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How do I trace the history of my house?

There are a variety of resources you can use to discover the history of your house.

The resources available for each house may be different, due to the fact the availability, organization, and location of records vary from state to state.

The three sources most commonly used to research houses, particularly in determining when they were built and who they were built for, are street directories, council rate books and Title Office records.

There are several websites which provide information on resources and where to find them. The sites are generally specific to individual states. Examples include:

City of Canterbury Library's Research Guide 1: Buildings

State Records New South Wales Archives in Brief 116 Researching your house and property

Queensland State Archives Brief Guide 27 Tracing the history of your house

State Library of Victoria Library's guide Researching buildings and houses

State Library of South Australia's guide Tracing the history of a house

There are also several useful print items available:

How to trace the history of your house

The National Trust research manual: trace the history of your house or other places

How to trace the history of your house : a brief guide

Heritage handbook

Your house has a history : keys to unlocking its past

Trove can help you find and get items at libraries near you. See the FAQ What is Trove and how can I use it?

Sometimes, you can also find historic newspaper articles and photos of your house by searching Trove. This is particularly useful for houses with well known names.

The National Library can provide copies of certain materials and interlibrary loans for registered users. For more information go to our Copies Direct service.

See also the FAQ Where can I find old architectural plans and drawings?

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Last update: 2015-06-10 11:51
Author: General Reference Enquiry