Windham County, Vermont Genealogy

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Windham County

Guide to Windham County, Vermont ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

This article is about Windham county in Vermont. For other uses, see Windham (disambiguation).


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Windham County, Vermont
Map
Map of Vermont highlighting Windham County
Location in the state of Vermont
Facts
Founded February 22, 1781
County Seat Newfane
Courthouse
Windham County Vermont Courthouse.jpg
Address Windham County Courthouse
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 207, Newfane, VT 05345-0207
Phone: 802-365-7979
Fax: 802-365-4360
Windham County Website


County Courthouse

Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and land records; County Clerk has divorce and court records from 1825; Probate Judge has probate records.[1]

Towns Organized 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
Westminister 1752
Whitingham 1770
Wilmington 1751
Windham 1795 [1]

History

Parent County

Created 22 February 1781 from Bennington County. [1]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Vermont County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Vermont County Boundary Maps" (1764-1895) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities

Towns:

Extinct Towns:[2]

Villages:

  • Bellows Falls
  • Jacksonville
  • Newfane
  • North Westminster
  • Saxtons River
  • Westminster

Communities:

Neighboring Counties

Bennington | Windsor | Franklin County, Massachusetts | Cheshire, New Hampshire | Sullivan, New Hampshire

Resources

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
VTGenWeb Archives WorldCat Billion Graves
VTTombstone Project
VTInterment
VTGravestones
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Vermont Cemeteries for more information.

Church Records

Court Records

Gazetteers

Land and Property

Local Histories

Maps

Windham County

Military Records

Civil War

Regiments and Companies:

- 1st Regiment, Vermont Heavy Artillery, Companies A B C D E F G and H
- 2nd Regiment, Vermont Infantry
- 4th Regiment, Vermont Infantry, Companies D, F and I
- 16th Regiment, Vermont Infantry, Companies B, D, F and I

Newspapers

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

There are two Windham County Probate Districts:

  • Marlboro District - Brattleboro, Dover, Dummerston, Guilford, Halifax, Marlboro, Newfane, Somerset, Stratton, Vernon, Wardsboro, Whitingham and Wilmington.
  • Westminster District - Athens, Brookline, Grafton, Jamaica, Londonderry, Putney, Rockingham (including Bellows Falls), Townshend, Westminster and Windham.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at Vermont, Windham County Westminster District Probates (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Taxation

Vital Records

See also How to order Vermont Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for the following Vermont certificates:

Downloadable applications from Vermont Department of Health.

Societies and Libraries

See also a List of Vermont Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Historical Societies

Dover Historical Society
1829 Harris House
63 Copper Hill
West Dover Village
Dover, VT
PO Box 128
East Dover, Vermont 05341-0053
Phone: 802-384-6849
E-mail:patriciahbuck@earthlink.net

Historical Society of Windham County
Vermont Rte 30 Main Street
PO Box 246
Newfane, VT 05345
Phone: 802-365-4148
E-mail:info@historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org
Website

Brattleboro Historical Society, Inc
Municipal Building
230 Main Street, 3rd floor
History Center
196 Main St
Brattleboro, VT
Phone: 802-258-4957
E-mail:histsoc@sover.net
Website

Dummerston Historical Society<brPO Box 8064
North Brattleboro, VT 05304
Phone: 802-257-0674

Guilford Historical Society
1822 Town Hall
Guilford Center Road
236 School Road
Guilford VT 05301
Phone: 802-257-0147
E-mail:pulpitfm@myfairpoint.net

Jamaica Historical Foundation
3417 VT Rte 30
Jamaica, VT 05343
Phone: 802-257-0147
E-mail:dkameden@svcable.net
E-mail:jamaicavthf@gmail.com

Marlboro Historical Society
364 South Road
PO Box 109
Marlboro, VT 05344
Phone: 802-258-2568
E-mail:forrest810@gmail.com

Putney Historical Society
Museum in Town Hall
Route 5
PO Box 260
Putney, VT 05346
Phone: 802-387-4411
E-mail:info@putneyhistory.us
Website

Saxtons River Historical Society
Main Street
PO Box 18
Saxtons River, VT 05154
Phone: 802-869-2566
E-mail:luring@vermontel.net

Townshend Historical Society
PO Box 202
Townshend, VT 05353
Phone: 802-365-4400
E-mail:ths@dugrenier.com

Websites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 699, Windham County, Vermont. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 394-95. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.