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Discovering the History of Your House: And Your Neighborhood

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Every home has a story to tell! Whether you own an elaborate Victorian, cozy bungalow or cottage, ranch style, or are part of a newer subdivision, your house and property have a unique history that is just waiting to be uncovered.

Part treasure hunt and part jigsaw puzzle, researching the history of your house is a fascinating and rewarding experience. In Discovering the History of Your House and Your Neighborhood, author Betsy J. Green will show you how easy it is to create a cherished legacy for future generations to enjoy. You'll learn about:

Beginning your search

Finding and contacting former owners of your house

Discovering the architect who designed your house

Finding the original plans for your house

Re-creating long-lost woodwork, porches, even historic landscaping

Locating building permits for your house

Finding the original price of your house

Researching subdivisions and neighborhoods

Finding deeds for your house and land

Getting information from a deed

Finding old photos of your house and neighborhood

Using old maps to learn about your neighborhood

Discovering your house on a postcard

Using vintage architectural magazines

Writing up your house history

Includes a state-by-state guide to resources

Synopsis:

Demonstrating how to obtain information and organize it into a lively narrative history, this practical guide helps curious homeowners chronicle the stories of their homes. Previous owners, architects, community newspapers, and local and state agencies are some of the valuable sources discussed. With these tools, homeowners can inexpensively and easily create a legacy that will enhance the emotional and financial value of their property for family and future owners. A state-by-state guide to resources is also included.

About the Author

Betsy J. Green has written about researching house history for more than 10 years and has nominated several buildings to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. She lives in Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781891661242
Author:
Green, Betsy J.
Publisher:
Santa Monica Press
Author:
Green, Betsy J.
Location:
PO BOX 1076
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Genealogy
Subject:
Dwellings
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
Historic buildings
Subject:
Art/Architecture/Design
Subject:
Personal & Practical Guides
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
107-350
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.50 x 5.50 in 0.50 lb

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Demonstrating how to obtain information and organize it into a lively narrative history, this practical guide helps curious homeowners chronicle the stories of their homes. Previous owners, architects, community newspapers, and local and state agencies are some of the valuable sources discussed. With these tools, homeowners can inexpensively and easily create a legacy that will enhance the emotional and financial value of their property for family and future owners. A state-by-state guide to resources is also included.

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