Go to your nearest Family History Center and use their computers to access old Census information. You can page through your census ward, find your street, and then find the address of the house you bought. The previous occupants should be listed there. They can help you research the families to find more about them.
Another way to get information about who lived at the house would be to look at your deed. Find out who you got the house from and go to the McKean County Courthouse, Recorder's Office, in Smethport. (We were just there a few weeks ago -- it's very nice and easy to get around) Look up that person's last name in the deed book indexes and find out who they bought it from, and so on. Then, take the information over to the Probate Court section and you can get information about the people when they married, had kids, died, etc.
As far as pictures go, I would check your local antique dealers for old postcards. I also hear Bradford has quite a historical society and they may be of some help.
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