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On 27 January 2004 the VT_FCGS received sole permission from the Presbyteral Council of the Vermont Catholic Diocese to copy and publish the sacramental records of the oldest churches in the Diocese, and VT_FCGS retains the copyright.

These marriages were taken from the original records and were accurately transcribed and transposed into the computer database by a group of individuals dedicated to preserving the precious genealogical data. This was done so that those researching the genealogical lineage in the future may locate an available and reliable document for their research. The original church record books are thus preserved from much wear and tear.

Many hours were spent translating early records from Latin and French to English, deciphering the script of many priests who made the entries, and then transcribing the records to the computer database format. Portions of some of the original records defied all efforts but were simple either not legible, or parts of the page were missing, and they so noted in the book.

Some of our researchers did additional research of the Vermont Vital Records. This data is differentiated from the church records by placing it in parenthesis (XXX). Any additional notes made by the priest were entered into the NOTES fields. Areas of the original records that were blank are so noted by this symbol: (…)

We have inserted many "see" records into the database for double surnames such as Lacroix and Cross. However not every Lacroix used Cross and not every Cross used Lacroix. If a baptism entry says Lacroix (Cross); then this family did use both, or a marginal entry indicated that they did. Some "see" records cross reference a widows married name and her maiden name when she remarried.

This index follows diocesan policy concerning the confidentiality of sacramental records. Therefore this index does not contain information about race, religion, legitimacy, adoptions or marriage annulments.

Needless to say, translating and transcribing records as extensive as these were; will result in some errors in spite of checks and reviews, please forgive us if we erred.

In some cases the records had only one place to indicate residence, and so it is fair to assume that both the Bride and Groom may have been from the same town unless two towns were mentioned.