Notes from the President

11 April 2010


Spring Meeting

Our joint meeting with the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists is all set for Saturday, 24 April, at the Howe Library in Hanover, N.H. A great program is lined up, consisting of Diane Gravel, who will share insights on how to overcome those New Hampshire brick walls, and Michael Sherman, who will explore family history in Vermont State history. For those traveling a distance to get to this event, please note that because of logistical issues and time constraints there will be no morning coffee or refreshments, so be sure to pick some up before you arrive if that is important to you. The program is extremely affordable at $10, so be sure to send your reservations to treasurer Jane Belcher at GSV, P.O. Box 14, Randolph, Vt. 05060-0014.

Fall Elections

As part of our Fall Program, we will once again be holding elections for GSV officers. A Nominations Committee has been appointed. Members are Judy Goss and Peggy Jenks, and they are interested to know of members who are willing to serve their society as officers. Of particular interest are those who would be willing to serve as Vice President or Secretary, but interest in any of the positions will be considered by the committee. Please contact them directly or send your information to me at and I will pass the information on to them. Terms of service are for two years in all instances.

Vermont Probate Courts

As anticipated, a bill is now before the Vermont Legislature to consolidate the court system, including the Probate Courts. It is not entirely clear to me whether GSV should be taking a position on the proposal. You can read the proposed changes at and decide for yourself if this is something you would like to weigh in on.

Vermont Vital Records, 1909-2008

A long-awaited event has happened. The Vermont births, marriages and deaths from 1909 to 2008 are now available online at This is a wonderful resource for Vermont researchers. If you don’t have a subscription to, there is a very good chance that a library in your area does have one. Searching this database will be much easier than it was in the microfilmed version, as you can search not only on the name of the individual, but also on parents’ names. By simply filling in the surname in question, and the first names of parents, it is possible to pull up an entire family’s birth records at one time.

GSV on FaceBook

The Genealogical Society of Vermont now has a presence on FaceBook. Consider joining us there and sharing opinions, posing questions, etc.

Bob Murphy


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