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Welcome to the New Hampshire Old Graveyard Association, an organization dedicated to the preservation of our state's heritage as represented by its historic graveyards and cemeteries.

Who we are: The New Hampshire Old Graveyard Association is a non-profit organization composed of genealogists, historians, cemetery officials and other interested individuals dedicated to preserving the historical graveyards of New Hampshire. Our bylaws can be viewed here.

What we do: We seek to promote the knowledge of New Hampshire History by bringing together people interested in old graveyards. We continue to foster an interest in the discovery, maintenance, records preservation and cataloging of graveyards and cemeteries.

A little history: Click for 1978 historic newspaper article.

NHOGA was first conceived in the summer of 1975. Several interested groups in need of assistance in the cataloging of cemetery inscriptions in the state had contacted Mr. Philip Wilcox of Durham, New Hampshire. These organizations recognized the importance of establishing permanent records. Among these groups were the State of New Hampshire, The Genealogical Society of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, The Association of Historical Societies of N. H. Inc. (AHSNH) and genealogists in general.

Mr. Wilcox presented his ideas to the AHSNH at their August 1975 meeting. At this meeting members voted to sponsor "A New Hampshire Cemetery Group" as a bicentennial project. Mr. Wilcox was voted chairman of the cemetery committee, given funds to assist with expenses and given the authority to appoint committee members to serve with him.

The committee was formed by the Fall of 1975 and in the Spring of 1976 the organization was retitled The New Hampshire Old Graveyard Association. Preliminary by-laws were written although the affiliation with AHSNH continued until NHOGA could stand on its own. The association with AHSNH was continued through the bicentennial project.

Many organizations with similar interests supported NHOGA in the early days. These organizations included The New Hampshire Cemetery Association, The Society of Colonial Wars, The Dunbarton, NH Historical Society, The Society of Mayflower Descendants, The Daughters of Colonial Wars, The Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots and The Mt. Washington Colony of New England Women.

Today NHOGA is a thriving and ever-growing organization with over two hundred and fifty individual and organizational members. In order to protect the invaluable sources of historic and genealogical information found in burial places, we are active in promoting and supporting legislation relating to graveyards. People from across the country and the world write to us for assistance in locating their ancestors' burial locations. These inquiries are included in our newsletter which is published three times a year. The newsletter also contains important graveyard-related news.

Why not become one of us? Membership in NHOGA is open to anyone interested in preserving New Hampshire Graveyards. Annual membership includes a subscription to our newsletter, New Hampshire Old Graveyard News. Fill out a membership application today.

A special thanks: This Website was previously hosted by the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists. We thank them for their past support.

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