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Westford, Chittenden 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

Westford was granted as a town on June 8, 1763. The town, as granted, covered 36 square miles (23,040 acres). The first settlers did not arrive until the 1780s. By 1791, the town's population was only 63.

The Browns River afforded good mill privileges to the early nineteenth century residents. Westford has always been an agricultural town. In an 1881 gazetteer listing of some 311 households, only 64 did not list farming as an occupation. Today only 6 active dairy farms remain in the Town. [1]   [2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The probate district for Westford is Chittenden.
Chittenden District Probate Court
175 Main St.
PO Box 511
Burlington VT 05402
Phone: (802) 651-1518

Military Records

City Directories

Maps

1869 map of Westford

Cemeteries

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

Churches

Town Records

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Westford Town Clerk's Office. These include Vital records of Westford, Vermont, 1857-Feb. 2000; indexes, 1787-1999, and Deeds, 1793-1850; index to deeds, 1793-1950.

Westford Town Office
1713 VT Route 128
Westford, VT 05494
Phone: (802) 878-4587
Email: townclerk@westfordvt.us
Website: http://www.westfordvt.us/

Newspapers

Burlington Free Press

Libraries and Historical Societies

Westford Public Library
1717 Vermont 128
Westford, VT 05494
Phone: (802) 878-5639
Email: westfordpubliclibrary@gmail.com
Website: http://westfordpubliclibrary.wordpress.com/

Westford VT Historical Society

References

  1. Welcome To Our Hometown, Westford, VT http://www.pwsolutions.com/westford/
  2. Town of Westford, Vermont, http://sites.rootsweb.com/~vermont/ChittendenWestford.html

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