North Hero, Grand Isle County, Vermont Genealogy

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Modern town borders of North Hero in Grand Isle County, Vermont.

Brief History[edit | edit source]

North Hero is the shire town (county seat) of Grand Isle County and was chartered on October 7, 1779 by the Vermont Legislature.  It is one of four towns comprising Vermont's "Lake Champlain Islands."

Originally, North Hero, South Hero and Grand Isle were granted to Ethan Allen, Samuel Herrick and 363 other Revolutionary War veterans as a single town known as Two Heroes.

In 1798, Two Heroes was divided into North Hero (the entire north island), Middle Hero and South Hero, with the last two sharing the southern island and a single representative to the legislature, hence they were not actually separate towns. This arrangement was not entirely satisfactory: in 1810, Middle Hero was given complete autonomy and renamed Grand Isle, which is what the French had originally called the whole southern island.

The fourth "Lake Champlain Islands" town is Isle La Motte.  [1] [2]   

Historical Data[edit | edit source]

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

History, town of North Hero, Vermont : an account of the discovery, settlement, and interesting and remarkable events, by Allen L Stratton (1976) - find this book in a library.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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

Military Records
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Land Records
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North Hero, Vermont, Land Records, 1855-1899, are available at FamilySearch (browse only images).

Probate Records
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Grand Isle Probate Division
3677 U.S. Route 2
PO Box 7
North Hero VT 05474
Phone: (802) 372-8350

Church Records
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City Directories[edit | edit source]

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1871 map of Alburgh, Isle La Motte & Hero North Towns.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day North Hero Town. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Grand Isle County, website at this link.  

Town Records
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  • Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1857-1915, are available at FamilySearch (browse only images).
  • North Hero, Vermont Vital Records, 1903-2006, are available at FamilySearch (browse only images).
  • The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the North Hero Town Clerk's Office. These include: Deeds, town and vital records, 1795-1882.

Town of North Hero
6441 U.S. Route 2
PO Box 38
North Hero, VT 05474
Phone: (802) 372-6926

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

St. Albans Messenger

Libraries and Historical Societies
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North Hero Public Library
3195 U.S. Route 2
P.O.Box 187
North Hero, VT 05474
Phone: (802) 372-5458

North Hero Historical Society
P.O. Box 175
North Hero, VT 05474
Phone: (802) 372-5544

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