Swanton, Franklin County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Swanton was chartered on August 17, 1763.  It is located in the northwestern corner of the state bordering Lake Champlain on its west and Quebec Province in Canada on its north. Within the town is located the villages of Swanton and Fonda, as well as most of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge.

Swanton is one of the few places in Vermont where Natives are known to have had a permanent settlement. From about 1700 to 1758, the important Abnaki village of Missisiasuk was on the Missisquoi River. The village's name, meaning "people of the great grassy meadows", helps to bear out the translation of Missiquoi itself as "great grassy meadows". The Abnaki name for the mouth of the river was Maskwenozakek, literally "the place where muskelunge abound", which would have been a good enough reason in itself for establishing a village nearby.  [1] [2]   

Historical Data
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Town Histories
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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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Swanton, Vermont, Land Records, 1883-1903, are available at FamilySearch (browse only images).

Probate Records
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Franklin Probate Division
17 Church St.
St. Albans, VT 05478
Phone: (802) 524-7948

Franklin County, Vermont Probate Records, 1860-1910, are available at FamilySearch (browse only images).

Church Records
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Swanton, Vermont Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Service Record Book, 1907-1923 is available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

City Directories
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  • St. Albans & Swanton, Vermont City Directories, (1886-1887,1891-1892,1895-1910, 1914,1915), are available on microfilm at the Family History Library. These films can be oreder online.
  • Swanton, Vermont City Directories, 1895, 1938, 1947, are available at Ancestry.com ($)

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1871 map of Swanton and Swanton Town[1]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Town Records
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Town of Swanton
1 Academy St.
P.O. Box 711
Swanton, VT 05488
Phone: (802) 868-7418
Email: townadmin@swantonvermont.org
Website: http://townofswantonvermont.weebly.com/

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

St. Albans Messenger

Vermont Online Historical Newspapers

Libraries and Historical Societies
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Swanton Public Library
1 1st St.
Swanton, VT 05488
Phone:(802) 868-7656
Email: wantonpub@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.swantonlibrary.org/

Swanton Historical Society
58 S River St.
P.O. Box 235
Swanton, VT 05488
Phone: (802) 868-5436
Website: http://www.swantonhistoricalsociety.org/

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