Ammi Phillips Research Focus in Prominent Arts Magazine

Antiques and the Arts Weekly features an interview with CT House Histories, LLC’s Melanie Beal Marks, founder and principal researcher, and Barbara Holdridge, consultant and art historian, about the effort to identify the sitters in American folk artist Ammi Phillips’ portraits. Read the full story here. For more information about CT House Histories’ research into Ammi Phillips, click here.

Garvin-Garvey House in Spotlight

IMG_6397CT House Histories’ founder and principal researcher, Melanie Beal Marks, gave a special presentation on the Garvin-Garvey House on April 24 in Bluffton, South Carolina. Read the full story here.

Barbara Holdridge is in the House

IMG_3839 (2)Art historian Barbara Holdridge joins CT House Histories, LLC, as a consultant as the genealogical research firm expands into identifying the portraits done by American folk artist Ammi Phillips. Read the full announcement here.

Phoebe and Egbert are Reunited

Three Ammi Phillips’ portraits, separated for 17 years, have been reunited, due to the diligent research by CT House Histories, LLC. The portrait of Egbert Sheldon and the one of Egbert’s wife, Phoebe Wing Sheldon, done by the American folk artist had been separated when they were sold and Phoebe was mistakenly paired with a portrait of her brother, Preston Wing. Read the full story here.

Attention Ammi Phillips Art Collectors

Betsy Sutherland 001CT House Histories, LLC, is searching for information on the line of ownership of “Portrait of Betsy Sutherland” painted by American folk artist Ammi Phillips in 1830 in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Read the full story here.



More often than not, the history of any given place is really just the sum of the individual stories of the people who lived there.

CT House Histories unearths those stories to reveal a complete picture of a home’s past. The company uses a team of historic research consultants who have decades-worth of experience in researching genealogy, historic homes and properties. The consultants also offer a variety of other services.  They will track down descendants and missing heirs, pull records for out-of-state clients, offer lectures, and work on historic preservation projects.

During the hundreds of research projects they have worked on, the team members have developed numerous contacts and have learned exactly what documents to search for and where to find them. The consultants have extensive experience helping clients in Connecticut and New York trace the pasts of their families and homes, but frequently work with people from around the country, including in South Carolina and Georgia.  A portfolio of their clients is featured above – just click on the thumbnails.

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