State of Vermont
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It is very good to acquaint personally with just about any repository in Vermont that you choose to might drop by by contacting to the best suited archive or library before you go.

The majority of, if not all, Vermont repositories include published materials that introduce its collections together with research policy.

Vermont archives and historical agencies usually have Internet web sites that offer the same important information. Several also possess downloadable resources for some or parts within their collections.

Vermont Archives

  • National Archives - North East Region, Frederick C. Murphy Federal Center, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, Massachusetts, 02452-6399; Phone: (781) 663-0130; Fax: (781) 663-0154; E-mail: waltham.archives@nara.gov . Serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
  • Vermont State Archives, 109 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05609-1103;802-828-2308; The archives consist of state government records, the bulk of which relate to the executive and legislative branches. Collections include maps, plans, governors’ papers, election records, deeds, and photographs.

Vermont Museums

Vermont Libraries

Vermont Periodicals

Genealogical publications make available plenty of sources of information, they are generally overlooked by family history and genealogy researchers and genealogist in looking for family history. A good number of regional and county genealogical and/or historical societies publish periodicals that have records relating to the region or vicinity they operate. Quite often these publications offer articles involving records that aren't offered elsewhere.

  • Vermont History is published quarterly by the Vermont Historical Society (see Archives, Libraries, and Societies) and has excellent articles on Vermont history, rarely genealogy. It is indexed annually.
  • Branches and Twigs is published quarterly by the Genealogical Society of Vermont. It is not indexed and not easy to use but is filled with bits and details on Vermont ancestors.
  • Across the Border, P.O. Box 31010, Bloomington, Minnesota 55431, covers northern Vermont and Quebec's eastern townships.
  • Vermont Genealogy (1996– ; formerly Branches and Twigs, 1972–95) is published quarterly by the Genealogical Society of Vermont (see Archives, Libraries, and Societies). The Index to Branches and Twigs, 1972–1995, edited by Robert M. Murphy (St. Albans, Vt.: Genealogical Society of Vermont, 2000), covers all of the years of its publication under that title.
  • Rooted in the Green Mountains is a quarterly newsletter focused on Addition and Rutland counties, available from Danielle Roberts, P.O. Box 81, Fair Haven, Vermont 05743.

Vermont Historical & Genealogical Societies

For almost every Vermont there exists a Vermont genealogical society, a Vermont genealogical council, or both. In addition to their own work, Vermont-level groups from time to time help synchronize the efforts of area societies inside the Vermont. Their own publications, newsletters and quarterlies, supplement those provided by the area societies

Regional and State

  • Genealogical Society of Vermont, P.O. Box 1553, St. Albans, VT 05478; Membership organization publishing quarterly journal, Vermont Genealogy (with query column for members), quarterly newsletter, and books & sponsoring semi-annual meetings and occasional workshops.
  • Vermont Historical Society, 60 Washington Street, Barre, Vermont 05641-4209; 802-479-8500

County, Township and City

Religious and Ethnic

Vermont Newspapers & Publications

Vermont Genealogical publications (magazines, newsletters, periodicals, books, etc.) contain all sorts of helpful information and facts about individual ancestors, complete lineages and families, places in time, and concerning all sorts of genealogical records and repositories. They let you uncover a variety of information and facts about your ancestors from many historical newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals. These types of sources can frequently bolster public records and give details that is not recorded someplace else. Here, you can learn a lot more about your ancestor's possible every day activities by putting them in the context of their time.

The Vermont Department of Libraries, State Office Building, 109 State St., Montpelier, VT 05609 has a microfilmed collection of all Vermont newspapers known from 1781 onward. The card catalog there shows the available issues and the locations of each publication under the "Newspapers" heading. Certain libraries around the state also have newspaper collections available. For example, the Swanton Public Library has a collection of issues of the Swanton Courier from 1877 through 1953. Obituaries were not widely included in newspapers until the 1900s and not many birth records were included either, but there are several other vital records and important bits of information that can be found in various state newspaper collections.

The state library's "Vermont Room" holds a transcript index of the Burlington Free Press from 1848 to 1870. Those records are full of accidents, deaths and other information, which is listed alphabetically according to the names of the people involved and according to the type of event.

Copies of the transcript to the Burlington Free Press index for 1848 to 1870 are also available at the University of Vermont Bailey-Howe Library, along with several other newspaper collections.

The Vermont Historical Society has a scrapbook of the Boston Evening Transcript genealogical column on file.

Books

Newspapers - Vermont newspapers can furnish all sorts of hints about historical incidents, local history, court and legal notices, obituaries, and much more.

  • Vermont Newspapers Directory Listings (onlinenewspapers.com)
  • Historical Newspapers from Vermont (1783–2006) (genealogybank.com) Easily locate names and keywords in over 450 million content articles, obituaries, marriage notices, birth notices along with other items printed in over 2,800 historical U.S. newspapers. Completely new content and articles added on a monthly basis!
  • Extracts from “The Repertory,” 9 Mar 1826–29 Dec 1831. Published at St. Albans, Franklin County, Vermont. Bloomington, Minn.: C. Mertz, 1991. Includes marriage and death notices from those issues.
  • Vermont Newspaper Abstracts, 1783–1816. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, Inc., 2001. Includes 11,000 references from the Vermont Gazette, The Vermont Gazette: Epitome of the World, Epitome of the World, The World, and The Green-Mountain Farmer.
  • Vermont Newspaper Archives (newspaperarchives.com) the largest historical newspaper database online, contains nearly 120 million newspaper pages from 1607 to present. Once upon a time newspapers were our main source of information. Now those old newspapers are a reliable source for hundreds of years of history and secrets of the past. Those looking to find out more about their forefathers can empower their genealogy search with Newspaper Archive. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date.
  • Vermont Newspaper List (usnpl.com)
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