Search for Family History
Genealogy: Finding Your Family History in Vermont
Genealogical research can be fun and fascinating.
If you have family history in Central Vermont, please consider sharing what you learn! The Kellogg-Hubbard's collection can be enriched by personal histories. Give us a call and ask for Claire Gilbertson, curator of our Vermont collection.
Tips and Resources for Searching
Suggestions from FamilySearch:
- What do you already know? Talk to other family members. Use a form and start filling in the information. Several types of forms are available here.
- What else do you want to know? It can be helpful to pick one person to research.
- Where to look? Decide where your answers are likely to be found. Try published family histories, censuses, local histories, and vital records.
- Contact a library, government office, or internet site that may give you this information. Make notes of who you contacted, when, and what information you found.
- Add the new information to your pedigree chart, family group record and personal and family history notes.
What's Available at the Kellogg-Hubbard
Our Vermont collection includes county histories, local city directories, rosters of Vermonters who served in wars, town histories, high school year books, census indexes, some local cemetery inscriptions, some local published marriage lists plus reference books on Vermont history.
The Vermont collection has new titles added regularly. It is available for use during library hours. Most items cannot be checked out (but a photocopier is available).
The Kellogg-Hubbard has several books on how to conduct genealogical research, both general and specific to Vermont. In our catalogue, enter "genealogy" and search by subject to see what's available.
Two favorite search guides are:
- Collecting Vermont Ancestors by Alice Eichholz
- Unpuzzling Your Past: Basic Guide to Genealogy by Emily Anne Croom
- Family Search
The largest genealogy organization in the world, maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Cyndi's List
A comprehensive, categorized list of links to genealogical research sites online.
- Vermont Historical Society
A vast collection of family and town histories from around New England, published vital records, transcriptions of Vermont cemeteries, and more.
- Vermont State Archives and Records Administration
Databases and indexes for the Vermont State Archives, plus links to other Vermont archives.
- RootsWeb Vermont
A research-sharing database of information submitted by genealogists.
- Vermont Cooperative Catalog
A cooperative catalogue describing archival and manuscript collections held by various Vermont institutions.
- Heritage Quest Online
You'll need your 14-digit patron number from the back of your library card.
- Voici Ma Famille / That's My Family
Archives maintained by the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Library and Archives Canada and the Council of the Provincial and Territorial Archivists.
Resources in Central Vermont
The following organizations are located in Central Vermont and can help you with your research. Please check their websites or call to be sure operating hours have not changed.
- Vermont State Archives and Vital Records
1078 Route 2, Middlesex, VT. Tue-Fri 9-4. 802-828-2308
- Vermont Historical Society Library
60 Washington Street, Barre, VT. Tue, Thu, Fri 9-4, Wed 9-8, and 2nd Saturdays 9-4. Non-members pay $5 research fee per day; students members free. 802-479-8500
- Vermont State Library, Central Collection
109 State Street, Montpelier, VT. Mon-Thu 11am-4pm. 802-828-3261
- Family History Center
224 Hersey Road, Montpelier, VT. Wed 6-8pm, 1st and 2nd Fri 5-7pm, and by appt. 802-229-9247
- Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
1 National Life Drive, North Building, 2nd Floor, Montpelier, VT. 7:45-4:30. 802-828-3211
- Veterans Affairs Office
118 State St., Montpelier, VT. 802-828-3379, or toll-free within VT 888-666-9844