I regularly go out looking for wood with a story. At the very least I want to know where the tree was, and preferably many more, such as the planting year and other details. So I usually end up with small companies that saw and dry the wood in-house and therefore know where the tree was, such as furniture makers, gardeners and small sawmills.
The trees they saw were not cut down for wood production, but cut down for illness, (storm) damage or redesign. Without the initiative of these small businesses, the logs would not be sawn, but pulverized, shredded or split into firewood.
One of the methods to literally visualize the tree from which I bought wood, is to look up the place with Google street view. You can also look back in time with this ...
For example: Last weekend I visited the wood storage of Stadshout Amsterdam and bought, among other things, elm wood from a tree on Jacob Marisplein and plane wood from a tree on Nassauplein. After a small search with streetview, I found the empty spots where a mature tree once stood a few years earlier.
Below the elm that stood opposite Jacob Mariplein nr 24 in Amsterdam. Photo taken from May 2014. Top left the empty space in 2019.
The left tree below has also been cut at the same time. So the wood I have from this comes from (one of) both.
Below the plane tree that stood at the Nassauplein, right next to the Willemsbrug. Again, these are two trees that have been felled at the same time.