Public Records, Private Reflections, and Pictures
How can you learn who lived in a house and what a neighborhood was like? Documents, pictures, and reminiscences can help give a sense of a house's history.
From wills and deeds on file in town or county records, a researcher can often construct a chain of title—a list of owners from the first to the most recent. Census records, city directories, maps, diaries, photographs, and interviews with former residents all add pieces of the puzzle.