Counties, Towns and Villages
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The following links should assist you in understanding
those confusing place names
you keep finding for your Vermont ancestors.
The State of Vermont has fourteen counties, which are divided into townships.
If you've been doing genealogy for a while, you have most likely encountered
place names like Brighton Township (Twp), Essex County, Vermont. This was
quite common during frontier times, before the townships were developed
into the cities we have today. In Vermont, this is not the case. There
are only nine cities in the entire state. Although Vermont is the second
largest New England state in land area (only Maine is larger), it is still
largely rural. Vermont has less than 600,000 residents. Townships are a
collection of cities, towns, villages and hamlets. I have frequently found
inquiries posted on message boards asking if anyone knows the difference
between so-and-so township and so-and-so city/town/village/hamlet.
If you don't know which county (or counties) your ancestors
came from, there are still ways to find that information. Do you have a
place name, but have no idea what or where it is? You can look it up in
the index or you can find lists place names
through their Grants, Patents &
Charters or look them up by Sorted
By Date or Sorted By Name.
If you have no place name, but you know which
the part of the state they came from, you can look at the map
of counties and towns and see what is located in that area of the
state. You can even click on that map to
see it enlarged. If none of this is helpful, perhaps you can find
some clues by going through the County Changes
If your place name is a township (often written in vital records
as twp), click on this link and look
it up. Clicking on the township name will take you to the listing. Do not
assume that a township is in a county of the same name. Orange Township
happens to be in Orange County, but Essex Township is not in Essex County,
it is in Chittenden County. These townships were once the seat of the county
of the same name, but politics and a growing population shifted the county
borders so that many of these "county seats" are now part of another county.
Cities, towns, villages and hamlets
If all you have is a place name, for example, Island Pond or
Bellows Falls, but you have no idea if it is township or a village or where
it is located, click on this link and
look it up. The listings include the names of the Township and County in
which the place is located. Clicking on the township name will take you
to the listing.
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