Newton, MA Logo for print
Sorry, this page has moved!
Please click here to go to the new location.

Researching Your House

The following are resources for researching your house in Newton.

At the Jackson Homestead:

City Directories (1868-1985)

  • Directories were published nearly every two years
  • Information may contain: name, address, occupation, location of business, and the names of those living in the household
  • Directories also provide information on Newton government, business listings, advertisements, and statistical information

Atlases (1874/1886/1895/1907/1917/1929) 

  • excellent source for property owner names 
  • often show footprints of original buildings on property

Historic Property Survey Files

  • surveys were conducted in 1980s – 1990s
  • eligible homes were built prior to 1907
  • in-house files potentially contain more info/photos than MACRIS database (see below in Online Resources)

Published Histories of Newton

History of Newton by Francis Jackson, published 1854

  • contains biographical information on Newton’s founding families
  • available online

History of Newton by Samuel Francis Smith, D.D., published in 1889

  • covers village histories, education, religious and civic life in Newton
  • available online 

King’s Handbook of Newton by M.F. Sweetser, published in 1889

  • written as a travelogue through each village, with many lovely images
  • available online

Tercentenary History of Newton 1630-1930 by Henry K. Rowe, published in 1930

  • condenses Smith’s history and expands into the 20th century
  • can be purchased at the Jackson Homestead

Newton’s 19th Century Architecture series contains village histories and examples of architectural styles found in each village: 

Othe online Resources:

City Directories

City Atlases

Historic Property Survey files (MACRIS database)