West Fairlee, 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]

The town of West Fairlee was chartered on February 25, 1797 by the Vermont Legislature and was organized on March 31, 1797.

West Fairlee had originally been a part of Fairlee for nearly 36 years. Geography, with the line of high hills running north and south through the middle of the original Fairlee, and in those days transportation would certainly be reasons for the division. [1]  [2]

Historical Data
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Town Histories
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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 West Fairlee is Orange.
Orange Probate Court
5 Court St
Chelsea VT 05038
Phone: (802) 685-4610

City Directories
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Maps
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1877 map of West Fairlee and Fairlee

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

  • Bloodbrook Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Kidderhood Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Middle Brook Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • West Fairlee Center Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • West Fairlee Villiage Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

Churches[edit | edit source]

The West Fairlee Center Congregational Church History

Town Records[edit | edit source]

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1777-1863, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

West Fairlee Land Records, 1892-1902, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the West Fairlee Town Clerk's Office. These include Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1856-1997; card index to births, marriages, deaths, 1900-1998Deeds, 1797-1852; index to deeds, 1797-1939, and Land records, 1852-1896, land records index, 1901-1947; proprietor's records, 1761-1800.

West Fairlee Town Clerk
870 VT Rte 113
West Fairlee, Vermont 05083
Phone: (802) 333-9696
Email westfairleetc@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.westfairleevt.com/

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

The Herald of Randolph

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

West Fairlee Public Library
894 VT Rte 113
West Fairlee, Vermont, 05083
Phone: (802) 333-3502
Email: westfairleelibrary@hotmail.com
Website: http://westfairleelibrary.wordpress.com/

West Fairlee Historical Society
Community Building
894 VT Rte 113
Mailing Address: PO Box 163
West Fairlee, Vermont, 05083
Phone: (802) 333-4285
Email: rkbailey@sover.net

References[edit | edit source]

  1. West Fairlee, VT History, Town of West Fairlee Website, http://www.westfairleevt.com/
  2. History of West Fairlee, VT http://sites.rootsweb.com/~vermont/OrangeWestFairlee.html

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