08 December 2015

Links: House History Guides By City/State

UPDATE 12/19/2015: If you are seeing this, you are reading an outdated post which is no longer updated. For the most up-to-date list of links, visit:

Here on Home Scribe History, I promote and encourage ways which one can research the history of any residential home, however admittedly there is a bias towards record sets as they are commonly available in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Thus, to aid more potential researchers, I have gathered a list of location-specific Research Guides, which have been published by libraries, historical societies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations alike on the exact topic of House Histories. This list of links has been added as one of the main pages for this site, so you can come back to consult it often.

The hyperlinks shared below, in general, have been written by their authors with their local audience in mind-- they very often include links to local or state repositories and point out many helpful record types which you might not have even thought about searching. Even checking a research guide intended for outside of your immediate area may be helpful by giving you some ideas for your research.

If you do not see your area listed here, check back in the near future, as I will continue to build this list and will maintain it to ensure all hyperlinks are current. At this time, the list is limited to the United States, however I may expand to other countries in the future. If you know of a location-specific Research Guide which is not listed here, please feel free to let me know at nikmasteed@gmail.com, or in the comments section of this post.

Cover Page of "How to Research the History of a House" by George Chidley, for the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office. Available at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/hpo/4sustain/houseresearch.pdf

Oakland -- Oakland Heritage Alliance (a non-profit organization)
San Diego -- Save Our Heritage Organisation (a non-profit organization)
San Francisco -- SF Heritage (a non-profit organization)
San Jose -- San Jose Public Library

State-wide -- Connecticut State Library

Indianapolis -- Historic Preservation Commission

Chicago -- Art Institute of Chicago (Download pdf by Commission on Chicago Landmarks)
              -- Chicago History Museum (Download pdf by Commission on Chicago Landmarks)
Elgin -- Elgin History Museum
Evanston -- Evanston History Center (Download pdf)
Oak Park -- Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest

New Orleans -- New Orleans Public Library

Baltimore -- Baltimore Heritage (a non-profit organization)

Boston -- Boston Public Library (Download pdf)

State-wide -- Minnesota Historical Society
St. Louis Park / Hennepin County -- St Louis Park Historical Society

St. Louis -- Preservation Resource Office (a for-profit business)

State-wide -- Historic Preservation Office (Download pdf)
Caldwell -- Caldwell Public Library (Download pdf)

Buffalo -- BuffaloResearch.com (run by Director of Buffalo History Museum)
Ithaca / Cayuga Heights -- Cayuga Heights History Project
New York City -- New York Public Library
                          -- New York Society Library
Rochester / Monroe County -- Monroe County Library System (Download pdf)

Cleveland Heights -- City of Cleveland Heights

State-wide -- Oklahoma Historical Society (Download pdf)

Portland / Multnomah County -- Multnomah County Library

Bethlehem -- Bethlehem Area Public Library (Download pdf)
Lancaster County -- Lancaster History (a non-profit organization)
Philadelphia -- Free Library of Philadelphia (Download pdf)
Pittsburgh -- Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

State-wide -- Rhode Island Historical Society

Austin -- City of Austin Historic Preservation Office (Download pdf)

State-wide -- Utah Division of State History

Alexandria -- Alexandria Library

Seattle -- City of Seattle Municipal Archives
            -- Queen Anne Historical Society
Spokane -- Spokane Public Library
Tacoma -- Tacoma Public Library

Green Bay -- University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Good luck with your house history research!

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