Bennington County, Vermont Genealogy
Guide to Bennington County, Vermont ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Bennington County, Vermont|
Location in the state of Vermont, United States Genealogy
|Founded||February 11, 1779|
|Address||Bennington County Courthouse|
207 South Street, Bennington, VT 05201-2247
Website: Bennington County Vermont
Description[edit | edit source]
The County is located in the southwest area of the state. 
Bennington County, Vermont Record Dates[edit | edit source]
|at town creation||at town creation||at town creation||1861||1782||1778||1790|
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records; County Clerk has divorce records from 1899 and court records from 1861; Probate Judge has probate records.
Towns Organized before 1800:
Winhall 1761 
Quick Facts[edit | edit source]
Parent County[edit | edit source]
Created 11 February 1779 from Colonial lands.
Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]
- Windham County was set off 22 February 1781.
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[edit | edit source]
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
Places / Localities[edit | edit source]
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:
Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]
Resources[edit | edit source]
Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]
Cemeteries[edit | edit source]
|Tombstone Transcriptions Online||Tombstone Transcriptions in Print||List of Cemeteries in the county|
|Findagrave.com||Family History Library||Findagrave.com|
|VTGenWeb Archives||FamilySearch Places|
|See Vermont Cemeteries for more information.|
- List of Bennington County Cemeteries
- List of Pownal Cemeteries: Includes some transcriptions
- Random Acts VT Cemetery Records Research Guide
Census[edit | edit source]
Federal[edit | edit source]
State[edit | edit source]
Church Records[edit | edit source]
The Churches of Pownal, Pownal Historical Society, Inc.
List of Churches and Church Parishes
Court Records[edit | edit source]
Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
Land and Property[edit | edit source]
Courtesy of The Pownal Historical Society, Inc.:
Maps[edit | edit source]
Military Records[edit | edit source]
Courtesy of Pownal Historical Society, Inc.:
- Green Mountain Boys from Pownal | About the Green Mountain Boys
- American Revolution: Soldiers buried in Vermont
- Civil War: Vermont Volunteers
Civil War[edit | edit source]
- 1861 - 1867 Vermont, Enrolled Militia Records, 1861-1867 at FamilySearch — index and images — How to Use this Collection
Regiments and Companies:
- - 2nd Regiment, Vermont Infantry
- - 4th Regiment, Vermont Infantry, Company A
- - 5th Regiment, Vermont Infantry, Company E
Newspapers[edit | edit source]
- Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has North Adams, MA newspapers (1895-1977) covering local news that included Windham County residents.
Probate Records[edit | edit source]
Online Probate Indexes and Records
- 1749 - 1999 Vermont Wills and Probate Records 1749-1999 at Ancestry.com — index and images $
- 1800 - 1921 Vermont Probate Files 1800-1921 at FamilySearch — images — How to Use this Collection
There are two Bennington County Probate Districts
- Bennington District - Bennington, Glastenbury, Pownal, Readsboro, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford and Woodford.
- Manchester District - Arlington, Dorset, Landgrove, Manchester, Peru, Rupert, Sandgate, Sunderland and Winhall.
A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
Taxation[edit | edit source]
Town Records[edit | edit source]
- 1850-2005 - Vermont, Town Records, 1850-2005 at FamilySearch — index and images — How to Use this Collection
Vital Records[edit | edit source]
- 1732 - 2005 Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005 at FamilySearch — index and images — How to Use this Collection
- 1850 - 2005 Vermont, Town Records, 1850-2005 at FamilySearch — index and images — How to Use this Collection
Courtesy of the Pownal Historial Society, Inc.
Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]
Historical Societies[edit | edit source]
- Bennington Historical Society And Museum
75 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201
- Dorset Historical Society
PO Box 52
Rte 30 at Kent Hill Rd.
Dorset, VT 05251
- Landgrove Historical Society
PO Box 734
Landgrove, VT 05148
- Manchester Historical Society
PO Box 363
Manchester, VT 05254
- North Bennington Museum and Historical Society
PO Box 536
North Bennington, VT 05257
- Pownal Historical Society
PO Box 313
Pownal, VT 05261
- Readsboro Historical Society
PO Box 125
152 Glen Avenue
Readsboro, VT 05350
- Rupert Historical Society
PO Box 84
Rupert, VT 05768
- Russell Vermontiana Collection
Martha Canfield Library
PO Box 267
528 East Arlington Road
Arlington, VT 05250
- Shaftsbury Historical Society
PO Box 401
3871 VT Rte 7A
Shaftsbury, VT 05262
- Winhall Museum
PO Box 607
Bondville, VT 05340
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]
Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries
- Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
- FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.
Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries
Websites[edit | edit source]
- Bennington County, VT History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Vermont Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- The Bennington County VTGenWeb Project, an member of The VTGenWeb Project
- The USGenWeb Archives Project
- The USGenWeb Archives Project (backup site)
- FamilySearch Catalog
References[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia contributors, "Bennington, Vermont" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bennington_County,_Vermont accessed 5 Dec 2018
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bennington 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.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 698. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Bennington_ County,_Vermont," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bennington_County,_Vermont accessed 24 October 2019.
- Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 394. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.