Find More About the History of Your Property in Los Angeles

What to do to Find More About the History of Your Property in Los Angeles

Find out more about the history of your property in Los Angeles

start at your local library:

While trying to find the history of a residence can be very difficult, there are some things you can do at the Los Angeles Public library to start such a search. That is where you can find more about the history of your property.

While knowing the history of your property may be only a curiosity quenching activity, there are times in which it is extremely helpful. 

For example if you are accused of illegally building something on your property, but old records show that the addition already existed, you may be off the hook.

In some other cases, it may make your house value go up. 

For instance, if you do a property search and you find out that a movie-star lived in the house before they were movie starts, although unlikely, it has happened before, and the selling point is irresistible to real estate agents.

places that you need to go

to Find More About the History of Your Property.

Get legal description and parcel number of property at L.A. County Assessor in the Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple Room, 225, or by using their online Property Assessment Information System

Find original construction date on building permit at Los Angeles City Building and Safety Department – Construction Services Center, 201 N. Figueroa 4 th floor.
(888) LA4-BUILD

Building permit may give name of Contractor, Architect, and original owner. If there is no building permit contact the Los Angeles County Assessor to find year of construction and name of original owner.

Find More About the History of Your Property thru grand deeds

Records of grant deeds can be used to trace the ownership history of a property. In Los Angeles County, official deed records are maintained by the Land Records Division of the County Clerk’s Office in Norwalk (562) 462-2133.

For properties located in the City of Los Angeles, the current owner, tract and lot number, date of last change in ownership, year built, number of units, etc. may be obtained using the Land Use Planning and Management Subsystem (LUPAMS), available in the Business & Economics Department at Central Library. Additionally, the Business Department has LUPAMS records available on microfiche dating back to 1991. (213) 228-7100.

Find More About the History of Your Property in Los Angeles - You may find out that the house you are living in was once the main farmhouse that once reign the entire neighborhood.

Find More About the History of Your Property - who died in it:

• When the owner’s name has been obtained, try searching local newspapers for death notices or in rare cases, an obituary. The California Death Index is available in the History & Genealogy Department for 1905-1994, and selected years are available online through Rootsweb. You may also search county probate records at LA County Hall of Records, Room 212 where you can find more about the history of your property.

• Check the LAPL History Department’s California Index for names and neighborhoods associated with property.

• Sanborn Atlases and Maps in History department may show original structure. These are available online with a LAPL library card.

• Street Names of Los Angeles by Bernice Kimball at the History Department reference desk may clarify street name changes.

• Local historical societies often provide direction and sometimes undertake the searches for a fee. The Los Angeles Conservancy provides a detailed list of research suggestions and local resources for property tracing in Los Angeles.

find out more about the history of your home

Find More About the History of Your Property

old movie stars may have lived there before they became big:

Los Angeles City Directories (early years 1900-1905 have reverse directories) can verify addresses and residents. Selected Los Angeles city directories have been digitized and are available through the LAPL website

Find More About the History of Your Property in Los Angeles - You may find out that your house was once the residence of a famous 80's rock star.

• Some U.S. Census records for the late 1800s and early 1900s will identify residents at an address. Census records may be accessed using Ancestry Library Edition, which is available at the Central Library and all branches, or Heritage Quest Online, which is available at Central Library, all branches, and at home with a valid LAPL library card. http://databases.lapl.org

• Check for owners names in Los Angeles Times Historical database http://databases.lapl.org

• For questions or projects that are too complex or time-consuming a list of available researchers is available in the History Department at Central Library.

Find More About the History of Your Property in Los Angeles - If you are about to buy an old property, it is imperative that you know the history of such building. You don't want to find out later that the house you are living in was the residence of an ax murderer and run into the secret storage he used to place the byproduct of his activities.

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