Readsboro, Bennington 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]

Readsboro does not appear to have been settled under any township charter rights. The first grant of any part of the town was by the governor of New Hampshire in 1764  to Major Robert Rogers.  This charter was voided for noncompliance with the charter conditions.    It appears that the first settlement occurred in 1779.  The first town meeting is supposed to have been held in 1786. [1]

Due to a fire in 1793, early Town records were destroyed and are no longer available.

Historical Data[edit | edit source]

The Vermont Historical Gazetteer is a 5 volume set of historical information by Abby Maria Hemenway with Volume I published in 1867 and Volume V completed in 1891 after her death. Also available online in PDF format at this link.

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

Go to Archive.org to find published materials for this town.

Down through the years at Readsboro, Vermont, 1786-1936, Frank Seth Ross, McClelland Press, 1936. 

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The probate district for Readsboro is Bennington.
Bennington Probate Division
207 South St.
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 447-2705

City Directories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

1856 Map of Readsboro

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Readsboro. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Bennington County, website at this link.

  • Crosier Cemetery (aka Farrington Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Heartwellville Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • North Hill Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Readsboro Village Cemetery - insriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • South Hill Cemetery (aka South Readsboro Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

Churches[edit | edit source]

1. First Baptist Readsboro
    7030 Main St
    Readsboro, VT 05350
    Phone: (802) 423-7530

2. St Joachims Catholic Church
    36 Tunnel St
    Readsboro, VT 05350
    Phone: (802) 423-5533

Town Records[edit | edit source]

Digital images of Readsboro Town records 1732-2005  are available online at FamilySearch.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Readsboro Town Clerks Office. These include Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1883-1994; indexes to births, deaths, marriages, 1785-1934, Land records, 1793-1854; general index to land records, 1793- 1945, and Vermont, Bennington County, Readsboro, deed records, 1855-1901.

Readsboro Town Clerk
301 Phelps Lane / P. O. Box 187
Readsboro, VT 05350
Phone: (802) 423-5405
Email: clerk@readsborovt.org
Website: https://readsborovt.org/Town_Clerk.html

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Bennington Banner Newspaper

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Readsboro Community Library
301 Phelps Lane
Readsboro, VT 05350
Phone: (802) 423-5460
Email: lovestoread2001@yahoo.com
Website: http://readsborocommunitylibrary.wordpress.com/about/

Readsboro Historical Society
Betty Bolognani, President
Phone: (802) 423-5432
Email: bolognan@sover.net
Website: https://readsborovt.org/Historical_Society.html

References[edit | edit source]

  1. History of the Town of Readsboro, Faxon L. Bowen, http://sites.rootsweb.com/~vermont/BenningtonReadsboro.html

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