Researching The History of Your Derry House

Researching the history of your Derry houseDerry Public Library announces the start of a new series of programs focused on local history. On the second Monday evening of each month (unless a holiday), at 6:30 pm in the Library’s meeting room, speakers will offer programs for anyone interested in Derry’s past.

Adult Services Librarian, Sherry Bailey observed, “Local history programs have always been among the most popular programs for adults, here at Derry Public Library. So we decided to see what happens if we make a point of scheduling them on a regular recurring basis. Favorite speakers like Town Historian Rick Holmes are being asked to participate, and we are also looking for others with some information or research to share.”

The first program in this series will be a reprise of a program from a year ago, “Researching the History of your Derry House.”

Do you often find yourself wondering about the history of your home?  Would you like to know more about the resources available to you to conduct historical house research?  If you answered yes to either, come to the Derry Public Library on Monday, January 13 at 6:30 pm to hear from Reference Librarian Eric Stern.  In a one-hour program, Eric will address the resources available to you at the Derry Public Library, as well as those available online, to pursue your own research.

Prior to arriving at Derry Public Library at the end of 2012, Reference Librarian Eric Stern was a practicing attorney with specialties in telecommunications, real estate, business, permitting, contracts, licensing and municipal law.  Of particular relevance to this program, his work frequently involved the review of property deeds and other recorded real estate documents in the Rockingham County Registry of Deeds, as well as many other land registries throughout New England.

In what aims to be a light, airy, and informal presentation, Eric will address resources in the Derry Public Library collection, including those housed in the historical New Hampshire Room, as well as the process for searching the Rockingham County Registry of Deeds for property records.  Attendees will have access to the library’s computers to engage in hands-on searching of the Rockingham Registry of Deeds during the course of the session, should they so choose.

If you want to learn more about your Derry home’s history, don’t miss this fascinating program at the Derry Public Library,  Monday, January 13 at 6:30 pm in the Meeting Room.  All library programs are free to the public.  Registration for this program is recommended, so please sign-up online through the Derry Public Library website, in-person at the library, or call 432-6140 for more information. (Eight library laptop computers will be available – registration is not required if you bring your own wi-fi enabled laptop or choose to simply listen.)

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