The Basics of House Research – Links and Resources

Once you’ve signed up to display a poster you’ll be on the official map. But to do that poster, you may want to research the history of your home.

Barb Bailey, of the Newburyport Preservation Trust, has put together a neat summary of key tools and resources. Here they are:

Take advantage of other resources like:

  • Tax records – NPL (1786-1861)
  • Explore Vital records
  • Probate records- American Ancestors  (Probate documents are free)
  • Family genealogy – NPL and online
  • Search in Digitized books i.e. Currier’s History of Newburyport 1764-1905
  • – Subscription required or free at the NPL
  • Newburyport Street Directories – NPL.  Important note:  Street names changed over time.  Houses were renumbered around 1915; changes appear on the 1926 Sanborn map.
  • Architectural Information – Newburyport Preservation Trust
  • Photographs at the Museum of Old Newbury of the Library
  • Cemetery Records at the Library

Finally, you can always get help and hire a professional researcher from the Newburyport Preservation Trust Historic House Plaque Program (Contact

Most importantly, have fun researching your house!


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