Vermonters may be small in number, but their interest in tracing their family roots is growing. To help residents of their state discover their genealogy, a number of Vermont family history centers have been established in Vermont. These centers are directly linked to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, which is the largest genealogy research center in the world. The family history centers are staffed by members of the Vermont LDS church, who volunteer to help visitors find the research they need and answer questions about genealogy. Training classes are also available at some locations to help Vermont residents get started on their search for their family tree.
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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Notes: Temple at end of the short street/top of hill
Bennington VT Family History Center
Bennington, Vermont 05201
Vermont Genealogy Resources
Knowledge of Vermont history will aid the family researcher in locating ancestors' genealogical data. Although Vermont's earliest settlement was in 1724, many early records, 1749-1764, may also be found in New Hampshire. New Hampshire granted land for 129 Vermont towns.
From 1764-1776, New York claimed jurisdiction of Vermont. Of course that led up to the need of the Green Mountain Boys, whose efforts are often outlined in the local histories, and may be listed by soldier's name.
Vermont became independent in 1777, and joined the Union in 1791. The state of Vermont began collecting vital records in 1760. However, for research prior to 1909, it would behoove the family researcher to visit local town level repositories. Due to wars and epidemics, your Vermont ancestor may have followed popular migratory paths between New Hampshire, New York, and Canada.
For a collection of Vermont letters, diaries and scrapbooks be sure to review the collection at the Leahy Library, Vermont Historical Center. Some genealogies may be found in its online catalog. The Leahy Library also houses the Vermont Society of Colonial Dames' collection.
Vermont Historical Society and Leahy Library
Vermont History Center
60 Washington Street
Barre, Vermont 05641-4209
Vermont State Archives and Records Administration's (VSARA)
Secretary of State Office
1078 U.S. Rte. 2, Middlesex
Montpelier, Vt. 05633-7701
Genealogical Society of Vermont
P. O. Box 14
Randolph, VT 05060-0014
Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society Library
P.O. Box 65128
Burlington, VT 05406-5128
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05401
Vermont Genealogy Websites
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