My last blog post was about the start of my research into the Franklin County, Ohio mortgage records.
I am very happy to report to you that are interested, that so far, I have checked out 178 individual mortgage records, and of those, was able to document 122 Sears, Roebuck kit homes built in Franklin County between 1925 and 1930.
Some of the houses were previously identified from on line Deed Records, or street surveys, or newspaper research, or owners contacting somebody in our group…….you know……all the other ways we find these houses, but many of them were new to “The List”. That’s the document my research group started back in 2013, to help us keep track of what we, and other researchers, have located to date.
It’s a good thing we did that, as it has given us a focus, and a bit of a competition, to see what States and Cities have the most “Sears Houses”.
So far…….Ohio is in the lead, with about 2340 homes out of the slightly over 11,000 homes on the list.
Anyways, here’s a few of the new to the list houses, that are great matches to the original catalog listings, and have been well cared for over the years. All these photos are from the Franklin County Auditor’s website. I haven’t gotten over to get my own photos yet, as January has been brutal, weather wise, here in my area. When the grass starts to grow and the Spring flowers start to bloom, I hope to make several trips to see these houses from the sidewalk.
I have lots more work to do in Franklin County as there are more mortgage records to be found. I hope to get back to their Recorder’s Office soon for additional research.
Thanks for following along!