Notes from the President - 11 February 2013
Winter in Vermont
Winter in Vermont--just wait a minute and it's bound to change. A couple of weeks ago, it was so cold that the thermometer outside the kitchen window stuck at -16º. The following week it was about 50º and consequently most of the small amount of snow that we did have--melted. Then there was winter storm Nemo, though here in Vermont, it was hardly the mega-storm that was predicted. Just a typical Vermont snowstorm; I measured about a foot in the driveway, but we are up on hill, so no doubt there was less in town.
Just a reminder, the early bird registration fee of $110 for NERGC 2013, ends on February 28, 2013. You can still register after that point, but the price increases to $135. GSV has distributed brochures at locations throughout the state including: the Vermont Historical Society and Vermont French Canadian Genealogical Society. Plus several Vermont libraries that are GSV members. If you have never attended a conference you should really consider it--you will not be disappointed.
Scott Andrew Bartley, known to his friends and colleagues as Drew, has stepped down as editor of Vermont Genealogy with the Fall 2012 issue. That issue should be arriving in members' mailboxes within a few days. After nine years of editing, we wish him the best in his new endeavors. He is currently a Content Specialist for Wiki.FamilySearch.org, editor and researcher for the Newbury Street Press at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and editor and researcher for Five/Six Generations Project for the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.
Vermont Probate Records Online
FamilySearch.org continues to update their collections of Vermont probate records. Three recently added collections are: Franklin County Probate Records 1796-1921; Orange County, Bradford District 1780-1915; and Orange County, Randolph District 1790-1935. These are additions to the probate collections that FamilySearch previously had online,which includes: Bennington County, Manchester District (Estate Files) 1779-1935; Washington County Probate (Estate Files) 1862-1915 and Windham County, Westminster District 1781-1921 (currently only back to 1881); plus Vermont Probate 1791-1919, which consists of Chittenden and Essex Counties. All these are browse only collections, excepting the last one, but with a little patience you are bound to find something of interest and just maybe--even an ancestor.
Jonathan W. Stevens, President
Page last updated 11 February 2013