VITAL RECORDS

Since 1779, town clerks in Vermont have been mandated to record all births, deaths and marriages that occurred in their towns. Vital events were not recorded at the state level until 1857. Act No. 63 of 1856 created the Vermont Vital Registry System, which required town clerks to compile lists of the vital events that occurred in their respective towns during the course of a year starting in 1857.

Vermont vital records, 1760-2003 consist of 2577 microfilm reels.

Both certified copies and informational copies of vital records can be obtained by visiting the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration building in Middlesex. Microfilmed copies of vital records are available for researchers to use through our Reference Room, which is open Tuesday - Friday from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

Certified copies of vital records may be requested online or by mail; the online request form is for certified copies only. All requests, whether received by the online form or by mail, are processed within five (5) to 10 business days.

IMPORTANT: The Index to Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954 (familysearch.org or microfilmed index cards) should NOT be thought of as complete – there are towns with records which may not be included and records within towns which did not apparently make it to the index.

For example, if you are searching for the birth records of 6 children, you may only find one of them in the Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954, but the town record books may contain all 6. Ditto for marriage and death records. It is helpful to be aware of this, because it means that just because a name/record does not appear in the index, this does not mean that the record is not in the town book. It may still be helpful to request a possible vital record from the appropriate town clerk. (It is recommended to contact the individual clerks for current fees and instructions.)

Contact the town clerk’s office of the town where the vital event took place. The recording of all marriages, births and deaths by town clerks was enacted into Vermont law in 1799. Duplication at the state level was not required until 1857.

Online Vital Records

The FamilySearch.org Historical Records Collection is a FREE resource for obtaining digital copies of vital records. Some of the collection contain images while others do not. Those that do will have a camera icon. icon. With some of the collections you can only browse the images.

  • Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-1954 Images Available. - Name index and images (index cards) of town clerk transcriptions of births, marriages and deaths, 1760-1954. This collection is complete for years 1871-1908. Indexing continues on records outside this year range and will be added to the collection as they are completed.
  • Vermont, Births and Christenings, 1765-1908 - Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Vermont. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and FamilySearch Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed
  • Vermont, Deaths and Burials, 1871-1965 - Name index to death and burial records from the state of Vermont. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 74,099 records.
  • Vermont, Marriages, 1791-1974 - Name index to marriage records from the state of Vermont. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers.
  • Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005 Images Available. There is currently NO INDEX to this collection of images. However you can browse by county and then the town.
  • Vermont, Town Records, 1850-2005 Images Available. Images of Vermont vital records from various counties and towns. Addison is NOT currently available.

If you have subscribed to Ancestry.com which does charge a fee, the following vital records are also available:

Probate Records

Addison Probate Court: Information   
7 Mahady Court - Middlebury, VT 05753; 
Phone: (802) 388-2612.

Note:  Previously, there was a New Haven District which was set off from the Addison District in 1824.  It was recombined with the Addison District in 1962.  A courthouse fire, on February 25, 1852, burned probate records leaving only fragments of those in the Addison District.  The New Haven District probate records were not among the damaged records.