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Discover who lived in your house before you with address search

The Findmypast team
6 January 2022

Exploring Findmypast's censuses and other property records can reveal who lived in your house back in 1921 and beyond.

Our handy address search, available across all British censuses from 1841 to 1921, is the perfect tool for discovering previous owners of your property. It helps you to find out who was living at any particular address at the time each census was taken. Findmypast is the only family history website with this useful tool. What's more, our exclusive 1939 Register map search will reveal the property listing history of England and Wales at the outbreak of the Second World War. Conversely, if you're looking into the 1921 Census, our search features are even more advanced - not only can you search by address, but you can search by other members of the household, which is particularly useful if you're trying to fill in the blanks.

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Use this guide to research property records, find out who has previously lived in your house and get the most out of census address searches, ultimately, helping you discover the colourful history of your house.

How to use address search

To start using the address search tool, select 'Search' from the site menu and then 'addresses'. You'll be taken to our address search page where you can choose to search all record collections that recorded addresses, including the 1939 Register and most recently the 1921 Census.

Address search on the Findmypast website

From this page, you can search by record set, street name and location. Our smart spelling variants tool will help you overcome mistakes in the records while the search radius can help you narrow or broaden your search to pinpoint the place you're looking for.

As you type a place into the 'Location' search field, our clever predictive system will suggest matches for your search.

So for example, if you were to start typing in 'Weston' into the 'Location' field, you'll see a range of suggestions for places with 'Weston' at the start of their name.

Search records by address

If you were more specific, and typed 'Regent Road' into the 'Street name' search field, then that would bring up results for every 'Regent Road' in the record collections.

Then, by clicking on your results, you will be taken to a list of all the houses on that particular road or street.

From there, you simply select the house you're interested in, and you will be taken to a transcription of the census record for that property.

viewing records by address

Selecting and viewing records using address search.

The address search tool also recognises abbreviations ('St' for 'Street', 'Rd' for 'Road' etc).

With Findmypast's intuitive search, you don't need to fill in all of the fields. Therefore, you can easily find all instances of a particular road name even if you're not sure of any of the other historical information. Watch this video for a quick recap on the steps for searching by address.

As well as UK censuses, you can also search by address with the following Findmypast record sets:

How to use 1939 Register map search

Another way of researching the history of your address on Findmypast is by looking at the 1939 Register, particularly our exclusive map search. Watch this short video to see how it works.

We hope these handy tools help you get even further with your family (or property) history research. If they've helped unlock an exciting piece of your past, we'd love to hear about it. Tag @findmypast on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using for a chance to be featured.