House Hunting Toolkit

House Hunting Toolkit

These resources will help you research the places your family called home.

Web Sites

• Ancestral Homes

<www.ancestralbranches.com/homes>

• Built in America

<memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/habs_haer>

• General Land Office Records

<www.glorecords.blm.gov>

• Historic House Architecture

<www.ragtime.org/arch>

• HCTV: “If Walls Could Talk”

<www.hgtv.com/hgtv/shows_wct>

• House History Checklist

<www.kshs.org/genealogists/househistorychecklist.pdf>

• How to Research the History of Your House

<www.wikihow.com/research-the-history-of-your-house>

• Why Can’t I Find or Recognize My Ancestral Homes?

<ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=11838>

Books

America’s Architectural Roots: Ethnic Groups that Built America by Dell Upton (Preservation Press)

The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home by George Howe Colt (Scribner)

If These Walls Had Ears: The Biography of a House by James Morgan (Warner Books)

Houses and Homes: Exploring Their History by Barbara J. Howe, Dolores A. Fleming, Emory L Kemp, and Ruth Ann Overbeck (AltaMira)

How to Research Your House: Every Home Tells a Story by Pamela Brooks (How To Books)

A Visual Dictionary of American Domestic Architecture by Rachel Carley (Henry Holt)

Windows on the Past: Four Centuries of New England Homes by Jane C. Nylander and Diane L. Viera (Bulfinch Press)

Organizations

• American Architectural Foundation

1799 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006, (202) 626-7318, <www.archfoundation.org>

• American Institute of Architects

1735 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006, (800) 242-3837, <www.aia.org>

• National Register of Historic Places

National Park Service, 1201 Eye St. NW, Eighth Floor (MS 2280), Washington, DC 20005, (202) 354-2213, <nps.gov/history/nr>

• National Trust for Historic Preservation

1785 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036, (800) 944-6847, <www.nationaltrust.org>

From the September 2008 Family Tree Magazine

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