Your Guide to Researching Vermont Ancestors
State Capital: Montpelier
Books, Periodicals, Articles, Tapes, CD's etc.
On The Web
There is nothing more helpful that a handy reference book with information specific to the area you are researching. I've listed below those that I know about.
All of the three books listed below have a small section covering each state that includes maps, historical information, vital records coverage and a bibliography of resources for that state.
Here are some materials specific to Vermont research:
Bailey. Across the Borders for all family history researchers interested in the northern Vermont counties of Essex, Lamoille, Chittenden, Caledonia, Grand Isle, Franklin, Washington and Orleans, and the eastern townships of Quebec (find in a library)
Bartley. [writing a Vermont genealogical guide to be published in 2008]
Denis. Vermont Counties and Towns: What Was What, When and Where, 1985 (find in a library)
Eicholz. Collecting Vermont Ancestors, rev. ed. 1993out of print (find in a library)
Vermont Historical Gazetteer (1867-1891) available from the NEHGS.
First, bookmark or print out these FHL documents:
Use the catalog at the FHL to find out what has been filmed covering the state Vermont ; Click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the county you are researching and once there click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the township or city. You will want to check for resources in all three jurisdictions, although most people check the county holdings first, township next and state last.
Bookmark or print out this map of Vermont Counties.
Next, see what is available for your counties of interst at at the Vermont Gen Web (use the county and town selection lists to find what's available for each of the counties). Then do the same for the ALHN Vermont page and the AHGP Vermont page.
Visit the websites of these libraries. archives and societies.
Vermont is served by the National Archives Northeast Region, which is housed in Boston.
Find a listing of Vermont cemetery records online at Interment.net's Vermont page or Cemetery Junction (which is arranged by the name of the cemetrey) . See what is available at the Vermont Cemeteries Project. and the Tombstone Transcription Project for Vermont.
The 1880 census can be searched for free at FamilySearch.org. Be sure to use the pull down at the top to limit your search to 1880 US and the pull down at the bottom to limit it to Vermont.
Find other online cesus records and more census information at censusfinder.com's Vermont links.
The Vermont Newspaper Project will help you locate newspapers. Those that have been filmed can usually be borrowed on interlibrary loan. Once you've identified a newspaper you want to see, ask the Librarian at your local library to try to get it on interlibrary loan.
Check out Vermont Black Sheep Ancestors to see if you have any ancestors on that list!
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