Explains how to establish the history of a house by examining the building style and materials and searching for clues in old documents, and offers suggestions for running a home-based house histories business. "A guide for owners of older homes, for preservationists, for residential real estate brokers, for historical societies, town historians, and others who have questions about the origins, styles, materials, past owners of and events surrounding old houses. The reader is guided through the fun of finding the clues: in the house itself; in old records, letters, wills, deeds, photos and maps; in oral histories; and in many other sources. An added section explains how to run a home-based house histories business. This book will tell you: what to look for when inspecting the house and site; how to estimate or establish building dates and styles; how to find out who has owned or lived in the house in the past; ways to find old records and retrieve helpful information from them; the procedure for getting a house listed on a historic register; the importance of a house history to the resale value of the house."--Back cover.