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=== Introduction  ===
 
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:*New Hampshire <br>Most New Hampshire grants within the present boundaries of Vermont, 1749 to 1764, are recorded in the ''New Hampshire Provincial and State Papers'', Volume 26. On the Internet at [http://www.archive.org/stream/provincialstatep26newh#page/n7/mode/2up iArchives]. Also in the {{FHL|346353|item}}, book 974.2 N2nhp v. 26, film 1033741.
 
:*New Hampshire <br>Most New Hampshire grants within the present boundaries of Vermont, 1749 to 1764, are recorded in the ''New Hampshire Provincial and State Papers'', Volume 26. On the Internet at [http://www.archive.org/stream/provincialstatep26newh#page/n7/mode/2up iArchives]. Also in the {{FHL|346353|item}}, book 974.2 N2nhp v. 26, film 1033741.
  
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:*New York <br>Information about New York land transactions in Vermont can be found in: <br>- Vermont. Secretary of State, ''New York Land Patents, 1688-1786 Covering Land and Included in the State of Vermont (Not Including Military Patents)'', (Montpelier, Vermont&nbsp;: Secretary of State, 1947){{FHL|63489|item|disp=FHL book 974.3 B4s v. 7}}
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::- O'Callaghan, Edmund Bailey, comp. ''Calendar of New York Colonial Manuscripts, Indorsed Land Papers in the Office of the Secretary of State of New York, 1643–1803. 1864''. <ref>O'Callaghan, Edmund Bailey, comp. ''Calendar of New York Colonial Manuscripts, Indorsed Land Papers in the Office of the Secretary of State of New York, 1643–1803''. 1864. Revised reprint, Harrison, New York: Harbor Hill Books, 1987</ref> {{FHL|557896|item|disp=FHL book 974.7 R2n}}. This indexes the ''Land Grant Application Files, 1642–1803'', commonly referred to as the ''New York Colonial Manuscripts, Endorsed Land Papers'', in 63 volumes at the State Archives. The records pertain to New York and Vermont.<br><br>
  
:*Vermont <br>''The State Papers of Vermont ''start in 1778.{{FHL|259963|item|disp=FHL Book 974.3 B4s}} The [http://vermont-archives.org/research/database/nye.asp Nye index] indexes signatories to petitions and is on the Vermont State Archives web site. Volume 1 has information on land confiscated from Tories during the Revolutionary War. <br>
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:*Vermont <br>''The State Papers of Vermont ''start in 1778. The [http://vermont-archives.org/research/database/nye.asp Nye index] indexes the names in several volumes, and each volume also&nbsp;has an index. Volume 1&nbsp;indexes the papers of the Surveyors-General.&nbsp;&nbsp;Volume 2 has the charters granted by Vermont.&nbsp; {{FHL|259963|item|disp=FHL Book 974.3 B4s}} <br>
  
 
After 1777, land records are in the town clerk's office. Most records have been microfilmed and are available in central repositories such as the [http://www.vermonthistory.org Vermont Historical Society]&nbsp;and the Family History Library.
 
After 1777, land records are in the town clerk's office. Most records have been microfilmed and are available in central repositories such as the [http://www.vermonthistory.org Vermont Historical Society]&nbsp;and the Family History Library.
  
=== First Landholders  ===
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=== Early&nbsp;Landholders  ===
  
 
Vermont’s first landholders were called proprietors. There are many proprietors’ records in the [[Vermont Town Records|town records]] of each town. Most of these records are available at the [http://www.bgs.state.vt.us/gsc/pubrec/referen/ Vermont Public Records Division, General Services Center.] Vermont is a state-land state. After the Revolutionary War, the land was controlled and dispersed by the state government.  
 
Vermont’s first landholders were called proprietors. There are many proprietors’ records in the [[Vermont Town Records|town records]] of each town. Most of these records are available at the [http://www.bgs.state.vt.us/gsc/pubrec/referen/ Vermont Public Records Division, General Services Center.] Vermont is a state-land state. After the Revolutionary War, the land was controlled and dispersed by the state government.  
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Some records of early land transactions are:  
 
Some records of early land transactions are:  
  
*1763 to 1803 Holbrook, Jay Mack. ''Vermont’s First Settlers''. Oxford, Massachusetts: Holbrook Research Institute, 1976.&nbsp;Family Hisstory Library&nbsp;book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=252648&disp=Vermont%27s+first+settlers%20%20&columns=*,0,0 974.3 R2h].) This source is an alphabetized list of persons who received land grants in Vermont from 1763 to 1803. Each listing identifies the time and location of the property and the page number of the source in volume 2 of the State Papers of Vermont. See [[Vermont Public Records|Vermont Public Records]].
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*1763 to 1803 Holbrook, Jay Mack. ''Vermont’s First Settlers''. Oxford, Massachusetts: Holbrook Research Institute, 1976. {{FHL|252648|item|disp= FHL book 974.3 R2h}}. This source is an alphabetized list of persons who received land grants in Vermont from 1763 to 1803. Each listing identifies the time and location of the property and the page number of the source in volume 2 of the State Papers of Vermont. See [[Vermont Public Records|Vermont Public Records]].
  
*1749 to 1803 Holbrook, Jay Mack. ''Vermont Land Grantees 1749–1803''. Oxford, Massachusetts: Holbrook Research Institute, 1986. (Family History Library fiche [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=522281&disp=Vermont+land+grantees%2C+1749%2D1803%20%20&columns=*,0,0 6044861].) This does not circulate to Family History Centers. This source contains a listing of the first 15,000 land grants by New Hampshire, 58 percent of which are in present-day Vermont. The remainder of the land became Vermont land charters. New York did not recognize the legality of the New Hampshire land grants, and New York issued its own land patents for much of the Vermont territory. This book lists the land grant townships with maps of the localities. It includes an alphabetical list of those persons who received the grants and shows the name, year, and source of the information.
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*1749 to 1803 Holbrook, Jay Mack. ''Vermont Land Grantees 1749–1803''. Oxford, Massachusetts: Holbrook Research Institute, 1986. {{FHL|522281|item|disp=FHL fiche 6044861}}. This does not circulate to Family History Centers. This source contains a listing of the first 15,000 land grants by New Hampshire, 58 percent of which are in present-day Vermont. The remainder of the land became Vermont land charters. New York did not recognize the legality of the New Hampshire land grants, and New York issued its own land patents for much of the Vermont territory. This book lists the land grant townships with maps of the localities. It includes an alphabetical list of those persons who received the grants and shows the name, year, and source of the information.
  
*''Sequestration, Confiscation, and Sale of Estates. State Papers of Vermont, v.6.'' Montpelier, Vermont: Secretary of State, 1941. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=61998&disp=Sequestration%2C+confiscation+and+sale+o%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 973.6 B4s v.6; film 1321236, item 4].) This source includes an index. During the Revolutionary War, many residents would not sign an Oath of Allegiance to the rebel government. Their lands and property were confiscated, and by 1778 many fled to Canada. In 1783, after the war, many returned to Vermont, decided to sign the Oath of Allegiance, and petitioned to have their property returned. This 465-page source lists their names, claims, and value.
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*''Sequestration, Confiscation, and Sale of Estates. State Papers of Vermont, v.6.'' Montpelier, Vermont: Secretary of State, 1941. {{FHL|61998|item|disp=FHL book 973.6 B4s v.6; film 1321236, item 4}}. This source includes an index. During the Revolutionary War, many residents would not sign an Oath of Allegiance to the rebel government. Their lands and property were confiscated, and by 1778 many fled to Canada. In 1783, after the war, many returned to Vermont, decided to sign the Oath of Allegiance, and petitioned to have their property returned. This 465-page source lists their names, claims, and value.
  
*1688 to 1786 Vermont. Secretary of State. ''New York Land Patents 1688–1786: Covering Land Included in the State of Vermont, (Not Including Military Patents)''. State Papers of Vermont, v.7. Montpelier, Vermont: Secretary of State, 1947. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=63489&disp=New+York+land+patents+1688%2D1786%20%20&columns=*,0,0 974.3 B4s v.7].) New York and New Hampshire both claimed disputed land now in Vermont. This volume shows names and dates and includes an index.
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*1688 to 1786 Vermont. Secretary of State. ''New York Land Patents 1688–1786: Covering Land Included in the State of Vermont, (Not Including Military Patents)''. State Papers of Vermont, v.7. Montpelier, Vermont: Secretary of State, 1947. {{FHL|63489|item|disp=FHL book 974.3 B4s v.7}}. New York and New Hampshire both claimed disputed land now in Vermont. This volume shows names and dates and includes an index.
  
