Saint Johnsbury, Caledonia 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]

St. Johnsbury was originally granted in 1760 as part of the New Hampshire Grants and named Bessborough. It was rechartered on November 1, 1786 by the Vermont Legislature and named Dunmore.  The town was officially organized in 1790 when it was then named St. Johnsbury.  St. Johnsbury (sometimes locally known as "St. Jay") became the shire town (county seat) of Caledonia County, Vermont in 1856. The population was 7,603 at the 2010 census. [1] [2] [3]  

Historical Data[edit | edit source]

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

Go to Archive.org to find published materials for this town.

The town of St. Johnsbury, Vt. : a review of one hundred twenty-five years to the anniversary pageant 1912, by Edward T. Fairbanks - view a digital copy of this book online.
Go to Archive.org to find published materials for this town.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

The town of Saint Johnsbury kept annual town reports. These reports often contained birth, marriage, and death information. Below is a list of years when Saint Johnsbury kept town reports. (NOTE: Occasionally, these town reports missed vital statistic information from the end of the year. If you don't find your ancestor's vital information, check the following year's town report to see if your ancestor's information was recorded later.)


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

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Enrolled Militia Records, 1863-1865, are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

Soldiers' record of the town of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, are available on microfilm at the Family History Center.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The probate district for St. Johnsbury is Caledonia
Caledonia Probate Division
1126 Main St, Ste 1
St Johnsbury, VT 05819
Phone: (802) 748-6605

Church Records[edit | edit source]

First Congregational Church Records, 1809-1918 are available on microfilm at the Family History Center.

Universalist Society Church Records, 1825-1854 are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

City Directories[edit | edit source]

St. Johnsbury directories: 1875, 1886, 1888, 1890, 1909, 1925, 1928, 1930, 1935, and 1939.

Maps[edit | edit source]

From Historic Map Works.com

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

  • Goss Hollow Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Grove Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Mount Calvary Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Mount Pleasant Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Saint Johnsbury Center (Old) Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Saint Johnsbury Center (New) Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

Town Records[edit | edit source]

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1788 -2001, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the St. Johnsbury Town Clerk's Office. These include Land records, 1787-1930; index to land records, 1787-1993.

Town of St. Johnsbury
Pomerleau Building
51 Depot Square, Suite 3
Phone: (802) 748-3926
Website: http://www.stjvt.com/

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

St Johnsbury Athenaeum
1171 Main St.
St Johnsbury, VT 05819
Phone: (802) 748-8291
Website: http://www.stjathenaeum.org/

St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center

Northeast Kingdom Genealogy - Genealogy resources for towns in the counties of Essex, Orleans and Caledonia.

Adjacent towns[edit | edit source]


References[edit | edit source]