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New Directions and Recent Endeavors: Family History Resources and the Vermont State Archives Scott Reilly Vermont State Archives & Records Administration.

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1 New Directions and Recent Endeavors: Family History Resources and the Vermont State Archives Scott Reilly Vermont State Archives & Records Administration October 29, 2011

2 Introduction The VT State Archives and Records Administration since 2008 Existing holdings with genealogical value

3 New Directions and Recent Endeavors County Court Records and the NHPRC Grant Probate Court Records Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Partnerships

4 On the Horizon Local Records in the State Archives Pending Accessions with Genealogical Value Court Indexes Public Records Exemptions and Archival Records

5 Introduction

6 Recent History Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA) was created in 2008 Greater collaboration with public agencies on records management programs Newly-renovated building opened, 2009 – 2010

7 Renovations to Middlesex Building

8 Records in the State Archives with Genealogical Value Vital Records Local Records Lotting Plans Court Records Naturalizations Public Institutions (Schools, Prisons, Hospitals, etc.) Eugenics Survey Military Records Administrative and Legislative Records Manuscript State Papers

9 Recent Endeavors

10 County Court Records Project The Issue with Court Records The Opportunity The Grant

11 County Court Records Project 2-year project Caledonia, Lamoille, and Orleans Counties 330 cubic feet of case files and 500 volumes From c to 1945 A model to address the remaining 11 counties

12 Probate Court Records Probate Court consolidation in 2011

13 Probate Court Records Transfers to the State Archives since January 2011: Fair Haven District Windsor District Marlboro District Westminster District Franklin District Bennington District

14 Future Probate Court Transfers Somewhat dependent on the courts Prefer a county-by-county approach Tentative discussions about Hartford District, Manchester District, and Lamoille District records

15 Partnerships for Improving Access

16 Genealogical Society of Utah Reformatting Vermont probate records since 1950s FamilySearch also is currently digitizing vital records from

17 Contract with the VT Department of Health to digitize vital records, Prospects for a Vermont state page

18 FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Partnership Collaboration on vital records and naturalizations To be available on both sites

19 On the Horizon

20 Future Projects at the State Archives Local records in the archives

21 Future Projects at the State Archives Pending Accessions of Genealogical Interest Weeks School Windsor State Prison Vermont State Hospital

22 Future Projects at the State Archives Public records exemptions and archival records

23 Future Projects at the State Archives Online index to court records

24 Research at the State Archives

25 Reference Room is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm Located at 1078 US RTE 2 in Middlesex

26 Research at the State Archives Online at us at Telephone at Online at us at Telephone at

27 Thank You! Scott Reilly Archivist


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