Rutland County, Vermont Genealogy

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

Rutland County, Vermont
Map of Vermont highlighting Rutland County
Location in the state of Vermont
Founded February 22, 1781
County Seat Rutland City
Address Rutland County Courthouse
83 Center Street, Rutland, VT 05701-4017
Fax: 802-775-2291
Rutland County Website

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the English county of Rutland. The County is located in the southwest center area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1760 1760 1760 1781 1779 1784 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1857. General compliance year is unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Secretary of State Office, Montpelier has birth, marriage, and death records 1760-1955 and divorce records 1760-1968; Town Clerks have land records from 1826; County Clerk has land records 1779-1826 and court records; Probate Court has probate records.

Towns Organized Before 1800:
Benson 1780
Brandon 1761
Castleton 1761
Chittenden 1780
Clarendon 1761
Danby 1761
Fair Haven 1779
Hubbardton 1764
Ira 1781
Mendon 1781
Middletown Springs 1784
Mt. Holly 1792
Mt. Tabor 1761
Pawlet 1761
Pittsford 1761
Poultney 1761
Rutland 1761
Sherburn 1761
Shrewsbury 1761
Sudbury 1763
Wallingford 1761
Wells 1761
West Haven 1792 [3]

Brief History[edit | edit source]

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

Go to to find published materials for this town.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • Created 22 February 1781 from the Colonial lands. [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 website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

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Modern town borders in Rutland County, Vermont.

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:[6]



Extinct Town:

  • Philadelphia[7]


  • Poultney


  • Brandon
  • Fair Haven
  • Wallingford

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Addison | Bennington | Windsor | Washington County, New York

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
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]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments and Companies:

- 2nd Regiment, Vermont Infantry
- 5th Regiment, Vermont Infantry, Companies G, H and I

Newspapers[edit | edit source] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has North Adams, MA newspapers (1895-1977) covering local news that included Rutland County residents.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

There are two Rutland County Probate Districts:

  • Rutland District - Brandon, Chittenden, Clarenden, Danby, Ira, Mendon, Middletown Springs, Mount Holly, Mount Tabor, Pittsfield, Pittsford, Rutland, Sherburne, Shrewsbury, Tinmouth, Wallingford and West Rutland.
  • Fair Haven District - Benson, Castleton, Fair Haven, Hubbardton, Pawlet, Poultney, Sudbury, Wells and West Haven.

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]

Castleton Historical Society
PO Box 219
Castleton, VT 05735
Phone: 802-468-5105

Chittenden Historical Society
PO Box 89
Chittenden, VT 05737
Phone: 802-483-9563

Fair Haven Historical Society
3 North Park Place
Fair Haven, VT 05743
Phone: 802-265-3103

Rutland Historical Society Inc
Nickwackett Firehouse
96 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701-4023
Phone: 802-775-2006

Fair Haven Historical Society
Municipal Building
3 North Park Place
Fair Haven, VT 05743
Telephone: 802-265-3103

Hubbardton Historical Society
Monument Hill Schoolhouse
5568 Monument Hill Road
PO Box 383
Castleton, VT 05735
Phone: 802-273-2242

Mendon Historical Society
Town Clerk's Office
2282 US Route 4
Mendon, VT 05701
Phone: 802-773-1662

Middletown Springs Historical Society
Museum, On The Green
PO Box 1121
Middletown Springs, VT 05757
Phone: 802-235-2561

Pawlet Historical Society
VT Route 30
PO Box 113
Pawlet, VT 05761
Phone: 802-645-9529 or 802-325-2406

Pittsford Historical Society, Inc
Eaton Hall
3399 US Route 7
PO Box 423
Pittsford, VT 05763

Poultney Historical Society
PO Box 605
East Poultney, VT 05741
Phone: 802-287-5252

Proctor Historical Society
4 Main Street
Proctor, VT 05765
Phone: 802-459-2291

Wallingford Historical Society
Town Hall
75 School Street
Wallingford, VT 05773
Phone: 802-446-3560

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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, "Rutland, Vermont" in,_Vermont accessed 6 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rutland 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), 6999 Rutland County, Vermont. 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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Rutland_ County,_Vermont," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Vermont accessed 24 October 2019.
  7. 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.