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Church records and the information they provide vary greatly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age; date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. Records may include names of other relatives who were witnesses or members of the congregation. The members of some churches were predominantly of one nationality or ethnic group.
Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Vermont were the Baptist, Congregational, Episcopal, Methodist, and Roman Catholic churches. For a list of churches in Vermont, see John Gordon Melton’s National Directory of Churches, Synagogues and Other Houses of Worship in United States Church Records.
The Family History Library has the records of some denominations in Vermont. Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. To locate these repositories, write to the following addresses:
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405-0036
American Baptist Historical Society
1106 South Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14620
For a history of the Baptist church, see:
Crocker, Henry. History of the Baptists in Vermont. Bellows Falls, Vermont: P. H. Gobie Press, 1913. (FHL film 1033832, item 2; fiche 6051223.) This book includes an index.
14 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
For a history of the Congregational churches in Vermont from 1762 to 1914, see:
Comstock, John Moore. The Congregational Churches of Vermont and Their Ministry, 1762–1914, Historical and Statistical. St. Johnsbury, Vermont: Caledonian, 1915. (FHL book 974.3 K2cc; film 874201, item3; fiche 6046853 [set of 3].) This book includes historical information and is arranged by town.
Episcopal Diocesan Center
5 Rock Point Road
Burlington, VT 05401-2735
For further information, see:
Historical Records Survey (Vermont). Inventory of Church Archives of Vermont, No.1, Diocese of Vermont, Protestant Episcopal. Montpelier, Vermont: The Survey, 1940. (FHL book 974.3 K23h.) This book also includes a historical sketch of each parish or mission.
Green Mountain College Library
One College Circle
Poultney, Vt 05764
Fax: 802-287-8222 (Attention Library)
Roman Catholic genealogical records are kept in each individual parish. For general information, or for the location and addresses of parishes, contact:
Archives of the Roman Catholic
Diocese of Burlington
351 North Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
Assemblee des Eveques du Quebec
1225 St. Joseph Boulevard East
Canada H2J 1L7
Universalist and Unitarian
MacDonald, Edith Fox. Rebellion in the Mountains: The Story of Universalism and Unitarianism in Vermont. Concord, New Hampshire: New Hampshire Vermont District of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 1979. (FHL book 974.3 K2m; film 0974420.) This book relates the history of these religions and their coming together. It shows societies in each county and lists the names, dates, and locations of the ministers’ churches, including the names of the laymen who were involved. It includes an index.
For more information, see United States Church Records. More sources can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search under:
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