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How to Find Marriage Records in Vermont

Marriage Records in Vermont

Marriage records contain basic information about the married couple and their marriage. This information includes the names of the two individuals, the date of the marriage, and the place of the marriage. Some marriage records also include the names of the mothers and fathers of the couple. Additionally, some records contain the names of the official witnesses to the marriage. Some governmental marriage records contain the maiden names of the mothers of the married couple as well as the place of residence of the married couple.

A marriage record should not be confused with the following documents: a marriage license, a marriage announcement, or a marriage index. The marriage license is the legal document that was issued to the married couple. The marriage announcement is the public listing of the wedding, in most cases, in a published newspaper.

A marriage index is simply a list of the marriages within a specific location. Typically, such an index includes the names of the bride and groom, the date of the marriage, the name of the county in which the marriage occurred, and either the file number of the license or the volume and page name for a register listing as well as the location of the marriage record.

In Vermont, marriage records should be obtained from the county courthouse office. It is necessary to contact the City Clerk or Town Clerk at the courthouse where the records are kept. For record lookup fees and the cost of acquiring a certified copy of vital records, call 802-863-7275. Fees typically vary across towns and states, but are usually quite reasonable.

For a successful search for the marriage records that you are trying to locate, follow these steps:
1. Print or type each name and address clearly to avoid confusion. This includes the full name of both the husband and the wife. The maiden name should be included for the wife. Include nicknames and alternate spellings that may have been used, but list them as such.
2. Keep your request brief and to the point.
3. Limit your request to one marriage record.
4. Include the full address of the individuals at the time of the marriage, including street, city or town, and state. If you know the county in which the marriage took place, include that as well.
5. Include the date that the marriage occurred. If you do not know the date, include a time frame for the search. Generally, it is best to specify a short span of years for an unknown year search. You can always expand the number of years that you search, and a shorter span will lead to a shorter search. You can expect to pay an additional fee for searches such as this that require more effort.
6. Include contact information where you can be reached in the event that more information is required. Include a telephone number, fax number, or an e-mail address.
7. Include your relationship to the individuals listed in your search request.
8. Include the reason for your request.
9. Print your name clearly and sign your request. Some states may also require additional identifying information on you as well. Therefore, you may want to include your driverís license number.
10. Include a SASE, or self addressed stamped envelope with your request for a speedier delivery.
11. Include the date that you mail your request with your correspondence.

To obtain a copy of a marriage record, contact the Clerk in the specific county office where the marriage license was issued. Remember to provide as much accurate information as you have available on the subject of the search, sufficient contact information for yourself, and the required fee. Providing the necessary information will speed the process up considerably.

A list of the local county courthouse addresses and telephone numbers for Vermont is provided below in alphabetical order.

Addison County
Addison County Clerk
7 Mahady Court
Middlebury, VT 05753
Telephone: (802) 388-7741

Bennington County
Bennington Country Clerk
207 South St.
Bennington, VT 05201
Telephone: (802) 442-2700

Caledonia County
Caledonia Country Clerk
1126 Main Street, Suite 1
P.O. Box 4129
Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819
Telephone: (802) 748-6600

Chittenden County
Chittenden County Clerk
175 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05402
Telephone: (802) 863-3467

Essex County
Essex County Clerk
75 Courthouse Dr
P.O. Box 75
Guildhall, VT 05905
Telephone: (802) 676-3910

Franklin County
Franklin Country Clerk
Church Street
Box 808
St. Albans, VT 05478
Telephone: (802) 828-3286

Grand Isle County
Grand Isle County Clerk
PO Box 7
North Hero, VT 05474
Telephone: (802) 372-8350

Lamoille County
Lamoille County Clerk
Main Street
P.O. Box 490
Hyde Park, VT 05655
Telephone: (802) 888-2207

Orange County
Orange County Clerk
5 Court Street
Chelsea, VT 05038
Telephone: (802) 685-4610

Orleans County
Orleans Country Clerk
247 Main St.
Newport, VT 05855
Telephone: (802) 334-3344

Rutland County
Rutland Country Clerk
83 Center St.
Rutland, VT 05701
Telephone: (802) 775-4394

Washington County
Washington County Clerk
65 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Telephone: (802) 223-2091

Windham County
Windham County Clerk
PO Box 207
Route 30
Newfane, VT 05345
Telephone: (802) 365-7979

Windsor County
Windsor County Clerk
12 The Green
PO Box 458
Woodstock, VT 05091
Telephone: (802) 457-2121

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