HIG was established in 1997 to provide environmental consultants and other professionals with quality historical property research. Now our premier research services and superior quality imagery are used nationwide by engineers, environmental professionals, attorneys, environmental database firms, lenders, libraries, government agencies and the general public. Historical Information Gatherers (HIG) is to provide our clients with superior historical property use information in a timely, cost-effective manner while delivering the best in customer service. HIG’s owns the world’s largest digital collection of color fire insurance maps, real estate atlases and similar land use maps for North America.
Why Use HIG?
Improve Historical Research
Clarity matters when you’re working on historical preservation issues, land use planning or environmental due diligence. Complete research provides a better opportunity to identify all past property uses so you have the most accurate information. Our experienced staff includes GIS professionals, professional historical property use researchers and former environmental consultants. We understand the type of research our diverse client base needs.
Reduce Environmental Risk and Liabilities
We offer a variety of data packages tailored for environmental assessments. We provide data for any size property anywhere in the United States. HIG’s in-house Digital Historical Library includes millions of historical aerial photographs, city directories, fire insurance maps, real estate atlases, and topographic maps. Packaged with your choice of database reports, our historical records help you meet the requirements of environmental due diligence regulations and standards including:
- ASTM Standard E1527-13 Phase I Environmental Site Assessments Process
- U.S. EPA’s All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) Rule
- ASTM Standard E1528-14 for Environmental Transaction Screens
- Records Search with Risk Assessment (RSRA)
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) SOP 50 10 5 Environmental Procedures & Policies
- ASTM Standard E2247-16 Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process for Forestland or Rural Property
- Environmental Desktop Reviews
Save Time and Money
Stop spending time and money driving to libraries and government offices, compiling research and customizing the documents for inclusion in a report or presentation. We give you information in an easy-to-use, report-ready format so that you can focus using the information we provide to achieve your research goals.
Friendly Customer Service
Our researchers and client services coordinators are happy to answer your calls or emails about our historical products and research services. We also have senior environmental professionals on staff to provide information about our regulatory database reports, environmental lien/activity and use limitations (AUL) searches and chain of title reports. Your request will be handled by an expert who cares about providing a pleasant experience and excellent service.
Your Custom Research Partner
We help you solve problems and we conduct custom research to provide the information you need in the most useful formats. We work with you to help define your research objectives and provide the historical research that meets your objectives.