Ever wondered who lived in your house before? It can be quite intriguing to find out what kind of people used to reside in your house, what they used to do there for a living and if your house looked way different before.
If you wonder as much as we do, then look no further. Here are some tips you may want to consider.
1. Start with your neighbors.
The best way to start is with your neighbors. Try to talk to those who’ve been there for a long time. If they’re any help and begin to give you names and dates, better be ready with your pen and notebook.
2. Visit the city hall.
Once you’re done with the neighbors, visit the city hall. This is where you’ll find the deeds to properties found in your area. Gather all the data you can, including the progression of owners, appraisals on the property as well as building permits and reconstruction permits if there are any.
You also need to take note of the addresses because street names easily change over the years.
3. Head to the public library.
If you still haven’t found enough information or you want to learn more, the library is up next. Instead of using names, use addresses to learn more about your property.
It could be news clippings, census records, job listings and other forms of records that can help you here.
Understand that before Google, there was the library. So don’t rely solely on Internet sources.
4. Don’t forget to check online.
Of course, we’re not ruling out internet sources to find out more about your home history. Here are the following websites that can help you out with your search:
So go ahead and learn more about the history of your home. You’d be surprised as to how much appreciation you can give for your house once you’ve discovered what it went through.