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Built Heritage Research Using Land Ownership Records

Saturday, July 9, 2016 | All Events (see all)

The location of this workshop is to be determined. Address and directions will be sent to registered participants.

Digging Deeper is Historic Seattle’s multi-session program designed to provide attendees with behind-the-scenes insight to primary research materials in the many archives and libraries in Seattle and King County. Each month we visit a selected archive or library and receive expert advice as to what is available and how staff can assist with research projects. This program helps you to explore buildings, architecture, and history. By the time you are through, you will want to attend one or more of the events during National Archives Month in Seattle in October 2016.

On Saturday July 9, Carol Shenk and Greg Lange from the King County Archives will present a hands-on workshop on how to conduct built heritage research.  Learn how to find your way through archival records to trace the history of a property and the people who owned and used it.

This workshop is a follow-up from a September 13, 2014, tour of the archives by Carol and Greg. Jill Morelli, one of the tour participants, blogged about the event. You can read her blog posting here: What’s New in the Hood: King County Archives. There was a vast amount of information shared in a very short time frame. Everything from Cadastral survey maps, deeds, plat maps, real estate tax receipts, building permits, property cards, and so much more. Several participants asked if this could be presented again with more time and opportunity for Q & A.

Carol and Greg said yes, so here it is – a 3-hour workshop (9am-noon). The workshop will take place in the Squire Park neighborhood, with details to follow. This is one workshop you won’t want to miss.

Don’t know where to start?  Encountering dead ends?  Bring your questions for the last 30 minutes of the workshop, when Greg will provide strategies specific to participants’ own property history research projects.

Series of eight sessions: $65 general public / $50 members
Individual sessions: $10 general public / $8 members

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July 9, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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