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Research Advice please!!

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
Does anybody know how I can go about researching the history of my local area?
I've trawled the net and everything is so superficial!! I also want to look at some old maps.

(Basically I'm doing it for my boyf because he loves all things ghostly and wants to know what our house is built on ie graveyards etc)

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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Have you tried your local library? They should have some sort of collection, at least they should be keeping the newspapers and stuff from many years ago...
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I expect google was your first port of call, but just in case:
    http://www.washington.co.uk/history.htm
    http://www.sunderland.com/scout/history.htm
    http://www.thenortheast.fsnet.co.uk/Chester-le-StreetandWashington.htm
    http://www.ybrik.freeserve.co.uk/Then&now/Methodism/introduction/introduction.htm

    Your local council is the best place to get local history, especially if you wanted housing plans etc.

    Otherwise, WHSmith tend to have local history books at most stores. :)
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Kentish
    I expect google was your first port of call, but just in case:
    http://www.washington.co.uk/history.htm
    http://www.sunderland.com/scout/history.htm
    http://www.thenortheast.fsnet.co.uk/Chester-le-StreetandWashington.htm
    http://www.ybrik.freeserve.co.uk/Then&now/Methodism/introduction/introduction.htm

    Your local council is the best place to get local history, especially if you wanted housing plans etc.

    Thanks very very much! :)
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yes, the local council will have documents of zoning and planning permission etc, so is the best source of info. Since local government is generally as under-funded and resourced as everything else, they don't have the skills, technology or pure people-power to put all those documents into electronic format.

    When researching buildings you can often see if the fire brigade has kept records of the building in question, since they have the actual floorplans/blueprints of every building in the area generally (part of the fire certification proceedures).

    Also, find out which are the oldest architectural companies in the area. Architects offices generally keep records of every building they ever work on somewhere.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You may also want to try your local Chamber of Commerce. I used to work at mine, and we had all sorts of brochures for absolutely everything. If they can't give you any concrete information, you should be able to get leaflets about places you can go and people you can get in touch with.

    Have fun! :)
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Kentish

    Otherwise, WHSmith tend to have local history books at most stores. :)

    You sound like an advert for WHS there :p

    as to the research thing, check with local schools or something if the library and that dont work. the high school here, for example, run a heritage research program that all first years have to take part in.

    When I did it, we went up to a croft, and looked at old cairns and at old village lay-outs, and I got to be official photographer for the brodich research group :)
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