issuing only certified copies of birth, death, marriage and divorce records for events that occurred in Madison/Silver Lake, New Hampshire. Through the Division of Vital Records, we have access to statewide records for births beginning with 1984; deaths beginning with 1990 and marriages beginning with 1989. Statewide civil union records may also be requested through this office as well as statewide divorce decrees from 1990 to within six (6) months from the present search date. For divorce records prior to 1990, please contact the courthouse where your divorce took place.
FEE: A $15.00 fee applies for the issuance of one certified copy of a vital record; additional copies purchased at the same time are $10.00 each. Please be aware that New Hampshire law requires a nonrefundable search fee of $15.00 be collected for each record requested. If the record is located and you meet eligibility requirements, you will be issued the requested number of certified copies of that record. Please make your check or money order payable to the Town of Madison, NH. Cash is accepted.
Please note that a valid photo ID is required in order to process your request; a legible photocopy of the applicants government issued photo ID should be submitted along with your request.
To request a vital record, please complete an Application for a Vital Records Certificate. CLICK HERE. Vital Records cannot be requested or returned electronically.
BY MAIL: Applications to obtain vital records, along with payment and a legible copy of your photo ID, should be mailed to the Town Clerk’s Office, PO Box 248, Madison, NH 03849-0248. Please call us at 603-367-9931 Ext. 310/305 if you have any questions.
INTERESTED IN GENEALOGY?
The Town Clerk’s Office is able to search for specific records only. The state fee for a vital record search, including a copy of the record is $15.00. Additional copies of the same records can be purchased at the same time for $10.00 each.
For those requiring additional searches for a vital record please make use of the Division of Vital Record. Their Genealogy Vault has records that include each city and town in New Hampshire. CLICK HERE
Madison Historical Society, PO Box 505, Madison, NH 03849-0505 – CLICK HERE
NH Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, NH 03301-6384 – CLICK HERE
NH State Library, 20 Park Street, Concord, NH 03301-6303 – CLICK HERE
NH Archives and Records Management, 71 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301-2410 – CLICK HERE
Accredited Genealogists, Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 – CLICK HERE
OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE – MARRIAGE LICENSE FAQs – CLICK HERE
FOR MORE INFORMATION about Vital Records in New Hampshire, CLICK HERE