The PEople who lived
in your house
The People who Lived in your House
House History is about many things – the bricks and mortar, architectural style, building materials, local history, but above all the people who lived in it.
Within the walls of your home people have slept, eaten, given birth, left to get married, fought, loved, died, grieved and generally led their lives in the same rooms as you are now.
So where do we begin to find out more about the people who in inhabited your home?
If you have any documents relating to the house such as deeds you might already know some of the people who lived in your house or at least owned it. However a list of names – whilst very useful still need “some meat on the bones”. If you do not have any documentation from the purchase of your property or are renting an interesting home then you need to start building a picture of your homes residents.
The first place to look is street and trade directories, 1939 register and census. Directories will only provide the names and sometimes occupations of your past residents but the 1939 register and census will give you far more including their age, occupation , relationship with their family and place of birth. Indeed, these will take you back to mid 1800’s (if your house is that old) and will give you a lot of information upon which to build your house history.
From this point you will want to start to fill in the details of your house residents using civil registration, telephone books , electoral rolls, rate books etc.
All the records you need are listed on the right and we provide a useful timeline of all resources to help you understand which are available at any given time.
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