Genealogy & Research

Please note that our mission, volunteers and collections focus primarily on the original town of Rutland - which today includes Proctor, West Rutland, Rutland Town, and Rutland City. We are NOT a county historical society. Due to limited resources and time, we generally cannot assist with county wide research, but do try to help direct you when we are able.

For Rutland COUNTY, we created a Facebook Group "Rutland County Vermont Genealogy Network" to connect researchers who may be able to assist beyond our core volunteer group. Join us here, and post a query! This is a great place to connect with others who may be able to help with local research.

If you need additional help, please read on...

We will investigate your research query upon receipt of a written request. We strongly suggest that you do so using our Contact Form or our Facebook page for expedited results. If sending your request by mail, please include a self-addressed and stamped envelope. Please share with us as much pertinent information as you may have. We will charge fifteen cents per page for any pertinent black & white photocopies; there are no charges for digital scans. Generally, we spend up to an hour on each request. Often, you will be directed to other resources.

If searching for vital records, please contact the Vermont State Archives or the clerk of the specific town for more assistance obtaining copies. Vermont Vital records are also searchable online at FamilySearch and Ancestry. We do not have vital records. 

If you would like to visit our building to search our archives and collections, it is best to contact us in advance so that we can prepare as much material for you as possible. If unable to visit during our normal business hours, we can often accommodate appointments outside of these times. Walk-ins, however, are always welcome!

Thank you for visiting! Please consider becoming a member and/or making a donation to help us continue to share all of this material to the public.

Here are some basic genealogy based resources for your own use, but do not forget to browse our Site Map for other great web pages that may be useful!