Vermont Archives and Libraries
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These repositories preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Vermont.
Wiki Articles on Major Repositories for Vermont
| Albany Institute of History and Art NY · Allen County Public Library (Ft. Wayne IN) · American Antiquarian Society (Worcester MA) · Bennington Museum Research Library · Brattleboro Historical Society History Center · Brooks Memorial Library · Columbia County Historical Society (Kinderhook NY) · Martha Canfield Library Russell Collection · National Archives at Boston (Waltham MA) · New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston MA) · University of Vermont Bailey/Howe Library · Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society · Vermont Historical Society Leahy Library · Vermont Old Cemetery Association · Vermont State Archives · Vermont State Library
Online Records of Vermont
Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.
- This National Archives branch collects Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont documents, photos, and maps of 80 federal agencies, War of 1812, fortifications, coastal facilities, World War II research at Harvard and MIT, federal bankruptcy courts, First Circuit Court of Appeals, Navy, Coast Guard, westward expansion, ethnology, genealogy, Revolutionary War, Civil War, captured German records, territorial papers, censuses, passenger arrival records for Boston and New England, and Canadian border crossings.
- Brigham, Loriman S. Guide to the "Miscellaneous File" of Uncatalogued Material in the Vermont Historical Society: With a Supplementary Index to the Guide. Montpelier, Vermont: n.p.,1969. WorldCat 679814; FHL book 974.3 A3b; film 908069, item 20; fiche 6046847. This card index of persons, places, and subjects includes family histories and court, business, and land records. The family histories listed may have genealogies, pictures, military records, financial family papers, and correspondence.
- Brigham, Loriman S. A Calendar of Manuscripts in Certain Boxes at the Vermont Historical Society. Montpelier, Vermont: n.p., 1970. WorldCat 679715; FHL book 974.3 A3br; film 908503 item 1. This is a continuation of the above guide.
- Brigham, Loriman S. A Calendar of Manuscripts in Document Boxes at the Vermont Historical Society. Montpelier, Vermont: n.p., 1972. WorldCat 865949996; FHL book 974.3 A3bri; film 908503 item 2 This is a continuation of the above guide.
- They have original state, county, and town records at all levels of government from all over Vermont. This inlcludes all birth, marriages, deaths, and divorces prior to 2012. For vital records 2012 to present contact the Vermont Department of Health.
Vermont State Library
- Large collection of books with many periodicals and a great historical reference collection.
- Their collection includes early Connecticut, New York, and Vermont records. It is a great place to find records of families that moved up the Connecticut River and then west.
Brattleboro Historical Soc History Center
History & Research Room
230 Main Street, 3rd floor
Brattleboro, VT 05301-6392
Website: Brattleboro Historical Society
- A good regional library with many genealogies, family folders, books, periodicals, maps, indexes, cemeteries, and obituaries.
Brooks Memorial Library
- A very big collection of genealogy books, periodicals, family folders, genealogies, newspapers, obituaries, biographies, and many indexes to genealogical material. Website contains links to some important genealogical websites in their Databases collection.
Martha Canfield Library Russell Collection
- They have collected many rare books and unique genealogical sources about early Vermont residents. The Russell Collection is open for research on Tuesdays, or call for an appointment.
University of Vermont Bailey/Howe Library
- Their holdings include Vermont local histories, oral histories, and Civil War sources.
Vermont French-Canadian Geneal Society
Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society
Street Address: Vermont Genealogy Library, Dupont Hall
377 Hegeman Ave. (Across from St Police)
Fort Ethan Allen
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 65128
Burlington, VT 0540-5128 USA
Library e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society
- Reference books, manuscripts, periodicals and microfiche, published "repertoires" of church record baptisms, marriages, and burials. They have a library and research facilities at Dupont Hall at the Fort Ethan Allen complex, Colchester, Vermont.
Vermont Old Cemetery Association
961 Grafton Road
Townshend, VT 05353
Website: Vermont Old Cemetery Association
- Statewide coverage of most cemetery records for all of Vermont including great indexes.
Out of State Repositories
125 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12210
- This is the best collection of indexes and original records for "old" Albany County, New York, part of which included what is now all of Vermont. During the 1600s many families which started in Connecticut later migrated into Vermont and upstate New York.
- Allen County Public Library is the second-largest genealogy collection in the United States and the largest genealogy collection in a public library. Its holdings include more than 350,000 printed volumes and 513,000 items on microfilm and microfiche. It has a premier genealogical periodical collection, local histories, genealogies, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, ethnic sources, and Canadians. They have a great Vermont collection.
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1634
Website: American Antiquarian Society
- They have many Vermont vital records, newspapers, and town histories. The AAS is best known for their U.S. newspaper collection of over 18,000 bound volumes 1704-1820, history, genealogy, Bibles, maps, biography, directories, Native Americans, women, canals, railroads, photos, and manuscripts.
Columbia County Historical Society
- The Barbara P. Reilly Memorial Library has a large collection of family folders for early settlers, including many from Vermont and New England (Columbia County is on the Hudson River along the main route from New England into upstate New York).
- Best overall collection for New England (and Vermont) vital records and probates, and excellent collection for Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and Europe. The manuscript collection for members-only has diaries, letters, account books, business papers, church and town records, sermons, maps, wills, deeds, unpublished town and family genealogies, photos, and papers of the region's best genealogists since 1850.  
Family History Centers
- Giving you limited, personal, one-on-one research suggestions (but they do not do research for you)
- Providing access to genealogical records through the premium online Internet FHC Portal for free.
- Offering free how-to classes (varies by location)
- Fostering contact between genealogical enthusiasts
There are several centers located in Vermont, for example:
- Newport Vermont Family History Center
283 James St.
Morris Township, NJ
- Each center is staffed by volunteers and has varying hours and services. Telephone in advance to verify their hours.
- Newport Vermont Family History Center
To locate one of these 4,500 centers in your own neighborhood, see Find a Family History Center.
For Further Reading
- A Guide to Vermont’s Repositories. Montpelier, Vermont: Vermont State Archives, 1986. FHL book 974.3 A3g At various libraries (WorldCat) This guide gives addresses, phone numbers, brief descriptions of holdings, years covered, hours, copying facilities, and whether they accept mail-in requests. It includes an index.
- Basic Sources for Vermont Historical Research. Montpelier, Vermont: Secretary of State, 1981? (Family History Library 974.3 A1 no.44.) At various libraries (WorldCat This guide provides names of officers, addresses, telephone numbers, hours, and brief descriptions of collections and services at six repositories in Vermont.
- Leclerc, Michael J., editor. Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research. Boston, Massachusetts : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012. FHL book 974 D27g 2012 At various libraries(WorldCat)
- William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 124. WorldCat 39493985. FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 111.
- Vital Records in Vermont Secretary of State (accessed 1 May 2017).
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 25.
- Vermont Genealogy Library in Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Library (accessed 22 September 2015).
- Allen County Public Library in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 28 April 2010).
- Genealogy Center in Allen County Public Library (accessed 28 April 2010).
- Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 59.
- New England Historic Genealogical Society in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia (accessed 30 August 2010).
- Using the NEHGS Library in American Ancestors" (accessed 21 September 2015).
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 5, 57, and 59.