07 January 2007

How to investigate your house's history

Have you ever wondered about your house's history and the families that have lived there before you?

Here are two articles that provide some insight.

People curious about their house's past sometimes turn into detectives who probe records and research the structure's history. This article features some Milwaukee-area homeowners explain how they traced the histories of their homes.

Is your home's style Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Prairie, Art Deco, Moderne or Ranch? This article gives you some clues about researching the history of your house through its architecture.

This pair of articles also has information on where to locate house history details at your nearest public library. Sources include Sanborn fire insurance atlases, tax rolls and historical societies.

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