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Archives, Libraries & Research Centers

Cemeteries

Census

Finding Aids, Guides & Indexes

Genealogies & Family Histories

History

Land & Property

Maps, Atlases, & Gazetteers

Military

Newspapers & Magazines

Obituaries

Probate

Town Records

Vital Records

Online Sources

Online sources are no different from any other type of genealogical sources, except that none of them will be original sources. Some of the sources included here are totally free, while others require a membership. Some sites offer free-limited time memberships.

Archives, Libraries & Research Centers

While most archives, libraries and research centers do not have all of their collections online, many do have some of their collections online. I've also included here some of the genealogy mega-sites. I have included links to the Vermont portions of these sites.

Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=48) - Free 14-day trial

Ancestry.com is a genealogy mega-site which is home to millions of digitized and transcribed records. Their subscriptions can get pretty pricey, but they do offer a free 14-day trial subscription. This site includes:

FamilySearch.org (http://www.familiysearch.org)

FarmilySearch.org is run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), and contains a very large collection of genealogical information. Some of this information is indexes of records at state vital records offices, other information is user submitted. In many cases searches will get results, but they may lead you to the microfilm information, which must then be searched at a Family History Center.

Gateway to Vermont (http://www.rootsweb.com/~vermont/MAINGATEWAY.html)

This site offers a little bit of everything, most of it user-contributed. Here you can find vital records, poorhouse records, historical and biographical sketches, archives of the VERMONT-L mailing list as well as links to personal genealogy pages.

Genealogy.com (http://www.genealogy.com/index_n.html) - Free 14-day Trial

Genealogy.com has a lot of information, from the indexes provided by a search you can view a digital scan of the original record, or in some cases, the page or a published listing. Most of their information is only available through subscription, but they also offer a free 14-day trial subscription.

New England Historic Genealogical Society Library (http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/database/reg_disp.asp?reg_id=6) - NEHGS members only

101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116. Telephone: (617) 536-5740.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is the oldest genealogical society in the country. While they concentrate on records from all over New England, they have a fairly large collection of Vermont information also. Most of the resources available at this site are for society members only, but there are a few available to the general public.

RootsWeb.com (http://www.rootsweb.com/roots-l/USA/vt.html)

RootsWeb.com is one of the oldest free genealogy websites. They are now sponsored by Ancestry.com so many of the searches there may also lead to Ancestry.com resources, which are not free. A majority of the information located here is user-contributed, so pay close attention to where the information is coming from.

US GenWeb Archives Project - Vermont Digital Library (http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/vt/vtfiles.htm)

The Vermont Digital Library section of the US GenWeb Archives Project offers user-submitted transcriptions, often in text file format, of biographical sketches, historical information, indexes to court records, vital information from newspapers, and selected vital records transcribed from town offices. Some of these resources are statewide, while others are county specific. This site is definitely worth a look through.

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Cemeteries

Cemetery Database - Vermont in the Civil War (http://vermontcivilwar.org/cem/index.php)

This cemetery database is strictly for finding the burial places of Vermonters who fought in the Civil War. While not complete, they are trying to find the burial places of all Vermont Civil War veterans.

Fairfax, Vermont Cemeteries (http://www.vtgrandpa.com/fhs/fxcmty.html)

This site contains transcriptions of the town's cemeteries that have been correlated against the vital records found in the Fairfax Town Clerk's office.

Tombstone Transcription Project - Vermont (http://www.rootsweb.com/~cemetery/vermont.html)

While this page has some problems with some outdated links, this page offers access to cemetery listings not available in other places

User-Contributed Databases at Rootsweb.com - Vermont (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/regional.html#Vermont)

This list has links to all of the Vermont-related databases contributed by users. Many of these databases include cemetery and vital records information.

Vermont Cemeteries at Cemetery Junction (http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-VT-NDX.html)

This site includes a listing of most if not all cemeteries, in alphabetical order, in Vermont. Included are links to available transcriptions, many of which can also be found throught other sites.

Vermont Cemeteries at Interment.net (http://www.interment.net/us/vt/index.htm)

This site, hosted by Interment.net, offers links to user contributed transcriptions of cemeteries. These transcriptions are by no means complete, but you might get lucky.

Vermont Cemetery Lists (http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/4868/VTCem)

This site has links to several transcriptions of Vermont cemeteries, mostly different from those found on other sites. These sites are also user-contributed and in some cases are not complete, but they will point you in the right direction

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Census

Census Online - Vermont (http://www.census-online.com/links/VT)

This site offers links to online census data for Vermont. The sites included are user-contributed transcriptions of portions of the censuses and are by no means anywhere near complete.