*1778 to 1881 Vermont. Secretary of State. ''Petitions for Grants of Land 1778–1881''. State Papers of Vermont, v.5. Montpelier, Vermont: Secretary of State, 1939. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=63484&disp=Petitions+for+grants+of+land%2C+1778%2D1%20%20&columns=*,0,0 974.3 B4s v.5].) This source includes an index. Each petition describes the property, location, and the reason for the petition.
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*1778 to 1881 Vermont. Secretary of State. ''Petitions for Grants of Land 1778–1881''. State Papers of Vermont, v.5. Montpelier, Vermont: Secretary of State, 1939. {{FHL|63484|item|disp=FHL book 974.3 B4s v.5}}. This source includes an index. Each petition describes the property, location, and the reason for the petition.
  
 
=== Deeds  ===
 
=== Deeds  ===
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Deed books in Vermont often included information about births, marriages, and deaths until about 1850.  
 
Deed books in Vermont often included information about births, marriages, and deaths until about 1850.  
  
[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=allCollections&r=0 Deeds with indexes for many towns] have been digitized and are on Record Search. You need to look at the index first&nbsp;to find the&nbsp;volume and page numbers,&nbsp;then&nbsp;look in&nbsp;the appropriate deed book. For additional information, see [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Vermont_Land_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Vermont Land Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)].  
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1409123 Vermont, Land Records, Early to 1900] have digitized records for many towns. This is not a name index. You need to look at the town index first&nbsp;to find your ancestor's name with the&nbsp;volume and page number for his entry,&nbsp;then&nbsp;look in&nbsp;the appropriate digitized deed book. For additional information, see [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Vermont_Land_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Vermont Land Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)].  
  
Deeds and other land records for&nbsp;most Vermont towns are on film can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search under:  
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Deeds and other land records for&nbsp;most Vermont towns are on film and can be found in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] by using a Place Search under:  
  
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== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*[http://www.myvermontgenealogy.com/vt-records.html#land My Vermont Genealogy] explains Vermont land records and how to find them.
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*[http://www.myvermontgenealogy.com/vt-records.html#land My Vermont Genealogy] explains Vermont land records and how to find them.
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*[http://vermont-archives.org/publications/publicat/ State Papers of Vermont and Miscellaneous Archives Publications] lists with a descriptive title the various volumes of the State Papers of Vermont.
  
 
== References  ==
 
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Contents

Introduction

Land records are primarily used to learn where a person lived and when he or she lived there. They often reveal other family information as well, such as the name of a spouse, an heir, other relatives, or neighbors. You may learn a person’s previous residences, his occupation, if he had served in the military, if he was a naturalized citizen, and other clues for further research.

Early History

1600s - Vermont was part of Massachusetts.
1749 - New Hampshire claimed a large portion of the area and granted land for 129 towns in Vermont.
1764 - New York claimed jurisdiction over a large portion of the land held by New Hampshire.
1777 - Vermont became independent, and claimed the land was under its jurisdiction. The towns remained the same, and the town records contain the land deeds without regard to the political jurisdiction of the time.

Land disputes before 1777 mean that land transactions for those early years could be located in New Hampshire, New York or Vermont:

  • New Hampshire
    Most New Hampshire grants within the present boundaries of Vermont, 1749 to 1764, are recorded in the New Hampshire Provincial and State Papers, Volume 26. On the Internet at iArchives. Also in the FHL Collection, book 974.2 N2nhp v. 26, film 1033741.
  • New York
    Information about New York land transactions in Vermont can be found in:
    - Vermont. Secretary of State, New York Land Patents, 1688-1786 Covering Land and Included in the State of Vermont (Not Including Military Patents), (Montpelier, Vermont : Secretary of State, 1947)FHL book 974.3 B4s v. 7
- O'Callaghan, Edmund Bailey, comp. Calendar of New York Colonial Manuscripts, Indorsed Land Papers in the Office of the Secretary of State of New York, 1643–1803. 1864. [1] FHL book 974.7 R2n. This indexes the Land Grant Application Files, 1642–1803, commonly referred to as the New York Colonial Manuscripts, Endorsed Land Papers, in 63 volumes at the State Archives. The records pertain to New York and Vermont.

