Vermont Fast Facts and Key Resources

By Maureen A. Taylor Premium

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Statehood: 1791

First Federal census: 1790

Statewide birth and death records begin: 1857

Statewide marriage records begin: 1857

State-land state

Counties: seven in 1791 (Addison, Bennington, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, Windham and Windsor), 14 today

Contact for vital records:
Vermont Public Records
Division 1078, US Route 2, Montpelier, VT 05633 <>

Web Sites

American Memory Panoramic Maps of Vermont 1847-1929 <>: Click Maps, then run a search on Vermont.

ArcCat Catalog of Vermont Archives and Manuscripts <>

Cyndi’s List Vermont <>

Northeast Kingdom Genealogy: Vermont <>

US GenWeb: Vermont <>

Vermont in the Civil War <>

Vermont Mailing Lists <>

Vermont Newspaper Project Catalog <>

Virtual Vermont <>

WPA Life Histories of Vermont <>


Collecting Vermont Ancestors by Alice Eichholz (New Trails)

The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists edited by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Erin Nevius (Family Tree Books)

The History of Vermont, From its Discovery to its Admission into the Union in 1797 by Hiland Hall (Michigan Historical Reprint Series)

New Hampshire Vermont: Atlas of Historical County Boundaries edited by John H. Long (Simon& Schuster)

Two Vermonts: Geography and Identity, 1865-1910 by Paul M. Searls (University of New Hampshire Press)

Vermont: A Bibliography of Its History edited by T.D. Seymour Bassett (University Press of New England)

Vermont: A History by Charles Morrissey (W.W. Norton & Co.)

Vermont: An Illustrated History by John J. Duffy and Vincent Feeney (American Historical Press)

The Vermont Encyclopedia by John J. Duffy, Samuel B. Hand and Ralph H. Orth (University Press of New Hampshire)

Vermont Newspaper Abstracts, 1783-1876 by Marsha Hoffman Rising (NEHGS)

Organizations and Archives

Genealogical Society of Vermont

Box 14, Randolph, VT 05060, <>

Middlebury College Library

110 Storrs Ave., Middlebury, VT 05753, (802) 443-5000, <>

New England Historic Genealogical Society

101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, (617) 536-5740, <>

University of Vermont Bailey-Howe Library

Burlington, VT05405, (802)656-2138, <>

Vermont Department of Libraries

109 State St., Montpelier, VT 05609, (802) 828-3261, <>

Vermont Historical Society Library

Vermont History Center, 60 Washington St., Barre, VT 05641, (802) 479-8500, <>

Vermont State Archives

Office of the Secretary of State, 26 Terrace St., Montpelier, VT 05609, (802) 828-2308, <>



From the May 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine