House History Research

Ready to start working on the story of your home? Every house has a history. Get started with the resources below.

Online Resources

These online resources can be accessed anywhere, including from the comfort of your own home.

Building Surveys  

Provides the architectural conditions including build dates, square footage, and architectural styles of a specific building. 

Salem Deeds

Allows users to trace deeds of properties bought and sold. Often includes plot and property descriptions and lot dimensions. 

Sanborn Maps

Detailed fire insurance maps that provide street listings and the physical attributes (e.g., construction material) of the recorded structures. The 1906 & 1924 Sanborn maps are available at the library by request or ahead of your visit, by appointment.

Newburyport Tax Assessor Site 

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

Resources at the Newburyport Public Library

The following items are held at the Newburyport Public Library and are available at the library by request or ahead of your visit, by appointment. Prepare for your visit here or get in touch with a staff librarian here.

1851, 1872 & 1884 Maps

Parcel mapping that includes street names, property ownership, property boundaries, and Newburyport landmarks.  

Tax Valuation & Assessor Records 

Lists the resident’s name, the assessed value of their real estate, the tax on their real estate, and sometimes includes the address of that real estate. Physical collection includes Assessor’s Tax Valuations from 1780 – 1861 (please note some years are unavailable for viewing).  

Street Directories

1808, 1814-1815, 1820 & 1831 are a five volume assessor’s street directories. These are the earliest known street directories to exist. They list an individual, what street they lived on (or owned property), the number of taxed inhabitants (or polls) as well as any notes of interest.

1849 – Present (please note some years are unavailable). Includes business and residential directories with addresses, advertisements, street listings of Newburyport residents including occupations, maps, and miscellaneous information. 

The Library will be closed Wednesday, June 19 for the Juneteenth holiday.
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