Bennington County, Vermont Genealogy

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Online Records

County Courthouse

Bennington County Courthouse
207 South Street, Bennington, VT 05201-2247
Phone: 802-442-8528  802.447.2700 

Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records;
County Clerk has divorce records from 1899 and court
records from 1861; Probate Judge has probate records

Towns Organized before 1800:
Arlington 1761,
Bennington 1749,
Dorset 1761,
Glastenbury 1761,
Landgrove 1780,
Manchester 1761,
Peru 1761,
Pownal 1760,
Rupert 1761,
Sandgate 1761,
Shaftsbury 1761,
Sunderland 1761,
Winhall 1761[1]

Quick Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Bennington County, Vermont

Parent County

Created 11 February 1779 from the Colonial lands. [2]

Boundary Changes

  • Windham County was set off 22 February 1781.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places


  • Arlington
  • Bennington
  • Dorset
  • Glastenbury
  • Landgrove
  • Manchester
  • Peru
  • Pownal
  • Readsboro
  • Rupert
  • Sandgate
  • Searsburg
  • Shaftsbury
  • Stamford
  • Sunderland
  • Winhall
  • Woodford

Neighboring Counties

Rutland | Windsor | Windham | Massachusetts Counties: Berkshire | Franklin | New York Counties: Rensselaer | Washington


Archives and Libraries




1790 US Census, Bennington County, Pownal Town Transcription



Church History and Records

Courtesy of the Pownal Historical Society, Inc.:

The Churches of Pownal

Court Records



Land and Property

Courtesy of The Pownal Historical Society, Inc.:


Courtesy of the Pownal Historical Society, Inc.

Military History and Records

Courtesy of Pownal Historical Society, Inc.:


Probate Records

There are two Bennington County Probate Districts

  • Bennington District - Bennington, Glastenbury, Pownal, Readsboro, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford and Woodford.
  • Manchester District - Arlington, Dorset, Landgrove, Manchester, Peru, Rupert, Sandgate, Sunderland and Winhall.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Vermont, Bennington County Manchester District, Probates (FamilySearch Historical Records)


Vital Records

Courtesy of the Pownal Historial Society, Inc.

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Family History Centers



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bennington County, Vermont. Page 698 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. WorldCat 50140092FHL Collection Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)