Seek And Ye Shall Find: Researching The History Of Your House

by Matt Shamblin

So you believe that you’ve had some paranormal experience in your home and believe that you’re living in a haunted house; now you want to know the history of your house but don’t know where to start. I know that this can seem like an insurmountable task but rest assured that it’s actually pretty easy to find out what you need to know about the history of your house.

First stop on your trek should be your local County Clerk’s office to look at land records. All you need is the address and you can work your way back in time to find the previous owners. Make sure you take notes of all the names you discover. You can also look for property tax related indexes but they may be at a different county office. Someone will at the County Clerk’s office will tell you where to find them.

Visit the your local library and ask to see the city directories. Most have a reverse look up section where you can find your address and see who is listed as a resident. Now that you have some names, you can look up the last name of the resident in the directories and see if an occupation is listed. For example: Holmes, Sherlock detective b. 221B Baker Street

By now you should have a pretty extensive list of owners and residents, you can also search through the archives of your local newspaper (most likely you’ll find these in the library). One of your house’s former occupants may have been newsworthy or infamous!

You might also check the library for old Insurance maps that detail the lot sizes and layout of structures. You can see if any additions have been made to the property over time.

That’s all there is to it. See it’s not as hard as you thought! I hope this helps you in the discovery of the history of your home. If you have just began renovations to your home and started to have paranormal experiences that could be the cause of it. Check out Tool Time: Renovations & Paranormal Activity


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