You can find out who lived on your street, or in your house from 1830-1898 by looking at Dover City Directories Online. The directories are fully key word searchable; you can search by a person’s name, address, street, or business. Find out how many people with your surname lived in Dover in 1840, and what they did for work.
You can search here at the Library, or at home. You don’t need a password. Just go to the library website library.dover.nh.gov, click on the Learning and Research tab, and then choose Dover City Directories.
It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s loaded with information!