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Vermont Family History Research
Do you need help finding your Vermont ancestors? We provide documentation of your family history using a combination of online and local resources to establish links between generations and learn the story of your ancestors’ lives. Local repositories include the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, the Vermont Genealogical Library in Colchester, the Vermont Historical Society in Barre, and Town Clerk’s offices. Documents from distant localities are obtained through Stone House Research’s international network of associate researchers.
Do you want to learn more about your Irish ancestors? Because of extensive record loss, Irish family history research is challenging. Fortunately, many unique and interesting records do survive, making Irish research rewarding as well. The surviving records vary greatly from location to location, and include taxation and valuation records, deeds, early census fragments and later census enumerations, parish records, landowner’s estate records, and more. If you have Irish ancestors, please contact us to discuss your project!
What is the first step?
Contact Catherine to discuss what you know about your ancestors, and what you would like to know. We will agree on a research goal and the number of hours for the first phase of your family history research. This will place your project on our waiting list. When we are ready to begin, you will be invoiced for a 50% retainer fee.
What will I receive?
Family history research projects result in a fully-documented digital research report with a detailed analysis of findings, recommendations for the next steps in your research, and copies of source-cited documents.
How much time will it take?
Difficult family history problems take time to research. In-depth research projects are completed in segments of at least ten to twenty hours. “Brick wall” cases require a minimum authorization of 20 hours in order to adequately review your research and begin to assemble evidence. While one always hopes to find a document (or two or three!) that specifies a relationship, our ancestors didn’t always leave these behind. Often we need to analyze and correlate bits of indirect evidence to make a convincing argument for these relationships. These cases are much like completing a jigsaw puzzle – one needs to gather enough pieces of the puzzle on the table before a picture begins to emerge. Of course, if any project is completed in less time than authorized, you are only billed for the actual time used.
What if I only need a document or two?
Perhaps you need a search for a specified type of record, such as a copy of a Vermont death register, deed, or probate file. Or maybe you need a search for an obituary or a copy of something you found in the online catalog for the Vermont Historical Society. We are happy to retrieve these types of specific documents for you. We can also make a trip to a Vermont Town Clerk’s office or local courthouse. Let us know what you need!