Genealogy Resources

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HeritageQuest (Includes Census & Family Histories)

HeritageQuest Online from ProQuest is an invaluable online genealogy database that you can access from home. Records include census data, family records, local histories, and more. Please login using the number on the back of your library card.

Colchester Vital Records (Birth, Death, Marriage Records)

  • First 5 volumes: Stored at UVM, Bailey/Howe Library (In Special Collections).
  • Remaining Colchester vital records prior to 1922: Contact the Winooski Town Clerk at 802-655-6419.
  • Colchester vital records after 1922: Contact the Colchester Town Clerk at 264-5520 or visit their website.

The Vermont State Archives and Records Administration Office (in Middlesex) also has microfilmed vital records for most Vermont towns and has open research hours for the public. 

Other Colchester Town Records (Town Meeting Minutes, etc.)

Contact Special Collections at the University of Vermont's Bailey/Howe Library about their collection of pre-1900 Colchester town records, including the first 5 volumes of Colchester vital records.

Old Newspapers

The Department of Libraries office in Montpelier has a large collection of old Vermont newspapers on microfilm. Call 802-828-3268 to confirm their holdings and hours.

Bailey-Howe at UVM has many Vermont newspapers on microfilm. Call 802-656-2023 to see if they have what you're looking for.

Other Resources

  • Colchester Historical Society has a rich collection of local photographs, artifacts, and Colchester-related resources.
  • The Vermont Historical Society has a rich collection of photographs, music, and family and town histories. With a research library located in Barre, the VHS also makes much of their catalog available online.
  • The Vermont Genealogy Library has a wide range of resources available for genealogists, and is located in Colchester. It's affiliated with the Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society which focuses on specific French Canadian families.
  • The National Archives is a Federal Government site with links to military service records, World War II photos, immigration records (including ship passenger lists), naturalization records, and land records.
  • American Merchant Marine at War: This is a private site dedicated to mariners and U.S. Naval Armed Guard shipmates who died in service during all wars. Resources include ship histories, information about sinkings, casualties, and some government documents. Also includes a helpful list of additional resources for those seeking military records of loved ones.
  • Cyndi's List is a private site with a massive collection of websites that may prove helpful to genealogists.