Free Online Vermont City Directories

City and business directories are available online from all over the U.S. and are what I consider another important set of information that can assist you in advancing your family history and genealogy research.

This activity of presenting links is a collaborative effort between The Ancestor Hunt and Miriam Robbins, who for years has made available the Online Historical Directories website, which presents links to directories of all types that are available online, including free collections as well as those available only via subscription. I wish to thank Miriam for her help in launching this category of records at The Ancestor Hunt.

So, what kinds of directories are available to the researcher?  Naturally city and business directories, but also telephone directories, and alumni, farm, lodge, rural, and social directories.

What can you find in these records? How about:

  • Full names, including middle names
  • Spouse name
  • Occupation
  • Widows, working women, and adult children at home.
  • Maps
  • Businesses (and index to advertisers).
  • Addresses and maps of churches, schools, funeral homes, cemeteries, post offices, courts, hospitals, benevolent associations, and newspapers.
  • Whether a woman is a widow (including the name of her husband).
  • List of marriages and deaths of the previous year.
  • Death date.
  • etc.

Here are a few good primers on the benefits of searching historical city and other directories:​

And here are various places where you can find other city directories online: 

Note: Some of the links listed take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital. To take full advantage, please make sure that you are logged in to FamilySearch. The results may be different if you are signed in, rather than not.

(Updated August 2023)

Vermont City Directories

Links to these free collections are presented initially with statewide collections, followed in alphabetical order by city or county. Generally, the publishing company is included in the reference to the collection, along with the collection title, and the date(s) of the directory:

Statewide

Addison County

Albany

Averill

Barnet

Barre

Barton

Bennington

Bennington County

Bloomfield

Brattleboro

Brownington

Brunswick

Burlington

Cabot

Caledonia County

Canaan

Charleston

Chittenden County

Concord

Coventry

Craftsbury

Danville

Derby

East Haven

Essex County

Fairhaven

Ferdinand

Franklin County

Glover

Granby

Grand Isle County

Granville

Greensboro

Groton

Guildhall

Hardwick

Holland

Irasburg

Island Pond (Brighton)

Jay

Kirby

Lamoille County

Lemington

Lowell

Lunenburg

Lyndon

Lyndonville

Maidstone

Middlebury

Milton

Montpelier

Morgan

Morristown

Newark

Newfane

Newport

Newport Village

North Troy

Northfield

Norton

Orange County

Orleans County

Peacham

Portsmouth

Richmond

Rutland

Rutland County

Ryegate

Sheffield

Shelburne

South Burlington

St. George

St. Johnsbury

Stannard

Sutton

Troy

Underhill

Victory

Walden

Washington County

Waterford

Westfield

Westford

Westmore

Wheelock

Williamstown

Williston

Windham County

Windsor County

Winooski


For all Free Vermont Collection Links in 24 Genealogy Categories, go to the By Location Page, click on Vermont, and then click on the category of interest.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

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