Ask the Expert - Dr Nick Barratt
Nick's mission is to discover the stories of the people who made the building a home through the years.
He uses public archive material (such as census records and title deeds), personal archives (such as home movies and photographs) and people (historians, previous owners and their descendants) to create a family tree of the house and piece together the story of why it was built, former owners and occupants, what happened there and why.
This website gives you all the tools you need to get started on researching the history of where you live, including the people, the architecture and the local community. However, if you've got as far as you can go, why not check out our expert's archive, where other users have previously asked our experts their questions. You can also see our Frequently Asked Questions.