Guildhall, Essex County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History

Guildhall was chartered on October 10, 1761 and is the shire town (county seat) of Essex County. According to a large sign in the town center, it is the only town in the world so named. The name derives from a meeting house on the square called the Guildhall.  The population at the 2010 US Census was 261. [1]  [2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

A history of Guildhall, Vt, by Everett Chamberlin Benton (1886) - view a digital copy of this book online.

Vital Records

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

Military Records

Probate Records

The probate district for Guildhall is Essex.
Essex Probate Court
Main St.
Box 426
Island Pond, VT 05846
Phone: (802) 723-4770

Church Records

City Directories

1888 Guildhall Town Directory



The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day Guildhall. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Essex County, website at this link.  

Town Records 

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1799 -1831, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Guildhall Town Clerk's Office. These include Vital records of Guildhall, Vermont, 1765-2001, Town records, 1799-1901, and Deeds and land records, 1784-1907; index, 1761-1898.

Guildhall Town Clerk
13 Courthouse Dr.
PO Box 10
Guildhall, VT 05905
Phone: (802) 676-3797


Libraries and Historical Societies

Guildhall Public Library Inc
7218 Vermont 102
Guildhall, VT 05905
Phone: (802) 676-3054

Northeast Kingdom Genealogy - Genealogy resources for towns in the counties of Essex, Orleans and Caledonia.


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