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
26 Terrace Street
Drawer 9
Montpelier, VT 05609-1103
Telephone: 802-828-2308
Fax: 802-828-2465

National Archives—Northeast Region (Boston)
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02452-6399
Telephone: 781-663-0130
Fax: 781-663-0154

National Archives—Northeast Region (Pittsfield)
10 Conte Drive
Pittsfield, MA 01201-8230
Telephone: 413-236-3600
Fax: 413-236-3609


New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116-3007
Telephone: 617-536-5740
Fax: 617-536-7307

Vermont Historical Society
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-0901
Telephone: 802-828-2291
Fax: 802-828-3638

The Family History Library has the following 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. (Family History Library FHL Collection 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. (Family History Library FHL Collection 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. (Family History Library 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 05609-0601
Telephone: 802-828-3261
Fax: 802-828-2199

Vermont Public Records Division
General Service Center
Reference Research
Drawer 33
Montpelier, VT 05633-7601
Telephone: 802-828-3286
Fax: 802-828-3710

Special Collections Bailey/Howe Library
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405
Telephone: 802-656-2020
Fax: 802-656-4038

Repository Guides

Repository guides list libraries, museums, or historical societies and the holdings of each:

A Guide to Vermont’s Repositories. Montpelier, Vermont: Vermont State Archives, 1986. (Family History Library book 974.3 A3g.) 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.) This guide provides names of officers, addresses, telephone numbers, hours, and brief descriptions of collections and services at six repositories in Vermont.


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: