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Waterbury, Washington County, Vermont Genealogy

Brief History

Cemeteries

Church Records

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

Land Records

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

Libraries and Historical Societies

Maps

The following are online maps of the town of TOWN:

Newspapers

Probate Records

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

Town Histories

Town Records

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

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

Vital Records

Births

Marriages

Deaths

References

Brief History

The charter for Waterbury was granted on June 7, 1763. There have always been three distinct villages: Waterbury, Waterbury Center and Colbyville, which was a busy little place in the 19th Century.

The Colby brothers of Bolton bought an old factory and then invented a machine which would strip the bark from willow stock, and in 1856 began operating what is thought to be the first willow manufacturing plant in the United States which was chiefly used in the construction of carriage bodies.  [1]   

Historical Data

Town Histories

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

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

Church Records

City Directories

Maps

1873 map of Waterbury

Cemeteries

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

Waterbury Town Clerk Cemetery Records, 1621-1869, and 1877 are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital Records, 1897-1947, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images)

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Waterbury Town Clerk's Office. These include Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1868-1988; indexes to births, marriages, deaths, 1761-1997, Town records, v. 2, 1784-1857Land records, 1790-1850, and Deeds, 1850-1885.

Waterbury Town Clerk
51 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05676

Physical Address:
Main Street Fire Station, 2nd Floor
43 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05676

Phone: (802) 244-8447
Website: http://www.waterburyvt.com/clerk/

Newspapers

Burlington Free Press

The Barre Montpelier Times-Argus

Libraries and Historical Societies

Waterbury Public Library
28 North Main Street
Waterbury Village
Phone: (802) 244-7036
Website: http://waterburypubliclibrary.com/

Waterbury Historical Society
P.O. Box 708
Waterbury, VT 05676
Email: WaterburyHistoricalSociety@gmail.com
Website: http://www.waterburyhistoricalsociety.org/

References

Adjacent towns: