Vermont Archives and Libraries

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Many archives and libraries have resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about Vermont. They may have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state.


Vermont State Archives
1078 Route 2, Middlesex
Montpelier, Vermont 05633-7701
Telephone: 802-828-3700

National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, Massachusetts 02452-6399
Telephone: 781-663-0144 or toll free: 866-406-2379
Fax: 781-663-0154

The National Archives—Northeast Region (Boston) has records created by federal agencies in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The archives has microfilms of all available federal census records, many naturalization records, passenger arrival lists, military records, and other historical resources. Learn more.


Vermont History Center
Vermont Historical Society
60 Washington Street
Barre, VT 05641
Telephone: 802-479-8500

Guides to the manuscript and miscellaneous collections of the Vermont Historical Society:

  • 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. FHL book 974.3 A3b; film 908069, item 20; fiche 6046847 {WorldCat|679814|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat).}} 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. FHL book 974.3 A3br; film 908503 item 1 At various libraries (WorldCat). 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. FHL book 974.3 A3bri; film 908503 item 2 This is a continuation of the above guide.

Vermont Department of Libraries
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609
Telephone: 802-828-3261

Special Collections Bailey/Howe Library
University of Vermont
538 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05405-0036
Telephone: 802-656-2138

Bennington Museum Research Library
75 Main Street
Bennington, Vermont 05201-2885
Telephone: 802-447-1571

New England Historic Genealogical Society Library
99 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116-3007
Telephone: 617-226-1231

The Research Library is national in scope. Learn more.

Family History Library

35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
Telephone: 801-240-2584

The Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints houses a collection of genealogical records that include names of more than three billion deceased people. It’s the largest collection of its kind in the world. Collections include digitized historical records, microfilms and microfiche, books, maps, and much more. Explore at

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy. You may search your address for a center near you on the FamilySearch site. These local centers are staffed by volunteers and have varying hours and resources so call to verify their hours in advance.

Repository Guides

  • 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)


You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Vermont in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. Much of the information is available at little or no cost. Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways to additional sites:


FamilySearch™ Internet Genealogy Service [database online]. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 22 March 1999 [cited 10 August 1999]. Available at FamilySearch; At this site you can access the Family History Library Catalog, Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index, SourceGuide, lists of Family History Centers, web sites related to family history, and lists of researchers interested in similar genealogical topics. You can also learn about and order Family History Library publications.

Cyndi's List

Howells, Cyndi. "U.S.- Vermont- VT." In Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet [database online]. Puyallup, Washington: Cyndi Howells, 10 August 1999 [cited 12 August 1999]. Available at Cyndi's List - U.S. Vermont . This site lists more links to other Vermont genealogical sites and describes more resources than any other site on the Internet.

A cooperative effort of transcribers and file managers to maintain database of transcriptions from various sources, usually of public domain origin.

A mailing list of queries and answers, going back to December 1987.

United States Resources: Vermont. In RootsWeb [database online]. N.p., 12 July 1999 [cited 10 August 1999]. This site contains a useful list of sites and resources and includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.

VTGenExchange. In Genealogical Exchange and Surname Registry [database online]. N.p., 1996–99 [cited 23 August 1999]. This site brings searchable data to genealogists, including databases (church, cemetery, census, land, immigration, naturalization, and vital records), directories, historical accounts, mailing lists, queries, and names of local surname researchers and look-up volunteers.

Further inventories and other information about Vermont archives and libraries can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Locality Search under: