Orleans County, Vermont Genealogy

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

Orleans County, Vermont
Map of Vermont highlighting Orleans County
Location in the state of Vermont
Founded October 5, 1792
County Seat Newport
Address Orleans County Courthouse
83 Main Street, Newport, VT 05855-1214
802-334-3344, 802-334-2711
Fax: 802-334-3385
Orleans County Website

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Orléans. The County is located in the north center area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
at town creation at town creation at town creation 1800 1799 1796 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1857. General compliance year is unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Town and City Clerks have birth, marriage, death and City Clerks have birth, marriage, death and land records; District Probate Court has probate records; County Clerk has divorce and court records from 1800.

Towns Organized Before 1800:
Barton 1789
Craftsbury 1781
Derby 1779
Glover 1783
Greensboro 1781
Holland 1779
Jay 1792
Westfield 1780 [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • Created 5 November 1792 from Orange County. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Vermont County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Vermont County Boundary Maps" (1764-1895) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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Modern town borders in Orleans County, Vermont.

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]



Extinct Town:


  • Albany
  • Barton
  • Derby Center
  • Derby Line
  • North Troy
  • Orleans


  • Beebe Plain

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Caledonia | Essex | Franklin | Lamoille | Brome, Quebec | Missisquoi, Quebec | Stanstead, Quebec

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
VTGenWeb Archives WorldCat Billion Graves
VTTombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Vermont Cemeteries for more information.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Quebec, CanadaFranklinLamoilleCaledoniaEssexVT ORLEANS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments and Companies:

- 4th Regiment, Vermont Infantry, Company D

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Town Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See also How to order Vermont Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for the following Vermont certificates:

Downloadable applications from Vermont Department of Health.

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

See also a List of Vermont Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Orleans County Historical Society
109 Old Stone House Road
Brownington, VT 05860
Phone: 802-754-2022

Albany Historical Society
PO Box 317
Albany, VT 05820
Phone: 802-755-6105

Charleston Historical Society
PO Box 46
East Charleston, VT 05833
Phone: 802-723-4833

Craftsbury Historical Society
258 The Ledges
Craftsbury, VT 05826
Phone: 802-755-6178

Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association
PO Box 253
Pierce House
97 Water Street
Barton, VT 05822
Phone: 802-525-3703

Derby Historical Society
PO Box 357
Derby, VT 05829
Phone: 802-766-5324

Glover Historical Society
PO Box 208
Glover, Vt 05839
Phone: 802-525-6212 or 802-525-6227

Greensboro Historical Society
PO Box 151
Greensboro, VT 05841
Phone: 802-533-2457

Holland Historical Society
PO Box 483
Derby Line, VT 05830
Phone: 802-766-5375

Lowell Historical Society
2170 VT Rte 100
Lowell, VT 05847
Phone: 802-744-6559 or 802-744-6859

Memphremagog Historical Society of Newport
96 Stagecoach Drive
Newport, VT 05855
Phone: 802-334-6195

Missisquoi Valley Historical Society
PO Box 237
North Troy, VT 05859
Phone: 802-988-2397

Morgan Historical Society
PO Box 113
Morgan, VT 05853
Phone: 802-723-5907

Westfield Historical Society
69 Fuller Road
Westfield, VT 05847
Phone: 802-744-8257

Family History Centers
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Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Orléans, Vermont" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orleans_County,_Vermont accessed 6 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orleans 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.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orleans County, Vermont. Page 699 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Orleans_ County,_Vermont," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orleans_County,_Vermont accessed 24 October 2019.
  6. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 395. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.