Frequently Asked Questions: How to research the history of my house?
Manitoba has numerous old houses that have fascinating stories. Unfortunately, only a small fraction have had that story told. If you would like to learn more about your Manitoba home, including when it was built and who lived in it in the past, here are a few leads.
In 1978, Lillian Gibbons, a long-time reporter for the Winnipeg Tribune, published a book entitled Stories Houses Tell in which she related the stories of some 300 houses around Winnipeg. Copies of her book are still available through antiquarian bookstores and in local libraries.
A few WInnipeg houses that have been researched by the Manitoba Historical Society as the residence of a noteworthy Manitoban are listed here.
Here are some ways to learn the history of other Winnipeg houses.
There is a Henderson directory for Brandon available online at the University of Alberta, covering the period from 1906 to 1955 (with a few missing years). The City of Brandon has tax assessment rolls archived in the basement of its City Hall.
Every municipality is required by law to maintain tax assessments records back to the incorporation of the municipality. The Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, for example, has a wonderful collection of tax rolls in its municipal office in Portage la Prairie.
Another source of information for rural Manitoba are aerial photographs at the Manitoba Air Photo Library in Winnipeg.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 23 January 2021