Look at the property and guess an approximate date based on style.
Examine the title deeds (if available) and the Land Registry entry
Start tracing the past inhabitants
Research Local Archives (either physically or, if available, via the internet) including
Ordnance survey maps
Directories and electoral records
Local histories and societies
The next step is the move deeper by:
Tracing descendants of inhabitants
Looking at old maps and specialist regional maps
Reading histories of the county.
Evaluating specialist archives - charters, Domesday Book, fire insurance etc
And, you can go deeper still by:
If deeds not available search in archives and private collections
Look at additional records - parish, estate, newspapers, planning, court cases etc
Have a detailed look at architectural detail
Research the archaeology of the site
Research the property name and the heraldry if these are relevant
How do I ?
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