Chittenden County, Vermont Genealogy

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

Chittenden County, Vermont
Map of Vermont highlighting Chittenden County
Location in the state of Vermont, United States Genealogy
Founded October 22, 1789
County Seat Burlington
Address Chittenden County Courthouse
175 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401-8310
Phone: 802-863-3467
Chittenden County Website

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Vermont's first governor and one of the framers of its constitution as an independent republic and later U.S. state, Thomas Chittenden. The County is located in the northwest area of the state. [1]

Chittenden County, Vermont Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
at town creation at town creation at town creation 1798 1785 1795 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1857. General compliance year is unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death, burial, probate and land records; County Clerk has divorce records from 1829 and court records from 1798.

Towns Organized Before 1800:

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Chittenden County, Vermont

Bolton 1763
Burlington 1763
Charlotte 1762
Colchester 1763
Essex 1763
Hinesburg 1762
Huntington 1763
Jericho 1763
Milton 1763
Richmond 1794
Shelburne 1763
St. George 1763
Underhill 1763
Williston 1763 [3]

Quick Facts[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

Created 22 October 1787 from Colonial lands. [3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Vermont County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Vermont County Boundary Maps" (1764-1895) may be viewed for free at the 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:[4]

Towns and Cities

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Modern town borders in Chittenden County, Vermont.

Extinct Town


  • Buel's Gore [6]

Neighboring Counties

Addison | Franklin | Grand Isle | Lamoille | Washington | Clinton, New York| Essex, New York

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 Family History Library
VTGenWeb Archives WorldCat Billion Graves
VTTombstone Project FamilySearch Places
Billion Graves
See Vermont Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 7,287
1800 12,778 75.4%
1810 18,120 41.8%
1820 16,955 −6.4%
1830 21,765 28.4%
1840 22,977 5.6%
1850 29,036 26.4%
1860 28,171 −3.0%
1870 36,480 29.5%
1880 32,792 −10.1%
1890 35,389 7.9%
1900 39,600 11.9%
1910 42,447 7.2%
1920 43,708 3.0%
1930 47,471 8.6%
1940 52,098 9.7%
1950 62,570 20.1%
1960 74,425 18.9%
1970 99,131 33.2%
1980 115,534 16.5%
1990 131,761 14.0%
2000 146,571 11.2%
2010 156,545 6.8%
Source: "".

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military History and Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments and Companies:

- 2nd Regiment, Vermont Infantry
- 5th Regiment, Vermont Infantry, Companies I and K
- 13th Regiment, Vermont Infantry

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Town Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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,Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

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

  • Charlotte Historical Society
    4205 Ethan Allen Highway
    Charlotte, VT 05445
  • Colchester Historical Society
    c/o Robert Furst
    245 Bluebird Dr
    Colchester, VT 05446

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Chittenden, Vermont" in,_Vermont accessed 6 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Chittenden 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. 3.0 3.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 698. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Chittenden_ County,_Vermont," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Vermont accessed 24 October 2019.
  5. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 395. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.
  6. Leclerc, 394.