New Database: Early Vermont Settlers Index Cards, 1750-1784


Green Mountain Boy Memorial in Rutland Vermont, 1915. Public Domain courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

We are very happy to announce a new database today that is related to our Early Vermont Settlers Study Project; Early Vermont Settlers Index Cards, 1750-1784.

This database contains the indexed images of the index cards prepared by Donald Alan Smith for his thesis, Legacy of Dissent: Religion and Politics in Revolutionary Vermont, 1749 to 1784 (Clark Univ., PhD., 1980). This information represents one of the key resources for the NEHGS study project Early Vermont Settlers to 1784.

The index cards in this database provide excellent information about personal data on individuals (only a few women) who lived within the borders of present-day Vermont. The index cards are not standardized in their format but do follow a general layout. The upper left of the card is the name of the settler, sometimes with several spellings. These names have been standardized for the ease of finding them. The upper right is the town or towns of settlement. This index records the first town settled in Vermont only. Sometimes that town’s name does not appear here, but it found in the settlement date area.  Detailed information on the layout and abbreviations can be found in the database description that appears below the search form on the link above.

The  Early Vermont Settlers Index Cards database provides over 12,000 pages of index cards, organized into 18 volumes, and over 12,100 searchable names. The database supports the following searchable fields:

  • First and last name
  • Year
  • Location

In cases where the card relates directly to people in one of the sketches from the database Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784, a link is provided to the sketch in both the record display page and the transcript page.

This new database is made possible by the indexing effort Scott Andrew Bartley, who is also responsible for the Early Vermont Settlers Study Project. We genuinely appreciate the support of everyone who helps create online databases. If you are interested in joining the team, for even a few hours a month, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership