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Welcome to the Vermont
USGenWeb Obituary Project!

If you don't find your obituary on our pages ~ Please use our Search Engine Database ~ Updated Daily!!

If you have an obituary that you have written, or one that was published prior to 1929 we would love to include it here! Please submit it to using the GenRecords Submission Form. Thanks for your submissions!

No Vermonters in Heaven"

I dreamed that I went to the City of Gold,
To Heaven resplendent and fair,
and after I entered that beautiful fold,
by one in authority then I was told
That not a Vermonter was there."

Impossible, sir, for from my own town
Many sought this delectable place,
and each must be there with a harp or a crown,
And a conqueror's palm and a clean linen gown,
Received thru a merited grace."

'The Angel replied: All Vermonters come here
When first they depart from the earth,
But after a day, or a month, or a year,
They restless and lonesome and homesick appear,
And sigh for the land of their birth."

They tell of ravines, wild, secluded and deep
And of flower-decked landscapes serene,
Of towering mountains, imposing and steep,
A-down which, the torents exultingly leap,
thru forests perennially green."

They tell of the many and beautiful hills,
Their forests majestic appear,
They tell of its rivers, its lakes, streams and rills,
Where nature, the purest of water distills,
And they soon get dissatisfied here."

We give them the best the Kingdom provides;
They have everything here that they want,
But not a Vermonter in heaven abides:
A very brief period here he resides,
Then hikes his way back to Vermont."

Dr. Ernest Fenwick Johnstone
From an old Postcard

See a photo of Dr. Johnstone
Read Dr. Johnstone's Biography & Obituary

This is a project for Vermont and we hope to make it a success by getting many local newspapers involved!

Ways You Can Help:

  1. You can help us by submitting a letter to the publisher of any local Vermont Newspaper and get permission for current obits to be published. A sample letter can be found here.
  2. Go through old newspapers (published prior to 1923) and copy the obituaries found. We will also accept single obituaries that you have in your files. You can submit either complete obituaries or abstracts (just the facts) of the obituaries. Check with your local library to see what old newspapers they have on microfilm.

Copyright Law:

The Vermont Obituary Project will abide by today's copyright laws. Obituaries published after December 31, 1929, unless:

  1. you were the original author of the obituary, or

  2. the newspaper in question grants permission to reprint the obituary, or
  3. the obituary is that of a family member (you must give the relation), or
  4. you submit an abstract of your obituaries. A good abstract might give the paper's name, name of deceased, age, date of death, and date that the obituary appears in the paper (in parenthesis).

Do you have an Obituary for Vermont? Please submit it to using the GenRecords Submission Form.
We'll be happy to add it to this project!

Participating Newspapers

Coos County Democrat - Publishing news & views of Lancaster -
Groveton - Whitefield & other towns of the upper
Connecticut River valley of New Hampshire & Vermont.

List of Vermont Counties
Addison Bennington Caledonia Chittenden
Essex Franklin Grand Isle Lamoille
Orange Orleans Rutland Washington
Windham Windsor    

Archive Newspapers

Selected Vitals From the Morning Star
by David Colby Young - USGW Archives VT

Selected Vermont Vitals
By Janet Delorey - USGW Archives VT

Obituary Indexes



Thinking about Adopting a State? Please see the
Guidelines Page for more information.

Obituary Archives Project Coordinator -

Special Projects Representative - Rebecca Maloney