Windsor County, Vermont Genealogy

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

Windsor County, Vermont
Map of Vermont highlighting Windsor County
Location in the state of Vermont, United States Genealogy
Founded February 22, 1781
County Seat Woodstock
Address Windsor County Courthouse
12 The Green
Woodstock, VT 05091-1212
Mailing Address: PO Box 458,
Woodstock , VT 05091
Phone: 802-457-2121
Fax: 802-457-3446
Windsor County Website

Description[edit | edit source]

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

Windsor 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 1782 1784 1787 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1857. General compliance year is unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has divorce and city records from 1782; Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death, burial and land records; Probate Judge has probate records.

Towns Organized Before 1800:
Andover 1761
Baltimore 1793
Barnard 1761
Bethel 1779
Bridgewater 1761
Cavendish 1761
Chester 1754
Hartford 1761
Hartland 1761
Ludlow 1761
Norwich 1761
Plymouth 1761
Pomfret 1761
Reading 1761
Royalton 1769
Sharon 1761
Springfield 1761
Stockbridge 1761
Weathersfield 1761
Weston 1799
Windsor 1761
Woodstock 1761 [3]

Brief History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

Created 22 February 1781 from the 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]

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Modern town borders in Windsor 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:[4]



  • Ludlow
  • Perkinsville
  • Woodstock
  • Communities:
  • Ascutney
  • Brownsville
  • Chester Depot
  • Hartford
  • Lewiston
  • Plymouth Notch
  • Quechee
  • Springfield
  • Weathersfield Bow
  • Weathersfield Center
  • West Hartford
  • White River Junction
  • Wilder

Neighboring Counties

Addison | Bennington | Orange | Rutland | Windham | Grafton, New Hampshire | Sullivan, New Hampshire

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Smaller Cemeteries
Hartford :Locations Azra Wyman grave North Hartland Rd near N Hartland town line, east side Lat 43.613N Long 72.354W Simonds/Simons, Orange County;

Advent Christian Campground, behind Mt.Olivet cemetery,Rt.5

Center of Town Cemetery

Old King's Highway (off Town Farm Rd West Hartford) Lat 43.678N Long 72.451W old St Anthony's, Addison County
Center of Town Rd at King's Highway Lat 43.660N Long 72.382W Christian Street, Windsor County South Main St,adjacent to South End (cremations only) South End
Rt 5 opposite Dothan Brook School Lat 43.688N Long 72.32W Windsor County South Main St,adjacent to old St Anthony's

Delano Savage cemetery

Jct of Rt 14 and Jericho St Lat 43.68664N Long 72.39921W

Hartford(Point), Windsor County

Potters Field Old River Rd on Paronto property


Rt 14 near I-91 overpass Lat 43.656N Long 72.328W Mt. Olivet, Windsor County Rt 14 near Sharon town line Lat 43.7211N Long 72.4203W (on private property) West Hartford, Windsor County
Rt 5 near Bugbee St Lat 43.662N Long 72.312W Potwin Family Lot, Windsor County Rt 14 near W Hartford bridge Lat 43.715N Long 72.418W Wright's Tomb, Windsor County
Potwin property off Red Barn Rd, Quechee (private) Quechee VA Cut-off Rd, White River Junction
Old Quechee Rd,Quechee Lat 43.647N Long 72.416W Russtown, Windsor

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 15,740
1800 26,944 71.2%
1810 34,877 29.4%
1820 38,233 9.6%
1830 40,625 6.3%
1840 40,356 −0.7%
1850 38,504 −4.6%
1860 37,193 −3.4%
1870 36,063 −3.0%
1880 35,196 −2.4%
1890 31,706 −9.9%
1900 32,225 1.6%
1910 33,681 4.5%
1920 36,984 9.8%
1930 37,416 1.2%
1940 37,862 1.2%
1950 40,885 8.0%
1960 42,483 3.9%
1970 44,082 3.8%
1980 51,030 15.8%
1990 54,055 5.9%
2000 57,418 6.2%
2010 56,670 −1.3%
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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]

Click History of Windsor County, Vermont to read this book on the Internet.

Click History of Windsor County, Vermont to find libraries with this book (WorldCat).

Click A History of Royalton Vermont with Family Genealogies 1769-1911 (Evelyn M. Wood Lovejoy 1911)

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]


Service men in Windsor County, Vermont served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Windsor County, Vermont:

- 2nd Regiment, Vermont Infantry
- 4th Regiment, Vermont Infantry, Companies B, C, E and K
- 16th Regiment, Vermont Infantry, Companies A, C, E, G, H and K

First Vermont Regiment was mustered into service May 2, 1861 with 782 men and mustered out in July 1861.[5]

Windsor County furnished 2 companies in the First Vermont Regiment
Company B, also known as Woodstock Light Infantry. Most men came from the town of Woodstock.
Company E, also known as Cavendish Light Infantry. Most men came from the town of Cavendish.

Second Vermont Regiment was mustered in June 20,1861 and mustered out July 15, 1865. Relatively few recruits were from Windsor County, and most were scattered through companies C, E, and I.

Third Vermont Regiment was mustered in July 16, 1861 and mustered out July 11, 1865. Many men from Windsor enlisted in this regiment in all companies except company G.

Fourth Vermont Regiment was mustered in September 21, 1861. Recruits for one year and recruits whose service would end before October 1, 1865 mustered out June 19, 1865. The remainder of the regiment mustered out July 13, 1865. Probably fewer Windsor men were in this regiment than in the 3rd Regiment. Windsor men were in all companies.

Fifth Vermont Regiment was mustered in September 16, 1861. Non-veterans were mustered out October 14, 1864. The regiment mustered out June 29, 1865. Few Windsor County men were in this regiment.

Sixth Vermont Regiment was mustered in October 15, 1861 and mustered out June 26, 1865. Original members, not veterans, were mustered out October 28, 1864. Recruits for one year, and recruits whose term of service would expire before October 1, 1865, were mustered out June 19, 1865. It was attached to the First Vermont Brigade. Men from various towns were scattered throughout the companies.

Much of the above information is from the book, History of Windsor County, Vermont, edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich and Frank R. Holmes, 1891. FamilySearch, Internet Archives

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database can be searched by the name of the Serviceman or by Battle Unit, then name of the serviceman.

Newspapers[edit | edit source] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has North Adams, MA newspapers (1895-1977) covering local news that included Windsor County residents.

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 and Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Barnard Historical Society
    6415 Route 12
    PO Box 234
    Barnard, VT 05031
  • Bethel Historical Society
    318 Main Street
    PO Box 25
    Bethel, VT 05032

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.
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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Windsor, Vermont" in,_Vermont accessed 6 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Windsor 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. 3.03.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 699, Windsor County, Vermont. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Windsor_ County,_Vermont," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Vermont accessed 29 October 2019.
  5. Lewis Cass Aldrich, and Frank R. Holmes, History of Windsor County, Vermont (Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason, 1891), 110-77, Chapter 10, Windsor County During the War of the Rebellion.