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- 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
- 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
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
- As the first state to grant voting rights to all men regardless of race and to abolish land-ownership requirements, the Green Mountain State is known for its political independence.
- Your ancestor’s town name is important because the majority of Vermont records are kept at the town level. Although most town clerks ignored a 1779 vital records law, some records prior to 1820 list births (with birthplace) and deaths of whole families.
- Use church membership lists, baptisms, marriages, deaths and removals (lists of parishioners who transferred to other churches) to trace Vermont families before civil registration.