Road records can be a fabulous resource for genealogy researchers. Learn about your ancestors' location and neighbors that become important to your research #genealogy #areyoumycousin #ancestry #roadrecords
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31 Days of “Out of the Box” Genealogy Tips – Road Records

July 2018 is completely focused on providing you with genealogy tips that are …..well,….”out of the box”.

Welcome to DAY 26 of the 31 Days of “Out of the Box” Genealogy Tips series! Need to start at the beginning of the series or catch up? Start here.

DAY 26 – Using Road Records

Road records can be a fabulous resource for genealogy researchers. The upkeep of roads and bridges were the responsibility of the community.  Road overseers and road crews  were appointed by the county court, and road crews took care of the road running by their land or close by.

Additionally, check the petitions for a new road made by residents. When the need for a new road was perceived residents petitioned the county to demonstrate the need for the road and its location.

   
Road records can be a fabulous resource for genealogy researchers. Learn about your ancestors' location and neighbors that become important to your research #genealogy #areyoumycousin #ancestry #roadrecords
1823 Wake County, NC Road Petition

When you find your ancestor listed in a road crew, pay close attention to the other members of that crew. Those individuals were your ancestor’s neighbors. This is a good representation of who lived in the community and could well be family and collateral ancestors.

Road records will be found at the county level and road crews are named in the county court records.

Now It’s Your Turn!

Add road records to your research plan and start exploring!

Check out previous posts in the 31 Days of Out of the Box Genealogy Tips:

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Road records can be a fabulous resource for genealogy researchers. Learn about your ancestors' location and neighbors that become important to your research #genealogy #areyoumycousin #ancestry #roadrecords

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