Rochester, Windsor County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History

Rochester was chartered: July 30, 1781 by the Independent Republic of Vermont. Rochester has the largest amount of land in Windsor County, with over 36,000 acres.

When the ill-starred town of Philadelphia was divided up among its neighbors, Rochester and Goshen got Philadelphia Peak, a 3,168-foot-high giant that sits astride their mutual boundary. The name of the mountain is the only thing left as a reminder that Vermont once had a town named to honor the birthplace of the US Constitution.[1][2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

History of the town of Rochester, Vt, by Wendall Wales Williams - Find this book in a library.

Rochester, Vermont: its history, 1780-1975, with illustrations and maps, by the Rochester Town History Committee - Find this book in a library.

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The probate district for Rochester is Hartford.
Hartford Probate Court
62 Pleasant Street
PO Box 275
Woodstock, VT 05091
Phone: (802) 457-1503

City Directories


Map of modern Rochester.


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


1. Federated Church of Rochester
15 N Main St.
Rochester, VT 05767
Phone: (802) 767-3012

Town Records

Digital images of Rochester Town records 1903-1997 are available online at FamilySearch.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Rochester Town Clerk's Office. These include Land records, 1784-1907, Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1751-1997; indexes to births, marriages, deaths, and Town records, 1782-1920.

Rochester Town Clerk
P.O. Box 238
Rochester, VT 05767
Phone: (80) 767-3631


The Herald of Randolph

Libraries and Historical Societies

Rochester Historical Society
22 South Main Street
Rochester, VT 05767
Telephone: (802) 767-4453

Rochester Public Library
P.O. Box 256
Rochester, Vermont 05767
Phone: (802) 767-3927


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