Bennington County was created on February 11, 1779 as one of the original two counties. This particular county was named in honor of Benning Wentworth (1696–1770), the colonial governor of New Hampshire (1741–1766)..
Places adjacent to Bennington County are Rutland County (north), Windsor County (northeast), Windham County (east), Franklin County, Massachusetts (southeast), Berkshire County, Massachusetts (south), Rensselaer County, New York (southwest), Washington County, New York (northwest).
Cities, towns, and villages to be found in Bennington County include Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Landgrove, Manchester, Peru, Pownal, Readsboro, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland, Winhall, Woodford.
Bennington County vital records from the last five (5) yearscan be found at the Vermont Office of Vital Records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Vermont for current fees and application process. For Records more than five (5) years ago can be ordered from the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration.
You can search online for Bennington County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Vermont Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.
Bennington County does have Federal Census Schedules to help in exploring your family tree. United states federal Population Schedules are available for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Bennington Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bennington Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bennington Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. You can get free down loadable and also printable census forms to assist with your research.
Bennington County Society and Family History Resources
A list of Bennington County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- RAOGK Volunteers for Vermont (raogk.org)
- Vermont Genealogy Network Community (plus.google.com)
- Vermont State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Bennington Historical Society & Museum, 75 West Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201; Phone: (802) 447-1571
- Dorset Historical Society, PO Box 52, Main St & Rte 30 Dorset, VT 05251; (802) 867-0331
- Landgrove Historical Society, PO Box 734, Landgrove, VT 05148; Phone: (802) 824-6624
- Manchester Historical Society, PO Box 363, Manchester, VT 05254; Phone: (802) 362-3708
- North Bennington Museum and Historical Society, PO Box 536, North Bennington, VT 05257; Phone: (802) 442-9193
- Historical Society of Peru, PO Box 73, Peru, VT 05152; Phone: (802) 824-5945
- Pownal Historical Society, PO Box 313, Pownal, VT 05261; Phone: (802) 823-5536
- Readsboro Historical Society, PO Box 125, 152 Glen Avenue, Readsboro, VT 05350; Phone:(802) 423-5432
- Rupert Historical Society, PO Box 84, Rupert, VT 05768; Phone: (802) 394-7864 or (802) 394-7738
- Russell Vermontiana Collection, Martha Canfield Library, PO Box 267, 528 East Arlington Road, Arlington, VT 05250; Phone: (802) 375-6153
- Shaftsbury Historical Society, PO Box 401, 3871 Vermont 7A, Shaftsbury, VT 05262; Phone:(802) 375-6376
- Stamford Historical Society, c/o Town Clerk, 986 Main Road, Stamford, VT 05352; Phone: (802) 694-1361
- Winhall Museum, PO Box 607, Bondville, VT 05340 ; Phone: (802) 297-2459
- Bennington County, Vermont Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Bennington County
- Bennington County, Vermont Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Bennington County
- USGenWeb Archives for Bennington County (usgwarchives.net)
Bennington County Courthouse and Government Records
Researchers frequently forget about the significance of Bennington County court, probate, and land records data as a resource of family history and genealogy information. Hidden away in Vermont courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Vermont citizens. The odds are great that your potential ancestors have left a in-depth document of at least quite a few factors of their lives in the Bennington County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not mentioned in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her appearing in court records.
You should contact the clerk's office to verify hours, mailing address, fees and other details prior to visiting or inquiring about information because of many times changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records are available to interested parties, barring private issues. A lot of staff will aid persons in obtaining the resources, however it's up to the man or women to undertake the researching.
Each town clerk's office holds the original deed, vital, tax, and town meeting records. Included in town or proprietor's meeting records are such valuable sources as lists of freemen (new voters in town), annual election of officers, school records, hog or cattle marks, warnings out to those for whom the town will not assume legal responsibility, militia, and accounts of various town officials.
Even though the political division of county has little meaning in Vermont, there are some county land records, primarily for unorganized towns, and county court records located at the appropriate county office.
Town Clerks also has copies of vital records birth, marriage, civil unions, divorce and death records.
