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Archives, Libraries & Research Centers

Cemeteries

Census

Finding Aids, Guides & Indexes

Genealogies & Family Histories

Historical & Genealogical Societies

History

Land & Property

Maps, Atlases, & Gazetteers

Military

Newspapers & Magazines

Obituaries

Probate

Town Records

Vital Records

Other Sources

Besides online sources there is a whole world of other sources. These include books, census records, family bibles, letters, newspapers, and transcriptions. You will also find information about archives, libraries and research centers. some of these places have an online presence in the form of catalogs or finding aids, which are also found here

Archives, Libraries & Research Centers

National Archives, Northeast Region: Boston (http://www.archives.gov/northeast/boston/index.html)

Frederick C. Murphy Federal Center, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, Massachusetts 02452-6399

The archives in Boston have census records, naturalization records, Canadian border entry records and more. Check out their Guide to Genealogy Resources page.

National Archives, Northeast Region: Pittsford (http://www.archives.gov/northeast/pittsfield/index.html)

10 Conte Drive, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201-8230

The archives in Pittsford have census records, naturalization records, Canadian border entry records and more. Check out their Genealogical Resources Available to You.

New England Historic Genealogical Society Library (http://www.newenglandancestors.org/)

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. They publish the New England Historical and Genealogical Register and New England Ancestors as well as several assorted books.

Public Records Reference/Research, General Services Department (http://www.bgs.state.vt.us/gsc/pubrec/referen/index.html)

1078 US Route 2, Middlesex, VT (behind the Vermont State Police barracks). Telephone: (802) 828-3286. Fax: (802) 828-3710. E-mail: bgs-recordscenter@state.vt.us

Their collections include: Vital records 1760-1980 (1760-1954 on microfilm), Microfilm of probate and town records (earliest known to at least 1850) and land records (earliest to current). Vital records (biths, deaths, marriages, and divorces) can be ordered through VitalChek.

Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont (http://library.uvm.edu/about/specialcollections/index.html)

538 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05405

The Wilbur Collection includes books, pamphlets, photographs and other pictures, printed and manuscript maps, and more than 8,000 linear feet of Vermont manuscripts. The department also maintains an extensive reference file of news articles and pamphlets on issues pertaining to Vermont and Vermonters.

Inventories of the Manuscript Collections
Detailed finding aids to some of the manuscript collections at Special Collections as well as some finding aids from other institutions. Look here for detailed information about a manuscript collection.

Special Collections Database
Search this database for manuscript collections, postcards, stereoviews, photographs, reference files, broadsides, ephemera, and other materials. Many of the holding of this database are also found in ArcCat.

UVM Libraries Catalog
Search using the terms vermont genealogy for materials in the main library's catalog, most of which are found in Special Collections.

It should be noted that not all of their materials have been cataloged. Check out their their Finding materials in Special Collections page for more information.

Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society Library (http://www.vt-fcgs.org/library.html)

Dupont Building, 29 Ethan Allen Avenue, at the Fort Ethan Allen Complex, in Colchester VT. E-Mail: mail@vt-fcgs.org.

The Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society Library specializes in genealogical sources for those with French-Canadian roots. Please note that the hours of operation are very limited. Check out their Library Resources page for more information.

Photo of the Vermont History Center in Barre, VT

Vermont History Center (http://www.vermonthistory.org)

60 Washington Street, Barre, VT, 05614-4209.
Telephone: (802) 479-8500. Fax: (802) 479-8510. E-mail: vhs@vhs.state.vt.us

The Vermont History Center is home to Vermont Historical Society offices and library. It is also home to many Vermont manuscripts, including genealogical items both published and unpublished. For more information on what is available check out Guide ot the Vermont History Library.

Vermont State Archives (http://vermont-archives.org/)

Redstone Building, 26 Terrace Street, Drawer 09, Montpelier, VT 05609-1101

While a majority of the documents found here relate to Vermont legislative history, there are some collections that would be interesting to the genealogist. Most notably the Stevens Colelctions which include original 18th- and 19th-century court records and the papers of notable Vermonters.

 

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Cemeteries

Burial Grounds of Vermont

By Arthur L. Hyde and Frances P. Hyde (Bradford, VT: Vermont Old Cemetery Association, 1991).

