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, United States Genealogy
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

Description[edit | edit source]

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

Washington 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 1881 Unknown 1811 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1857. General compliance year is unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • Renamed 8 November 1814 from Jefferson County, Vermont. [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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

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Modern town borders in Washington County, Vermont.


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]




  • Cabot
  • Marshfield
  • Northfield
  • Waterbury


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

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Addison | Caledonia | Chittenden | Lamoille | Orange

Resources[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 WorldCat Billion Graves
VTTombstone Project FamilySearch Places
Billion Graves
See Vermont Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 14,113
1830 21,378 51.5%
1840 23,506 10.0%
1850 24,654 4.9%
1860 27,612 12.0%
1870 26,520 −4.0%
1880 25,404 −4.2%
1890 29,606 16.5%
1900 36,607 23.6%
1910 41,702 13.9%
1920 38,921 −6.7%
1930 41,733 7.2%
1940 41,546 −0.4%
1950 42,870 3.2%
1960 42,860 −0.0%
1970 47,659 11.2%
1980 52,393 9.9%
1990 54,928 4.8%
2000 58,039 5.7%
2010 59,534 2.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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]

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for more resources

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments and Companies:

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

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at Vermont, Washington County, Probate Estate Files - FamilySearch Historical 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]

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

Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Duxbury Historical Society
    Duxbury Town Office, VT Route 100
    Duxbury, VT 05676
  • Fayston Historical Society
    3685 North Fayston Road
    Moretown, VT 05660
  • Middlesex Historical Society
    5 Church Street
    Middlesex, VT 05602
  • Waitsfield Historical Society
    General Benjamin Wait House
    VT Route 100
    PO Box 816
    Waitsfield, VT 05673
    Email: stepback@gmavt.net

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, "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].
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Washington_ County,_Vermont," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County,_Vermont accessed 29 October 2019.