Waterford, 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]

Waterford was chartered on November 8, 1780 by the Vermont Legislature. The town was originally named Littleton.  In 1784 New Hampshire incorporated its own town of Littleton which was located directly across the Connecticut River from the Vermont town named Littleton. The citizens of Vermont's Littleton asked the legislature to change the name of their town, and in March of 1797 Vermont's Littleton became Waterford. 

Villages and hamlets in Waterford include: Waterford (Upper Waterford), Lower Waterford, Waterford Hollow, Gaskill, and Copenhagen. [1]  [2]

Historical Data
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Waterford, Vermont USGenWeb Page

Town Histories
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Waterford, Vermont History

A Vermont village, by C.E. Harris (1941) - find this book in a library. This book is available on Ancestry.com ($)

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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

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

Church Records
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City Directories
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Waterford Town Directories: 1888, 1909, 1925, 1928, 1930, and 1935

St. Johnsbury, Vermont city directories (including Waterford), 1904 - 1935, are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

Maps
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1875 map of Waterford

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Waterford cemetery records, 1797-1869, are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

Town Records 
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The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Waterford Town Clerk's Office. These include Births 1883-1939, marriages 1884-1950, deaths 1883-2001, and indexes: 1748-2001, Land records and deeds, 1793-1941; index, 1793-1941, and Vital records, 1809-1931.

Waterford Town Clerk
532 Maple Street
Waterford, VT 05848
Mailing Address: PO Box 56 Lower Waterford, VT 05848
Phone: (802) 748-2122
Email: townofwaterford@gmail.com
Website: http://www.waterfordvt.org/Town_of_Waterford_Vermont.html

Newspapers
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Burlington Free Press

The Barre Montpelier Times-Argus

The Caledonian Record

Libraries and Historical Societies
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Davies Memorial Library
532 Maple Street
PO Box 56
Lower Waterford, VT 05848
Phone: 802-748-4609
Email: davieslibraryvt@gmail.com
Website: http://daviesmemoriallibrary.org/

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

References
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Adjacent towns: