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Historic House Homework

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New York City has dozens of historic building databases and archives, but where to turn when researching your own house? Those in Brooklyn should head to the borough's Historical Society. Here, you can consult detailed fire insurance maps that date from the mid-1800s to 1929 and the Land Conveyances collection, which shows abstract land deeds that document land ownership of most Brooklyn blocks all the way back to 1699. [Wooden House Project]