Friday, October 20, 2006

1900 Friday special: Who lived in your house

Okay Fridays are slow days so I figure I can offer this. For today only (Friday October 20, 2006) between now and 5:30PM for residents of the TC, I will tell you who lived in your house in 1900. The TC being anything within the boundaries of Florida, North Cap, New York, and New Jersey Avenues NW. Oh, and your place had to have existed in 1900, which is a good percentage of the houses 'round here.
So you email me at mari at inshaw period com with the subject line "1900 census" and a or your TC address in the body and I will email you back sometime today with info about the 1900 residents (if any) at that address.
See folks history can be fun!


At 10/20/2006 8:13 AM, Anonymous Chris said...

Where would we start to look if we want to find out how old our house is? Is this something we can find online?

At 10/20/2006 8:19 AM, Anonymous Ytram said...

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... I wanna know who lived in my 5th St house in 1900 ...

At 10/20/2006 8:26 AM, Blogger Mari said...

A quick way to figure out if your house might have existed is to go to the DC Tax website and look at the Real Property Assessment database. Put in your address, click on your property and then at the bottom of the "Property Detail" page look for & click "View Property Features" it should have year built. Mine says 1900 but I know it was earlier than that.

ytram-- email me, if it is between P and R . Maybe I can find it.

At 10/20/2006 9:52 AM, Blogger si said...

around 1900 there was a fire and a lot of property records got destroyed. if your house is listed as being built in 1900 there is a good chance its not. Also if your house is wood frame, its pre-1870. MLK has original building permits on microfilm going back to around 1880. They also have very cool old maps with lots of real estate detail.

At 10/20/2006 1:09 PM, Anonymous Ytram said...

: ) ok


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