House Detective Resources

This sample list of resources is a place to start your detective work.

Sacramento based resources 

Other Resources

  • A comprehensive online resource: ipl2 Special Collections: Guide to Researching the History of a House
  • Birth and death records
  •  California GenWeb
  • California digital newspapers
  • Census records
  • Church records
  • City directories
  • Community newsletters
  • County historical societies
  • County recorder’s office and County Clerk’s office
  • Google books and Google images
  • Historic Architecture Building Survey Form (HAB)
  • Industry information (labor unions, businesses, corporate records)
  • Library of Congress memory project
  • Local and state libraries and archives
  • Maps
  • Old newspapers
  • Sanborn insurance maps
  • Service organization archived membership records and periodicals (Kiwanis, Elks, Masons, Rotary, Eastern Star, etc.)
  • University libraries



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