  • Vermont
    The State Papers of Vermont start in 1778. The Nye index indexes the names in several volumes, and each volume also has an index. Volume 1 indexes the papers of the Surveyors-General.  Volume 2 has the charters granted by Vermont.  FHL Book 974.3 B4s

After 1777, land records are in the town clerk's office. Most records have been microfilmed and are available in central repositories such as the Vermont Historical Society and the Family History Library.

Early Landholders

Vermont’s first landholders were called proprietors. There are many proprietors’ records in the town records of each town. Most of these records are available at the Vermont Public Records Division, General Services Center. Vermont is a state-land state. After the Revolutionary War, the land was controlled and dispersed by the state government.

Some records of early land transactions are:

  • 1763 to 1803 Holbrook, Jay Mack. Vermont’s First Settlers. Oxford, Massachusetts: Holbrook Research Institute, 1976. FHL book 974.3 R2h. This source is an alphabetized list of persons who received land grants in Vermont from 1763 to 1803. Each listing identifies the time and location of the property and the page number of the source in volume 2 of the State Papers of Vermont. See Vermont Public Records.
  • 1749 to 1803 Holbrook, Jay Mack. Vermont Land Grantees 1749–1803. Oxford, Massachusetts: Holbrook Research Institute, 1986. FHL fiche 6044861. This does not circulate to Family History Centers. This source contains a listing of the first 15,000 land grants by New Hampshire, 58 percent of which are in present-day Vermont. The remainder of the land became Vermont land charters. New York did not recognize the legality of the New Hampshire land grants, and New York issued its own land patents for much of the Vermont territory. This book lists the land grant townships with maps of the localities. It includes an alphabetical list of those persons who received the grants and shows the name, year, and source of the information.
  • Sequestration, Confiscation, and Sale of Estates. State Papers of Vermont, v.6. Montpelier, Vermont: Secretary of State, 1941. FHL book 973.6 B4s v.6; film 1321236, item 4. This source includes an index. During the Revolutionary War, many residents would not sign an Oath of Allegiance to the rebel government. Their lands and property were confiscated, and by 1778 many fled to Canada. In 1783, after the war, many returned to Vermont, decided to sign the Oath of Allegiance, and petitioned to have their property returned. This 465-page source lists their names, claims, and value.
  • 1688 to 1786 Vermont. Secretary of State. New York Land Patents 1688–1786: Covering Land Included in the State of Vermont, (Not Including Military Patents). State Papers of Vermont, v.7. Montpelier, Vermont: Secretary of State, 1947. FHL book 974.3 B4s v.7. New York and New Hampshire both claimed disputed land now in Vermont. This volume shows names and dates and includes an index.
  • 1778 to 1881 Vermont. Secretary of State. Petitions for Grants of Land 1778–1881. State Papers of Vermont, v.5. Montpelier, Vermont: Secretary of State, 1939. FHL book 974.3 B4s v.5. This source includes an index. Each petition describes the property, location, and the reason for the petition.

Deeds

Before 1780 jurisdiction over land records was with the county. During the 1780s the town clerks were given jurisdiction over land records and have that jurisdiction today. You should consult records of the town clerks to find deeds.

Deed books in Vermont often included information about births, marriages, and deaths until about 1850.

Vermont, Land Records, Early to 1900 have digitized records for many towns. This is not a name index. You need to look at the town index first to find your ancestor's name with the volume and page number for his entry, then look in the appropriate digitized deed book. For additional information, see Vermont Land Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Deeds and other land records for most Vermont towns are on film and can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search under:

VERMONT, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- LAND AND PROPERTY

VERMONT, [COUNTY]- LAND AND PROPERTY

VERMONT- LAND AND PROPERTY


Web Sites

References

  1. O'Callaghan, Edmund Bailey, comp. Calendar of New York Colonial Manuscripts, Indorsed Land Papers in the Office of the Secretary of State of New York, 1643–1803. 1864. Revised reprint, Harrison, New York: Harbor Hill Books, 1987


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