Vermont Church Records
Church records and the information they provide vary greatly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age; date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. Records may include names of other relatives who were witnesses or members of the congregation. The members of some churches were predominantly of one nationality or ethnic group.
Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Vermont were the Baptist, Congregational, Episcopal, Methodist, and Roman Catholic churches. For a list of churches in Vermont, see John Gordon Melton’s National Directory of Churches, Synagogues and Other Houses of Worship in United States Church Records.
The Family History Library has the records of some denominations in Vermont. Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. To locate these repositories, write to the following addresses:
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405-0036
Phone: (802) 656-2020
Fax: (802) 656-4038
American Baptist Historical Society
1106 South Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: (716) 473-1740
For a history of the Baptist church, see:
- Crocker, Henry. History of the Baptists in Vermont. Bellows Falls, Vermont: P. H. Gobie Press, 1913. Digital version: FamilySearch. Paper or film versions: (Family History Library film 1033832 item 2; fiche 6051223.) Other libraries with this book (WorldCat). This book includes an index.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)
Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Vermont Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through:
- The Family History Library Catalog. Use the Place-names Search for the town where your ancestor lived. On the list of record types, click Church records to see a list of the records.
- Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; FHL fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.
14 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 523-0470
Fax: (617) 523-0470
For a history of the Congregational churches in Vermont from 1762 to 1914, see:
- Comstock, John Moore. The Congregational Churches of Vermont and Their Ministry, 1762–1914, Historical and Statistical. St. Johnsbury, Vermont: Caledonian, 1915. Digital version: Internet Archive. Book and filmed versions:(Family History Library FHL book 974.3 K2cc; film 874201 Item 3, and fiche 6046853.)] This book includes historical information and is arranged by town.
Episcopal Diocesan Center
5 Rock Point Road
Burlington, VT 05401-2735
Phone: (802) 863-3431
Fax: (802) 860-1562
For further information, see:
- Historical Records Survey (Vermont). Inventory of Church Archives of Vermont, No.1, Diocese of Vermont, Protestant Episcopal. Montpelier, Vermont: The Survey, 1940. (Family History Library book 974.3 K23h; fiche 6006639.) This book also includes a historical sketch of each parish or mission.
Green Mountain College Library
One College Circle
Poultney, Vt 05764
Phone: (802) 287-8225
Fax: (802) 287-8222 (Attention Library)
Roman Catholic genealogical records are kept in each individual parish. For general information, or for the location and addresses of parishes, contact:
Diocese of Burlington
351 North Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (802) 658-6110
Fax: (802) 658-0436
Assemblee des Eveques du Quebec
1225 St. Joseph Boulevard East
Canada H2J 1L7
Phone: (514) 274-4323
Universalist and Unitarian
- MacDonald, Edith Fox. Rebellion in the Mountains: The Story of Universalism and Unitarianism in Vermont. Concord, New Hampshire: New Hampshire Vermont District of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 1979. (Family History Library book 974.3 K2m; film 0974420.) This book relates the history of these religions and their coming together. It shows societies in each county and lists the names, dates, and locations of the ministers’ churches, including the names of the laymen who were involved. It includes an index.
For more information, see United States Church Records.
More sources can be found looking for Church records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place-name Search under:
VERMONT, [COUNTY], [TOWN]
Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:
- Vermont Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Vermont Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)