Vital records (2008 and earlier) in the state registry, which is maintained by the Vermont Department of Health, are available online. These records are also available on microfilm, which can be inspected and copied through by those doing on-site research in the Reference Room at the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration. Pursuant to 18 V.S.A. § 5002, there are no restrictions on public access to these Vermont vital records.
Unlike certified copies, copies from microfilm or any of the online resources below cannot be used for legal purposes. A searchable index to 1909 and later birth and death records in the state registry is provided by the Department of Health.
Vermont birth, marriage, and death records in the Vermont Vital Registry System from 1760 to 2003 are available through FamilySearch.org. Any individual can research and print records at no cost from this site and FamilySearch accounts are free.
Vermont birth, marriage, and death records from 1760-2008 are available through Ancestry.com which is a subscription service. Vermont residents can research and print Vermont vital records for free on Ancestry.com through an account on MyVermont.gov. For more information about accessing the records through MyVermont.gov, please see this FAQ.
Only available from Vermont Town Clerks
The recording by town clerks of all marriages, births, and deaths was enacted into Vermont law in 1779. In 1857, the Vermont Legislature enacted legislation requiring town clerks to file lists, and later copies, of vital events recorded in their respective offices with the State; however, the state registry is not complete, particularly for pre-1909 records. Those conducting research for a family that resided in one particular town, or requesting earlier Vermont vital records, are encouraged to also contact the town clerk of the town where the vital event took place.
Only available from the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration
The Vermont Secretary of State's recording volumes of vital events reported by town clerks and the Vermont Judiciary (divorce) are in the Vermont State Archives. These recordings are not as detailed or comprehensive as the records available through town clerks or the state registry.