Washington County, Vermont Genealogy

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


Washington County, Vermont
Map of Vermont highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Vermont
Founded November 8, 1814
County Seat Montpelier
Address Washington County Courthouse
65 State Street,
Montpelier, VT 05601-0426
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 426,
Montpelier, VT 05601-0426
Phone: 802-223-2091
Washington County Website


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

Washington County, Vermont Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
at town creation at town creation at town creation 1881 Unknown 1811 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1857. General compliance year is unknown.

County Courthouse

Secretary of State, Montpelier has birth, marriage and death records; County Clerk has divorce and court records; Probate Court has probate records; Town and City Clerks have land records.

Towns Organized Before 1800:
Barre 1781
Berlin 1763
Calais 1781
Duxbury 1763
Marshfield 1782
Middlesex 1763
Montpelier 1781
Moretown 1763
Northfield 1781
Plainfield 1797
Roxbury 1781
Waitsfield 1782
Warren 1780
Waterbury 1763
Worcester 1763 [3]

Brief History

Parent County

  • Renamed 8 November 1814 from Jefferson County, Vermont. [4]

Boundary Changes

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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities


Barre City




  • Cabot
  • Marshfield
  • Northfield
  • Waterbury


  • Adamant
  • Graniteville-East Barre
  • South Barre
  • Tangletown

Neighboring Counties

Addison | Caledonia | Chittenden | Lamoille | Orange



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
Billion Graves
See Vermont Cemeteries for more information.

Church Records

Court Records


Land and Property

Local Histories


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Military Records

Civil War

Regiments and Companies:

- 2nd Regiment, Vermont Infantry
- 4th Regiment, Vermont Infantry, Companies G, H and K
- 13th Regiment, Vermont Infantry


Probate Records

Online Probate Records

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at Vermont, Washington County, Probate Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)


Town Records

Vital Records

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

See also a List of Vermont Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Historical Societies

Cabot Historical Society
PO Box 275
3216 Main Street
Cabot, Vermont 05647
Phone: 802-563-3396

Duxbury Historical Society
Duxbury Town Office, VT Route 100
Duxbury, VT 05676
Phone: 802-244-7558

East Montpelier Historical Society
PO Box 63
East Montpelier, VT 05651
Phone: 802-223-6886

Fayston Historical Society
3685 North Fayston Road
Moretown, VT 05660
Phone: 802-496-2083

Middlesex Historical Society
5 Church Street
Middlesex, VT 05602
Phone: 802-272-8074

Waitsfield Historical Society
General Benjamin Wait House
VT Route 100
PO Box 816
Waitsfield, VT 05673

Family History Centers

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Washington, Vermont" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County,_Vermont accessed 6 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington 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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 699 Washington County, Vermont. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].