Great genealogy information and unique history snapshots are found in town records!
FamilySearch’s impressive online town records collection comes in very handy when looking for earlier vital records, town meetings, warnings out, etc. As most volumes are NOT indexed by FS, you’ll need to browse and manually hunt down what genealogy items you are looking for. Although many of the “physical” books DO contain varying indexes within.
I also find that reading through these town records provides an interesting picture of what life was like some 200+ years ago in a particular area. Even more fascinating is when they’re your town records.
For instance, I can’t imagine Lebanon, NH bringing up these items during a recent meeting.
I’ve been living here for over 12 years and I have yet to see any swine running around loose on the streets. And the punishment for stray piggies?
Talk about government pork – quite literally! Also in The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same Dept…
Let’s meet to specifically dismiss the meeting – yes!! Or better yet…
What? A government getting NOTHING DONE?!? Nah! Can’t happen! OK, I’ll try and dial the sarcasm down some.
But when they DO get some work done, it comes out like this.
These nine lines could easily be whittled down to three. But not by the government. I’d think using such big words back in 1768 would more likely “discommode the inhabitants”.
Also within Lebanon’s town records are road surveys, which are impossible to use now.
Lots of long-gone trees and rock piles!
Here’s another challenging item brought up in one of the meetings…
I’m guessing this pre-dates the first town library, as that would surely be the job of the head librarian. Then again, if they had a library, this wouldn’t be an issue!
They could also use the library for a good dictionary or two.
Though it looks rather intentional. A Town Clerk doubling as the County Comedian?
So, who Wood have thunk that town records would contain so much neat stuff??
I did, but I’m The Online Genealogist!! Hire me as I have NO problem delving into town records!