VERMONT VITAL RECORDS
Please see our Vitals Certification section
Vital records are available for research through the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (see index for series HE-212). Records that comprise the State's register of vital events were compiled from various sources dating from 1760 to 2006. Vital records issued within the past five years are available through the Department of Health's Vital Records Office. A detailed history of the Vital Registry System is available which explains how the state registry information was compiled and how it relates to local vital records maintained by town clerks.
Some of the vital records in the state registry can be researched online through the following services:
- Ancestry.com: Vermont birth, marriage, and death records from 1909-2008 are available for research through Ancestry.com which is a pay service. Vermont residents however can research these records for free via an account on MyVermont.gov. For more information about accessing the records through MyVermont.gov, please see this FAQ.
- FamilySearch.org: Some – but not all – Vermont birth, marriage, and death records in the state registry from 1760 to 1954 are now available for research through FamilySearch.org
Please note that the State's registry is not complete, particularly for pre-1909 records. If you are conducting research for a family that resided in one particular town, the best source of vital information may be in the office of the town clerk in that town. Contact information for all Vermont town clerks can be found online in the Town Clerks' Guide.
OBTAINING COPIES OF VITAL RECORDS
Both certified copies and informational copies of vital records can be obtained by visiting the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration building in Middlesex. Microfilmed copies of vital records are available for researchers to use through our Reference Room, which is open Tuesday - Friday from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. For directions, see our Contact page.
Requests for informational copies may be e-mailed to or submitted via U.S. mail. Researchers may submit up to two requests at a time. As a courtesy, we are waiving the statutory fees associated with searching and copying vital records. We ask that researchers wait to hear back from us before submitting additional requests. Your cooperation allows us to continue to waive the statutory fees. If a researcher would like a more extensive search, the Uniform Schedule of Public Records Charges will apply. Please contact the Reference Room for more details before submitting a more extensive request.
Please direct all reference questions or research inquiries to:
- VSARA Reference Room Staff
- EMAIL: (For vital records requests use: )
- PHONE: 802-828-2308
This page was last updated on: 2013-04-09.