This guide lists cemeteries by town and includes road maps and an inventory with information about the cemetery. It will also indicate if gravestone transcriptions have been published and where.

Index to Known Cemetery Listings in Vermont

By Joann H. Nichols, Patricia L. Haslam, and Robert M. Murphy (Montpelier, VT: Vermont Historical Society, 1999)

This index provides a list of known cemetery transciptions, indicating where to find them.

 

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Census

Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: Vermont

By the United States, Bureau of the Census (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1907)

This volume is the population schedule for the first U. S. Federal Census for Vermont, taken in 1791, when Vermont was admitted as a state.

Vermont 1771 Census

By Jay Mack Holbrook (Oxford, MA: Holbrook Research Institute, 1982)

This volume is a compilation of the earliest population data for Vermont gleaned from various sources.

Vermont 1920 Federal Census

(Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992) National Archives Microfilm Publications; M1591 - 32 microfilm reels.

Vermont 1930 Federal Census

(Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002) National Archives Microfilm Publications; T626, reels 2426-2432 - 7 microfilm reels

 

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Finding Aids, Guides & Indexes

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

ArcCat is a cooperative catalog describing archival and manuscript collections held by various Vermont institutions. The institutions involved are: Archives of Barre History, Fairbanks Museum, Rokeby Museum, Sheldon Museum, University of Vermont's Special Collections, the Vermont Historical Society, and the Vermont State Archives.

French-Canadian Names: Vermont Variants

By Véronique Gassette (Montpelier, VT: Vermont Historical Society, 1994)

Offer Vermont variants of French-Canadian names. This booklet is invaluable for anyone doing French-Canadian research in Vermont.

A Guide to the Henry Stevens, Sr. Collection at the Vermont State Archives

By Eleazer D. Durfee and D. Gregory Sanford (Montpelier, VT: Vermont State Archives, 1991).

This 162 page booklet available from the Vermont State Archives is a guide to the Stevens Collections which include original 18th- and 19th century court records, as well as the papers of notable Vermonters, including Ethan, Ira, and Levi Allen.

Manuscript Finding Aids for UVM Special Collections (http://library.uvm.edu/about/specialcollections/scinv.html)

Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont, 538 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05405

Inventories of the manuscript collections of the University of Vermont's Special Collections.

Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third Edition

Edited by Alice Eichholz (Provo, UT: Ancestry, 2004).

This handy book describes some of the "original, printed, microfilmed, and online sources" available for Vermont and other states, and most importantly, where to find them. Included is information about many types of sources, including vital records, census records, background sources, maps, land records, and much more.

 

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Genealogies & Family Histories

Biographical Encyclopedia of Vermont of the Nineteenth Century

Edited by Henry Clay Williams (Boston: Metropolitan Publishing and Engraving Co., 1885)

This volume contains biographical sketches of prominent Vermonters of the nineteenth century.

Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont

Compiled under the editorial supervision of Hon. Hiram Carleton (New York: The Lewis Pubishing Company, 1903)

This volume includes biographical and genealogical sketches of members in Vermont communities.

Genealogies Found in Vermont Histories

By Scot Andrew Bartley (St. Albans, VT: Genealogical Society of Vermont, 2005)
Special Publication Number 10 (Vermont Genealogy, vol. 10, no. 1)

This little publication is a great reference for finding genealogical sketches found in Vermont histories. The first section of the book is a surname index, referring to the bibliography which follows. The bibliography, which is the second part of the booklet, is fairly extensive and denotes the extent of the genealogical sketches that they contain.

New England Family Histories and Genealogies: States of New Hampshire and Vermont

By Lu Verne V. Hall and Donald O. Virdin (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000).

This thin little book offers a bibliography of family histories and genealogies that have family members in New Hampshire and Vermont. They are ordered alphabetically by family name, with New Hampshire comprising the first part and Vermont the second.

Vermont Families in 1791

By Scott Andrew Bartley (Camdem, ME: Picton Press, 1992 [vol. 1], and St. Albans, VT: Genealogical Society of Vermont, 1997 [vol. 2])

This ongoing work is an attempt to identify all families enumerated in the first census taken in 1791. Care has been taken to include detailed notes and a bibliography of sources used.

