Athens, Windham County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Historically, the largest religious groups in Vermont were the Congregational, Baptist, Roman Catholic, and Methodist churches. For general information about Vermont denominations, view the New Hampshire Church Records wiki page.

To see the churches in TOWN, visit.

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. The following are church records available online for the town of TOWN:

City Directories[edit | edit source]

Land Records[edit | edit source]

The following are online land records for the town of TOWN:

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

The following are online maps of the town of TOWN:

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In Vermont, most probate records are kept at the town level. The following are online probate records for the town of TOWN:

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

Town Records[edit | edit source]

In Vermont, most records are kept at the town level and generally began being kept at the founding of the town. These records may include the following:

  • Births
  • Marriages
  • Deaths
  • Burials
  • Cemetery records
  • Appointments
  • Earmarks
  • Estrays (stray animals)
  • Freemens' oaths (men eligible to vote)
  • Land records
  • Mortgages
  • Name changes
  • Care of the poor
  • School records
  • Surveys
  • Tax lists
  • Town meeting minutes
  • Voter registrations
  • Warning outs (of town)

The following are TOWN town records available online:

Town Clerk[edit | edit source]

The town clerk is responsible for these records, and so most originals can be found at the town clerk's office.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Brief History[edit | edit source]

Athens was chartered on May 3, 1780. Spelled Athans in its charter, the present spelling seems to have been adopted quite early.  The town was organized and the first meeting held March 4, 1781. The only real village has always been known as Athens, and for a time (1827-1907) actually had a Post Office. The area in the southern part of the town is almost entirely uninhabited. [1][2]

Historical Data
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Town Histories
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History of Athens, Vermont : with genealogies, 1779-1960 by Lora M. Wyman (1963) - Find this book in a library.

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Athens, VT Enrolled Militia, 1863, is on microflim at the Family History Library

Vital Records
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FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.

Probate Records
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The probate district for Athens is Westminster.
Westminster Probate Court
PO Box 47
Bellows Falls, VT 05101-0047
Phone: (802) 463-3019

City Directories
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Maps
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1869 map of Athens

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Athens. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Windham County, website at this link.

  • Athens Valley Cemetery (aka Valley Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • West Athens Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

Tombstone records from Athens Valley and Athens West cemeteries are on microfilm at the Family History Library.

Churches
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Town Records
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Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1732-2002, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Athens Town Clerk's Office. These include Town records, 1780-1903Land records, 1779-1917; index to land records, 1779-1945, Vital records, 1775-1867, and Marriage certificates, 1867-1905.

Athens Town Clerk
RR 3 Box 194
25 Brookline Road
Athens, VT 05143
Phone: (802) 869-3370
Email: townofathens@hotmail.com

Newspapers
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Brattleboro Reformer

Libraries and Historical Societies
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References[edit | edit source]

Adjacent towns: