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We recently purchased a character home and we were given some history by the previous owners, such as who the house was originally built for. I am interested in finding out more information such as who else has lived in the home as well as maybe locating old photos of the house. I have searched online but only to find a picture of the original owners son attending Brandon College. Any suggestions where one might start to find a bit of history on a Brandon home?
Congrats! One place you might start is pulling the land title on it if you don't already have it. Not sure how far back it would go but you would see a history of ownership transfers. Costs I think around $20 and can be done at their office on Princess, or online at https://www.tprmb.ca/tpr/ Another option might be a Brandon Sun archive search. A ton of their historical archives are indexed, searchable, viewable at newspaperarchive.com. Its a pay service but I think you can search and find out if there are any hits on it before you subscribe. Might be worth checking with the library to see if they offer a similar service. I think they might also have old Henderson directories that could help? Good luck!
Thanks for that correction pinkflamingos. Very helpful folks down at that office that would make sure you’re getting taken care of. Another idea .... Ancestry.ca has in their database a lot of old census info that includes Brandon. With my family tree research I’ve for example been able to locate the names, ages and area of origin for neighbours that lived on the same street as some of my ancestors in the early 1900s. Ancestry is a paid service but I think you might be able to get a start with a trial account. Maybe someone else has info on where else you could find the same info, but what I really like about Ancestry is they let you view the actual handwritten original document. There's a way you can scroll through all of the pages for Brandon and see who else lived in a neighbourhood. I don’t want to ask you to disclose anything you don’t want to like an address but I might be able to help you in the right direction with this if you’d like... maybe I live too simple of a life but I find these things to be a lot of fun :) The last thought that isn’t going to be as extensive as you’re looking for but might add to the picture just a little more. Google street view let’s you turn back the clock on previous captures they’ve done of your house. Hard to believe it was almost a decade ago now (2009) that they were first in town to take pics of streets. There’s a little more on how to look at the archive at http://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/internet/travel-back-in-time-with-google-street-view-11363960715817
EDIT: Looks like Canada has the census archive and images for 1916 and 1921 at this link. Doesnt look like they make it as easy to scroll through neighbourhoods and I dont think their search is as flexible as Ancestry's.... which is important because of how inaccurate names were on those old census. For example my Sobkow last name was one year written down as "Supcoo" but Ancestry's search was smart enough to connect the dots.
Edited by Adam, 2018-07-13 07:01:18
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