Bakersfield, Franklin County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Land Records[edit | edit source]

The following are online land records for the town of TOWN:

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

The following are online maps of the town of TOWN:

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In Vermont, most probate records are kept at the town level. The following are online probate records for the town of TOWN:

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

Town Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

The town clerk is responsible for these records, and so most originals can be found at the town clerk's office.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Brief History[edit | edit source]

Bakersfield was chartered on January 25, 1791 by the Vermont Legislature. 

Known for some years even in state records as "Bakersfield alias Knoultons Gore", the town had originally been granted to Luke Knowlton (Knoulton) of Newfane and sold in 1798 or 1799 to Joseph Baker of Westboro, Massachusetts. Baker had acquired title to the entire 10,000 acre town for £500. Several changes have taken place to bring the town to its current size, including the addition of parts of Fairfield and the former Smithfield in 1792, the entirety of Knights Gore in 1795, and Averys Gore in 1963.  [1] [2]   

Historical Data
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Town Histories
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Bakersfield, Vermont : the way it was, the way it is, by Elsie C Wells (1976) - find this book in a library.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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

Military Records
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Land Records
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Bakersfield, Vermont Land Records, 1849-1946, can be found online at FamilySearch (browse only images).

Probate Records
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Franklin Probate Division
17 Church St.
St. Albans, VT 05478
Phone: (802) 524-7948

Franklin County, Vermont Probate Records, 1796-1921 are available on FamilySearch (browse only images).

Church Records
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St. Mark's Episcopal Church Register, 1894-1952, is available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

City Directories
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1871 map of Bakersfield and Bakersfield Town

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Town Records
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Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1792 -2000, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Bakersfield Town Clerk's Office. These include Vital records of Bakersfield, Vermont, 1792-May 2000, and Deeds, 1792-1849.

Bakersfield Town Clerk
40 East Bakersfield Road
P.O. Box 203
Bakersfield, VT 05441
Phone: (802) 827-4495

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

St. Albans Messenger

Vermont Online Historical Newspapers

Libraries and Historical Societies
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H F Brigham Library
104 Main St.
PO Box 5
Bakersfield, VT 05441
Phone: (802) 827-4414

Bakersfield Historical Society

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Adjacent towns: Franklin Co.: Enosburg | Fairfield | Fletcher | Montgomery | Lamoille Co.: Belvidere | Waterville