Vermont County History and Listings

Vermont County History and Listings

Our county-by-county listing of Vermont has contact information and dates vital records for historic and modern-day counties.

Addison
5 Court St., Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 388-7741
http://www.addisoncounty.com
Incorporated: Oct. 18, 1785
Parent county: Rutland
Birth records: unknown start, kept by Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown start, Town Clerks
Divorce: 1797, Dept. of BGS
Death: unknown start, Town Clerks
Probate: 1824, Probate Office
Court: 1797, District/Superior Clerk
Burial: unknown start, Town Clerks
Notes: Towns chartered before 1800: Addison 1761, Bridport 1761, Cornwall 1761, Ferrisburgh 1762, Leicester 1761, Lincoln 1780, Middlebury 1761, Monkton 1762, New Haven 1761, Orwell 1763, Panton 1761, Ripton 1781, Salisbury 1761, Shoreham 1761, Starksboro 1780, Vergennes 1788, Waltham 1796, Weybridge 1761, Whiting 1763.

Bennington
207 South St., Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 442-8528
http://www.bennington.com
Incorporated: Feb. 11, 1779
Parent county: Original county
Birth records: unknown start, Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown start, Town Clerks
Divorce: 1899, County Clerk
Death: unknown start, Town Clerks
Court: 1861, District/Superior Clerk
Notes: Towns chartered before 1800: Arlington 1761, Bennington 1749, Dorset 1761, Glastenbury 1761, Landgrove 1780, Manchester 1761, Peru 1761, Pownal 1760, Rupert 1761, Sandgate 1761, Shaftsbury 1761, Sunderland 1761, Winhall 1761. Bennington County has 2 probate districts: Bennington (Probate Office has records from 1778) and Manchester (Probate Office has records from 1779).

Caledonia
1136 Main St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-6605
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vermont/Caledonia.html
Incorporated: Nov. 5, 1792
Parent county: Orange
Birth records: unknown start, Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown start, Town Clerks
Divorce: ca. 1800, Dept. of BGS
Death: unknown start, Town Clerks
Land: unknown start, Town Clerks
Probate: unknown start, Probate Office
Court: ca. 1800, District/Superior Clerk
Notes: Towns chartered before 1800: Barnet 1763, Burke 1782, Cabot 1780, Danville 1786, Groton 1789, Hardwick 1781, Lyndon 1780, Peacham 1763, Ryegate 1763, Sheffield 1780, St. Johnsbury 1786, Sutton 1782, Walden 1781, Waterford 1780, Wheelock 1785. City of Cabot became part of Washington County in 1855.

Chittenden
175 Main St., Burlington, VT 05402
(802) 863-3467
http://www.ccrpcvt.org
Incorporated: Oct. 22, 1787
Parent county: Addison
Birth records: unknown start, Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown start, Town Clerks
Divorce: unknown start, Dept. of BGS
Death: unknown start, Town Clerks
Land: unknown start, Town Clerks
Probate: unknown start, Probate Office
Court: 1969, District/Superior Clerk
Notes: Towns chartered before 1800: Bolton 1763, Burlington 1763, Charlotte 1762, Colchester 1763, Essex 1763, Hinesburg 1762, Huntington 1763, Jericho 1763, Milton 1763, Richmond 1794, Shelburne 1763, St. George 1763, Underhill 1763, Williston 1763.

Essex
75 Courthouse Dr., Box 75, Guildhall, VT 05905
(802) 676-3910
http://www.essex.org
Incorporated: Nov. 5, 1792
Parent county: Orange
Birth records: unknown start, Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown start, Town Clerks
Divorce: unknown start, Dept. of BGS
Death: unknown start, Town Clerks
Land: unknown start, Town Clerks
Probate: 1791, Probate Office
Court: unknown start, Dept. of BGS
Notes: Towns chartered before 1800: Bloomfield 1762, Brunswick 1761, Canaan 1782, Concord 1780, Guildhall 1761, Lunenburg 1763, Maidstone 1761, Victory 1781.

Franklin
Church St., Box 808, St. Albans, VT 05478
(802) 828-3286
http://www.stalbanschamber.com
Incorporated: Nov. 5, 1792
Parent county: Chittenden
Divorce Records: 1900, Dept. of BGS
Land: unknown start, Town Clerks
Probate: ca. 1800, Probate Office
Court: ca. 1940, District/Superior Clerk
Notes: Town Clerks have birth, death and marriage records 1760-1954. Towns founded before 1800: Bakersfield 1791, Berkshire 1781, Enosburg 1780, Fairfax 1763, Fairfield 1763, Fletcher 1781, Franklin 1789, Georgia 1763, Highgate 1762, Montgomery 1789, Richford 1780, Sheldon 1763, Swanton 1763, St. Albans 1763.

Grand Isle
3677 Rt. 2, Box 7, North Hero, VT 05474
(802) 372-8350
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vermont/GenWebGrndisleCounty.html
Incorporated: Nov. 9, 1802
Parent counties: Franklin, Chittenden
Birth records: unknown start, Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown start, Town Clerks
Death: unknown start, Town Clerks
Land: unknown start, Town Clerks
Probate: 1800, County Clerk
Court: 1800, County Clerk
Notes: Towns chartered before 1800: Alburg 1781, Grand Isle 1779, Isles La Motte 1779, North Hero 1779, South Hero 1779.

Jefferson
Incorporated: Nov. 1 1810
Parent counties: Chittenden, Caledonia, Orange
Notes: See Washington County. Name changed to Washington Nov. 8, 1814.

