Article by: SHIRLEY SALEMY MEYER , Associated Press

Digging up your home’s history takes diligence, detective work and knowing where to search.

Construction of Julian Sellers’ bungalow in St. Paul began in 1926 and was finished in early 1927. The builder was a Swedish immigrant. The family that first lived there included a married couple, their 6-year-old daughter and the wife’s mother.

Sellers learned all this by sorting through building permits, tax records, city directories, maps, old newspapers on microfilm and more. A retired software engineer and a member of the Twin Cities Bungalow Club, he has chronicled the history of the structure, its environs and the people who lived in it. He even met that 6-year-old daughter when she was in her late 80s.

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Researching the history of your home

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