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Please note, for a comprehensive review of County Layout plans and instruments of taking, a search should be done in the County Commissioners' index, the Engineering Department's indexes, and in the Registry of Deeds.
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This site contains various records of the County of Norfolk Engineering Department. Among the records are:
The County Commissioners' Index is the main reference for all the railroad and county layout plans and takings. The plan book references for highways and railroads refer to the County Highways Plan Books and County Railroad Plan Books. The record volume and page references refer to the County Commissioners' record books, see below.
The County Highway Plan Books have been scanned up to book 25. Layouts after book 25 are generally recorded in the registry of deeds. See the County Layouts spreadsheets for Registry recording references.
|Field Book||Field books are indexed by town name and then by street name.|
|Layouts||Layouts are indexed by town name and then by street name.|
|Projects||Layouts are indexed by town name and then by street name. There is also a miscellaneous card for each town.|
The County Index Cards are an index for the Norfolk County Engineering Department's records. The records include the field books, Layouts, and Project Folders. The field books contain survey information for the Layouts such as existing corridor surveys, benchmarks and leveling notes, layout staking notes, ties to bounds, monument locations, and other various survey notes. The Layout cards refer to the Norfolk County Engineering Department's in house numbers for County Layouts. The Layout cards also refer to a County Commissioners' Highway Plan Book and Page Number. The Project index cards refer to a folder number for a project the County Engineering Department has produced. These project folders generally contain survey records, research, calculations, and other information pertaining to a County Layout, work a Town requested, or work done on County property.
The County Railroad plans are the original plans for Railroad takings in Norfolk County. They are indexed in the County Commissioners' index under Railroad Locations. There are about two dozen pages in this index concerning these takings. The are not in order by date or town. It is recommended to go through the whole index noting the layouts in a town, then viewing the corresponding County Railroad plans.
|1 to 649||Scanned in their entirety including blank pages. No additional work will be added to these books. Note, book 11 is missing.|
|650 to 677||Various stages of scanning.
Books are still in use for projects.
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The field books contain survey information for the Layouts such as existing corridor surveys, benchmarks and leveling notes, layout staking notes, ties to bounds, monument locations, and other various survey notes. They are indexed in the County Index Cards by Town and Street Name.
The Norfolk County Engineering Department has done research on Railroads for several projects over the years. Some of the information includes railroad plan book and page references, takings, MBTA title, valuation map information, and contacts for other railroad resources.
Any questions please contact us at webrecords@NorfolkCounty.org