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

This article is about Windham county in Vermont. For other uses, see Windham (disambiguation).


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Windham County, Vermont
Map
Map of Vermont highlighting Windham County
Location in the state of Vermont
Facts
Founded February 22, 1781
County Seat Newfane
Courthouse
Windham County Vermont Courthouse.jpg
Address Windham County Courthouse
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 207, Newfane, VT 05345-0207
Phone: 802-365-7979
Fax: 802-365-4360
Windham County Website


Description[edit | edit source]

The County is located in the southeast area of the state. [1]

Windham 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 1825 1766 1781 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1857. General compliance year is unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and land records; County Clerk has divorce and court records from 1825; Probate Judge has probate records.[3]

Towns Organized Before 1800:
Athens 1780
Brattleboro 1753
Brookline 1794
Grafton 1754
Guilford 1754
Halifax 1750
Jamaica 1780
Londonderry 1780
Marlboro 1751
Newfane 1753
Putney 1753
Rockingham 1752
Townshend 1753
Woodbury 1781
Westminister 1752
Whitingham 1770
Wilmington 1751
Windham 1795 [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

Created 22 February 1781 from Bennington County. [3]

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]

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Modern town borders in Windham County, Vermont.

Towns:

Extinct Towns:[4]

Villages:

  • Bellows Falls
  • Jacksonville
  • Newfane
  • North Westminster
  • Saxtons River
  • Westminster

Communities:

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Bennington | Windsor | Franklin County, Massachusetts | Cheshire, New Hampshire | Sullivan, New Hampshire

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
VTInterment
VTGravestones
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Vermont Cemeteries for more information.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

RutlandWindsorSullivan, New HampshireBenningtonCheshire, New HampshireFranklin, MassachusettsBerkshire, MassachusettsVT WINDHAM.PNG
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Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments and Companies:

- 1st Regiment, Vermont Heavy Artillery, Companies A B C D E F G and H
- 2nd Regiment, Vermont Infantry
- 4th Regiment, Vermont Infantry, Companies D, F and I
- 16th Regiment, Vermont Infantry, Companies B, D, F and I

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

There are two Windham County Probate Districts:

  • Marlboro District - Brattleboro, Dover, Dummerston, Guilford, Halifax, Marlboro, Newfane, Somerset, Stratton, Vernon, Wardsboro, Whitingham and Wilmington.
  • Westminster District - Athens, Brookline, Grafton, Jamaica, Londonderry, Putney, Rockingham (including Bellows Falls), Townshend, Westminster and Windham.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at Vermont, Windham County Westminster District Probates - FamilySearch Historical 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

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.

Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Dover Historical Society
1829 Harris House
63 Copper Hill
West Dover Village
Dover, VT
PO Box 128
East Dover, Vermont 05341-0053
Phone: 802-384-6849
E-mail:patriciahbuck@earthlink.net

Historical Society of Windham County
Vermont Rte 30 Main Street
PO Box 246
Newfane, VT 05345
Phone: 802-365-4148
E-mail:info@historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org
Website

Brattleboro Historical Society, Inc
Municipal Building
230 Main Street, 3rd floor
History Center
196 Main St
Brattleboro, VT
Phone: 802-258-4957
E-mail:histsoc@sover.net
Website

Dummerston Historical Society<brPO Box 8064
North Brattleboro, VT 05304
Phone: 802-257-0674

Guilford Historical Society
1822 Town Hall
Guilford Center Road
236 School Road
Guilford VT 05301
Phone: 802-257-0147
E-mail:pulpitfm@myfairpoint.net

Jamaica Historical Foundation
3417 VT Rte 30
Jamaica, VT 05343
Phone: 802-257-0147
E-mail:dkameden@svcable.net
E-mail:jamaicavthf@gmail.com

Marlboro Historical Society
364 South Road
PO Box 109
Marlboro, VT 05344
Phone: 802-258-2568
E-mail:forrest810@gmail.com

Putney Historical Society
Museum in Town Hall
Route 5
PO Box 260
Putney, VT 05346
Phone: 802-387-4411
E-mail:info@putneyhistory.us
Website

Saxtons River Historical Society
Main Street
PO Box 18
Saxtons River, VT 05154
Phone: 802-869-2566
E-mail:luring@vermontel.net

Townshend Historical Society
PO Box 202
Townshend, VT 05353
Phone: 802-365-4400
E-mail:ths@dugrenier.com

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Windham, Vermont" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windham_County,_Vermont accessed 6 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Windham 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 699, Windham County, Vermont. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 394-95. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.