Lamoille
Box 303, Hyde Park, VT 05655
(802) 888-2207
http://www.lcpcvt.org
Incorporated: Oct. 26, 1835
Parent counties: Chittenden, Orleans, Franklin, Washington
Birth records: unknown start, Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown start, Town Clerks
Divorce: unknown start, State Dept. of BGS
Death: unknown start, Town Clerks
Land: unknown start, Town Clerks
Probate: 1837, Probate Clerk
Court: 1837, District/County Clerk
Notes: Towns chartered before 1800: Cambridge 1781, Elmore 1781, Hyde Park 1781, Johnson 1792, Morristown 1781, Stowe 1763, Wolcott 1781.

Orange
5 Court St., Chelsea, VT 05038
(802) 685-4610
http://www.usgennet.org/usa/vt/county/orange
Incorporated: Feb. 22, 1781
Parent county: Cumberland
Birth records: unknown start, Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown start, Town Clerks
Divorce: unknown start, State Dept. of BGS
Death: unknown start, Town Clerks
Land: unknown start, Town Clerks
Probate: 1771, Probate Office
Court: 1781, District/Superior Clerk
Notes: Towns chartered before 1800: Bradford 1770, Braintree 1781, Brookfield 1781, Chelsea 1781, Corinth 1764, Fairlee 1761, Newbury 1763, Orange 1781, Randolph 1781, Straford 1761, Thetford 1761, Topsham 1763, Turnbridge 1761, Vershire 1781, Washington 1781, West Fairlee 1779, Williamstown 1781.

Orleans
247 Main St., Box 787, Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-3344
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vtorlean/VTGenWeb.SM.htm
Incorporated: Nov. 5, 1792
Parent county: Chittenden
Birth records: unknown start, Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown start, Town Clerks
Divorce: unknown start, State Dept. of BGS
Death: unknown start, Town Clerks
Land: unknown start, Town Clerks
Probate: 1796, Probate Office
Court: unknown start, District/Superior Clerk
Notes: Towns chartered before 1800: Barton 1789, Craftsbury 1781, Derby 1779, Glover 1783, Greensboro 1781, Holland 1779, Jay 1792, Westfield 1780.

Rutland
83 Center St., Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-4394
http://www.rutlandvermont.com
Incorporated: Feb. 22, 1781
Parent county: Bennington
Land Records: unknown start, Town Clerks
Probate: 1780, Probate Office
Court: ca. 1775, District/Superior Clerk
Notes: Rutland County has two probate districts: Fairhaven and Rutland. Towns organized before 1800: Benson 1780, Brandon 1761, Castleton 1761, Chittenden 1780, Clarendon 1761, Danby 1761, Fair Haven 1779, Hubbardton 1764, Ira 1780, Mendon 1781, Middletown Springs 1784, Mt. Holly 1792, Mt. Tabor 1761, Pawlet 1761, Pittsford 1761, Poultney 1761, Rutland 1761, Sherburne 1761, Shrewsbury 1761, Sudbury 1763, Wallingford 1761, Wells 1761, West Haven 1792.

Washington
Box 426, Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-2091
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vtwashin
Incorporated: Nov. 1, 1810
Parent counties: Addison, Orange, Caledonia, Orleans
Birth records: unknown start, Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown start, Town Clerks
Divorce: unknown start, Dept. of BGS
Death: unknown start, Town Clerks
Land: unknown start, Town Clerks
Probate: 1811, Probate Office
Court: unknown start, District/Superior Clerk
Notes: Formerly Jefferson County. Name changed to Washington Nov. 8, 1814. Towns organized before 1800: Barre 1781, Berlin 1763, Cabot 1780, Calais 1781, Duxbury 1763, Marshfield 1782, Middlesex 1763, Montpelier 1781, Moretown 1763, Northfield 1781, Plainfield 1797, Roxbury 1781, Waitsfield 1782, Warren 1780, Waterbury 1763, Worcester 1763.

Windham
555 Vt. Rt. 30, Box 207, Newfane, VT 05345
(802) 365-7979
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vtwindha
Incorporated: Feb. 22 1781
Parent county: Cumberland
Birth records: unknown start, Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown start, Town Clerks
Divorce: unknown start, Dept. of BGS
Death: unknown start, Town Clerks
Land: unknown start, Town Clerks
Court: unknown start, District/Superior Clerk
Notes: Windham County has two probate districts: Marlboro and Westminster. Probate Clerk has probate records for Marlboro District from 1790. Probate Office has probate records for Westminster District from 1781. Towns chartered before 1800: Athens 1780, Brattleboro 1753, Brookline 1794, Grafton 1754, Guilford 1754, Halifax 1750, Jamaica 1780, Londonderry 1780, Marlboro 1751, Newfane 1753, Putney 1753, Rockingham 1752, Townshend 1753, Woodbury 1781, Westminster 1752, Whitingham 1770, Wilmington 1751, Windham 1795.

Windsor
12 The Green, Woodstock, VT 05091
(802) 457-2121
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vtgenweb/Windsor-Co-VT.htm
Incorporated: Feb. 22, 1781
Parent county: Cumberland
Birth records: unknown start, Town Clerks
Marriage: unknown start, Town Clerks
Divorce: 1782, Dept. of BGS
Death: unknown start, Town Clerks
Land: unknown start, Town Clerks
Court: 1782, Clerk/District Ct.
Notes: Windsor has two probate districts: Hartford and Windsor. Probate Offices in Hartford and Windsor have probate records. Towns chartered before 1800: Andover 1761, Baltimore 1793, Barnard 1761, Bethel 1779, Bridgewater 1761, Cavendish 1761, Chester 1754, Hartford 1761, Hartland 1761, Ludlow 1761, Norwich 1761, Plymouth 1761, Pomfret 1761, Reading 1761, Royalton 1769, Sharon 1761, Springfield 1761, Stockbridge 1761, Weathersfield 1761, Weston 1799, Windsor 1761, Woodstock 1761.


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