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Many genealogies of the earliest immigrants and settlers of the colonial states have been published. Most of the published town and county histories in Vermont also contain genealogies. Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections of previous research and indexes of genealogical value. You must usually search these in person.
For another nationwide index important to Vermont research, see:
American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Volumes 1–198+. Middletown, Connecticut: Godfrey Memorial Library, 1952–. (Family History Library book 973 D22am; on 31 Family History Library films beginning with 1698167.) This is a continuing series. An earlier edition of 48 volumes was published as The American Genealogical Index, 1942–1951. The expanded edition consists of 198+ volumes indexing over 12 million brief citations (name, date, and source) to over 1,150 manuscripts, periodicals, or books. This index is also available through:
American Genealogical Biographical Index (AGBI). Ancestry.com [database online]. Orem, Utah: Ancestry, 1999. Available at http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry is a trademark of Ancestry, Inc. This online database is available only to Ancestry.com members. It also available on CD-ROM.
To help interpret citations and locate the original sources, use the colored pages in some volumes, or
Key Title Index to the American Genealogical Biographical Index: Register of Family History Library Call Numbers. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990. (Family History Library book 973 D22am index; film 1698167 item 4; fiche 6088377.) This shows which sources are at the Family History Library and gives their call numbers.
Statewide and Regional Collections
Heppman, John A. A Bibliography for Vermont Genealogy. Vermont Genealogy 3 (1998): 17–27, 79–89, 128–36, and 4 (1999): 17–30, [plus one or two more installments]. (Family History Library book 974.3 D25v v.3–4.)
The Family History Library has many collections of genealogies and family histories. Those dealing mostly with Vermont families can be found in the following sources:
Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont. Two Volumes. New York, NY: Lewis Pub., 1903. (Family History Library book 974.3 D3cg; film 496892, item 2; fiche 6046680.) This source contains the genealogies and achievements of some of the leading men of Vermont and includes an index.
Cutter, William Richard. New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial. Four Volumes. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Pub., 1913. (Family History Library book 974 D2c 1913; films 164686–89.) These volumes relate the achievements of the citizens of Vermont. They contain biographical information on the head of a family and genealogical data on the family members. These are complete with names, places and dates of events. Each volume is indexed.
Greenlaw, William Prescott. The Greenlaw Index of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Two Volumes. Boston, Massachusetts: G. K. Hall, 1979. (Family History Library book Q 974 D22g.) This is an index to many local histories and genealogies published between 1900 and about 1940. It is arranged by family name and carries each family through three or more generations.
English Origins of New England Families: From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. First Series, Three Volumes, 1985. Second Series, Three Volumes, 1985. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing. (First series Family History Library book 974 D2e; fiche 6047919–21.) (Second series Family History Library book 974 D2en; fiche 6047922–24.) These family genealogies are taken from the original multi-volume work of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. The information is complete for several generations in each family. All sources are cited, and each volume has a detailed index.
Vermont Families in 1791. Special Publication / Genealogical Society of Vermont, v.1. Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1992. (Family History Library book 974.3 D2v.) This is an ongoing series of alphabetical lists of the pioneer families of Vermont. Each family shows several generations with detailed information, including dates and places of events. Sources are cited for all information and an index is included. Volume 2 (1997) is not yet available at the Family History Library. For a combined index of both volumes, see the author’s Internet site:
Bartley, Scott Andrew. Name Index. In Scott Andrew Bartley [database on-line]. Boston, Massachusetts: S.A. Bartley, 3 July 1999 [cited 13 September 1999]. Available at www.yourgenealogist.com/names_index.htm . This also indexes the state copy of the Baltimore and Springfield 1850 federal census schedules which lists each person’s town of birth.
Barden, Merritt Clark. Vermont, Once No Man’s Land. Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle, 1928. (Family History Library book 974.3 D2b; film 1033810, item11.) This book is a genealogical summary of the families who lived along the New York border in Vermont and their connection with those who lived over the line in New York.
Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May 1692. Four Volumes. 1860–62. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1981. (Family History Library book 974 D2s; fiche 6019972; film 0001351–53.) This source includes brief sketches of the families and where they lived when they arrived in this country. The families are arranged alphabetically through the four volumes.
Daughters of the American Revolution (Vermont). Genealogical Collection. Washington DC: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971. (Family History Library films 850109–22.) Transcripts of Bible, cemetery, church, marriage, death, obituary, and will records. Arranged by county and town. Many volumes are indexed. The records are also available at the Vermont Historical Society and the New England Historic Genealogical Society at http://www.americanancestors.org/.
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More information about the resources for genealogical records in Vermont can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search under:
VERMONT, [COUNTY]- GENEALOGY
VERMONT, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- GENEALOGY
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