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  • Probably 500-1000 since 1976! My own house!
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    1. 1. TRACING THE HISTORY OF YOUR HOUSE By Cathy Beaudoin
    2. 2. Consider these questions as you explore your home’s past… When was the house built? Who was the architect or builder? What style is it? What did the house look like originally? Who were original owners or occupants? How does house fit into the neighborhood? The City?
    3. 3. 10 Prevalent Styles of Architecture in Dover
    4. 4. 5 paths to investigate: 1.) Begin with the setting: rural vs. urban, waterside vs. forest, low-lying vs. hillside, newer side street or urban core 2.) Oral histories: ask around---neighbors and long-time residents, historical society members 3.) Physical evidence: style, building materials, framing, nails, roofing, siding, foundations, windows, doors, fireplaces 4.) Consult a professional: “house investigators” ($350!) 5.) Documentary evidence: deeds, tax records, probate records, cemetery records, building permits, directories, atlases, maps, newspapers, photographs, census records
    5. 5. Library’s Historical Room: Dover history section
    6. 6. 1827 map by Asa Tufts, Postmaster DOVER MAPS
    7. 7. 1834 Dover Village by G.L. Whitehouse
    8. 8. Dover Village 1851
    9. 9. 1871 Atlas of Strafford County
    10. 10. 1871 Atlas---Dover downtown
    11. 11. Bird’s Eye View, 1888 http://memory.loc.gov
    12. 12. Zoom View, Bird’s Eye View map, Dover, 1888 http://memory.loc.gov
    13. 13. 1892 Atlas of the State of NH
    14. 14. Sanborn Insurance Map, March 1898 http://www.dover.lib.nh.us
    15. 15. Dover Directory, August 1830
    16. 16. 1830 Dover Directory
    17. 17. Register of Deeds Office Strafford County Building <ul><li>Record made each time property (lot & bldgs) sold </li></ul><ul><li>Deeds bound in large volumes at County Building </li></ul><ul><li>Mortgagor and Mortgagee Indexes by decade </li></ul><ul><li>Start with yourself: find your own deed </li></ul><ul><li>Deed will refer to date, volume, and page of previous </li></ul><ul><li>sale </li></ul><ul><li>Locate previous volume and travel back in history! </li></ul>
    18. 18. Photographs of some of Dover’s Historic Houses from the Library’s collection
    19. 19. Can you identify these children?
    20. 20. Federal Census, 1790, Strafford County: Dover
    21. 21. Obituary Index: http://www.dover.lib.nh.us AND…Newspapers on microfilm back to 1828!
    22. 22. Various Cemetery Sources
    23. 23. Register of Probate Strafford County Building Wills Testamentary proceedings Inventories Administration Accounts Indentures Petitions Renunciations Accounts of sales Balance books Guardian bonds/accts Documents tracing the settling of an estate
    24. 24. Heritage Walks 1979- 2002+
    25. 25. Library’s Historical Room: town histories, city reports, city directories

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