Bradford, Orange 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]

Bradford was chartered on May 3, 1770 (New York Patent). Referred to as Waitstown and Waits River Town before its original patent as Mooretown, Bradford is unique in Vermont in that it was settled before any grant, charter or patent existed to cover the land.  The name Mooretown is after Sir Henry Moore, the Royal Governor of New York.

After the Revolution, the residents of Mooretown decided they no longer wanted the name to remind them of a royal governor, so they petitioned the Vermont Legislature to rename it Bradford.  [1]  [2]

Historical Data
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Town Histories
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Go to Archive.org to find published materials for this town.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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

Probate Records
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The probate district for Bradford is Orange (Bradford District consoladated in 1994).
Orange Probate Court
5 Court St
Chelsea VT 05038
Phone: (802) 685-4610

Bradford District Estate Records, 1780 -1915, - view digital images at FamilySearch - How to Use this Collection

City Directories
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Maps[edit | edit source]

1877 map of Bradford Town Center

1877 map of Bradford

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Bradford, Vt. burials, 1770-October 1997 - available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

Churches
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  • Early church records and marriages in the town of Bradford from 1810 - available on microfilm at the Family History Library.
  • Church records, 1863-1913 - avaiable on microfilm at the Family History Library.

Town Records.
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Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1785-1921 at FamilySearch (browse only images).


Bradford, land records, 1852-1900, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Bradford Town Clerk's Office. These include Deeds and town records, 1775-1852; index to deeds, 1762-1876, Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1998; indexes to births, deaths, marriages, 1857-1997, Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1803-1860 and Bradford, vital records, 1997-2006.

Bradford Town Clerk
172 N Main St.
Bradford, VT 05033
Phone: (802) 222-4727
Email: clerk@bradford-vt.us
Website: http://www.bradford-vt.us/

Newspapers
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The Herald of Randolph

Libraries and Historical Societies
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Bradford Public Library
P.O. Box 619
21 South Main St.
Bradford, VT 05033
Phone: (802) 222-4536
E-mail: bradfordpubliclibrary@gmail.com
Website: http://bradfordvtlibrary.org/

Bradford Historical Society
67 Summer Street
Bradford, VT 05033
Phone: (802) 222-4011
Email: lccoffin@charter.net
Website: http://www.bradford-vt.us/historical.php


References[edit | edit source]

Adjacent towns: Orange Co.: Corinth | Fairlee | Newbury | West Fairlee | New Hampshire Grafton Co.: Haverhill | Oxford | Piermont