Researching Your Home

Owners of older homes are often interested in learning about the histories of their properties.  Information about the people who lived in a residence over the years, as well as details about the property itself, can almost always be found. From who first owned the vacant land after Indiana became a state, to the time period when the land was developed, to what might have been on the site prior to the present home, to why a particular style or size of home was built, to all of a property's occupants during its existence, there's a lot of great information to be found. 

 

Online Resources for Researching Your Home

Hotlinks to Home Research Websites

 

Historic House Research Handbook

Indiana Landmarks has recently updated this guide for researching homes. It discusses Abstracts, Deed Research, City Directories, Insurance Maps and Atlases, County Atlases, Newspapers, Biographical Resources and Census Data. Additionally, it gives local repositories of historic information.

Historic_House_Research_Handbook.pdf

Process for Home Research

If you identify additional resources that you want to share on "How To Research Your Home," please email: LVAVUL@AOL.COM.

 

Resources for Hire

If you'd like to find out information on your home, but don't have the time to research it yourself, consider hiring one of the following local experts:

  • Sharon Butsch Freeland, sharon.b.freeland@sbcglobal.net
  • Joan Hostetler, hostetler@indy.rr.com
  • Connie Zeigler, conniejz@gmail.com