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Genealogy and Local History
House Histories

The Aurora Historical Society

www.aurorahistory.org

P. O. Box 905
Aurora, Illinois 60507
(630) 897-9029 (by appointment)

The Historical Society also has several of the City Directories, aerial views of the city, old county atlases, Sanborn Maps, and some house files.

“Now That I Have All This Information, What Next?”

Keep written records of what you’ve been able to uncover and include all the sources. You may also include hearsay, and assumptions, but jot them down as such.

Make up several copies of the completed information, and put them in different places. Keep one copy with your deed or mortgage papers, and leave instructions to pass it on to future owners of the property. Keep additional copies in your personal files, safe deposit boxes, the freezer, and give copies to your next of kin.

You might also want to consider donating a copy of the information to the Aurora Historical Society, to the Aurora Public Library, or to the Aurora Preservation Commission.

If you have been able to determine an exact date for the construction of your house, inscribe the year on a metal plaque, and attach to the foundation, or to a main beam.

One Last Thing…

Should you have a property abstract, or a copy of one, please consider donating a facsimile to the Historical or Preservation Commission. These documents are becoming increasingly rare, and are important sources with information about the city’s history.

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