West Haven, Rutland County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

West Haven was taken out of Fair Haven, which had been chartered by Vermont in 1779. Apparently there had been discussion about dividing the town almost from the very beginning. The name West Haven was chosen for the new town was chartered on Oct. 20, 1792.

The two towns were required by the legislature to share one representative for thirty-one years, until West Haven was finally given its own seat in 1823.

West Haven has primarily been an agriculture community while Fair Haven has focused on industrial growth. The town population was 264 in the 2010 US Federal Census, 2010. [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[edit | edit source]

The probate district for West Haven is Fair Haven.
Fair Haven Probate Court
3 North Park Place
Fair Haven, VT 05743
(802) 265-3380

City Directories
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Maps[edit | edit source]

1854 Rutland County, West Haven map

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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day West Haven. For location of cemeteries, see Cemteries of Vermont, Rutland County, website at this link.

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Town Records
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Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images) at this link.  These records include Town records, v. 2, 1786-1836, and Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1868-1995; indexes to births, marriages, deaths, 1857-1946.

The Family History Library has microfilm of other original West Haven records.

West Haven Town Clerk
2919 Main Road
West Haven, VT 05743
Phone: (802) 265-4880
Email: whavenoffice2919@aol.com

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Rutland Herald online at this link.

Libraries and Historical Societies
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West Haven Historical Society
Mailing Address: 2919 Main Road, West Haven, VT 05743
Email: kellis@rrmc.org
Phone: (802) 265-4880 or (802) 265-2177
Contact: Tad Mandel, Vice President

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  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 6999 Rutland County, Vermont.
  2. History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.

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