How can I search for an old neightbour or friend?
All searches on My Old House are searches on addresses, not people. To find an old friend or neighbour, you need to search for the property they lived in.
How do I search for a property?
There are two main ways to search for a property, by postcode or by street.
There are benefits and drawbacks to both systems. Searching by postcode is the quickest search but not all addresses will show up - you do not need to have a postcode to add a property to My Old House and, in fact, many old postcodes are now out of date. For instance, Moston, in Manchester, used to be M10 but it is now M40.
Searching by Postcode
To search by postcode, first of all click Search on the menu on the left-hand side of the screen.
Enter the postcode into the search box. You can search by the first part of the postcode or the full postcode.
If there are any houses in the area you have searched in, you will be shown a list of streets. Click on the street to view the houses already entered into the system.
Searching by Area
Not all houses in My Old House have a postcode associated with them, searching by area can find houses that searching by postcode won't.
To search by area, first of all click Search on the menu on the left-hand side of the screen.
Below the postcode search you will see a list of regions. Select the region you wish to search under.
You will then be shown a list of towns or cities within that Region. Click on the town or city the property is in.
Finally you will be shown a search form. If you know the area the street is in, type it into the area field. Not all towns will have areas, in which case just enter the street name.
If there are any streets that match the street you have searched on they will be displayed. My Old House uses a sophisticated search system to find the correct street using sound-a-like names. For instance, searching for "Hi St" will offer "High Street" as a potential match.
Click on the street to view the houses already entered into the system.