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Vermont Public Records

What is the Best Way to Find Vermont Public Records?

The state of Vermont has made it easy to find information relating to individuals, companies, and government agencies through a statute known as the "Vermont Public Records Law." The law states that any person can view (and often copy) any type of public record at leisure without suffering any type of harassment or scrutiny from the state of Vermont.

Examples of the types of public documents available include:

  • Criminal arrest records and background checks.
  • Government employee salaries and job descriptions.
  • Publically available personal data.
  • As you can see, there is a considerable amount of data available within these Vermont public records. There are several ways to access these records. The recommended way by the state of Vermont is to go to the Vermont archives between 9AM and 12PM and 1PM and 4PM, yet for those that are out of state or unavailable during those hours that can be difficult. So rather than take a trip to Vermont, another option is to visit digital archives of these records that have been collected on several online databases. This allows all of the information to be in one place, and you can access these records at any time in the day from anywhere in the world. Going in person is useful for getting copies of public documents, while the Internet is better for simply viewing the information you are looking for.

    Vermont Birth Records

    Before 1857, vital records in Vermont were recorded and kept at the town level. This made it easy for solving inheritance issues and the distribution of property. However in 1857, state legislature required all towns to report all vital records such as births, marriages, and deaths to the secretary of state.Therefore if you are doing genealogy research and need to search Vermont birth records, you have to note that the vital records in Vermont where not mandatory before 1857 and therefore it might be a little difficult to track certain families and births before that time. However you are also able to find resources from the archives like newspaper records that can help you to track pre 1857 birth records.To make things easy for researchers and for informational purposes, the government of Vermont has released a comprehensive online resource of registered births that is easy to search and use. These online databases are a great resource for anyone that needs to search birth records in Vermont.You are also able to request Vermont birth certificates for yourself or for family member online, or in writing, and for births that occurred within the last ten years, you can order records from the Vermont Vital Records Unit. For older birth records, you will need to request in writing from the Public Records Division of Vermont General Services Center.

    Vermont Death Records

    In Vermont the Department of Health, Agency of Human Services is responsible for the States vital record. The board of health has had this responsibility since 1896, which was the predecessor to the Department of Health. The Department of Health takes care of vital records including dissolutions, marriages, abortions and deaths. The Vermont death records they keep are a matter of public information and may be searched, verified and certificates may be ordered.

    Deaths that have occurred in the last five years are held by the Vermont State Department of Health, past that time they are passed on to the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration. Death records from the past five years may be searched and requested online. The Vermont Death Records allows for verification, a search or a certified copy there is no fee involved in finding out about verification or searching the records; however certified copies do have a fee. Certified death certificates or death records may be required when you’re looking to obtain government benefits, and they are always required when dealing with an insurance agency.

    The State of Vermont realized the importance of keeping track of records early on; they were often used much like they are today to help determine inheritance and property rights. They also were used to follow things like epidemics.

    Additional Vermont Resources

    The links listed below lead to government agencies that provide free online access to public record information. 

    For the MOST COMPREHENSIVE RESOURCE  describing all access methods, restrictions, fees, and search procedures on over 28,000 government and private agencies visit the Public Record Research System (PRRS-Web).  We provide the extensive details and in-depth data you will not find doing a Google search!


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