Privacy Concerns Raised about Vermont Town Reports of Births, Marriages, and Deaths

The Pittsford, Vermont Select Board’s December 17 board meeting discussed the fact that some residents are concerned that publishing birth, marriage, civil union and death names in the annual town report harms their privacy. The issue has been placed on the agenda for the next town meeting, according to a brief article in the Rutland Herald at


The persons complaining about birth, death, civil union, & marriage information being published in town reports are probably the same ones who post the information on social media sites & the newspapers complete with photos.


It’s really a matter of “public record.” See published births, applications for marriage licenses, etc., in a variety of municipalities’ newspapers. Rutland has something to hide??

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Don’t newspapers still publish births, weddings, and deaths?


    Generally, no. I subscribe to two local papers in California, and births are not reported at all, marriages and deaths only in paid social announcements and obituaries.


For a while people in our area stopped putting death notices in the papers because too many crooks were scouring the death notices for dates and times of wakes and funerals and burglarizing the homes of the deceased, or of relatives mentioned in the death notices, while the family was at the funeral home or church.


Then beef up security at the homes of the deceased, whether that means a drive by once every twenty minutes (works best in smaller communities) or organizing neighbors to keep an eye out. With today’s social media, it shouldn’t be too difficult to organize. But, honestly, other than the pre-printed invites some had back in the day, how else are people to know of an upcoming funeral?


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