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Orange County was established in 1781, from Cumberland County, Vermont, which was created from Cumberland and Gloucester counties, in New York.

     Located in eastern Vermont, with the Connecticut River as its eastern boundary, and the state of New Hampshire across the river, the communities in Orange County include:  Boltonville, Bradford, Braintree, Brookfield, Chelsea, Corinth, East Corinth, East Orange, East Randolph, Ely, Fairlee, Newbury, Orange, Post Mills, Randolph, South Newbury, South Strafford, Thetford, Tunbridge, Vershire, Waits River, Washington, Wells River, West Corinth, West Fairlee, West Newbury, West Topsham, Williamstown.

Select from the TOWNS TABLE below to view information and links specific to each town/township.

Or, Select this LINK to see GENERAL ORANGE County History and Genealogy information and links.

 

 

 

 

County Coordinator:  Ann Mensch

Assistant County Coordinator: Robert H. Goss

 

 

 

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TOWNS TABLE

Town

Date Formed

Villages & Communities Within

Contact

BRADFORD

1770 NY

Bradford, Bradford Center, Goshen, Lower Plain

Robert H. Goss 

BRAINTREE

1781 VT

Braintree Center, East Braintree, Snowsville, West Braintree

Robert H. Goss 

BROOKFIELD

1781 VT

Brookfield, Brookfield Center, East Brookfield

Robert H. Goss

CHELSEA

1781 VT

Chelsea, Chelsea West Hill, Kennedy Corners

Robert H. Goss

CORINTH

1764 NH
1772 NY

Cookville, Corinth Corners, Corinth Center, East Corinth, Goose Green, South Corinth, West Corinth

Robert H. Goss

FAIRLEE

1761 NH

Ely, Fairlee

Robert H. Goss

ORANGE

1781 VT

East Orange, Orange

Robert H. Goss

NEWBURY

1763 NH
1772 NY

Boltonville, Newbury, Newbury Center, Peach Four Corners, South Newbury, West Newbury, Wells River

Robert H. Goss

RANDOLPH

1770 NY
1781 VT

Beanville, East Randolph, North Randolph, Randolph, Randolph Center, South Randolph

Robert H. Goss

STRAFFORD

1761 NH

Old City, South Strafford, Strafford

Robert H. Goss

TOPSHAM

1763 NH
1776 NY

East Topsham, Topsham Four Corners, Waits River, West Topsham

Robert H. Goss

THETFORD

1761 NH

Campbell Corner, East Thetford, North Thetford, Post Mills, Thetford Center, Thetford Hill, Rices Mills, Union Village

Karen De Groote-Johnson

TUNBRIDGE

1761 NH

North Tunbridge, South Tunbridge, Tunbridge

Robert H. Goss

VERSHIRE

1781 VT

Beanville, Brimstone Corner, Mill Village, South Vershire, Vershire, Vershire Center

Robert H. Goss

WASHINGTON

1781 VT

South Washington, Washington

Robert H. Goss

WEST FAIRLEE

1797 VT

West Fairlee, West Fairlee Center

Robert H. Goss

WILLIAMSTOWN

1781 VT

Foxville, Williamstown

Robert H. Goss

 

GENERAL ORANGE COUNTY

 

CEMETERIES

 

CENSUS

 

HISTORY

 

HISTORICAL & GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

 

MAPS

 

MILITARY

 

QUERIES

 

TOWNS / TOWNSHIPS / VILLAGES

 

VITAL RECORDS

 

WILL & PROBATE

 

CEMETERIES

·       Find A Grave for Orange County, VT Cemeteries

 

 

CENSUS

·       Index to 1790 U.S. Census Vermont Info. - Note:  Vermont joined the Union in March, 1791, so its 1790 census was actually taken in 1791.  At that time, Vermont consisted of 7 counties.  Present-day counties were later formed from all or portions of these seven counties.

·       1790 Census Info: Chittenden County - (includes towns which later became part of the counties of Franklin, Chittenden, Lamoille and portions of Orleans, Washington and Addison Counties)

·       1790 U. S. Census of Orange County, Vermont Towns which were soon to become part of Caledonia County when formed, in 1792, from Orange County, (includes towns which came to be within the counties of Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans and Washington)  abstracted by Jim Dresser, dedicated Town Coordinator for Groton, VTGenWeb.  Thank you Jim!!!     Note:  This census of Vermont was actually taken in 1791.

