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Title:
Discovering the history of your house and your neighborhood
Author:
Green, Betsy J., 1950-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Santa Monica, CA : Santa Monica Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
286 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781891661242
Format :
Book

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E159 .G686 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference
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Summary

Summary

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


Author Notes

A former staff editor of World Book Encyclopedia and associate editor of Reader's Digest , Betsy J. Green is a noted house historian who has been researching and writing about house histories for over ten years. She has taught house history research at adult educational programs throughout the Chicago area, and has written nominations to list buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Green also regularly presents programs to libraries, historical societies, and community groups.


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Booklist Review

Most homeowners probably haven't given much thought to who owned their homes two or three generations ago, or what color they were, or whether they once had different street addresses. House historian Green, on the other hand, believes that every older home should have a complete and detailed record of its previous owners, architectural modifications, and history. If you're keen to become an architectural detective, this intriguing book will get you started. Useful tips abound: if, for instance, you're looking for old photographs of your home, and you live on a main thoroughfare, check out photos of parades that might have passed by; if you're looking for information on previous owners, make sure to check for variant spellings of their surname in the relevant documents. In addition, the author steers us toward the right government offices and the appropriate library resources. There's no doubt that this is a special-interest book with a limited audience, but wouldn't it be nice to have a copy on your shelves the next time a would-be house detective asks for help? --David Pitt