What year was my house built? How do I learn about my property's history?

It is difficult to determine the exact year a house was built, particularly before towns had zoning and required builders to get permits. Unless the house has intrinsic significance - for example owned by a prominent individual or displaying unique architecture - then extensive research is usually necessary. This may involve searching deeds, tax records, newspapers, old maps and atlases, and various other sources. 

This office may have an old photograph of your home, but generally speaking, you are more apt to find biographical information in the records here, especially if the owners were prominent citizens and stayed in the area for a significant amount of time. Starting with a map to locate your property and a lot number is a great way to start, then you can proceed with in-depth research on the land and people who owned it. Contact us for assistance!

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1. Where can I find birth, marriage, and death certificates from the early 1800s?
2. Where can I find church records in Livingston County?
3. How do I get my property on the National Register of Historic Places?
4. What year was my house built? How do I learn about my property's history?
5. Where are naturalization records? How did immigrant women and children become citizens?
6. The historical marker in front of my house was stolen. Who do I call at the state to get another one?
7. I have old newspaper clippings. Does the County Historian want them?
8. What is the difference between the Historical Society and the County Historian's Office?