Research Tips & Sources

What are you researching?

Trying to find a Person or a Business?

Want to know more about a House or Building?

  • Start at the City Assessor- don’t forget to click on “View Historic Property Card”
  • Sanborn Maps show houses, garages and other structures
  • Researching an old property? The street name may have changed - check out our list here
  • Do you own the property? Check your Abstract. The Abstract records only when the land was sold, not when houses were built.
  • Use our directories - type the address or street into the search box
  • Search the address or owner on the digitized Ames Tribune newspaper

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