Research Your Home

  • Always begin your search with current information and work back in time.  Filling in the worksheet below with the information you already know will get the ball rolling.
  • Answer questions such as; how old is my house, who built my house, who lived in my house, can I find blue prints/plans of my house, are there photographs of my house, and what is the history of the neighborhood.

Begin Your Search With the Worksheet Below:
View a Sample Project

Click Here for our Century Home Recognition Program 

The Moreland Hills Historical Society
Heritage and Century Home Recognition Program

  • Who I am.
    • Address of the Heritage or Century House:
    • Present Owner:
    • Phone:
    • Email:
    • Address of Present Owner (if different than above):
  • Describe my Real Estate Property.                       Use this link for help:   MyPlaceHometitle_banner_xl

    • Permanent Parcel Number (Began 1935):
    • Legal Description of Lot:
    • Subdivision:
    • Tract Number:
    • Sublot number:
    • Original Lot number:
    • Division Name:
    • Include a Copy of Property Summary Report
  • Who built my house? 
    • Transfer Summary and Chronology (circa 1975-present)
      • We’re looking for Date / Grantee (buyer) / Grantor (seller) / Deed Type / Vol / Page / Sales Amt / Convey Fee / Convey
    • Year house was built:
    • Search for building permits.
    • Exterior Construction Materials:
    • Number of Rooms:
    • Number of Bedrooms:
    • Include narrative describing major improvements.
    • Include photographs of the front, rear and side elevations
      (Photos will not be returned.)
    • Search Cuyahoga County Deed Search (1810-Present)
    • Tax duplicates are available for the years 1819-1986, at the Cuyahoga County Archives.  These records are in order by year, volume, alpha.  Go to the volume for the year before and the year after construction to prove the “tax increase.”  This list is not complete.
    • Obtain a Copy of the Property Card by visiting Cuyahoga County Archives, (circa 1935-1970), not available online. You will need the Permanent Parcel Number before you go.  Date of construction on this card the date is an estimate and should be verified.
  • Who lived in my house? (Directories, Census)
    • Provide other interesting facts about the house, letters, Photocopies of historical information, such as wills, old letters, and old church directories, newspaper articles will help with documenting the home.  If you have this information, it will be added in the Historical Society’s archives.
      • The Moreland Hills Historical Society, Chagrin Falls Historical Society and the Cleveland History Center may have records of interest.
      • The South Euclid-Lyndhurst branch of the Cuyahoga Co. Library has a Memory Lab, (a “do-it-yourself” space for the community) to learn how to access, digitize, and share old videos, audio recordings, photographs, and slides. The Lab is open to the public at no charge.