US GenWeb Census Project - Vermont (http://www.rootsweb.com/~census/states/vermont)

The Census Project of US GenWeb is a volunteer effort to transcribe the Vermont schedules of the U.S. Censuses. Most of these files are text files, with very few of them complete. Volunteers transcribe from the National Archives microfilm and other volunteers double-check their work.

Vermont Census Records at Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=48&categoryFilterID=35&showPaging=true) - Free 14-day Trial

The census records at Ancestry.com are high-quality digitized scans of the original census schedules at the National Archives. Ancestry.com requires a subscription to access these files, but they are available for a free 14-day trial. They are also available at the National Archives Research Centers for anyone to use at those locations.

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Finding Aids, Guides & Indexes

ArcCat (http://arccat.uvm.edu/)

ArcCat is a cooperative catalog of some of the holdings of various Vermont institutions. The following is a list of participating institutions.

Cyndi's List (http://www.cyndislist.com/vt.htm)

Cyndi's List is a list of links that have been sorted by categories. Some of these links point to good research sites, while others point to home-grown personal pages that are of little value without source information. Most of the links have been submitted by users of the site.

National Archives - What You Can Find Online (http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/start-research/website.html)

This site gives a list of what you will find available online from the National Archives.

Vermont State Archives Guide to Records (http://vermont-archives.org/guide/aguide.htm)

This is a summary of holdings at the Vermont State Archives.

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Genealogies & Family Histories

Family History Archives, Brigham Young University (http://www.lib.byu.edu/fhc/)

This repository, hosted by the libraries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, offers digitized versions of genealogies, family histories, and town histories. Many of the books they own have still not been scanned and cataloged yet, but the number available online is growing. Keyword searches can be made on surname, geographic area, title and author. Type "Vermont" in the Geographic Area box to search for books involving Vermont.

Adobe Reader version 6 or above is required to view these books.

Vermont Family & Local Histories at Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=48amp;&categoryFilterID=33&showPaging=true) - Free 14-day Trial

Ancestry.com offers a large assortment of databases that include Vermonters. As with most Ancestry.com databases, a subscription is required, but they do offer a free 14-day trial.

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History

Historical Sketches at Gateway to Vermont (http://www.rootsweb.com/~vermont/HistoryIndex.html)

This site offers some unique Vermont historical sketches.

Land Grants That Became the Towns of Vermont (http://all-ancestors.com/vermonttowns/vermont.htm)

This site offers a list of the grantors of each town, and information about when each was organized. This information comes from the 1902 Vermont Legislative Directory.

Vermont History Timeline (http://www.historicvermont.org/sites/html/timeline.html)

This site by HistoricVermont.org offers a nice concise timeline for Vermont history.

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Land & Property

Deeds at Gateway to Vermont (http://www.rootsweb.com/~vermont/DEEDS.html)

This section of the Gateway to Vermont site offers user-contributed transcriptioins of Vermont deeds.

Vermont Court, Land, Probate Records at Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=48&categoryFilterID=36&showPaging=true) - Free 14-day Trial

Most of the information comes from U. S. House of Representatives Private claims. As with almost all Ancestry.com databases, they are available to subscribers only, but they do offer a free 14-day trial.

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Maps, Atlases, & Gazetteers

1895 U. S. Atlas - Vermont (http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/VT/)

This site has scanned images of state and county maps with an index to the towns.

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection (http://www.davidrumsey.com/view.html)

This collection includes some very nice historical maps scanned from atlases. Click on "Insight Browswer" and search for Vermont. Be sure that pop-ups are not blocked for www.davidrumsey.com.

Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) (http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic)

The USGS offers this site to enter queries for geographic information. You can search by town, county, and even geographic feature, including cemeteries. It's very handy for finding which county a town is in.

Historic USGS Maps of New England & New York (http://docs.unh.edu/nhtopos/nhtopos.htm)

The University of New Hampshire makes area U.S.G.S. topographic maps from Maptech's Historical Online Map Collection.

Perry-Castañeda Map Collection (http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/vermont.html)

The Perry-Castañeda Library at the University of Texas has a small collection of Vermont maps that are available online.

