Tracing Your House History: A Guide for Family Historians

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 192 pages
Author: G. Blanchard
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9781848842540
Other: b&w photos, addresses, bibliog, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

Anyone who wants to find out about the history of their home needs to read this compact, practical handbook. Whether you live in a manor house or on a planned estate, in a labourer's cottage, a tied house, a Victorian terrace, a twentieth-century council house or a converted warehouse this is the book for you. In a series of concise, information-filled chapters, Gill Blanchard shows you how to trace the history of your house or flat, how to gain an insight into the lives of the people who lived in it before you, and how to fit it into the wider history of your neighbourhood.

A wealth of historical evidence is available in libraries, archives and record offices, in books and online, and this is the ideal introduction to it. Gill Blanchard explores these resources in depth, explains their significance and directs the researcher to the most relevant, and revealing, aspects of them. She makes the research process understandable, accessible and fun, and in the process she demystifies the sometimes obscure language and layout of the documents that researchers will come up against.

1. Where to fird information and resources
- Indexes, transcripts ad catalogues
- Finding Archives, Record Offces, Local History Libraries, Heritage abd Family History Organizations and online resources
2. Datuing your home and house style
- Finding out more about architects
- Finding out more about dating a building
3. Architectural styles in England
- Prehistoric to Norman buildings
- Medieval homes 1154-1485
- Tudor housing 1485-1603
- Stuary 1603-1714
- Georgian 1720-1840
- Victorian 1837-1901
- Edwardian 1901-1910
- Modern, moderist and post-modernist
- Model villages, philabthropic schemes, garden cities, new towns and council housing
- Finding resources for model villages and philanthropic and council housing
- Public health and slum clearance resources
- Finding public health, redevelopment and slum clearance records
4. Building local knowledge
- Local histories
- Oral histories, local tales, legends
- Finding out mire about local history
- Finding societies, groups and information
- Photographs, postcards, paintings and drawings
- aerial photographs
5. esources
- Births, marriages and deaths
- Business and occupational records
- Census returns
- Deeds
- Directories and gazetteera
- The Dopmesday Book 1066
- Estate records
- Fire insurance records
- Glebe records
- Hearth and wondow taxes
- Land registry
- Land tax
- Manorial records
- Maps and plans
- National Farm Survey 1941-1943
- Newspapers
- Parish recorrds
- Quarter session records
- Returns of the Owners of Land 1873-1876
- Sales particulars
- Valuation Office Survey 1910-1920 (also known as 'Lloyd George Domesday')
- Wills, administrations and inventories
6. Presentation and Writing Your House History
7. Directory of Resources
- Organizations
- Websites
- Select Bibliography

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