Bennington County Courthouse, 207 South Street, Bennington, VT 05201; (802) 447-2700 Criminal 802-447-2727, has Land Records from 1782–1832 (county only) and Probate Records from 1778 to present. Bennington Probate District includes towns in the south part of the county and Manchester Probate District includes towns in the north part of the county
- Arlington Town Clerk, P.O. Box 304, Arlington, VT 05250; Phone: (802)375-2332
- Bennington Town Clerk, 205 South Street, Bennington, VT 05201; Phone: (802)442-1043
- Dorset Town Clerk, PO Box 0024, E. Dorset, VT 05253; Phone: (802)362-1178
- Landgrove Town Clerk, P. O. Box 508, Londonderry, VT 05148; Phone: (802)824-3716
- Manchester Town Clerk, P.O. Box 830, Manchester Center, VT 05255; Phone: (802)362-1315
- Peru Town Clerk, P.O. Box 127, Peru, VT 05152; Phone: (802)824-3065
- Pownal Town Clerk, P.O. Box 411, Pownal, VT 05261; Phone: (802)823-7757
- Readsboro Town Clerk, P.O. Box 187, Readsboro, VT 05350; Phone: (802)423-5405
- Rupert Town Clerk, P.O. Box 140, W. Rupert, VT 05776; Phone: (802)394-7728
- Sandgate Town Clerk, 2366 Sandgate Road, Sandgate, VT 05250; Phone: (802)375-9075
- Searsburg Town Clerk, P.O. Box 157, Wilmington, VT 05363; Phone: (802)464-8081
- Shaftsbury Town Clerk, P. O. Box 409, Shaftsbury, VT 05262; Phone: (802)442-4038
- Stamford Town Clerk, 986 Main Road, Stamford, VT 05352; Phone: (802)694-1361
- Sunderland Town Clerk, P.O. Box 295, E. Arlington, VT 05252; Phone: (802)375-6106
- Winhall Town Clerk, P.O. Box 389, Bondville, VT 05340; Phone: (802)297-2122
- Woodford Town Clerk, 1391 VT RTE 9, Woodford, VT 052019410; Phone: (802)442-4895
Bennington County Links
The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources pertaining to Bennington County. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a cost. This is just a listing which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own favorite Bennington County genealogy or family history associated sites.
Bennington Co. VT Books, Newspapers & Publications
Bennington Co. VT Birth, Marriage & Death Records
- See Also Statewide Birth, Marriage, Divorce and Death Records in Vermont
- Vermont Vital Records Research Guide (raogk.org)
- Order Hard Copies of Vital Records (archives.com)
- Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-1954 (familysearch.org)Name index and images (index cards) of town clerk transcriptions of births, marriages and deaths, 1760-1954. This collection is complete for years 1871-1908.
- Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-2003 (familysearch.org) Images from microfilm of births, marriages and deaths. The records for 1955-1979 are arranged alphabetically. Images courtesy of Ancestry.com and the Vermont State Archives.
- Vermont, Births and Christenings, 1765-1908 (familysearch.org) ame index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Vermont. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
- Vermont, Deaths and Burials, 1871-1965 (familysearch.org) Name index to death and burial records from the state of Vermont. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 74,099 records. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
- Social Security Death Index (search.ancestry.com)
Bennington Co. VT Court, Probate Land and Tax Records
- See Also Vermont Court & Tax, Land and Probate Records
- Vermont Court Records Research Guide (raogk.org)
- Vermont, Town Records, 1850-2005 (familysearch.org) Images of Vermont vital records from various counties and towns.
- Vermont, Bennington County, Manchester District Estate Files, 1779-1935 (familysearch.org) Index and images of probate estate files. Each estate file consists of multiple images.
- Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005 (familysearch.org) Vital and town records acquired from local town clerk offices.
- Vermont, Land Records, Early to 1900 (familysearch.org) Land records give the locations and dates for land transactions with the names of buyers and sellers. Most volumes of land records have indexes of buyers and sellers. Look in the indexes first to find the volumes and page numbers where the actual land records can be found. Then look in the appropriate land records volumes to see the images of the deeds. This index currently has the following years: 1850 to 1900
- Vermont, Probate Files, 1791-1919 (familysearch.org) Index and images of probate estate files. Each estate file consists of multiple images. Currently images are available for Chittenden and Essex Counties. Additional counties will be added later.
- Vermont, Town Records, 1850-2005 (familysearch.org) Images of Vermont vital records from various counties and towns. Curently includes only records from the following counties: Addison, Bennington, Chittenden, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, and Rutland.
- BLM Land Records (glorecords.blm.gov)
Bennington Co. VT Census Records
Bennington Co. VT Cemeteries & Graveyards
Bennington Co. VT Church & Bible Records
Bennington Co. VT Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
Bennington Co. VT General and History Websites
Bennington Co. VT Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
Bennington Co. VT Military Records
- Vermont Military Records Research Guide (raogk.org)
- Vermont, Enrolled Militia Records, 1861-1867 (familysearch.org) Index and images of Vermont enrolled militia records that identify thousands of young men who served in the military or who were eligible for service. Includes some corrected entries.
- Vermont Military Records (fold3.com) gives easy access to military records, stories, photos, and personal documents of the Vermont men and women which served. Great for Bennington County genealogists, researchers, historians and much more.
Bennington Co. VT Schools & Directories
- Vermont City Directories (search.ancestry.com) This database is a collection of city directories for various years and cities in Vermont. Generally a city directory will contain an alphabetical list of its citizens, listing the names of the heads of households, their addresses, and occupational information. Sometimes the wife's name will be listed in parentheses or italics following the husband's. Often, dates of deaths of individuals listed in the previous year's directory are listed as well as the names of partners of firms, and when possible, the forwarding addresses or post offices of people who moved to another town. In addition to the alphabetical portion, a city directory may also contain a business directory, street directory, governmental directory, and listings of town officers, schools, societies, churches, post offices, and other miscellaneous matters of general and local interest.