·       1790 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1800 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1810 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1820 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1830 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1840 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1850 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1860 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1870 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1880 Census Index - Excellent resource!!!  (familysearch.org)

·       1900 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1910 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1920 Census (familysearch.org)

·       Obtaining EDs for the 1930 Census in One Step (Large Cities), by Stephen P. Morse, PhD, Joel D. Weintraub, PhD and David R. Kehs, PhD

·       1930 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1940 Census (familysearch.org)

·       USGenWeb Census Project for Vermont, coordinated by Linda Talbott

·       NARA: National Archives and Records Administration

o   The Genealogy Page.

o   About Census Records

o   Clues in Census Records, 1790-1840

o   Clues in Census Records, 1850-1930

o   Indian Census Rolls

o   Nonpopulation Census Records

o   Prologue, Spring 1996, Vol. 28, No. 1, "First in the Path of the Firemen" The Fate of the 1890 Population Census,” by Kellee Blake.

 

 

HISTORY

·       Orange County, Vermont History, from The Vermont Historical Gazetteer:  A Magazine Embracing a History of Each Town, Civil, Ecclesiastical, Biographical and Military.  Vol. II.  Abby Maria Hemenway.  (Editor).  "Orange County," Rev. Silas McKeen, D. D.  (Author).  Burlington, Vt.:  Miss Abby Maria Hemenway, 1871.

·       W.P.A. Collection for Vermont: Herbert Wheeler - Mrs. Rebecca N. Halley of Newbury, VT

·       Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783, Vermont, by J. E. Goodrich

 

HISTORICAL & GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

 

 

 

MAPS

·       Vermont Area Map of ca. 1756: An accurate map of His Majesty's Province of New-Hampshire in New England & all the adjacent country northward to the River St. Lawrence, & eastward to Penobscot Bay, containing the principal places which relate to the present war on the continent of North America. By Saml. Langdon (1723-1797).

·       Ca. 1780 Map which shows land grants and purchases in northeastern New York State and granted townships in Vermont and parts of New Hampshire, and Massachusetts: A chorographical map of the Northern Department of North-America, drawn from the latest and most accurate observations, at Amsterdam by Cóvens and Mortier and Cóvens, junior.  By H. Klockhoff, sculp., [Amsterdam] 1780.  Repository: Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA, url: <http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3715.ar082800>

·       Ca. 1781 Map: An Accurate map of New Hampshire in New England, from a late survey. [London, 1781].  From the Universal magazine of knowledge and pleasure. March, 1781. Repository: Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA, url: <http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3740.ar087200>

·       Ca. 1784 Map: An accurate map of the State and Province of New-Hampshire in New England, taken from actual surveys of all the inhabited part, and from the best information of what is uninhabited, together with the adjacent countries, which exhibits the theatre of this war in that part of the world, by Col. Blanchard and the Revd. Mr. Langdon. Engraved by Thomas Jefferys. With many additions by Abel Sawyer. Boston, 1784.  Repository: Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA, url: <http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3740.ar087100>

·       1795 Map of Vermont, from actual survey.  By Doolittle, Amos (1754-1832).  From Carey's American Atlas, Philadelphia, 1795. DLC.  Philadelphia, 1795.  Repository: Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA, url: <http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3750.ct000093>

·       1814 Map of Vermont, from actual survey. By Carey, Mathew (1760-1839). From Carey's General Atlas of the World. DLC.  [S.l.], 1814.  Repository: Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA, url: <http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3750.ct000094>

·       Vermont Maps – Middlebury College digital collections.

 

MILITARY

·       Vermont in the Civil War, by Tom Ledoux.

 

QUERIES

Visit the Rootsweb message board for Orange County, Vermont.

MAILING LISTS

An index to Rootsweb’s genealogy mailing lists

 

 

TOWNS / TOWNSHIPS / VILLAGES

 

 

VITAL RECORDS

Vermont vital records may be obtained through the town clerk of the town in which the event occurred and/or through the resources below:

·       How to Obtain Vital Records for Vermont ?

·       Vermont State Archives & Records Administration

o   Online and Informational Copies of Vital Records

·       Index to Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954, (familysearch.org) – note this index may not be complete, some towns and records may not be included among state records.

·       Index to Vermont Vital Records, 1955-2003, (familysearch.org).

·       Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, (familysearch.org) -  Vital and town records acquired from local town clerk offices.

 

WILL & PROBATE

·       Orange County Probate Court:   R.R.1 Box 30 - Chelsea, VT 05038; Phone: (802) 685-4610.

Note:  Bradford District Probate Court and Randolph District Probate Court merged in 1994.

 

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