Cindy Catanzaro

Wardway Homes in Kettering

Wardway Homes in Kettering

I’m finishing up the Montgomery County mortgage record research project that I’ve been working on since last November.  I’m down to a few pesky parcels that have complicated legal descriptions, which take a lot more time and resources to track down.  When I get those finished, I will do a blog post here about the […]

A Sears Albion in Miamisburg

A Sears Albion in Miamisburg

Onward with my search of the Montgomery County mortgage records! A while back, myself and several other serious Sears House researchers spent many an hour going through on line records for Hamilton County (Cincinnati and vicinity).  One of the things we noticed was that there were mortgages and Mechanics Liens for Sears house kits that […]

A Sears Gainsboro in Dayton

A Sears Gainsboro in Dayton

Have you been following along?  If you have, you know I’ve been busy researching in Montgomery County (Dayton and vicinity), by slogging my way through their on-line Abstract Books. Well…….after spending hours doing just that from the comfort of my own home, over the Winter, I realized I could make much better progress if I […]

A Sears Chester in Kettering

A Sears Chester in Kettering

Page by page by page by page, I am continuing to go through the Montgomery County Abstract Books available on line through the Recorder’s Office website. It’s tedious, but I love the research end of this crazy hobby. Who knew there were so many Sears Hamptons and Sears Sunlights in Dayton and vicinity?  I didn’t […]

A Sears Walton in Dayton

A Sears Walton in Dayton

Way back at The beginning……. when I did my very first mortgage research, I discovered that my County (Clark) had 36 mortgages for houses purchased as kits from Sears, Roebuck.   Most of the mortgaged parcels were strung out all over the County, but nine of them were located in one small platted neighborhood.  Garden Acres. I’ve been […]

A Sears Lenox in Dayton

A Sears Lenox in Dayton

Last weekend, I made a day trip to Cincinnati with my newest research pal, Marie.  We were hoping to go see the Sears Lenox I located there back in January, but due to the flooding conditions on the Ohio River, we decided to stay well north of Cincinnati proper. Then this week, thanks to the Abstract […]

A Sears Concord in Kettering (the old style)

A Sears Concord in Kettering (the old style)

Sometimes this Sears House researching thing makes me feel really smart.  And sometimes…….not so much.  You would think, after ten plus years of doing this, I would be better at spotting houses on street surveys.  Nope.  Not so much.  That’s why I love to track down houses from mortgage records.  You give me a parcel […]

A Sears Lenox in Cincinnati (Riverside)

A Sears Lenox in Cincinnati (Riverside)

There’s a few models in Houses by Mail that I just don’t pay much attention to. Like this one. According to Houses by Mail, the Lenox was only available for one year – 1933.  So……really…..what’s the chances of me actually locating one?  Pretty slim. But,  I’m continuing to slog through the Hamilton County deed and mortgage […]

A Sears Norwich in Cincinnati (Green Twp)

A Sears Norwich in Cincinnati (Green Twp)

My last blog post was about A Sears Carrington in Wyoming (Cincinnati).  Until recently,  researchers used to think that mid to late 1930’s Sears Houses were rare, but the current group (me included) of kit house hunters know now that is just not so.  They are out there all right…….but they are harder to find. One […]

A Sears Carrington in Wyoming (Cincinnati)

A Sears Carrington in Wyoming (Cincinnati)

A couple of years ago, I spent several months going through digitized copies of The Cincinnati Enquirer, available through my Newspapers.com subscription, looking for information about Sears Houses that had been built there.  I found loads of  good stuff.  Ads, articles, mortgage and deed references, building permit notices….. many of which led to locating one […]