Vermont Vital Records
Vermont Vital Records
The Office of Vital Records is responsible for maintaining all state-level vital records created, administered and maintained by the state of Vermont regarding a person’s most important life events. These records include such documents as birth certificates, marriage licenses and death certificates and are compiled and stored in permanent central registry state entities uses to develop statistical analysis of its population.
A birth certificate is a vital record that documents the birth of a child. The term "birth certificate" can refer to either the original document certifying the birth or to a certified copy or representation of the original document. The state of Vermont registers birth records as early as 1760. They are usually linked to the time the settlements were permanent. The earliest records were collected from Vermont clerks’ offices, church registers and county records of vital statistics, which provide the earliest evidence of births. These records are available at Vermont Town Clerk and Vermont Vital and Town Records. All existing birth records are kept and gathered by the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration.
A death record is most likely a copy of the information contained in a person’s death certificate. The state of Vermont has registered death records as 1760s. The death records started to be kept as early as the settlement was permanent and churches started to be built in that area. All records from early time were gathered and preserved by the churches registers in the county where the events occurred. The existing death records are kept and gathered at the Vermont Family Search Historical Records and Vermont State Archives and Records Administration.
A marriage/divorce record is issued by a government official only after civil registration of the marriage/divorce occurs. The earliest marriage registrations were recorded in 1770s. Generally this time is linked to the earliest permanent settlements. The marriage records usually mention the names of the bride and groom, the date and place of the marriage, and the home town of both the bride and groom. They also may show the names of the parents of each of them. The existing marriage and divorce records of that time are kept and made available to the public by the Vermont Family Search Historical Records and Vermont Marriages Collection. Now the marriage and divorce records are collected by Vermont Department of Health and Vital Statistics and Vermont State Archives and Records Administration.
Why Vital Records are Available to the Public?
In 1970, the Vermont State Legislature pass a law named the Vermont Public Records Law. This law was enabled with the last changes in 2000 and aims to ensure disclosure of court records and other public records to the public: A Matter of Public Record 2014.pdf. Every person throughout the state can request access to access all public records through the assigned specialized offices within its determined terms.
What Vital Records Access Mean to You?
The law is similar to the Vermont Open Meetings Law which legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted. The Vermont Public Records Law intent is that all records maintained by state and local government entities be available for public access and copying.