Research Tips & Sources

What are you researching?

Trying to find a person?

Want to know more about a house?

  • Start at the City Assessor- don’t forget to click on “View Historic Property Card”
  • Sanborn Maps shows 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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