Hello JBM: The only way to trace the history of a home is by doing a Title Search which will reveal the chain of Title. I am a NJ Title Insurance Producer and have sat through the classes, although I don't conduct Title searches, based on the amount of money you want to spend to get this knowledge, you can contact the company that wrote your Title Insurance when you purchased the home. They may have records on it or you might be able to hire that company to complete a search for you. Give them a call and ask. It can't hurt. Otherwise, go to county seat and try to conduct your own search. I'm not sure why you need this information but good luck to you.