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 —you don't need the full State Research Guides collection
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
- descriptions of the top historic sites for learning about your ancestors' lives and times, including visitor information
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here's a sampling of the helpful tips you'll get in the Vermont guide:
- 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.
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.