On the Road Again: Are Your Ancestors Hiding in Road Records?

Diane L. Richard, MEng, MBA

Roads were built and maintained by the local community, thus the members of the road crews were appointed by the county court. The records of these crews and the work they performed include details about your ancestor as well as the FAN Club (friends, associates, neighbors) working with them. The records provide incredible insight into the nitty gritty of how our road infrastructure was created and maintained at a time when few other records were being created.

(Image source: “Valhalla Road, Tryon, N.C.” from Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, Public Domain.)

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