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A guide to neighborhood history research in Brookline, Massachusetts

A guide to neighborhood history research in Brookline, Massachusetts


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  • 1. All History is Local: Uncovering the Story of Your Brookline Neighborhood Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 2. What Can Research Sources Tell You About the History of Your Neighborhood? Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
    • The Lay of the Land: Maps & Atlases
    • Streets & Houses: Building Permits, Deeds & Plot Plans
    • How Things Looked: Photographs & Illustrations
    • The People of the Neighborhood
      • Street Lists
      • Census Records
      • Obituaries
      • Genealogical Research
    • Filling In the Picture: Newspaper Articles and more
  • 3. Maps and Atlases : Changes Over Time Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008 The Blake Estate 1888 Blake Park 1919
  • 4. Maps and Atlases : Changes Over Time Ken Liss Blake Park, 1927 Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 5. Maps and Atlases: Sources Ken Liss
    • Town Atlases (1872, 1874, 1884, 1888, 1893, 1897, 1900, 1907, 1913, 1919, 1927, 1931, 1976, 1995) Brookline Room, Brookline Public Library
    • 1888 Bromley Atlas of Brookline http://www.communityheritagemaps.com/brookline1888/index.html 1888 Robinson’s Atlas of Brookline http://www.brooklinehistoricalsociety.org/archives/atlas/atlas.asp 1919 Bromley Atlas of Brookline http://www.communityheritagemaps.com/brookline1919/index.html
    • Brookline GIS Parcel Data Viewer http:// wgis.town.brookline.ma.us/website/brookline/Parcels
    Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 6. Streets & Houses: Building Permits Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 7. Streets & Houses: Building Permits Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 8. Streets & Houses: Deeds & Plot Plans Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 9. Streets & Houses: Deeds & Plot Plans Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 10. Streets & Houses: Sources Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
    • Annual Reports, Brookline Brookline Room, Brookline Public Library (See, especially, reports of Highway Department, Planning Board, and Building Department)
    • Building Permits and other Records Building Department, Town Hall (Temporarily in Old Lincoln School) Dates and details on construction and renovations of homes and other buildings
    • Deeds and Plot Plans Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, Dedham
  • 11. Streets & Houses: Photographs & Illustrations Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 12. Streets & Houses: Photographs & Illustrations Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 13. Streets & Houses: Photographs & Illustrations Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 14. Streets & Houses: Photographs & Illustrations Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 15. Streets & Houses: Photographs & Illustrations Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 16. Streets & Houses: Photographs & Illustrations Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 17. Streets & Houses: Photographs & Illustrations Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 18. Streets & Houses: Photographs & Illustrations Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 19. Streets & Houses: Photographs & Illustrations Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 20. The People of the Neighborhood: The Annual Brookline Street List Ken Liss 1926 1940 1954 Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 21. The People of the Neighborhood: United States Census Data Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 22. The People of the Neighborhood: United States Census Data Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 23. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Biography Resource Center Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 24. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Biography Resource Center Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 25. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Obits Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 26. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Obits Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 27. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Obits Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 28. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Obits Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 29. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Ancestry.com Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 30. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Ancestry.com Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 31. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Ancestry.com Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 32. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Ancestry.com Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 33. The People of the Neighborhood: Sources Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
    • The Brookline Street List (Back to 1891; other directories back to 1875) Brookline Room, Brookline Public Library
    • Decennial Census of the United States 1790-1930 (Information about individuals is made available 72 years after each Census) http:// www.mln.lib.ma.us/electronic/brookline.htm (Log in with Brookline Library card number; Select Heritage Quest Online) Also available on Ancestry.com
    • Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com (Subscription required. Census records, immigration records, military records, family trees, and more)
  • 34. The People of the Neighborhood: More Sources Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
    • Boston Public Library Obituary Database http:// bpl.org/catalogs/frame_obits.htm Index to Globe and Herald obits 1971-74, 1983-2002
    • Social Security Death Index http://ssdi.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi and other places
    • American Family Immigration History Center http:// www.ellisisland.org /
    • Biography Resource Center http:// www.mmrls.org/homeaccess.html (Log in with Brookline Library card number and scroll down to Arts & Humanities. Many other databases available as well.)
  • 35. Newspaper Archives: Brookline Chronicle Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 36. Newspaper Archives: Brookline Chronicle Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 37. Newspaper Archives: Boston Globe Ken Liss 1897 1914 1921 Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 38. Newspaper Archives: Boston Globe Ken Liss 1916 1917 Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 39. Newspaper Archives: New York Times Ken Liss 1948 1999 Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 40. Newspaper Archives: Sources Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
    • Brookline Chronicle and other Brookline papers On Microfilm, Brookline Public Library, Lower Level
    • Boston Globe, 1872-1924 http:// proquest.umi.com.ezproxy.bpl.org/pqdweb?RQT =306&DBId=15331&cfc=1 (Log in using card number from older, gray Brookline Library cards or register your card with the Boston Public Library)
    • Boston Globe, 1980 – Present; Boston Herald, 1991 - Present http:// www.mmrls.org/homeaccess.html (Log in with Brookline Library card number and scroll down to Newspapers.)
    • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: New York Times, 1851-2004 http:// proquest.umi.com.ezproxy.bpl.org/pqdweb?RQT =306&DBId=6861&cfc=1 (Log in using card number from older, gray Brookline Library cards or register your card with the Boston Public Library)
  • 41. Bringing It All Together: The Story of a Neighborhood Ken Liss http:// blakepark.muddyriver.us Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 42. Bringing It All Together: The Story of a Neighborhood Ken Liss http:// blakepark.muddyriver.us Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 43. Bringing It All Together: The Story of a Neighborhood Ken Liss http:// blakepark.muddyriver.us Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 44. Bringing It All Together: The Story of a Neighborhood Ken Liss http:// blakepark.muddyriver.us Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 45. Bringing It All Together: The Story of a Neighborhood Ken Liss http:// blakepark.muddyriver.us Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  • 46. What Can You Find About Your Neighborhood? Corey Hill article, Boston Globe , 1875 Griggs Park map, 1919 Monmouth Street Residents 1900 U.S. Census Aspinwall Hill Ad, 1892 Hood’s Creamery, 277 Harvard St. (Now Starbuck’s) Chronicle , 1917
  • 47. All History is Local: Uncovering the Story of Your Brookline Neighborhood Ken Liss [email_address] Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008 Questions?

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