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Plainfield, Washington County, Vermont Genealogy

Brief History

Cemeteries

Church Records

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

Land Records

The following are online land records for the town of TOWN:

Libraries and Historical Societies

Maps

The following are online maps of the town of TOWN:

Newspapers

Probate Records

In Vermont, most probate records are kept at the town level. The following are online probate records for the town of TOWN:

Town Histories

Town Records

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

The town clerk is responsible for these records, and so most originals can be found at the town clerk's office.

Vital Records

Births

Marriages

Deaths

References

Brief History

Plainfield was chartered on November 10, 1797 by the Vermont Legislature. The town was originally named St. Andrews Gore. The town was renamed Plainfield in November of 1797.

The principal village of Plainfield actually lies partly in Marshfield. Due south, near the Barre town line, is a village known as Plainfield Springs.  Plainfield had a population of of 1,243 at the 2010 census. [1] [2] 

Historical Data

Town Histories

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The probate district for Plainfield is Washington.
Washington District Probate Court
10 Elm St. #3
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 828-3405

Church Records

City Directories

Maps

1873 map of Plainfield and Duxbury Corners

1873 map of Plainfield and North & East Montpelier

Cemeteries

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

  • Bisson Barre Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Kinney Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Plainfield Center Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Plainfield Village Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital Records, 1897 -1998, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Plainfield Town Clerk's Office. These include Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1998; index to births and deaths, 1762-1902Town records, 1762-1908, and Deeds, 1793-1854.

Plainfield Town Clerk's Office:
149 Main Street
PO Box 217
Plainfield, VT 05667
Phone: (802) 454-8461
Email: plainfieldtc@gmail.com
Website: http://www.plainfieldvt.us/

Newspapers

Burlington Free Press

The Barre Montpelier Times-Argus

Libraries and Historical Societies

Cutler Memorial Library
151 High St.
Plainfield, VT 05667
Phone: (802) 454-8504
Email: info@cutlerlibrary.org
Website: http://www.cutlerlibrary.org

References

  1. About Plainfield, VT - Virtual Vermont Internet Magazine - http://www.virtualvermont.com/towns/plainfield.html#about
  2. Town of Plainfield - http://sites.rootsweb.com/~vermont/WashingtonPlainfield.html

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