Chimni: capturing a unique digital record of your house history


06 May 2021
Create an interactive and shareable digital logbook of your house's history with Chimni's get-started guide.

What is Chimni?

Chimni is a web app for people who want access and control of their home's data for the 21 century. Not only can you record house details for the present day, Chimni also makes it easy to record, preserve and share documents and photographs relating to your house, adding new information as you find it.

With Chimni you can turn your house history research into a unique, living record of your home through time with links to:

  • history sources
  • images
  • maps

Create your house history digital logbook

Digital records have made the job of tracing a house history so much easier. As more records are made available online, better ways of navigating them and finding sources are appearing. 

The most obvious digital sources include the census records and archives made available through commercial providers. However, maps, photos, surveys and artwork are also being digitised rapidly and social media has made the ‘unfindable’ findable.  

Very often these sources also allow copies to be made, shared and included in house histories. As a result, keeping web links and references to the digital sources of this material has become an important part of the records we are all building.

Capture the digital 'footprint' of your home

Whether you are running your own research or working with a historian, building a Chimni logbook as part of your house history project allows this digital ‘footprint’ to be captured. The ‘Events Timeline’ enables key events and actions to be recorded and displayed, and links to the source materials included.  

A digital logbook doesn’t replace the magic of a printed record, but adds an extra layer of interactivity and richness to a house history and facilitates easy sharing of material.

Chimni history logbooks are private and secure records of your house history – the only people able to view them will be you and anyone you invite to view it.  Over time, we will be adding networking and sharing functions, as well as summary pages that can be published as part of local area web sites or ‘One-Place’ studies. 

A Chimni logbook allows you to create an online record of your house history that can also include records of work done on the property overtime, and links to other online sources such as local councils and the Land Registry.  More importantly, they can be used as part of the legal record of your homes if you ever choose to sell. 

Special House History show offer!

Basic Chimni logbooks are free to set up and use. In addition, for participants in Family Tree’s ‘House History Show’ Chimni are running a special offer. They have 200 ‘Map Starter Packs’ to offer for the first 200 participants to sign-up

For these 200 logbooks, Chimni will kickstart the logbook development by launching and displaying links to the relevant map sites for their home and showing how to build in other functions like links to census records. Just e-mail Nigel Walley and include #FamiltyTree2021 in the subject line.

Get started with your house history logbook at Chimni today!


Note: We are also happy to recommend a house historian experienced in using Chimni logbooks as part of their work.