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House Hunting
9/1/2008
If your ancestors' walls could talk, what would they say? Find out with our guide to researching the places your family called home.

When I was a kid, gas was cheap and few worried about the environment, so my family took a drive every Sunday afternoon. Our routes were familiar: With Dad at the wheel, we'd pick up his mom and travel to the places she'd lived in earlier days.

My grandmother's life was an interesting mix of tenements, mill housing and single-family homes. Unfortunately, Nana didn't talk much about those places. Except for commenting on how much some of the neighborhoods had changed, she kept most of her memories private. Now I'd like to know more about those dwellings. Perhaps you've felt the same way after visiting an ancestor's house, seeing a picture of it, or finding the address in a city directory. What was the home like — and what can it tell you about its occupants? How long was your family there? Who were the neighbors? Take a drive down memory lane with our guide to answering your questions about the places your ancestors called home.

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