 

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Historical & Genealogical Societies

Genealogical Society of Vermont (http://www.rootsweb.com/~vtgsv)

P. O. Box 1553, St. Albans, VT 05478-1006

The Genealogical Society of Vermont, founded in 1971, is dedicated to assisting genealogists everywhere who are researching their Vermont ancestry. Their publications include their magazine Vermont Genealogy and various books.

New England Historic Genealogical Society (http://www.newenglandancestors.org/)

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. They publish the New England Historical and Genealogical Register and New England Ancestors as well as several assorted books.

Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society (http://www.vt-fcgs.org/)

P.O. Box 65128 Burlington, VT 05406-5128. E-Mail: mail@vt-fcgs.org.

The Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society runs a library an dpublishes LINKS, specializing in genealogy for those with French-Canadian roots.

Vermont Historical Society (http://www.vermonthistory.org)

60 Washington Street, Barre, VT, 05614-4209.
Telephone: (802) 479-8500. Fax: (802) 479-8510. E-mail: vhs@vhs.state.vt.us

The Vermont Historical Society runs a museum, the Vermont History Center, and publishes Vermont History.

 

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History

Vermont Historical Gazetteer (5 vols.)

By Abby Maria Hemenway (Burlington, VT, and other locations, 1867-91 [Vols. 1-5], and Rutland, VT: Tuttle Company, 1923 [Vol. 6, Index])

Hemenway created this oral history with the help of at least one knowledgeable person from each town. The historical and genealogical sketches are fairly accurate as the people she enlisted usually knew the persons they were discussing. The index, created in 1923, includes all towns except those in Windsor County.

A CD-ROM version was published in 2003 by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

 

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Land & Property

Catalog of Old Vermont Survey Records

By the Vermont Society of Land Surveyors (Essex Junction, Vt. : The Society, 1988)

Eighteenth Century Springfield : From Wilderness to Vermont Statehood, 1751-1791 : A Narrative : A Study of the Early Land Records and Some of the Settlers Who Lived Here

By Frederick W. Richardson ( [Springfield, Vt.] : F.W. Richardson, c1991)

 

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Maps, Atlases, & Gazetteers

Atlas of Addison Co., Vermont

From actual surveys by and under the direction of F.W. Beers, assisted by W. S. Peet & others (New York: F.W. Beers, 1871)

The Beers atlases are excellent sources for information about where people lived. The maps show not only the lots for each town, but also the residents living there at the time they were made.

Atlas of Bennington Co., Vermont

From actual surveys by and under the direction of F. W. Beers, assisted by Geo. P. Sanford & others (New York: F. W. Beers, A. D. Ellis & G. G. Soule, 1869)

Atlas of Chittenden Co., Vermont

From actual surveys by and under the direction of F. W. Beers ; assisted by Geo. P. Sanford & others (New York: F. W. Beers, A. D. Ellis & G. G. Soule, 1869)

Atlas of Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, Vermont

From actual surveys by and under the direction of F. W. Beers (New York : F. W. Beers, 1871)

Atlas of Rutland Co., Vermont

From actual surveys / by and under the direction of F.W. Beers, assisted by F.S. Fulmer & others (New York: F.W. Beers, A.D. Ellis & G.G. Soule, 1869)

Atlas of the Counties of Lamoille and Orleans, Vermont

F. W. Beers (New York: F. W. Beers & Co., 1878)

Atlas of the County of Orange, Vermont

F. W. Beers (New York: F. W. Beers & Co., 1877)

Atlas of Windham Co., Vermont

From actual surveys by and under the direction of F. W. Beers, assisted by Geo. P. Sanford & others (New York, F. W. Beers, A. D. Ellis & G. G. Soule, 1869)

Atlas of Windsor Co. Vermont

From actual surveys by and under the direction of F.W. Beers (New York: F.W. Beers, A.D. Ellis & G.G. Soule, 1869)

County atlas of Caledonia, Vermont

From actual surveys by and under the direction of F. W. Beers (New York: Beers, 1875)

County atlas of Washington, Vermont

From actual surveys by and under the direction of F.W. Beers (New York : F.W. Beers, 1873)

Vermont Place-Names: Footprints of History

By Esther Munroe Swift (Brattleboto, VT: Stephen Greene Press, 1977)

This nifty book lists each town in Vermont by county and includes historical sketches.

