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Norwich, Windsor County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

The town of Norwich was established on July 4, 1761. The first settlers reached the area in 1763 and the first town meeting occurred in April 1768. The town was named after Norwich, Connecticut, the state from which the first settlers originated. In the original charter, the name was spelled "Norwhich", but the additional 'h' was dropped shortly after the town was chartered.

In 1819, Alden Partridge, a former Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, founded the private "American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy" in Norwich. Within six years, the school enrollment reached 500 cadets. The school was moved back to Middletown, Connecticut, in 1825, but returned in 1835 with a charter from the U.S. Congress to found another military academy, which remained in Norwich until 1866 when it burned to the ground. The school then relocated to Northfield, Vermont, where it exists today as Norwich University.[1][2]

Historical Data
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Town Histories
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A history of Norwich, Vermont (1905), by M. E. Goddard, and Henry V. Partridge - this book is available free of charge online.

Norwich University, 1819-1911: her history, her graduates, her roll of honor, by William Arba Ellis - this book can be viewed online free of charge.

Norwich, Vermont: A History (2011), by the Norwich Historical Society - Available at the Norwich Historical Society. Find this book in a library.

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

Probate Records
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The probate district for Norwich is Hartford.
Hartford Probate Court
62 Pleasant Street
PO Box 275
Woodstock, VT 05091
Phone: (802) 457-1503

City Directories
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Maps
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1869 map of Norwich

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Norwich. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Windsor County, website at this link.

Churches[edit | edit source]

Congregational Church of Christ records, 1792-1853, are available on microfilm. Church records include minutes of meetings, list of members, covenants, confession of faith, births, baptisms, deaths, and marriages.

Town Records[edit | edit source]

Digital images of Norwich Town records, 1761-1996, are available online at FamilySearch.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Norwich Town Clerk's Office. These include Land records, 1761-1908; general index to land records, 1761-1884, and Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1996.

Norwich Town Clerk
300 Main St.
Norwich, VT 05055
Phone: (802) 649-1419
Email: Clerk@norwich.vt.us
Website: http://norwich.vt.us/

Newspapers
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The Vermont Standard

Rutland Herald Newspaper

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Norwich Historical Society
277 Main Street
P. O. Box 1680
Norwich, VT 05055
Phone: (802) 649-0124
Email: info@norwichhistory.org
Website: http://norwichvthistoricalsociety.org/

Norwich Public Library
PO Box 290
368 Main St.
Norwich, VT 05055
Phone: (802) 649-1184
Website: http://www.norwichlibrary.org/

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Norwich, Vermont - Internet Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwich,_Vermont
  2. History of the Town of Norwich, VT, http://sites.rootsweb.com/~vermont/WindsorNorwich.html

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