The first house history that James Johnstone researched didn't uncover a grandiose story of former celebrity residents or the scene of a gruesome murder. The home was one of four houses built by a Vancouver, B.C., builder between 1908 and 1910 and was home to a Vancouver police detective, whose picture still hangs in the city's police museum. Johnstone, a Vancouver resident, has taken his curiosity of house histories and turned it into a business, Home History Research Services. Home histories are a new twist on genealogy research and are catching on around the country with homeowners and real estate agents alike. Researchers such as Johnstone trace a house's past by learning about such things as its original architect, past owners and any notable events that took place there. Known as ho...
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