How To

Researching the history of your house is rewarding experience.  Knowing how to do it is another story. Here are some articles that may assist you on your journey.


Case Studies

County Histories

Researching Using Architectural Surveys

Researching Using Articles

Researching Using Building Permits

Researching Using Census Records

Researching Using City Directories

Researching Using Deeds

Researching Using Federal Special Schedules

Researching Using Google

Researching Using Google Books

Researching Using House Renovation

Researching Using Land Records

Researching Using Letters

Researching Using Libraries

Researching Using Maps

Researching Using Mortgage Indexes

Researching Using Newspapers

Researching Using Real Estate Tax Records

Researching Using Wills

Writing House History

12 Responses to “How To”

  1. Hello,

    I’m writing because I am interested in learning the history of my house. My property is located in Chicago, IL 60629. I would to know as far as 1910, the public records only show as far as the 1990’s. I am hoping that you would be able to point me in the right direction any little bit would help.

    Thanks in advance,

  2. Hi,
    The Art Institute of Chicago has a wonderful list of helpful resources for researching homes in Chicago. Here is the link
    which I think you will find most useful. If you have any questions after looking at it, please let me know.

  3. I am also looking for history on my house in British Columbia. Can someone show me how i can find history about it onlineÉ

  4. I would start by visiting the website of the BC Archives. Check out their Research Guides, specifically the one on Land Records.

  5. For your Canadian readers, they might want to take a look at – it’s a site that will show you a lot of history about the home like previous insurance claims and building permits (in Ontario).

  6. Hello,
    I am trying to find out the history on our family home, it is a spanish home that was moved with our neighbors home in the 1940’s I believe, it was built I believe in 1930. We were told that Leo Carrillo was a previous owner and they actually moved both homes from Hollywood to the South Bay (Torrance)
    Can you help direct me to where I might find out if he did indeed own it at one time?
    Kim Olcean-Sacramone

  7. Hi,
    Leo Carrillo lived at 639 E. Chennel Road in the 1940 census, which also indicates he lived in the same house in 1935. Is this the same address you are looking for?

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  9. Hi!
    I am trying to find out the history on my home, it’s over 100 yrs old & I will like to enlighten myself with information of the past on regards to my home. When I first moved in I was inform that my home was a doctors office, in which I’m curious to find out. Where can I find that information at?


  10. Hi Jeannette, here are some suggestions to get you started: If you have neighbors who have been in the area a long time, talk to them to see what they know about the house. Do you have a local historical society? They often have information about businesses that operated in the area, or perhaps biographies on prominent citizens. Check with your local library to see what they have on the area. Some libraries have reverse directories, meaning you can look up the address to see who or what was in the house. Check with your municipality to see what permits they have on file. Perhaps the doctor needed a permit to operate a business out of the home. Good luck and please keep me posted! Kim

  11. hi my name is michelle and I am trying to look up my home history and I can’t find out how to do it. if you can help please email me @

    thank you,
    michelle nunez

  12. Hi my name is Austin and I’m looking to get info on history of my house dated back to the early 1900’s. I live in, MN. Any info would be appreciated

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