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Brighton, Essex County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Brighton was chartered on August 13, 1781.  Brlghton has had three names. It was originally granted by Vermont in 1780 to a group of Connecticut men as Gilead. Following the lapse of the Gilead grant, the town was bought by a different group, this time, the town was was named Random. Latter-day residents came to feel that the Random name did nothing to attract either settlers or business to their town, so the legislature changed the name to Brighton in 1832, when the town's population was just over 100.   The population at the 2010 US Census was 1,222. [1]  [2]

Historical Data
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Town Histories
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History of Island Pond, Vermont.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.

Military Records
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Probate Records
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The probate district for Brighton is Essex.
Essex Probate Court
Main St.
Box 426
Island Pond, VT 05846
Phone: (802) 723-4770

Church Records
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City Directories
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Maps
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Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day Brighton. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Essex County, website at this link.  

Town Records 
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Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1915 -1967, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Brighton Town Clerk's Office. These include Vital records of Brighton, Vermont, 1856, 1866-2000, Town record book of Brighton, Vermont, 1832-1865, including vital records, 1809-ca. 1865, and Land records, 1832-1907.

Brighton Town Office
49 Mill St.
PO Box 377
Island Pond, VT 05846
Phone: (802) 723-4405
Website: http://www.islandpond.com/brighton.htm

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Island Pond Public Library
49 Mill St.
Island Pond, VT 05846
Phone: (802) 723-6134

Island Pond Historical Society Inc
Island Pond, VT 05846
Phone: (802) 723-5983

Northeast Kingdom Genealogy - Genealogy resources for towns in the counties of Essex, Orleans and Caledonia.

References
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