Do you suspect that your older home was moved from another location? Moving homes was fairly common a hundred or more years ago. They were lifted off of their existing foundations and moved down the road or to another part of town. Another way to move houses is to dismantle them and reconstruct them in another location. I'll talk about that method in a future post.
Here are three tips that will give you clues as to whether your house was moved or not.
1) Check the basement foundation
2) Check for chimneys and fireplaces
Chimneys and fireplaces were and still are very difficult to move intact. The process of moving them is also very expensive. For this reason, many chimneys were taken down before a house was moved. If you have what looks like a very old house but you are lacking in chimneys then your house is a good candidate for having been moved. Also, if you do have chimneys check to see if they are of modern brick in the case that they were rebuilt.
3) Check an old map