Vermont Record Selection Table
This table can help you decide which records to search. It is most helpful for post-1850 research.
- In column 1 find the category closest to your research goal.
- In column 2 find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.
- In column 3 find additional record types that may be useful.
- Look in the section of these Wiki pages that corresponds to the record type you chose. It explains what the records might tell you, how to search them, and how to find the records in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog. Some records are not at the library.
Note: Records of previous research—genealogy, biography, history, periodicals, and societies—are useful for most goals but are not listed unless they are especially helpful.
|1. If you need||2. Look first in||3. Then search|
|Adoptions||Probate Records, Town Records||Court Records, Census, Vital Records|
|Age||Census, Cemeteries, Vital Records Military Records,||Naturalization and Citizenship, Emigration and Immigration|
|Birth date||Vital Records, Cemeteries, Church Records||Town Records, Military Records, Biography, Bible Records|
|Birth place||Vital Records, Church Records||Census, Military Records, Town Records|
|Boundaries and origins||Maps, Gazetteers||History, Societies|
|Children||Census, Probate Records, Vital Records, Genealogy||Town Records, Church Records, Land and Property, Bible Records|
|City or parish of foreign birth||Vital Records, Biography||Naturalization and Citizenship, Church Records|
|Country of foreign birth||Census, Naturalization and Citizenship, Vital Records||Biography, Military Records, Minorities, Emigration and Immigration|
|Death information||Vital Records, Cemeteries, Church Records, Town Records||Probate Records, Newspapers, Bible Records|
|Divorce||Town Records, Vital Records, Court Records||Newspapers, Census|
|Ethnic background||Native Races, Minorities, Emigration and Immigration||Census, Naturalization and Citizenship, Church Records|
|Historical background||History, Periodicals, Gazetteers, Town Records||Maps, Land and Property, Church Records|
|Immigration date||Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census||Maps, Biography, Minorities, Court Records|
|Living relatives||Probate Records, Directories, Town Records, Census||Biography, Newspapers, Land and Property|
|Maiden name||Vital Records, Probate Records, Church Records||Town Records, Military Records, Bible Records|
|Marriage information||Vital Records, Census, Church Records, Town Records||Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship, Bible Records, Probate Records, Newspapers|
|Naturalization||Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Court Records||Land and Property, Biography, Military Records|
|Occupations||Census, Directories, Town Records||Biography, History|
|Other family members||Census, Probate Records, Town Records||Vital Records, Church Records, Bible Records|
|Parents||Vital Records, Census, Church Records, Town Records||Probate Records, Biography, Genealogy, Bible Records|
|Physical description||Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship||Biography|
|Place-finding aids||Maps, Gazetteers, History||Archives and Libraries, Societies|
|Places of residence||Census, Military Records, Town Records, Taxation, Directories||Land and Property, Naturalization and Citizenship, Public Records|
|Place of residence when you know only the state||Census, Vital Records, Military Records||Naturalization and Citizenship, Taxation, Directories, Bible Records|
|Previous research||Genealogy, Biography, Societies||Periodicals, History, Archives and Libraries|
|Record-finding aids||Archives and Libraries, Periodicals, Church Records||Societies, For Further Reading|
|Religion||Church Records, Vital Records||Biography, History, Cemeteries|
|Social activities||Societies, Biography||Cemeteries, Directories, Town Records|