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 02154-02452
Telephone: 781-647-8104
Fax: 781-647-8088


Genealogical Society of Vermont
P.O. Box 1553
St. Albans, VT 05478

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 book 974.3 A3b; film 908069, item20; 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 book 974.3 A3br; film 908503.) 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.

Computer Networks and Bulletin Boards

Computers with modems are important tools for obtaining information from selected archives and libraries. In a way, computer networks themselves can serve as a library. The Internet, certain computer bulletin boards, and commercial online services help family history researchers:

  • Locate other researchers.
  • Post queries.
  • Send and receive e-mail.
  • Search large databases.
  • Search computer libraries and on-line catalogs.
  • Join in computer chat and lecture sessions.

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:


The Family History Library and some Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.

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 ; 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.

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 . This site lists more links to other Vermont genealogical sites and describes more resources than any other site on the Internet.


A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.


This site is a cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.

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.

Gaunt, Christine. Vermont Resources. In Genealogy Resources on the Internet [database online]. N.p., 6 October 1998 [cited 23 August 1999]. Available at This site provides links to vital record offices, genealogical and historical societies, queries, mailing lists, county-by-county Internet sites, and gopher sites.

VTGenExchange. In Genealogical Exchange & 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.

For further details about using computer networks, bulletin boards, and news groups for family history research, see the "Archives and Libraries" section of the United States Research Outline (30972).

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: