In 1999 I began the task of
transcribing abstracts of the marriage and death notices from the VERMONT
CHRONICLE. The CHRONICLE was published weekly in
When I first began this project I was transcribing all the information into a database, but that was time consuming. Many requested copies of the original documents, but due to the fragile nature of the documents (I was working with original newspapers) I could not offer photocopies. Those requests prompted me to find a better way to get the information out, in an acceptable format. I purchased a digital camera and photographed the notices in the newspapers so I could offer digitized copies (click here to see a sample)of the original newspaper notices, rather than the abstracts that I was providing. I will still be posting the indexes as in the past indexes of names and will still need the same information to send you the copies (see the order form linked to each index page).
Years online: 1826 to 1882
Search all index pages by typing in your surname here:
The search will provide links to all index pages that list your surname. If there are many unusual spellings to your surname you may wish to check the alphabetical listings just to be sure you don't miss any variations. Click here to view the alphabetical listings. Ordering instructions are attached as links on each index page.
Now, as for the indexes... Explanation of events: marriage and death events are the obvious meaning, the notation of father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, pastor (someone who has performed a marriage), executor, etc, indicates that there was another primary person associated with this event (ie: husband may indicate the death of a wife; father the death or marriage of his child; and pastor the person who performed a marriage ceremony for a couple). The place listed is the place of the actual event, not necessarily to location of the person named.
Specific dates, parents names, etc are not usually given, but sometimes are (to see examples of how often they occured in early papers click here). Also sometimes noted are interesting facts, such as the deceased being a revolutionary war soldier or professor at a certain college. (or that he was bludgeoned to death by a hatchet, or other grisly details!)
Although specific dates are not generally found in the notices, it is my hope that at least this will give you a lead as to where to look next - you'll at least have a town and approximate timeframe to research.
I have copied names and places as
found in the notices. You will notice several different spellings for the
same communities (i.e.: Weathersfield and
I have added
Copies of the page the records are on are available for sale - follow the order links at the tops and bottoms of each index page.
Who to Contact for More Information:
your orders via mail to:
Sylvia R Manning
139 Paint Works Road
Brandon, VT 05733
Any general questions can be directed to me via e-mail at: