Free property history search can be done for free by examining deeds, leases, mortgages and tax records at the local recorder or clerk's office. More information can be found through old city directories, census reports, phone books and newspapers.
Long-time area neighbors may have information about a certain piece of property or the former owners. Old newspapers at the local public library may provide details on former residents. Church and census records may also have information on the former residents of a piece of property, their occupation and the value of the property. Marriage, death and birth records may also yield more information or provide names of living relatives who can provide information on the property history.