“It is true that the notices of many men, for want of material, are exceedingly meager and inadequate, while others of no little usefulness and influence have been passed over in silence. But a great part of the history of any town or nation, is its unrecorded part; only its leading facts are written; indeed, many a good man’s unvaried life, affords less points on which a biographer can touch, than that of another of far less merit, but which has been full of events. And now, so far from having any written history, many a man of unpretending worth sleeps within the bosom of Salisbury, without even a monument to mark his resting place.” 


- John M. Weeks from "History of Salisbury", 1860. >> more




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Welcome to Underbrush.org! This website contains a growing list of indexes of Vermont cemeteries compiled by Fletcher Brush. We hope the information on this site will help you find your Vermont ancestors.



Many Vermont cemeteries are in desperate need of restoration and gravestone repairs.  An important piece of Vermont’s history is at risk unless initiatives are undertaken to preserve these historic gravestones.  



In Vermont, cemeteries are primarily the responsibility of local communities and private landowners.  Many communities do not have the resources for maintenance, restoration and preservation of cemeteries. In order to preserve the historic cemeteries that dot Vermont's villages and rural landscapes, communities will need to encourage support from its citizens and family descendants.

Vermont is fortunate to have the Vermont Old Cemetery Association that was founded in 1958 to “encourage the restoration and preservation of neglected and abandoned cemeteries in the State of Vermont”.  The Association has played an important role to initiate restoration projects and to create public awareness of the need to preserve our historic cemeteries. If you would like to contribute to a Vermont cemetery or volunteer your time on a cemetery restoration or preservation project we urge you to contact the Vermont Old Cemetery Association or the Town Clerk Office where the cemetery is located.  A list of Town Clerks Offices appears on this website.  The Vermont Old Cemetery Association’s website is www.sover.net/~hwdbry/voca/.



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