14 October 2014

Doing a House History (aka Genealogy of a House) -- FREE Guide & other resources

Source: House Histories, House and Suburban Histories from South East Queensland, http://www.househistories.org/ 

Though we often find ourselves researching the people in our family, we sometimes find ourselves researching the history of a house.

I first talked to you about the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office in the post Historic Preservation Maps Can be Invaluable to Genealogists where I talk about HPOWEB, a GIS map service which identifies identified historic properties.

They’ve now created a neat & FREE resource, Genealogy of a House: Sources for Researching the History of Your House.  I also suggest that you check out House Histories – How to Trace the Genealogy of Your Home or Other Building (About.com, Kimberly Powell), Researching Historic Washington, D.C., Buildings (Library of Congress), and House Histories – House and Suburban Histories from South East Queensland, for perspectives on the tools and techniques for researching a house history.

Though the focus of the publications are NC, DC, and Australia, they all provide valuable insight into how to perform the genealogy of a house and some of the tools which may aid you in that pursuit..  Additionally, if these resources exist for doing a house history in these locales, maybe your state or the state you’re interested in has similar resources available to researchers.

Have you done a house history?  What resources were invaluable?

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