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Virginia Road Orders: An Overlooked Genealogical Resource

Virginia Road Orders: An Overlooked Genealogical Resource


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by Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

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Virginia Road Orders: An Overlooked Genealogical Resource


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The establishment and maintenance of public roads in Virginia was one of the most important functions of the early colonial courts. Public convenience and welfare required as soon as the settlements left the riverbanks. Tidewater transportation was the mainstay of colonial transportation until about 1700. By this time settlement began away from the riverbanks and road needed to be created to connect the new settlements with the riverbanks. These records for Virginia are readily accessible yet overlooked by many Virginia researchers.
 


 
 

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Presenter: Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA is the author of The ‘Lost Pensions’: Settled Accounts of the Act of 6 April 1838 (Revised) and Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, Inventory 14 (Revised). His most recent work is Understanding Revolutionary War and Invalid Pension Ledgers, 1818 – 1872, and the Payment Vouchers They Represent. He has authored seventeen books and several articles in the National Genealogical Society QuarterlyFamily Chronicle and other genealogical publications. He is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 8,500 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than thirty-three years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives. He is a member of the Company of Military Historians on the editorial board of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and is a former Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists. A faculty member for several years of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. He is the coordinator for the Annual Heritage Books Genealogical Conference and Cruises and has been the co-leader of the National Genealogical Society DC research trip. He was awarded the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award in 2008 and UGA Silver Tray Award in 2009. He became a Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association in 2014.  

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