 

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Military

List of Casualties Incurred by U.S. Military Personnel in Connection with the Conflict in Viet-nam, by Home State of Record : Vermont

Prepared by : Directorate of Information Operations and Control Office, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) 1975.

Revised Roster of Vermont volunteers and Lists of Vermonters who Served in the Army and Navy of the United States During the War of the Rebellion, 1861-66.

Compiled by authority of the General assembly under direction of Theodore S. Peck, adjutant-general (Montpelier, VT: Watchman Publishing Co., 1892)

Roster of Vermont Men and Women in the Military and Naval Service of the United States and Allies in the World War, 1917-1919

Prepared and pub. under the direction of Herbert T. Johnson, the adjutant general, by authority of the General Assembly, 1919. (Montpelier, Vt. [Rutland, The Tuttle company] 1927)

Soldiers, Sailors, and Patriots of the Revolutionary War, Vermont

By Carleton Edward Fisher and Sue Gray Fisher (Camden, ME: Picton Press, 1992)

Vermont Pensioners in the War of 1812: Surname Index

Compiled by Sybil Watts Smith (Burlington, VT: S. W. Smith, 2001)

Vermont: Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, 1773 to 1783

Compiled and edited by John E. Goodrich (Rutland, VT: The Tuttle Company, 1904)

 

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Newspapers & Magazines

Branches and Twigs (1972-1995)

Published by the Genealogical Society of Vermont, this publication eventually became Vermont Genealogy.

LINKs: Journal of the Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society

(Burlington, VT: The Society, 1996-  )

Published only twice a year, this journal contains reports and genealogical information submitted by members of the Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society.

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.

Vermont Genealogy (http://www.rootsweb.com/~vtgsv/vtgenTOC.htm)

(New Haven, VT: Genealogical Society of Vermont, 1996-  )

This quarterly is published by the Genealogical Society of Vermont and contains biographical and genealogical articles submitted by members. The associated website site offers a table of contents for each recent issue.

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 Newspapers Which Have Been Indexed: A Descriptive Listing

By Robert L. Hagerman (Montpelier, VT: Vermont Historical Society, 1976)

 

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Obituaries

Vital Statistics from Farmer’s Herald, St. Johnsbury, Vt., June 1828 to June 1832 ; Weekly Messenger, St. Johnsbury, July 1832 - July 1833

Compiled by Anne Kendall Smith and Stuart E. Smith (West Danville, Vt. : The Compilers, 2004)

Vital Statistics from the Caledonian, St. Johnsbury, Vt.

Compiled by Anne Kendall Smith and Stuart E. Smith. (West Danville, VT: A.K. and S.E. Smith, 2002).

This is a transcription from the original newspaper. This work includes birth announcements, marriage announcements, and death notices.

 

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Probate

Windsor County Probate Index (1778-1899)

By Scott A. Bartley and Marjorie J. Bartley (St. Albans, VT: Genealogical Society of Vermont, 2000)

This is the only published probate index available and includes both Hartford and Windsor probate districts.

 

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Town Records

Various City and Town Records of the State of Vermont Microfilmed in 1950 (circa) by the Geneological Society of the Church of Latter Day Saints and Public Records Division

Vermont Warnings Out

By Alden M. Rollins (Camden, ME: Picton Press, 1995-1997)

Undesirable persons were warned out so as to not become a burden upon the town. This two volume set offers warnings out gleaned from town records throughout Vermont. Volume 1 covers nortern Vermont and Volume 2 covers southern Vermont with corrections to the first volume.

 

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Vital Records

St. Joseph Baptism Repertoire: St. Joseph Co-Cathedral, Burlington, Vermont, 1834-1963

Compiled by the Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society (Burlington, VT: Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society, 2004)

This is a transcription of the baptism records of St. Joseph's Cathedral in Burlington, Vermont.

Vital Statistics from the Caledonian, St. Johnsbury, Vt.

Compiled by Anne Kendall Smith and Stuart E. Smith. (West Danville, VT: A.K. and S.E. Smith, 2002).

This is a transcription from the original newspaper. This work includes birth announcements, marriage announcements, and death notices.

 

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