Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Historically, the largest religious groups in Vermont were the Congregational, Baptist, Roman Catholic, and Methodist churches. For general information about Vermont denominations, view the New Hampshire Church Records wiki page.

To see the churches in TOWN, visit.

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly 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. The following are church records available online for the town of TOWN:

City Directories[edit | edit source]

Land Records[edit | edit source]

The following are online land records for the town of TOWN:

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

The following are online maps of the town of TOWN:

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In Vermont, most probate records are kept at the town level. The following are online probate records for the town of TOWN:

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

Town Records[edit | edit source]

In Vermont, most records are kept at the town level and generally began being kept at the founding of the town. These records may include the following:

  • Births
  • Marriages
  • Deaths
  • Burials
  • Cemetery records
  • Appointments
  • Earmarks
  • Estrays (stray animals)
  • Freemens' oaths (men eligible to vote)
  • Land records
  • Mortgages
  • Name changes
  • Care of the poor
  • School records
  • Surveys
  • Tax lists
  • Town meeting minutes
  • Voter registrations
  • Warning outs (of town)

The following are TOWN town records available online:

Town Clerk[edit | edit source]

The town clerk is responsible for these records, and so most originals can be found at the town clerk's office.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Brief History[edit | edit source]

Montpelier was selected as the capital of Vermont in 1805 after considerable squabbling among many towns; there had been no permanent capital since becoming a state 14 years earlier.

After construction of the capitol building in what was then the village of Montpelier, village residents began to agitate for a separate identity. In 1848 the Legislature divided the original town in two: Montpelier and East Montpelier. The former got most of the people, the seat of state government and the choice river valley location; the latter got most of the land but little else. In 1895, the Town of Montpelier was further incorporated as a city. [1]   [2]  

Historical Data
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Town Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Montpelier : the capital city's history, 1780-1976, Perry H. Merrill (1977) - find this book in a library.
  • The history of the town of Montpelier : including that of the town of East Montpelier, for the first one hundred and two years, A.M. Hemenway (1882) - a digital copy of this book is available online.
  • History of the town of Montpelier : from the time it was first chartered in 1781 to the year 1860 : together with biographical sketches of its most noted deceased citizens, D.P. Thompson (1860) - a digital copy of this book is available online.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.

Probate Records
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The probate district for Montpelier is Washington.
Washington District Probate Court
10 Elm St. #3
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 828-3405

Church Records
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Christ Episcopal Church (Montpelier, Vermont) Parish registers, v. 2-4, 1866-1920 are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

City Directories
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  • Montpelier (Vermont) city directories, 1904-1921, are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.
  • Montpelier (Vermont) city directories, 1890-1942, are available at Ancestry.com ($)

Maps
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1873 map of North Montpelier

1873 map of South Montpelier

1873 map of Montpelier and West Montpelier

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day Montpelier. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Washington County, website at this link.  

Town Records
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Vital Records, 1894 -1998, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

Birth, death and marriage record indexes in the Montpelier City Clerk's office can be viewed through online.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Montpelier City Clerk's Office. These include Births recorded in Montpelier beginning with settlement of the town, 1759-1902, Deaths recorded in Montpelier beginning with the settlement of the town, 1789-1902Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1759-1998, Marriage records index, 1791-1861Land records, 1788-1885 and Town records, 1759-1863.

Montpelier City Clerk
39 Main Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 223-9500
Wmail: jodum@montpelier-vt.org
Website: http://www.montpelier-vt.org/department/3/City-Clerk.html

Newspapers
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Burlington Free Press

The Barre Montpelier Times-Argus

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Kellogg Hubbard Library
135 Main St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 223-3338
Email: info@kellogghubbard.org
Website: http://www.kellogghubbard.org/

Montpelier Historical Society
P.O. Box 52
Montpelier, VT 05602
Email: info@montpelierhistory.org
Website: http://www.montpelierhistory.org/

References[edit | edit source]

  1. About Montplier, Vt - http://www.virtualvermont.com/towns/montpelier.html#about
  2. Town of Montpelier - sites.rootsweb.com/~vermont/WashingtonMontpelier.html

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