Originally chartered on June 26, 1762, the town was named Pocock. The town was renamed Bristol in 1789, generally believed to be after Bristol, Rhode Island. The population was 3,894 at the 2010 census.  
- History of Bristol, Vermont (1762-1940), by Carrie K Harvey and Clara M Kellogg (1941) - find this book in a library.
- History of Bristol, Vermont, 1762-1980, by Kenneth W Dike (1981) - find this book in a library.
- Bristol, Vermont : the early history, by Harvey Munsill (1979) - find this book in a library.
FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.
The probate district for Bristol is Addison.
Addison Probate Court
7 Mahady Court
Middlebury, VT 05753
Phone: (802) 388-2612
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Bristol. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Addison County, website at this link.
- Briggs Hill Cemtery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
- Greenwood Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
- Mount Saint Joseph Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
- Varney Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
Bristol, Vermont Cemetery Records, 1801-1905, are available on microfilm from the Family History Library. Order film online.
Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1868-1981, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).
The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Bristol Town Clerk's Office. These include Deeds, 1785-1851, and Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1868-1999; indexes to births, deaths, marriages, 1856-1999.
Bristol Town Clerk
1 South St.
PO Box 249
Bristol, VT 05443
Phone: (802) 453-2410
Libraries and Historical Societies
Bristol Historical Society
19 West Street
Bristol, VT 05443
Phone: (802) 453-3439
Lawrence Memorial Library
40 North Street
Phone: (802) 453-2366
- Bristol, VT - http://www.virtualvermont.com/towns/bristol.html
- History of the Town of Bristol, VT http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vermont/AddisonBristol.html