Researching a Building's History

Learning about an old building and its history can be interesting and rewarding. Tracing the genealogy of a structure provides a basis for historical designations and a valuable service to subsequent owners and future generations. The following sources may be helpful in revealing the history of your building.

architectural records, pattern books, plans, and specifications
archives (Southwest Collection - Texas Tech University, corporation, architectural, and private)
autobiographies of local persons
books and guidebooks on the city and its history
building and site investigation
building permits and construction records
cemetery records
census records
city council, school board, and county commissioner meeting minutes
city directories and phone books
city, county, and state records
county plat books
deeds, property abstracts, titles, land grants, and builders' or mechanics' liens
dissertations and theses
family Bibles and genealogical records
historic survey records (Center for History of Engineering and Technology - TTU, Texas Historical Commission, and City of Lubbock Historic Site Survey - Planning Department)
historical and heritage societies
Household inventories
insurance records
libraries local newspapers
manuscript collections (these may include bills, invoices, ledgers, diaries, clippings, and letters)
maps (Sanborn Fire Insurance Company city maps, land ownership maps, and plat maps)
neighbors (especially long-time residents) and similar neighborhood houses
oral histories
photos, slides, films, videos, and historical postcards
reports, plans, feasibility studies
tax assessment records (county and city)
trade catalogs
wills and probate records

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