Windham County, Vermont Genealogy

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Guide to Windham County, Vermont ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

This article is about Windham county in Vermont. For other uses, see Windham (disambiguation).

Windham County, Vermont
Map of Vermont highlighting Windham County
Location in the state of Vermont
Founded February 22, 1781
County Seat Newfane
Windham County Vermont Courthouse.jpg
Address Windham County Courthouse
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 207, Newfane, VT 05345-0207
Phone: 802-365-7979
Fax: 802-365-4360
Windham County Website

Description[edit | edit source]

The County is located in the southeast area of the state. [1]

Windham County, Vermont Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
at town creation at town creation at town creation 1825 1766 1781 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1857. General compliance year is unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and land records; County Clerk has divorce and court records from 1825; Probate Judge has probate records.[3]

Towns Organized Before 1800:
Athens 1780
Brattleboro 1753
Brookline 1794
Grafton 1754
Guilford 1754
Halifax 1750
Jamaica 1780
Londonderry 1780
Marlboro 1751
Newfane 1753
Putney 1753
Rockingham 1752
Townshend 1753
Woodbury 1781
Westminister 1752
Whitingham 1770
Wilmington 1751
Windham 1795 [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

Created 22 February 1781 from Bennington County. [3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Vermont County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Vermont County Boundary Maps" (1764-1895) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

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Modern town borders in Windham County, Vermont.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]


Extinct Towns:[5]


  • Bellows Falls
  • Jacksonville
  • Newfane
  • North Westminster
  • Saxtons River
  • Westminster


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Bennington | Windsor | Franklin County, Massachusetts | Cheshire, New Hampshire | Sullivan, New Hampshire

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
VTGenWeb Archives WorldCat Billion Graves
VTTombstone Project FamilySearch Places
Billion Graves
See Vermont Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 17,572
1800 23,581 34.2%
1810 26,760 13.5%
1820 28,457 6.3%
1830 28,748 1.0%
1840 27,442 −4.5%
1850 29,062 5.9%
1860 26,982 −7.2%
1870 26,036 −3.5%
1880 26,763 2.8%
1890 26,547 −0.8%
1900 26,660 0.4%
1910 26,932 1.0%
1920 26,373 −2.1%
1930 26,015 −1.4%
1940 27,850 7.1%
1950 28,749 3.2%
1960 29,776 3.6%
1970 33,074 11.1%
1980 36,933 11.7%
1990 41,588 12.6%
2000 44,216 6.3%
2010 44,513 0.7%
Source: "".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments and Companies:

- 1st Regiment, Vermont Heavy Artillery, Companies A B C D E F G and H
- 2nd Regiment, Vermont Infantry
- 4th Regiment, Vermont Infantry, Companies D, F and I
- 16th Regiment, Vermont Infantry, Companies B, D, F and I

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

There are two Windham County Probate Districts:

  • Marlboro District - Brattleboro, Dover, Dummerston, Guilford, Halifax, Marlboro, Newfane, Somerset, Stratton, Vernon, Wardsboro, Whitingham and Wilmington.
  • Westminster District - Athens, Brookline, Grafton, Jamaica, Londonderry, Putney, Rockingham (including Bellows Falls), Townshend, Westminster and Windham.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at Vermont, Windham County Westminster District Probates - FamilySearch Historical Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Town Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See also How to order Vermont Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for the following Vermont certificates:

Downloadable applications from Vermont Department of Health.

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

See also a List of Vermont Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Dover Historical Society
    1829 Harris House
    63 Copper Hill
    West Dover Village
    Dover, VT
    PO Box 128
    East Dover, Vermont 05341-0053
  • Saxtons River Historical Society
    Main Street
    PO Box 18
    Saxtons River, VT 05154

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Windham, Vermont" in,_Vermont accessed 6 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Windham County, Vermont . Page 698-699 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 686-687.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 699, Windham County, Vermont. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Windham_ County,_Vermont," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Vermont accessed 29 October 2019.
  5. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 394-95. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.