State Research Guide: Vermont
Scaling your family tree is simple in the Green Mountain State.

Vermont is known for brilliant fall foliage, snow-covered slopes and cow-dotted pastures, but there's more to the Green Mountain State than bucolic beauty. Genealogy resources, for example, areas thick as its pine forests. But if you're hoping to find your family here, you'll need a healthy respect for the role of geography and climate in state history. Harsh winters and high elevations discouraged people from moving in. Even today, traversing the second-least-populous state from its Canadian border to the southern foothills involves dodging mountains. Of course, you'll want to see the Green Mountain State's loveliness in person-but with our research tips, you won't have to scale mountains to climb your Vermont family tree.

Old as the hills