Vermont Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Vermont Births and Christenings, 1765-1908
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Vermont, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1765-1908
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What is in This Collection?

This collection is an electronic index of births and christenings for the years 1765 to 1908 comprised of the following:

  • Indexed church records
  • Civil registrations
  • The Internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church

Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The records in this collection usually include the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Gender
  • Birth date and place
  • Christening date and place
  • Names of parents

The records may also include the following information:

  • Race
  • Parents' birth place
  • Death date (if occurring within a few years of birth)

Collection Content

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1765-1908 Marriages, 1791-1974 Deaths and Burials, 1871-1965
Addison 20,055 8,413 7,152
Bennington 20,307 8,323 6,120
Caledonia 25,505 10,143 6,741
Chittenden 27,408 16,267 47,687
Essex 5,770 3,555 2,474
Franklin 23,630 14,974 8,224
Grand Isle 3,720 1,174 772
Lamoille 10,795 5,587 3,454
Orange 37,997 10,196 6,788
Orleans 15,923 12,528 6,028
Rutland 46,592 16,557 16,200
Vermont 47,763 30,491 12,023
Washington 33,966 20,397 25,060
Windham 37,764 12,447 8,976
Windsor 45,134 14,381 10,608
Total 402,329 185,433 168,307

How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search you will need to know the following:

  • The person’s name
  • The approximate date and place of birth

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby
  • The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800's
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • The records are very brief, so it is easy to confuse individuals in the index. In addition, an individual may be listed multiple times with slight spelling variations of their name
  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Vermont Births and Christenings, 1765-1908." Database. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation:
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