Through genealogical research you can discover more about your family's history and also discover more about the history of Vermont. The Vermont Historical Society's Leahy Library is one of the research institutions that most researchers need to visit when doing Vermont genealogical research.

Vermont Historical Society

We are a non-circulating library open to the public four days a week and one Saturday a month. We have a strong collection of family and town histories from around New England, published vital records from Massachusetts and Connecticut, inventories of Vermont cemeteries, subscriptions to genealogical periodicals, and genealogical reference books. Other materials not necessarily genealogical in nature, such as Vermont manuscripts, maps and photographs may also be useful to the genealogical researcher.

We have transcribed  some of our unique genenealogical materials for online use. Many of our books, manuscripts and maps are listed in our online catalog. We are not the repository for Vermont's vital records, which can be accessed online (see below), or newspapers which are kept at the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration.

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Use fee, contact and location

Mailing Address: 
Leahy Library
Vermont History Center
60 Washington Street, Suite 1
Barre, Vermont 05641-4209

Physical Address: 
Leahy Library
Vermont History Center
60 Washington Street
Barre, Vermont 05641-4209

Use Fee: $7.00/day; members and students free.

Telephone: (802) 479-8509 (during library hours)
Fax: (802) 479-8510
Inquiries:  Ask-a-librarian

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Vermont vital records

Vermont vital records are available through, a free database (1760-1908 with additional records being added to increase the coverage 1760-1954) and, a subscription database with Vermont records available free to Vermonters (1908-2008). For an explanation of Vermont's vital records system and information on how Vermonters can access these online records for free, visit the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration web page on this topic.


Most institutions in Vermont are small and do not have the staff to conduct extensive personal genealogical research. Therefore, you may wish to contact someone to conduct research for you. 

This list was compiled by the Vermont Historical Society Library to help you find people who do research in Vermont family history and genealogy for a fee. They are not members of the Society's staff, and we do not assume any responsibility for searches made. Please mention that you saw his/her name on this list.

Scott Andrew Bartley

20 March Ave.
West Roxbury, MA 02132-2604
(617) 350-8657
Professional genealogical researcher, lecturer, and editor with 20 years experience. Specializes in Vermont and colonial New England. Can travel to Vermont if need be; local collections in Boston include extensive records for all New England States. Maintains web site:

Catherine Wiest Desmarais, CG

399 Old Stage Road
Essex Junction, VT 05452
Certified Genealogist and owner of Stone House Historical Research, located in Vermont's beautiful Champlain Valley. On-site research at the Vermont Archives and Records Administration, Vermont Historical Society, Vermont French-Canadian Historical Society, and local town offices, courthouses, and cemeteries. Please visit for more information.

Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., C.G.

14th Avenue North, Unit 102
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 339-2738
Member, Association of Professional Genealogists; certified since 1987. 25 years experience in historical and family problems in all areas of Vermont; available for consultation on difficult Vermont family history problems.

Ann D. Watson

1765 Main Street
New Haven, VT 05472
(802) 453-5821
Member, National Genealogical Society and Association of Professional Genealogists; Certificate of Study, Boston University Genealogical Research Program. Librarian for 30 years before becoming a professional genealogist. Located in the Champlain Valley of western Vermont, offering Vermont genealogical research and hand drawn family history maps.

Local historical societies

These organizations often maintain very detailed information about people who lived in their towns. Letters addressed to the historical society in the town of interest will usually find their way to someone who can supply an answer. Click here for a list of local historical societies.