Grand Isle County, Vermont Genealogy

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

Grand Isle County, Vermont
Map of Vermont highlighting Grand Isle County
Location in the state of Vermont, United States Genealogy
Founded November 9, 1802
County Seat North Hero
Address Grand Isle County Courthouse
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7,
North Hero, VT 05474-0007
Fax: 802-372-3221
Grand Isle County Website

Description[edit | edit source]

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

Grand Isle 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 Unknown 1799 1796 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1857. General compliance year is unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Probate Judge has probate records; Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and land records.

Towns Organized Before 1800:
Alburgh 1781
Grand Isle 1779
Isles La Motte 1779
North Hero 1779
South Hero 1779 [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

Created 9 November 1802 from Franklin County. [4]

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]

Populated Places[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:[5]

VermontNew YorkQuebecGrand Isle CountyFranklin CountyChittenden CountyClinton CountyAlburgIsle La MotteNorth HeroGrand IsleSouth HeroColchesterWestfordMiltonGeorgiaFairfaxSaint AlbansSwantonHighgateChesterfieldAu SablePeruSchuyler FallsPlattsburghBeekmantownChazyChamplainMooersSt.-Bernard-de-LacolleLacolleNoyanSt.-Georges-de-ClarencevilleSt.-Armand
Modern town borders in Grand Isle County, Vermont.


Extinct or Renamed Towns


  • Alburgh

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Chittenden | Franklin | Clinton County, New York | Missisquoi County, Quebec

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
VTTombstone Project WorldCat Billion Graves
VTInterment FamilySearch Places
Billion Graves
See Vermont Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 3,445
1820 3,527 2.4%
1830 3,696 4.8%
1840 3,883 5.1%
1850 4,145 6.7%
1860 4,276 3.2%
1870 4,082 −4.5%
1880 4,124 1.0%
1890 3,843 −6.8%
1900 4,462 16.1%
1910 3,761 −15.7%
1920 3,784 0.6%
1930 3,944 4.2%
1940 3,802 −3.6%
1950 3,406 −10.4%
1960 2,927 −14.1%
1970 3,574 22.1%
1980 4,613 29.1%
1990 5,318 15.3%
2000 6,901 29.8%
2010 6,970 1.0%
Source: "".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

FranklinChittendenEssex, New YorkClinton, New YorkQuebec, CanadaVT GRAND ISLE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Grand Isle County for European settlers included:[8]

Military[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate[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 and Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Grand Isle Historical Society
    PO Box 23
    Grand Isle, VT 05458
  • Alburgh Historical Society, Inc.
    Alburg Public Library
    PO Box 453
    165 Main Street
    Alburgh, VT 05440
    802-796-4144 or 802-796-3547

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

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]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Grand Isle, Vermont" in,_Vermont accessed 6 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grand Isle 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), 698. 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].
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Grand Isle_ County,_Vermont," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Vermont accessed 24 October 2019.
  6. Land Grants That Became the Towns of Vermont - M at All Ancestors (Internet site)(accessed 4 April 2013).
  7. 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.
  8. Handybook for Genealogists, 847-61.