Bethel, Windsor 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]

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References[edit | edit source]

Brief History[edit | edit source]

On December 29, 1777, an association was formed at Hanover, New Hampshire for the purpose of making a "settlement on White River and its branches," and in March, 1778, they petitioned the legislature of Vermont for the grant of a township to be called Bethel. This petition met with success and a grant was made on March 18, 1778 and the township charter was issued on December 23, 1779.

The town received its name based on the story of Jacob in the book of Genesis 28:11-22. The group of original settlers camped at the mouth of the Gilead River and used stones for pillows. They recounted the story of Jacob who also used stones as pillows and decided to name the town Bethel as Jacob did in the book of Genesis.[1][2]

Historical Data
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Town Histories
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Bethel, the early years : a collection of photographs with annotated text by Irene Cushing and Irene Stafford - Find this book in a library.

The illustrated historical souvenir of Bethel, Vermont : containing a brief history of the early settlement of the town, the schools, churches, medical and legal professions, old families, business and manufacturing interests, together with portraits and biographies of the citizens, past and presen by Fred G. Cox - this book is available online free of charge.

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

Probate Records
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The probate district for Bethel is Hartford.
Hartford Probate Court
62 Pleasant Street
PO Box 275
Woodstock, VT 05091
Phone: (802) 457-1503

City Directories
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1869 map of Bethel

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Bethel. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Windsor County, website at this link.

Bethel Vermont cemetery records, 1792-1919 approx., are on microfilm at the Family History Library.  

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Town Records
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Digital images of Bethel Town records, 1790-1997, are available online at FamilySearch.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Bethel Town Clerk's Office. These include Town records, 1782-1886Land records, 1779-1897, and Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1769-1997.

Bethel Town Clerk
134 South Main St.
Bethel, Vermont 05032
Phone: (802) 234-9722

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The Herald of Randolph
Valley News

Libraries and Historical Societies
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Bethel Historical Society
318 Main Street
PO Box 25
Bethel, VT 05032
Phone: (802) 234-5064

Bethel Public Library
106 Main St.
Bethel, VT 05032
Phone: (802) 234-9107

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Bethel, VT, An Old Mill Town Looks to Its Past for Its Future, by Kim J. Gifford - (PDF download)
  2. History of the Town of Bethel, VT,

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