Is it possible to identify occupiers of a building or street?

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I live in a house that is over 160 years old, and in that time has been occupied by only four families.  The first family (who built their house) intermarried a lot, and reused names, so in order to get them straight, I created profiles for everyone (thankfully only had to go back two generations to find an ancestor and start building down).  I'd now like to be able to tag them (or something) those members of the tree who I have evidence for actually living here. Is this possible?
in Policy and Style by Pat Reynolds G2G4 (4.3k points)
Maybe a personal category.  

Or, perhaps : create a space page for the street, link the page to each of the profiles, and each profile to the space page.

Heres an example of a free space project focussed on a street rather than an individual building over time. 

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Westbridge_Cottages. Each tenant is linked to their profile. There is a category for this mini project page, categorised as a 'subset' of the town  of Tavistock https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Tavistock%2C_Devon

This non wikitree  web page focuses  on one building described in chronological order. It's over a longer period than your house but the style   could easily  be adapted to wiki tree free space page(s)  .http://www.winslow-history.org.uk/winslow_blake-house.shtm (personally I would include more narrative but that's me)

 Individuals in your account of the building  could be directly linked to their profiles and  vice versa.

Edited to add. There are several posts in the last 24 hours reporting a bug that means you can't get into a newly created free space page after creation. Probably a good idea to hold off creation for a couple of days whilst it gets fixed!

Thanks!  I love the Westbridge Cottages space, and can do something similar for Westwood (the street).  I'll finish Westwood (the building) and then move back in time and add the land parcel which the road was built on (the person who built Westwod-the-building was offered the whole area for £1,000 and said that buying only what he needed for his house was the worst business decision he ever made.

There's a course on writing building histories here: https://blog.history.ac.uk/2020/08/free-online-training-from-the-centre-for-the-history-of-people-place-and-community/ that I intend to take.

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For one go to tax records of your county, state,

There is on familysearch of phone records and address.

There is a yearly book published by. Polk that. published A list of everyone in a town.  I have not seen one for last few years but library may still have them.   Old phone books. County may still have records of real estate sales. Just a start. Also some states had census records of who lived where.
by Alfred Smith G2G6 (8.5k points)

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