You'll love this if…
- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Vermont
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Vermont brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Vermont
Trace your Vermont ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Vermont’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Vermont research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state's history
Here's a sampling of the helpful tips you'll get in the Vermont guide:
- Vermont declared itself an independent republic in 1777, and adopted a constitution that prohibited the enslavement of adults and established religious freedom. It became the 14th state of the Union—the first that wasn't one of the original Thirteen Colonies.
- Some towns kept vital records as early as 1760. Individual town or city clerks hold original records; the state department of health has copies.
- Vermont never took its own state or Colonial-era census. But it was recorded in the 1790 US federal census, and Jay Mack Holbrook has compiled Vermont 1771 Census from various other documents.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.