Researching Your House (House Genealogy)

HOW OLD IS MY HOUSE?

WHAT STYLE OF HOUSE IS IT?

  • If your house is one or two stories tall with rafters showing below the roof, it may be a bungalow built from 1905-1930.
  • Is your house two stories with a gable facing the street and a side wing? This house is a vernacular farmhouse (1850-1890) also referred to as a folk or front gable and wing house.
  • ls your house three stories tall with an asymmetrical facade, steeply pitched roofs and a porch? This is a Victorian house built between 1860 and 1910.
  • A Greek revival may have columns, a Gothic revival has fall pointed gables and an Italianate house (1840 - 1885) has wide overhanging roof eaves supported by decorative brackets. You might own a Colonial, Dutch Colonial or Cape Cod. Occasionally styles are mixed or renovations disguise the original house. An Italianate house may be a front gable and wing house and a farmhouse may be dressed up as a Victorian.

 

Consulting these books and website will help determine what style your house is and when it was built:

 

Your house may be pictured or described in:

 

WHO LIVED IN MY HOUSE?

  • Celia M. Hastings Local History Room Map Collection
    The Beers Atlas maps (1853, 1873, 1888), Chase Wall Map (1857), Belcher-Hyde map (1902) and the Hyde Atlas map (1915) display homeowner's names.
  • Patchogue Business and Residential Directories (LI REF 384.6097)
    Older editions of telephone directories list business owners and residents by street address.  Find directories for 1864, 1868-1869, 1877, 1898, 1904, 1910, 1912, 1926, 1937 and 1947 in the Local History Room.
  • Patchogue Advance and Long Island Advance
  • Long Island and Patchogue Vertical File Subject Headings Index
    Check here to see if your prior homeowner has a file of their own in the Celia M. Hastings Local History Room.
  • The Index to Birth, Marriage and Death Announcements in the Long Island Advance covers the years 1879-1924 and may lead to information on families who once lived in your house.
  • Federal and State Censuses
    On the Patchogue-Medford Library homepage, find Online Library, All Research A-Z, Genealogy and Heritage Quest (or Ancestry).  Search censuses for people's occupations, spouses, children, ages and birthplaces.
  • New York State Vital Records Index
    The Vital Records Index microfiche covers NYS births (1881-1937), marriages (1881-1962) and deaths (1880-1962) and may illuminate the lives of prior owners of your home.  Does not include all of New York City.


OTHER RESOURCES

  • Patchogue Village Clerk (14 Baker Street, Patchogue)
    The Village Clerk has property ownership records from 1960 to the present.
  • Suffolk County Clerk's Office - Researching the History of Your House
    Suffolk County's Archivist explains how to research your house and its previous owners through deeds and records at the County Center in Riverhead.
  • Family Search
    Searching here can save you a trip to Suffolk County records in Riverhead.  Search US, NY to find "New York Land Records, 1630-1975".  Click on Suffolk.  Scroll past Deeds to Grantor and Grantee Indexes, searching by last name and date to find Liber and page number.  Switch to Deed Libers to find page number (2 pages per image) and your deed.