Find residents of County Waterford with these local government records detailing maintenance of roads, bridges, piers, railways, as well as public buildings.
Within the records you will find a combination of the following facts about your ancestor:
• Event date
• County and country
• Archive and reference
• Date range, series, page, and line – all refer to the original records held with the archive
We highly recommend that you take the time to view the images and the pages on either side by selecting the previous and next options. The image will provide you with more information about why your ancestor’s name was recorded in the Grand Jury records. There are a number of reasons that your ancestor’s name would appear in the books including,
• A member of the local health services (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc.)
• Supplier of goods or services
• Paid a fee, a toll or rates
• A request for assistance
• Orphaned or deserted child
The Grand Jury for each county developed as was the main arm of local government in the 18th century with responsibility for:
• roads and bridges
• lunatic asylums
• county infirmaries and fever hospitals
The records of the Waterford Grand Jury include:
• Query Books: which detail payments made to individuals for the maintenance of sections of the roads, bridges, piers and other works. Records the development of Waterford, Dungarvan and Lismore Railway Company. Contains the payments made for the maintenance of girls and boys at industrial schools, the support of lunatics and the dispossessed and the provision of police. Details the salaries paid to officers such as the County Surveyor and doctors at hospitals and dispensaries and the payments to local newspapers such as the ‘Waterford Star’ and ‘Waterford Standard’ for advertising.
• Presentment Books: detailing presentments or payments to individuals and the details relating the specific works involved.
• Contract Books: detailing the names of contractors, the amounts charged and observations.
• Account Books: detailing payments received by the Grand Jury from individuals
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