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All History Is Local

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A guide to neighborhood history research in Brookline, Massachusetts

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All History Is Local

  1. 1. All History is Local: Uncovering the Story of Your Brookline Neighborhood Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  2. 2. What Can Research Sources Tell You About the History of Your Neighborhood? Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008 <ul><li>The Lay of the Land: Maps & Atlases </li></ul><ul><li>Streets & Houses: Building Permits, Deeds & Plot Plans </li></ul><ul><li>How Things Looked: Photographs & Illustrations </li></ul><ul><li>The People of the Neighborhood </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Street Lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Census Records </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obituaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Genealogical Research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Filling In the Picture: Newspaper Articles and more </li></ul>
  3. 3. Maps and Atlases : Changes Over Time Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008 The Blake Estate 1888 Blake Park 1919
  4. 4. Maps and Atlases : Changes Over Time Ken Liss Blake Park, 1927 Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  5. 5. Maps and Atlases: Sources Ken Liss <ul><li>Town Atlases (1872, 1874, 1884, 1888, 1893, 1897, 1900, 1907, 1913, 1919, 1927, 1931, 1976, 1995) Brookline Room, Brookline Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Brookline GIS Parcel Data Viewer http:// wgis.town.brookline.ma.us/website/brookline/Parcels </li></ul>Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  6. 6. Streets & Houses: Building Permits Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  7. 7. Streets & Houses: Building Permits Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  8. 8. Streets & Houses: Deeds & Plot Plans Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  9. 9. Streets & Houses: Deeds & Plot Plans Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  10. 10. Streets & Houses: Sources Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008 <ul><li>Annual Reports, Brookline Brookline Room, Brookline Public Library (See, especially, reports of Highway Department, Planning Board, and Building Department) </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Deeds and Plot Plans Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, Dedham </li></ul>
  11. 11. Streets & Houses: Photographs & Illustrations Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  12. 12. Streets & Houses: Photographs & Illustrations Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  13. 13. Streets & Houses: Photographs & Illustrations Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  14. 14. Streets & Houses: Photographs & Illustrations Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  15. 15. Streets & Houses: Photographs & Illustrations Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  16. 16. Streets & Houses: Photographs & Illustrations Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  17. 17. Streets & Houses: Photographs & Illustrations Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  18. 18. Streets & Houses: Photographs & Illustrations Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  19. 19. Streets & Houses: Photographs & Illustrations Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  20. 20. The People of the Neighborhood: The Annual Brookline Street List Ken Liss 1926 1940 1954 Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  21. 21. The People of the Neighborhood: United States Census Data Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  22. 22. The People of the Neighborhood: United States Census Data Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  23. 23. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Biography Resource Center Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  24. 24. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Biography Resource Center Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  25. 25. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Obits Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  26. 26. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Obits Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  27. 27. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Obits Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  28. 28. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Obits Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  29. 29. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Ancestry.com Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  30. 30. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Ancestry.com Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  31. 31. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Ancestry.com Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  32. 32. The People of the Neighborhood: Biographical Info: Ancestry.com Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  33. 33. The People of the Neighborhood: Sources Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008 <ul><li>The Brookline Street List (Back to 1891; other directories back to 1875) Brookline Room, Brookline Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com (Subscription required. Census records, immigration records, military records, family trees, and more) </li></ul>
  34. 34. The People of the Neighborhood: More Sources Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008 <ul><li>Boston Public Library Obituary Database http:// bpl.org/catalogs/frame_obits.htm Index to Globe and Herald obits 1971-74, 1983-2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Social Security Death Index http://ssdi.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi and other places </li></ul><ul><li>American Family Immigration History Center http:// www.ellisisland.org / </li></ul><ul><li>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.) </li></ul>
  35. 35. Newspaper Archives: Brookline Chronicle Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  36. 36. Newspaper Archives: Brookline Chronicle Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  37. 37. Newspaper Archives: Boston Globe Ken Liss 1897 1914 1921 Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  38. 38. Newspaper Archives: Boston Globe Ken Liss 1916 1917 Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  39. 39. Newspaper Archives: New York Times Ken Liss 1948 1999 Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  40. 40. Newspaper Archives: Sources Ken Liss Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008 <ul><li>Brookline Chronicle and other Brookline papers On Microfilm, Brookline Public Library, Lower Level </li></ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul><ul><li>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.) </li></ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul>
  41. 41. Bringing It All Together: The Story of a Neighborhood Ken Liss http:// blakepark.muddyriver.us Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  42. 42. Bringing It All Together: The Story of a Neighborhood Ken Liss http:// blakepark.muddyriver.us Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  43. 43. Bringing It All Together: The Story of a Neighborhood Ken Liss http:// blakepark.muddyriver.us Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  44. 44. Bringing It All Together: The Story of a Neighborhood Ken Liss http:// blakepark.muddyriver.us Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  45. 45. Bringing It All Together: The Story of a Neighborhood Ken Liss http:// blakepark.muddyriver.us Brookline Adult & Community Education January 24, 2008
  46. 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. 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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