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Military

Korean War Casualty Lists - Vermont (http://www.archives.gov/research/korean-war/casualty-lists/vt-by-town.html)

This site offered by the National Archives provides a list of U.S. miliatry personnel who died between 1950-1957 during the Korean War. The list is in alphabetical order by hometown in Vermont.

Vermont in the Civil War (http://www.vermontcivilwar.org/index.shtml)

This site is really a collection of sources relating to Vermont's history in the Civil War. Included are trascriptions of rosters, as well as excerpts from regimental histories and biographical sketches. You will also find a transcription of George G. Benedict's Vermont in the Civil War from 1886, which is in the process of being indexed by volunteers.

Vermont Military Records at Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=48&categoryFilterID=39&showPaging=true) - Free 14-day trial

Yet another subscriber-only set of databases from Ancestry.com. There are over 40 databases included here ranging from American Revoluationary War to the Vietnam War. A free 14-day trial is available.

Vietnam War Casualty Lists - Vermont (http://www.archives.gov/research/vietnam-war/casualty-lists/vt-by-town.html)

This site offered by the National Archives provides a list of U.S. military personnel who died between 1957 and 1995 as a result of the Vietnam Conflict. This list is in alphabetical order by hometown in Vermont.

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Newspapers & Magazines

Burlington Free Press / Rutland Herald Index (http://bfprhdindex.uvm.edu)

This joint project by the University of Vermont and Middlebury College offers an index to news stories since 1984. Unfortunately obituaries are not included.

New England Ancestors (http://www.newenglandancestors.org/education/articles/NEA/default.asp)

Published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, this site offer a table of contents with the full-text available to society members. Some full-text articles are available to non-members also.

Old Vermont Genealogy, News and History (http://theoldentimes.com/old_news_vt.html)

This site offers user-submitted scans and transcriptions of newspaper items, including obituaries, providing genealogical clues regarding Vermonters.

Vermont Chronicle Index (http://community.middlebury.edu/~swilson/introvc.html)

This index to genealogical information in the Vermont Chronicle is compiled by Sylvia R. Manning. She has finished indexing the available issues from 1826-1882. The Vermont Chronicle was published from 1826-1898 in Bellows Falls, Windsor, and Montpelier, VT. The easiest way to find information is to use the PICO Search box about halfway down the page. The results give you a control number you can use to order a photo of the news item.

Vermont History (http://www.vermonthistory.org/journal/index.htm)

Published by the Vermont Historical Society, this site offers PDF immages of back issues of the society's journal since 2000. Table of contents are also available for current issues.

Vermont Newspaper Project Catalog (http://vtnp.uvm.edu)

The Vermont Newspaper Project database bibliographic records for Vermont newspaper titles dating from the 18th century to the present. Holdings information for close to 100 newspaper repositories throughout Vermont is also included. This database is not an index, but a locator for Vermont newspapers.

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Obituaries

Old Vermont Genealogy, News and History (http://theoldentimes.com/old_news_vt.html)

This site offers user-submitted scans and transcriptions of newspaper items, including obituaries, providing genealogical clues regarding Vermonters.

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Probate

Vermont Court, Land, Probate Records at Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=48&categoryFilterID=36&showPaging=true) - Free 14-day Trial

Most of the information comes from U. S. House of Representatives Private claims. As with almost all Ancestry.com databases, they are available to subscribers only, but they do offer a free 14-day trial.

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Town Records

Vermont Family & Local Histories at Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=48&categoryFilterID=33&showPaging=true) - Free 14-day Trial

Ancestry.com offers a large assortment of databases that include Vermonters and Vermont local historical sketches. As with most Ancestry.com databases, a subscription is required, but they do offer a free 14-day trial.

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Vital Records

Burlington Vermont Marriage Index 1800-1883 (http://www.vt-fcgs.org/btvmarr.html)

This page hosted by the Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society offers an index of Burlington, VT marriages sorted by groom's name. These records include the date of marriage and the volume and page number in the Burlington marriage registers.

Social Security Death Index (http://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com)

The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) hosted by Rootweb.com allows you to search for an ancestor who had a social security card. As a result you get their birth and death dates, where their social security card was issued and where and when they last received any social security benefits, if any.

User-Contributed Databases at Rootsweb.com - Vermont (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/regional.html#Vermont)

This list has links to all of the Vermont-related databases contributed by users. Many of these databases include cemetery and vital records information.

Vermont Marriage Records (http://www.genwed.com/state/vtgen.htm)

This site offered by GenWed.com contains user-contributed transcriptions from town clerk records, cemetery records, and family bibles.

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