Rochester, 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]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Brief History[edit | edit source]

Rochester was chartered: July 30, 1781 by the Independent Republic of Vermont. Rochester has the largest amount of land in Windsor County, with over 36,000 acres.

When the ill-starred town of Philadelphia was divided up among its neighbors, Rochester and Goshen got Philadelphia Peak, a 3,168-foot-high giant that sits astride their mutual boundary. The name of the mountain is the only thing left as a reminder that Vermont once had a town named to honor the birthplace of the US Constitution.[1][2]

Historical Data
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Town Histories[edit | edit source]

History of the town of Rochester, Vt, by Wendall Wales Williams - Find this book in a library.

Rochester, Vermont: its history, 1780-1975, with illustrations and maps, by the Rochester Town History Committee - Find this book in a library.

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 Rochester is Hartford.
Hartford Probate Court
62 Pleasant Street
PO Box 275
Woodstock, VT 05091
Phone: (802) 457-1503

City Directories
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Maps[edit | edit source]

Map of modern Rochester.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

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1. Federated Church of Rochester
15 N Main St.
Rochester, VT 05767
Phone: (802) 767-3012

Town Records[edit | edit source]

Digital images of Rochester Town records 1903-1997 are available online at FamilySearch.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Rochester Town Clerk's Office. These include Land records, 1784-1907, Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1751-1997; indexes to births, marriages, deaths, and Town records, 1782-1920.

Rochester Town Clerk
P.O. Box 238
Rochester, VT 05767
Phone: (80) 767-3631

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The Herald of Randolph

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Rochester Historical Society
22 South Main Street
Rochester, VT 05767
Telephone: (802) 767-4453

Rochester Public Library
P.O. Box 256
Rochester, Vermont 05767
Phone: (802) 767-3927

References[edit | edit source]

Adjacent towns: