Myra, If you are referring to the condition and maintenance of the building, you need to rely on the seller. If they have people that service the equipment you can seek them out. Ask for a report on the condition of all the home sytems, structure, appliances etc. Some states require it.
Depending in what type of history is where you need to look, i would start at the assessors office of that town or city, ask to see teh tax card,most towns now have them online so you can try a search easily through google. If not youhave to go to the town or cityhall and go to the assessors offcie, the tax card usually has dates, sizes, previous owner and purchase prices.