"To Warn-Out" = definition: In early Vermont, all people who were not able to take care of themselves because of poverty, illness or the like became the responsibility of the town in which they had legal residence, For Vermont the legal residence was either the town you where you were born or where you owned property. In Vermont, if a non-legal resident came into town the authorities had usually one year to warn the person that they were not legal residents and that they should leave town and could not expect the town to support them in any way. This became a legal record of the town where these people were residing, but were not legal residents and counted on a census. Often the people warned-out did not actually leave the town in question. Other times they might have been forcibly removed. These legal notices are used by genealogists to follow people who didn't leave other traces like census records or deeds of land purchases. Often, they were on the margins of society and harder to trace, hence the usefulness of records of warnings-out. The warning-out laws were changed in Vermont around 1820.