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House History Research

This guide will take you through the process of how to research the history of your home.


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Texana/Genealogy Room – 6th floor
Central Library
600 Soledad St.
San Antonio, TX  78205
210.207.2500 ; 210.207.2559

Building Renovations

***The Texana/Genealogy Department and the entire sixth floor of Central Library is currently closed for renovations.***

The department will not provide reference service during this time but will offer interim services out of a location on Central Library’s first floor beginning in July. Please call (210) 207-2500 for information.  


Researching Your House's History  


Beginning the Hunt...

When beginning house history research, where you start hunting depends upon what you already know.  The goal is to use the information you have in hand, and then search various resources to gather additional facts.  If you have an idea when the house was built, or a name of an early owner, city directories are often a great place to start researching.  Land records, newspapers and Sanborn maps can also be of great assistance.