24 May 2012

Home is Where The History Is

My house [Wake County Real Estate Data] -- probably taken c. 1994 the year we purchased it -- based on cars and absence of trees in front yard and neighbors house not even built!

Tina Traster in the New York Post recently wrote ...

“For seven years on and off, I’ve been doing a genealogy project — but instead of investigating my family’s roots, I’m entangled in another family’s ancestry and the history of my house. When exactly was my circa 1870s home built? Who built it? And who lived in it all those years until my family and five cats moved in?

I began by finding out more about the Garrabrants, an old Dutch family who settled in the Hudson Valley in the late 1700s. I knew that part of the family had ended up living on my road and farming on the mountain, which in the mid-1800s was called Garrabrant Mountain...

Read the full article.

As I surfed the internet after reading this story I also came across the site My House History.

Have you done a house history?  What is the most fascinating thing you learned about those who lived in the house before your family?

What resources will help others who want to research the history of their house?

Editor's Note: The history of my current house is easy as we are the original owners and throughout my research I have done bits and pieces of house research for either places I have lived or those where my ancestors have lived.

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1 comment:

  1. A recent article published in the Seattle Times, How to dig up your house's history is a good read, http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/realestate/2018535736_realhousehistory01.html