Links to more information on tracing your house history
HISTORY OF THE HOUSE GENERAL
A great site to start with is My house history
The Genealogy of your House - who lived there provides some excellent advice.
House style guide to the American House. A useful and excellent guide to the various house types to be found in North America
Kansas State Historical Society House History Checklist
A checklist of places and things to look for when researching the history of a house
and so does The Secrets To A Great House History by MARFY GOODSPEED
Denver Public Library Building Histories Tutorial
A detailed tutorial on how to research building and house histories, specifically for Denver, but useful information for all.
Smithsonian Institute site - Within these walls is a fascinating story of a house that stood for 200 years, at 16 Elm Street in the centre of Ipswich, Massachusetts. The house was built in the 1760s and several families moved in and out in the first half of the 20th century.
Repositories of city directories nationwide are listed with their location at local or regional libraries.
Old directories site -
Have you ever wished you could find links to all the online city directories in one place? You can here
Courts Records: National Center for State Courts:
A directory of courts (county, circuit, etc.) in each state with links to their web sites, most of which have search capabilities to trace people and places.
Article about how Wisconsin Historical Society’s Uses Sanborn Maps to research old buildings
Library of Congress map collection The Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form can be found here.
A general census database with historical maps, census records, and links to other sources of information. This database does not list every city in every state, but most major cities are listed and quite a few smaller cities are, as well. Maps date as far back as 1865.
AccessGenealogy has links to census
Census online also links to U.S census
Your Guide to Finding and Using U.S. Census Records is a helpful guide
Obtaining Enumeration Districts from the Census
This web site is helpful for determining the census enumeration district when you do not have access to a name index or cannot locate the owner by name.
Discovering the History of Your House and Your Neighborhood
by Betsy J. Green Santa Monica Press (May 2002)
Step-by-step guide on how research the history of your home are instructions on how to identify the names of past residents, how to locate them or their relatives and learn facts about their lives, as well as obtain old photos of your house.
Library Call Numbers: Library of Congress: E159 ; Dewey: 907/.2
Houses and Homes: Exploring Their History (American Association for State and Local History Book Series) by Barbara Howe AltaMira Press (1995)
A good resource for documenting the history of a home, this book shows how to examine written records, oral testimonies, visual sources, and the house's surroundings. Library Call Numbers: Library of Congress: E180; Dewey: 307.3/36/0973 Website
Architecture and dating an old house A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia McAlester, Lee McAlester, Juan Rodriguez, and Lauren Jarrett (illustrator)
Knopf (1984) A thorough guide on the architecture of American homes mainly built in the 1600’s to the 1940’sLibrary Call Numbers: Library of Congress: NA7205 ; Dewey: 728/.0973
What Style Is It? A Guide to American Architecture, Revised Edition
by John C. Poppeliers, S. Allen Chambers Wiley (2006) A guide to determining the architecture style of a home with over 200 pictures and drawings, this is a good resource to use as a visual aid. Library Call Numbers: Library of Congress: NA705 ; Dewey: 720/.973
American House Styles: A Concise Guide by John Milnes Baker W. W. Norton & Company (2002)
this book offers historical details to explain architecture styles and how history has influenced our home’s architecture. Library Call Numbers: Library of Congress: NA7205 ; Dewey: 728/.37/0973
Old-House Dictionary: An Illustrated Guide to American Domestic Architecture (1600-1940) by Steven J. Phillips Wiley (1992)This resource is a good companion to the detailed style guides, with over 750 definitions, often illustrated with drawings. Library Call Numbers: Library of Congress: NA7205 ; Dewey: 728/.0973
A Concise History of American Architecture by Leland M. Roth HarperCollins Publishers (1980)
An historical guide to American architecture, this book focuses on regional influences that dictated house construction and will give you a better understanding of why homes were built differently in different regions. Library Call Numbers: Library of Congress: NA705 ; Dewey: 720/.973
GENERAL FAMILY HISTORY SITES
Ancestry.com a paid for site with an abundance of databases for searching former owners of your home.
Genealogy.com a wide range of local family histories.
The USGenWeb Project is a group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.
National Register of Historic Places
is the Nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.
Historic New England – Historic New England is a 100 year old preservation organization preserving New England history, artifacts, homes, landscapes and stories.
Alameda history.org is a blog dedicated to collecting and sharing knowledge about the life of old houses and buildings in Portland, Oregon, with a special focus on Northeast Portland’s Alameda neighborhood. The basic notion of this blog is that insight about the past adds new meaning to the present
RESEARCHING HISTORIC HOUSES
University of Maryland -
House museums- House visits
National Endowment for the Humanities
At National Endowment for the Humanities you can exchange family stories, explore America's past, and make your story part of the nation's story. You can also create or locate a family tree, search American history files, and learn how to save family treasures such as photographs and diaries.
At the History Channel, you can search any topic in history, visit virtual exhibitions, test your history IQ, and search for your ancestors.
Go back in time
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
The Victorian Society in America -National non-profit organization committed to historic preservation, protection, understanding, education, and enjoyment of our nineteenth century heritage.
Preserve and Protect - not-for-profit corporation providing space on the World Wide Web for Historic Preservation and Environmental Protection Organizations
Heritage Preservation - For over a quarter century, Heritage Preservation has been working to ensure the preservation of America's collections for present and future generations.
National Alliance of Preservation Commissions - The NAPC is the only organization devoted solely to representing the nation's preservation design review commissions.
Retracing the Trails of Your Ancestors Using Deed Records by William Dollarhide
Find a local historical society
US Historical Society Directory National database of Historical Societies broken down by state
Finding a library To find your local library
Another great site for finding your library is LibDex at
State and Local Government on the Net A directory of state, county and city government web sites
Planning your visit to the archives Genealogy Research at the Courthouse, Archives or Library- 10 Tips for Planning Your Visit
State archives on line U.S. State Archives Online
This Old House Magazine