Addison County, Vermont Genealogy

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Guide to Addison County, Vermont ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Middlebury
Organized: October 18, 1785
Parent County(s): Rutland, Orange
Neighboring Counties
Chittenden • Washington • Orange • Windsor • Rutland • Washington, NY • Essex, NY
See County Maps
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Location Map

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County is located in the center area of the state.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Addison County Courthouse
7 Mahady Ct
Middlebury, VT 05753
Phone: 802-388-4237
Addison County Website

Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records.
County Clerk has divorce and birth certificates records from 1797.
Probate Judge has probate records.[1]

Addison County, Vermont Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
at town creation at town creation at town creation 1797 1774 1852 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1857. General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Towns Organized By 1800:

  • Addison 1761
  • Bridport 1761
  • Cornwall 1761
  • Ferrisburgh 1762
  • Leicester 1761
  • Lincoln 1780
  • Middlebury 1761
  • Monkton 1762
  • New Haven 1761
  • Orwell 1763
  • Panton 1761
  • Ripton 1781
  • Salisbury 1761
  • Shoreham 1761
  • Starksboro 1780
  • Vergennes 1788
  • Waltham 1796
  • Weybridge 1761
  • Whiting 1763

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  1. Gazetteer and business directory of Addison County, Vt., for 1881-82, Includes a history of the county with biographical sketches. FamilySearch Catalog
  2. History of Addison County, Vermont: with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers WorldCat 2737473, WorldCat 498755776, FamilySearch Catalog

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Addison County, Vermont online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Vermont Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 6,420
1800 13,417 109.0%
1810 19,998 49.0%
1820 20,469 2.4%
1830 24,940 21.8%
1840 23,583 −5.4%
1850 26,549 12.6%
1860 24,010 −9.6%
1870 23,484 −2.2%
1880 24,173 2.9%
1890 22,277 −7.8%
1900 21,912 −1.6%
1910 20,010 −8.7%
1920 18,666 −6.7%
1930 17,952 −3.8%
1940 17,944 −0.0%
1950 19,442 8.3%
1960 20,076 3.3%
1970 24,266 20.9%
1980 29,406 21.2%
1990 32,953 12.1%
2000 35,974 9.2%
2010 36,821 2.4%
Source: "".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

There are 22 towns and one city in Addison County each with its own government. For information on tax information and licenses contact the individual town offices. Town clerks are responsible for the record keeping of deeds land records, notes and liens, mortgages, property transfers, voter registration, vital statistics and licenses. Addison County Chamber of Commerce's Government Information

Online Land Indexes and Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Regiments. Regiments and Companies:

- 2nd Regiment, Vermont Infantry
- 5th Regiment, Vermont Infantry, Companies B and F

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records are kept at town level, rather than county level.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Town Records[edit | edit source]

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Modern town borders in Addison County, Vermont.

Local government. Internally, Vermont consists of nine cities, 254 towns and several unincorporated gores, governed by guidelines set by the state statutes and constitution. Towns govern themselves by Town Meeting. The governing power is found in the City Councils in cities. There are three types of incorporated municipalities in Vermont, towns, cities and villages. As in the other New England states, towns are the basic unit of municipal government. Cities are independent of and equivalent to towns. Villages are included in towns but assume responsibility for some municipal services within their boundaries, usually water, sewage and sometimes local roads. Incorporated villages are not found in any of the other New England states. Like most of New England, there is slight provision for autonomous county government. Counties and shire towns (like county seats) are merely convenient repositories for various government services such as County and State Courts, with several elected officers such as a State's Attorney, Sheriff, and High Bailiff. All county services are directly funded by the State of Vermont.

For information on tax information and licenses contact the individual town offices. Town clerks are responsible for the record keeping of deeds land records, notes and liens, mortgages, property transfers, voter registration, vital statistics and licenses. Addison County Chamber of Commerce's Government Information

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Early Vermont vital records were kept on the town level, and beginning dates varied from place to place. Statewide requirements started in 1779. Statewide registration began in 1857, with town clerks sending copies of the previous year’s vital events to the secretary of state. For online indexes, collections, and more information, see Vermont Town Records and Vermont Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Addison County. For state-wide facilities, see Vermont Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Addison County. For state-wide library facilities, see Vermont Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History
1 Park Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
Telephone: 802-388-2117

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Addison County. For state-wide genealogical and historical societies, see Vermont Societies.

Addison Town Historical Society
3968 VT Route 22A
Addison, VT 05491
Telephone: 802-759-2380

Bridport Historical Society
3177 Crown Point Road
Bridport, VT 05734
Telephone: 802-758-2654

Cornwall Historical Society
c/o Town Hall
2629 VT Route 30
Cornwall, VT 05753
Telephone: 802-462-2003

East Middlebury Historical Society
PO Box 2
East Middlebury, VT 05740

Bristol Historical Society
Howden Hall Community Center
19 West Street
Bristol, VT 05443
Telephone: 802-453-3439

Ferrisburgh Historical Society
6 Little Chicago Road
Ferrisburgh, Vt
Telephone: 802-425-4505

Lincoln Historical Society
18th Century Farmhouse & 19th Century Barn Museum
88 Quaker Street
Lincoln, VT 05443
Telephone: 802-453-2807

Monkton Museum & Historical Society
280 Monkton Ridge
North Ferrisburgh, VT, 05473
Telephone: 802-482-2277

New Haven Historical Society
89 North Street
New Haven, VT 05472
Telephone: 802-453-3947

Orwell Historical Society
Orwell Free Library
Main Street
VT Route 73
PO Box 85
Orwell, VT 05760
Telephone: 802-948-2049

Salisbury Historical Society
Town Hall
Maple Street
PO Box 40
Salisbury, VT 05769

Shoreham Historical Society
Stone Schoolhouse Museum
VT Route 22A
91 Doolittle Road
Shoreham, VT 05770
Telephone: 802-897-2572

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 698. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Addison County, Vermont . Page 698-699 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 686-687.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Vermont.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Addison County, Vermont," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Vermont, accessed 27 June 2022.