History’s Mysteries LLC is a researching firm setting out to uncover answers to your inquiries about history in Northeast Iowa, central to the Waterloo area in Black Hawk County. Our expertise lies in the research of real estate in Iowa and cemeteries in the Midwest as well as other areas of genealogical and ephemera research.

We are a proud member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (profile here) and abide by APG Code of Ethics. We are currently working on our certification through the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Applicants for BCG must demonstrate The Genealogical Proof Standard which can be seen here.
If you would like our assistance to answer a burning question you might have, please send an email to Research@HistorysMysteriesLLC.com. In your email, specify your question and provide additional background on what you already know and what steps you have taken (if any) to previously research this question. A phone conversation can then take place to proceed.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Real Estate Research

Real estate is an important part of historical and genealogical research. Real estate records do not generally tell you when a house or business was built, when your ancestor was born, how they died, or who their parents were. They do however provide a significant amount of detail on your ancestor’s life. The records can help to determine when they moved to or from an area, what their occupation may have been, their financial status, or mention other individuals in their FAN club (family/friends, associates, neighbors).
When a real estate record is located, efforts can be made to locate other pertinent records, such as court records, tax records, maps or newspapers. Without attempting to locate real estate records, gaps will likely be left in our research. After all, don’t most researchers want to know how many acres their ancestor farmed, how close they were to town and the circumstances of their property acquisition and sale among other details of their ancestors’ lives?

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