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Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954  and Vermont Vital Records, 1760-2008
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Vermont, United States
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Location of Vermont
Record Description
Record Type Vital
Collection years 1760-2008
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This article describes multiple collections.

The collection "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-2008" consists of an index and images from microfilm of births, marriages and deaths. This collection includes images for the years 1955-2003, but roughly 20% of marriages missing are from 2001-2003, being all the civil unions legally performed in Vermont. These missing records are available in the Ancestry.com database.

The collection "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954" consists of an index and images (index cards) of town clerk transcriptions of births, marriages and deaths, 1760-1954. This collection is complete for years 1871-1908.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Birth records usually contain the following:

  • Child’s name and gender
  • Birth date and place
  • Race
  • Name of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Age(s) of parents and their residence
  • Father's occupation
  • Birthplace of father
  • Birthplace of mother
  • Live or stillborn birth
  • Name of medical attendant
  • Registration date

Marriage records usually contain the following:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name and age
  • Groom's residence and occupation
  • Birthplace of groom
  • Names of groom's parents and their birthplace
  • Number of marriages of groom
  • Bride's name and age
  • Bride's residence
  • Birthplace of bride
  • Names of bride's parents and their birthplace
  • Number of marriages of bride
  • Name and title of person performing ceremony

Death records usually contain the following:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Death date and place
  • Cause of death
  • Marital status
  • Name of surviving spouse
  • Race, occupation, and residence of deceased
  • Names of parents
  • Birth place of deceased
  • Level of education
  • Name and address of informant
  • Attending physician
  • Burial information

Burial/removal records usually contain the following:

  • Name of person to whom certificate was issued
  • Town/city, and county issuing permit
  • Death date
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Medical attendant
  • Purposed date and place of burial/removal
  • Undertaker's name and address
  • Name and title of person issuing permit
  • Permit date

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Coverage Map[edit | edit source]

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Vermont marriages, click here.

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

The records are handwritten on preprinted pages which have been bound into volumes. The collection consists of vital records (births, marriages, and deaths), cemetery records, and burial and removal permits. They are arranged by town, record type, then date. The content and completeness of the records varies by town.

Vital record keeping began with the earliest permanent settlement, about 1760. All original records are maintained by the town or city. The present vital registration law was enacted in 1857. This statute required all vital events be recorded in the town where they occurred. A centralized registration system was established in 1919 and copies of the town vital records was sent to the state.

This collection contains records compiled and submitted to the state by town clerks in response to the 1919 law. For events prior to that time, the information submitted was complied from a variety of sources, including original town vital records where they existed, but also church records, tombstones, and other sources. Therefore for records prior to 1919 it should not be assumed that the source is original town vital records. There is generally no indication of the source used for these records.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

To begin your search, it will be helpful to know the following:

  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The place the event occurred
  • The name of the individual or individuals, such as the bride and groom, infant, or deceased

Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954[edit | edit source]

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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


Vermont Vital Records, 1760-2008[edit | edit source]

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Record Type, Year Range and Volume to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
  • Use the birth date or age 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
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities
  • 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

Known Issues With These Collections[edit | edit source]

Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954 known issues:

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Vermont Vital Records, 1760-2008 known issues:

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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 Vital Records, 1760-1954." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Secretary of State. State Capitol Building, Montpelier.

Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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Collection Citation

"Vermont Vital Records, 1760-2008." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. From "Vermont, Birth Records, 1909-2008," "Vermont, Death Records, 1909-2008," "Vermont, Marriage Records, 1909-2008," and "Vermont, Vital Records, 1720-1908." Database and images. Ancestry. http://www.ancestry.com : 2010. Citing Vital Records Office, Vermont Department of Health, Burlington and New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.

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